Read Between the Lines

Read Between the Lines Review

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.

Title:Read Between the Lines
Edition Language:English

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    Read Between the Lines Reviews

  • Carol Royce Owen

    There have been very few times in my career as a teacher that I have thought, "I wish I taught middle or high school. Most often, I say a blessing that I've never had to go that route. But then a book...

  • Kelly Gunderman

    Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!I actually rated this 4.5 stars, but I'm feeling generous so I'm rounding up to 5!I absolutely adored this book. The characters, th...

  • Ken

    Jo Knowles "novel" is more like a series of connected short stories, each overlapping, some sharing common characters from a typical high school with typical high school "sorts" (Breakfast Club withou...

  • Brittany

    This is a smart little book that expertly weaved together several different events taking place over the course of a single day. I loved the complex way it illustrated how our actions can effect other...

  • Kelly

    Told through ten separate points of view in a short, vignette style, Knowles writes a page-turner set over the course of a single day. Like Siobhan Vivian does in THE LIST, this is a story about what ...

  • Chloe

    I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. It really made you think, and I loved the multiple perspectives showing all that happened throughout one single day....

  • Alisha Marie

    Slight disclaimer: I really found Read Between the Lines to be more of a 3-and-a-half-stars kind of book, but I'm being nice and rounding up to four stars instead of rounding slightly down to three st...

  • Maria

    REVIEW: This book left me with mixed emotions. I really liked it and thought it was nice, but it was so darn confusing! Going into this, I thought that it would be like an Ellen Hopkins book that foll...

  • Carole

    This author has a knack for getting teen voices spot on. Each chapter in this book is narrated by a different character, giving different perspectives of the same events. What is probably a fairly nor...

  • Liviania

    Each chapter in READ BETWEEN THE LINES follows a different person. Most of the narrators are in an elective lit class at the high school, but some are more tangential - neighbors, friends, siblings. T...