Jun 1, 2015

Fabulous Freebie Weekend: In Between by Jenny B. Jones

Can we overcome our past? Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head...and heart. When Katie and her new "wrong crowd" get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she's not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she'll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.

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Katie Parker is alone, she doesn't have a home any longer as her mother is in prison. That means Katie is being placed in a foster home. She doesn't feel comfortable with that at all. She's being sent to In Between, a small town in the middle of nowhere. Because it's all she knows she tries to be sent back to the home. Her plans don't seem to work though. Even not when she does her best to make new friends who are doing something horrible to trick her, something that makes her foster parents suffer very much. Instead of sending her away Katie's foster parents are coming up with a suitable form of punishment. One of the things Katie has to do is spending time with her foster grandma Mad Maxine. Katie's dreading it, but it might not be so bad after all...

While spending more time with her foster parents Katie notices that not everything is as wonderful and happy in their life. They have a secret and maybe they need Katie as much as she needs them. Katie tries to find out more, but it isn't easy to get to know the truth. Will she be able to start over in In Between and will she embrace her new life after all?

Katie Parker is a wonderful girl with a great sense of humor. When she's afraid she's trying to cover it up, but her foster mother sees straight through her. Katie has a pretty difficult past and she can't believe it when she ends up in a beautiful room and has a closet filled with new clothes. She's withdrawn and doesn't even want to get attached to a pair of new jeans as she's so afraid to lose it. Slowly she transforms and that was really good to see. She struggles with her new home and routine, especially the religious aspects as Katie doesn't believe in God and not going to church is not an option. Going to church and making friends who believe in God might not be the worst, but that doesn't mean Katie has any faith. Not in life, not in herself and certainly not in God. I loved how the author made her discover more about herself and the skills she has bit by bit. I can't wait to read the next book to find out more about Katie.

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