Title: The Space Between

Author: Michelle Andrews & Zara McDonald

Published: September 2020

Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir




There’s this weird gap in life that’s fuelled by cheap tacos and even cheaper tequila – also known as our twenties. It’s a specific limbo of being suspended between being a teenager and a Proper Adult, and though it’s wildly confusing, often lonely, sometimes embarrassing and frequently daunting, there’s also a whole lot of magic to be found in the chaos. It’s a time when we’re finding our own voices, cementing our relationships and starting to fulfil our big ambitions (or simply just working out what they are).

Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald, creators of the award-winning pop culture podcast Shameless, are two of the many twentysomething women trying to make sense of it all. They definitely don’t have all the answers but they know that mapping out our place in the world is a little bit easier when we do it together.

Brimming with wit and unflinching honesty, here are their stories and personal puzzles about life as twentysomethings: from heartbreak and mental health challenges to overcoming career setbacks and letting go of fear. (Not forgetting the deeper meaning behind the state of their fridges and why it’s so damn good to ghost out of a friend’s party.)

Join Zara and Michelle as they navigate their journeys between the women they are now and who they want to be. You just might find tiny pieces of yourself in the space between the first page and the last


TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am constantly flawed by Michelle and Zara’s vocabulary and vulnerability. Reading the pages that dripped with intoxicating prose and inspiring authenticity, I felt a sense of pride in the two women I have watched grow into such forces to be reckoned with. Not many TSB reviews I’ve seen have acknowledged the well-crafted humour and piercing wit they so brilliantly lace into their writing, an element I absolutely loved. Standout chapters for me were focused on knowing when to let go of a friendship, the scary thought that you might be settling in a relationship, and (ouch)…heartbreak. Zara perfectly articulated how it felt to experience heartbreak and I’ll always be grateful knowing I can revisit those words when I need that reassurance. As a single female in my 20’s, this just hit different. My only grievance that I’d like to air is in reference to the point they make about never seeing “those people you met on your European Contiki” ever again. Jokes on you gals, Nicky and I are still going strong 😉


NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Since I turned 21, I have gone through fluctuating levels of feeling torn. About life, love, friendship and where and when I would safely find my tiny spot in this world. These thoughts remained mostly unspoken, and scarcely shared with my nearest and dearest. Centred around navigating the infamously hazy period of our life known as our 20s, and structured by way of a collection of short essays, this book remained fluent and cleverly sharp. Some essays I related to more than others, but I took something from each of them as I relished in the smiles it caused and embraced the tears I shed. I would recommend reading this to anyone who has suppressed their very real thoughts and feelings and internally convinced themselves they were inferior, and that there’s no possible way anyone else could relate. Thank you @zamcdonald and @michelleandrews1 for your raw honesty, humour and camaraderie in the pages of 'the Space Between'.  For me, I still don't know all of the answers, but find solace in the awareness that I am by no means alone.



Recount of sexual assault



Podcasts that Zara and Michelle host:
The Shameless Podcast
Love Etc.

Zara and Michelle being interviewed by Steph Claire Smith & Laura Henshaw from 'Keep It Cleaner':
The KIC Pod - ep.67 - Michelle & Zara - Navigating your 20's

You can find Michelle and Zara here:
Instagram (@shamelesspodcast)
Facebook (Shameless Podcast Book Club)
Tiktok (@shameless_podcast)


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