I really enjoyed this book it made me laugh then sad, the author has really accomplish to express herself through the characters. some times very witty sayings that i enjoyed, then other times very close to the bone truth of every day life especially a teen ager in a system without family love. Also peer presure was address and overcome with the truth of the word and real family that cares. Looking forward to read the next book.
"In Between" is the first of three books that tell the story of 16-year-old Katie Parker. As readers meet Katie, she is on her way to her first foster home. Her single-parent mother has been incarcerated for dealing drugs, leaving Katie a ward of the state. Katie is nervous about foster care, fearing rumors she's heard may be true. She's certain this will be a temporary situation, so she determines to do all she can to hurry her transition back to the Sunny Haven Home for Girls along. When Katie learns that her foster father not only works at a church, but is the senior pastor, she decides extreme measures are in order.
I loved this story and plan to read the next two. (Book One is self-contained. Readers don't have to go on to read the next two booksâ€”I just want to.) Katie's character is sassy and sarcastic, but not in a hurtful way. She cares about people, but she fears them, so she's protecting herself. Gradually Katie comes to see that her perceptions of others and of God need to change, just as she longs for what she assumes are others' perceptions of her to change, too.
Katie's foster grandmother, Mad Maxine, is a great supporting characterâ€”along with Frances and her family, Sam, Rocky, and more. I recommend this book for teenage girls and not-so-teenage girls alike. Thank you, NavPress, for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
Sixteen year old Katie Parker, is being sent from the Sunny Haven Home for Girls, to yet another foster home. Katie's not sure this is a good idea. She's sure she'll be sent back to the state owned girls home before she even has a chance to feel 'at home'. She's unsure of a lot of things: her new foster parents (James & Millie Scott), her new town (In Between), her new school (In Between High - home of the Fighting Chihuahua's), her new friends (Angel, who turns out to not really be a friend, and Frances Vega, who seems to be everything that Katie is not), church and God, but most of all her new foster grandmother (Mad Maxine). Katie does fall in with some questionable kids at school, which causes some heart-ache for her. As she tries to make amends for her error, she and Frances do start hanging out together more. Katie's introduced to the church's Target Teen youth group, which while still unsure of her beliefs, she does find many of the things Youth Pastor Mike talks about hit her mind and heart...for the good. After spending more time with Mad Maxine, things really begin to change for Katie. This was my first time reading anything by Jenny B. Jones, but it will by no means be my last. Bravo, Jenny B. Jones, well done!
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Bought for my 13 and 15 year old daughters for Christmas. It was on their wishlist. The first time they read these books was in 2009 when they borrowed them from the library. The would return them and check them out again a couple of months later. They think this book is funny and has a good story. There are 3 books in this series, they have read all of them, and have enjoyed each one immensely!