Thursday, 7 June 2012
Review for Here (On The Otherside) By Denise Grover Swank
Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.
Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.
First off, wow. Here was not what I was expecting at all. But in a good way. I read a lot of YA, and this is the first time I have ever come across anything like this. I was drawn in right from the start and found Julia to be so likeable her guilt over "killing" her best friend is heart breaking.
Then along comes Evan the popular boy who up until a week ago as never paid her any attention, to help her out of the shell she as built around herself. I found him to be an interesting character although I have to admit I have a book crush on Reece.
Its a mixture or romance, love triangles,Paranormal/Dystopia all perfectly balanced.
I never expected the story to take me to the world it did and I am looking forward to reading the next instalment to find out more about what Julia as got herself into and learn more about the world she as entered.