ARC REVIEW| The Space Between Us by Courtney Peppernell and Zack Grey

Title: The Space Between Us: Poetry and Prose // Author: Courtney Peppernell and Zack Grey

Date of publication: October 6th 2020 // Print length: Paperback, 256 pages

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A universal narrative on the significance of distance with love; remember to hold on to what you believe in. Ideal for those “whose love knows no bounds,” The Space Between Us is full of profound anecdotes and messages, illustrating the courage and heartache of enduring physical distance.

The Space Between Us explores the trials of love and what it’s like to live a life separated by distance from someone you care about. Its content is thoughtfully divided into five chapters, or phases, of the long-distance experience:

At First Glance
Living for Tomorrow
Lonely Nights
Grow Together/Grow Apart
When I See You.

A combination of poems and prose are sporadically connected with small graphics and maps to visualize the journey of physical distance. These poems serve as an adhesive between the reader and the ones they miss, the longing, the anticipation, and the eventual relief. Though both authors bring with them a unique perspective, the lens is singular; each is attuned to navigating this complex terrain.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Writing Quality 5/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 5/5, Intellectual Depth 5/5, Diversity 3/5, Originality 4/5, Overall 4.3/5.

When I picked up this book, I was expecting a short read, and I have to admit, when I saw that the book had over 200 pages, I was a tad intimidated by the length. I tried to hide the memory of this ARC for that reason, but as the 27th of October approached, I had no choice but to start reading. Funnily enough, I finished it in less than two hours, and it will be a book I won’t easily forget.

The collection features five different poems( At First Glance, Living for Tomorrow, Lonely Nights, Grow Together/ Grow Apart and When I See You), and each of them explores a phase into a long-distance relationship. The poem I liked the most was At First Glance. I feel like it portrayed the beginning of every relationship truthfully and comprehensively. The first stage of the relationship, both or the people are madly in love. This part made me a little nostalgic about an old relationship too; on one had it made me realise that the feeling those two were experiencing won’t happen to me any time soon, but it also made me happy because I’ve been through that feeling. The moment when you’re not able to think about anyone else but your significant other, missing them even if it’s been only one hour since you last spoke, and so on. It reopened a part of me I thought was buried, and I loved that.

I also feel like this book expressed the hardships of a long-distance relationship without living out the ugly. It dealt with the good parts and also with the bad parts. One of my friends is now struggling with a long-distance relationship, and I know how challenging it can be, but I never imagined in what way. I can safely say that this book opened my eyes when it comes to this subject.

Lastly, the illustrations in this book were beautiful! They looked aesthetically pleasing, but they also had something to do with the story itself.

Overall, despite the length, this book is easily readable and worth the time. It works great as a light read, and I couldn’t recommend it more.


Courtney Peppernell is the best-selling author of Pillow Thoughts. Her writing career launched in 2015 with her debut novel Chasing Paper Cranes. Her first poetry collection Pillow Thoughts was released in 2016 and reached number one and best seller in her category. Having also captured the attention of world renowned artists The Chainsmokers, Pillow Thoughts was then re-published by Andrews McMeel Universal, along with her second poetry collection The Road Between in August 2017. Courtney also released her second novel Keeping Long Island in 2017.

Zack Grey is a 25-year-old writer from the Eastern US. He’s been reading voraciously his whole life and writing since he was 12. In the quiet of his room, the books he read at that young age changed him. The authors, unbeknownst to them, gave him an escape from the difficulties of his home life. He knew then that, one day, he would pay it forward. Zack seeks to make others feel understood, just like his favorite storytellers made him feel. When he’s not writing, he loves traveling, cinema, and music of all kinds. 


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