Friday, June 15, 2012

Review: Where You Are

Where You Are
Where You Are by Tammara Webber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 out of 5

The second book in the Between The Lines series by Tammara Webber. As much as I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, I liked this one even more. As should happen in a series we meet some new characters that add depth to both the story and the characters we have already come to know. We also find out more about the main characters that drive the book.

Sometimes it is hard to write these reviews without any spoilers, but I will try. The main protagonists in this book are all fleshed out greatly in this book. We had come to understand a lot about who each of them are, but after this book you understand HOW they got to be who they are. Ms. Webber adds layer upon layer of detail and history that turns a lovely word painting into a classic masterpiece.

One thing that really surprises me is how very well Ms. Webber writes young men. Many YA authors while writing richly textured and deep female characters seem to pull their men out of central casting. Most being little more than one dimensional. The player, the nerd, the hottie with the broken heart yearning to be fixed. Now there are men who are like those, but they are not interchangeable, and without understanding what drove their character they are about as exciting as looking at the cardboard cutout of a supermodel rather than the real thing.

At the end of this book are a couple of telling scenes that show how she is set apart from many other YA authors. Things are said, thought, or done that show a real understanding of the inner workings of the male brain. Without spoiling things that are best discovered through reading just let me say that even though I already had a very high opinion of her skills, my opinion was redrawn with an even greater respect.

Read this series. I am already well into the 3rd book, and already grateful that she has said there will be a fourth one.

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