Thin Space by Jody Casella
Released: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Beyond Words/Simon Pulse
But, when a new girl moves into the house next door, the same house Marsh is sure holds a thin space, she may be the key—or the unraveling of all his secrets.
As they get closer to finding a thin space—and closer to each other—Marsh must decide once and for all how far he’s willing to go to right the wrongs of the living…and the dead.
The summary for this book sounded super intriguing and sounded like it would be bursting with paranormal happenings and elements. Unfortunately, THIN SPACE didn’t deliver this as much as I would have liked. There were some great aspects of the novel that I loved, but there were also some things that fell flat for me.
Marsh has lost his other half and is living through a fog the months after his brother was killed in a car accident that he was the driver of. He walks around barefoot and just goes through the motions, not truly knowing what is going on around. He is sad, depressed, and absolutely desperate to find this mythical thin space that his old neighbor told him about. He believes it’s the only way to fix things and to see his brother again.
The whole first half of the novel was Marsh post falling apart. It’s obvious that he’s hit rock bottom. He doesn’t talk to anyone, no one talks to him. This section of the book is basically just Marsh thinking to himself. You really don’t get any interaction with others. While this is critical to showing Marsh’s downfall, it did get a bit irritating. I liked Marsh’s voice but I wanted to get to know other characters, hear a dialogue, something. I got kind of tired of just being inside his head.
When the girl next door, Maddie, moved in, the novel picked up quite significantly. She was a happy go lucky, shy girl who brought some new dynamics to the scene. She got Marsh to talk and open up. She had a history of her own that slowly was unveiled. She wasn’t perfect but I really liked how she added to the novel and woke up Marsh, so to speak. She took everything weird that Marsh said or did with a grain of salt and joined him in his search for a thin space. Like I said, this is when the novel finally picked up. They are now on a search, looking in strange places they think the thin space would be. They had deep conversations and it was enjoyable to read.
There is a big twist near the end. BIG. It’ll make you go back and reread things. You’ll be honestly sitting on your bed thinking for a good 30 minutes. After I finished, I was still thinking about the implications of this twist. I did see it coming, though. I had my suspicions here and there but I never expected that I would be right. It changes the novel completely and I liked what it did to my whole reading experience.
Overall, THIN SPACE is more of a character story about what it’s like to lose the one person you thought you would be with the rest of your life, your brother, your twin. It was deep, emotional, and raw. I really liked watching Marsh learn to deal with this loss, cope, and find a way to move on and open up to someone else. I do wish there was more paranormal aspects of the novel, though. I think that would have added to the novel significantly and kept it more interesting. But this book will leave you thinking and rethinking everything you just read, you can count on that!
|3.5 Thought Clouds|