Somewhere in the Middle
by Linda Palmer
Though Everly Sayers makes every effort to be friendly to new student Roone Thorsen, he doesn’t actually acknowledge her until he needs help with physics. Tall and a little on the teddy-bear side physically speaking, Roone falls somewhere in the middle when it come to the guys in her senior class, words actually imprinted on the black cause bracelet he wears.
Turns out they have more than seventh period study hall in common. They’re both avoiding dating if for different reasons. Since the best way to deter wannabe suitors is to be involved in a real relationship, they decide to fake one even if it means they’ll have to show up at the Christmas dance as a couple.
That night is an eye opener for Everly on several levels. First of all, Roone is quite a sight in his tux, which shows off his muscular frame instead of camouflaging it the way his boxy casual clothing does. Second, the kiss they share just for show somehow rocks her world. And third, with a flick of a finger, Roone mysteriously maneuvers a rogue chandelier that crashes to the crowded floor, saving a lot of dancers in the process.
Or did he? Not quite believing her eyes, which suddenly have hearts in them, Everly is reluctant to admit that Roone is not only as far from somewhere in the middle as possible, he just might be out of this world.
Meet Every Sayers, a teenage girl who was somewhere in the middle, had a great family that supported her and who didn’t want to have a boyfriend because she had been hurt before. Most of the times, she got bullied at school, with her schoolmates playing with her books and all. But one day, somebody stepped up to save her from her nasty school mates.
Meet Roone Thorsen, a newcomer in who looked chubby because of the huge T-shirts he kept on wearing, who was the one who saved Everly from the bullies. Roone was failing Physics miserably, yet he & Everly seemed to have the perfect chemistry. They quickly became friends, and decided to go to the school dance together, pretended to be a couple, just so that other girls and boys wouldn’t throw themselves at them. But it seemed that their pretend relationship had blossomed to something deeper, but they couldn’t admit it to themselves for fear that their feelings would not be reciprocated. There’s that, and there’s also the issue of Roone who hadn’t heard about Batman, and his father only learning about the computer and copier. What’s up with that?
This is probably one of my new favorite sci-fi/paranormal stories. Somewhere In the Middle ensnared me right from the beginning. The storyline is fast-paced and never dull, plus the mention of Thor, Captain America and Spiderman definitely made the whole book much more enjoyable. Reminded me a little of Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout and Breaker’s Code by Conner Kressley. Highly recommended to teens and young adults who love to read sci-fi/paranormal/romance stories.