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Book review: ‘The Pages Between Us’ tells of middle school friends trying to stay close

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"THE PAGES BETWEEN US," by Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom, HarperCollins, $16.99, 268 pages (f) (ages 9-12)

When best friends Olivia and Piper start middle school, their worlds are shattered when they discover they only have one of their seven classes together.

Their solution for staying close when they feel so far apart is a notebook they pass back and forth between classes. The book, "The Pages Between Us," holds their darkest secrets, such as Piper's crush on Jackson, who just so happens to be in her math class; gossip about girls at school; and Olivia's struggles in connecting with her parents.

Piper and Olivia not only want to stay close but also desire to have more of a social life in middle school. Because they're so close, they don't really have any other friends. To make more friends and expand their horizons (and get more people to come to Piper's birthday party), they decide the best plan of action is to attend as many clubs as possible. This includes stints in the spelling bee, badminton and French clubs, resulting in humorous situations for both of the girls.

But the extracurricular activities could also widen the gap between the two best friends.

"The Pages Between Us" is written in a journal format, and the role of the narrator passes between Olivia and Piper throughout the book. It includes the occasional flier, receipt and love note to add to the plot and give color to the story of Olivia and Piper's first year in middle school.

The story was written by two real-life friends, Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom, who started writing emails to each other using the voices of the two characters of the book. Eventually, they compiled enough to write "The Pages Between Us."

This book is appropriate for middle grade readers. There is no violence, foul language or sexual content.

Leavitt and Mellom are former schoolteachers. Leavitt lives in Utah with her husband and three children, and Mellom lives in California with her husband and son.

If you go …

What: Lindsey Leavitt book signing

When: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

Where: Provo Library, 550 N. University Ave, Provo

Phone: 801-852-6650

Web: provolibrary.com/authorlink, lindseyleavitt.com

Email: toriackerman@gmail.com