February 27, 2013

Review: Here (On the Otherside #1) 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.
   I thoroughly enjoyed reading Here because I'm the type of person who really loves trying to figure out mysteries before the end of the book. Julia, the main character, wakes from a coma to find herself wearing a strange bracelet, with new artistic talent, and memories of herself dying in the car accident that took the life of her best friend, Monica. The reader is thrown one mystery after another as everything Julia believes in is now topsy-turvy and it only gets more mysterious when two boys from school take a sudden interest in Julia at the same time. Boys she has never talked to or been friends with before. Oddly, the two young men seem to know a lot more about Julia then they should. As Julia states, ʺMy life is a literal nightmare and I'm kissing boys.ʺ But what else can a poor girl do when her father walks out on the family, her little sister blames her for his defection, and she is sent to an alternative school because she can't seem to focus on schoolwork anymore. The AMAZING and very unexpected conclusion to Here makes you want to run right out and purchase the next book in the series, There, to find out what happens next. Luckily, I have the next book right here in my grubby hands so keep an eye out for the second installment.
Publisher- Createspace
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by~Cindi
Thank you to the author for the donation of this book to the Read for Your Future book program.
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