The Spotlight Book Club Presents: The Read Between the Lines Showcase
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The Spotlight Book Club is one of the most exciting things we do on the blog! As avid teen readers, it’s hard to find a book online book club with readers like us all over the world. Each month we choose a book, and we will give you the entire month to read it. On the last Saturday of the month we will post a selection of mini-reviews (ranging from one of us to all of us) along with (we hope) an author interview, giveaway, or something else fun! Throughout the month, you can start threads on our Goodreads group to interact with other book club members. The only rule is you can’t spoil the book for everyone else!
June’s selection was Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles!
Does anyone ever see us for who we really are? Jo Knowles’s revelatory novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.
Thanks to a bully in gym class, unpopular Nate suffers a broken finger—the middle one, splinted to flip off the world. It won’t be the last time a middle finger is raised on this day. Dreamer Claire envisions herself sitting in an artsy café, filling a journal, but fate has other plans. One cheerleader dates a closeted basketball star; another questions just how, as a “big girl,” she fits in. A group of boys scam drivers for beer money without remorse—or so it seems. Over the course of a single day, these voices and others speak loud and clear about the complex dance that is life in a small town. They resonate in a gritty and unflinching portrayal of a day like any other, with ordinary traumas, heartbreak, and revenge. But on any given day, the line where presentation and perception meet is a tenuous one, so hard to discern. Unless, of course, one looks a little closer—and reads between the lines.
This Spotlight Book Club wrap-up is a bit late – shoutout to our insanely busy lives that have only gotten crazier since the start of summer break – but better late than never, right? Interested in our thoughts? Here are our mini reviews!
Read Between the Lines is a light, quick, and refreshing read with plenty of substance. Told in several short stories from different points of view, this book originally appears to be merely a collection of engaging vignettes. But the story turns out to be so much more than that. Jo Knowles does a fantastic job of showing how the stories connect in both subtle and monumental ways, compelling readers to consider how their actions may affect other people. I thoroughly enjoyed this clever and thought-provoking novel, and you can read my full review here.