Book Review: Girl on the Other Side

Girl on the Other Side
Author: Deborah Kerbel
Pages: 147 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Published: October 30th 2009
Review Source: Dundurn Group

This book showcases High School and what happen there every day. You read about the teasing, bullying and just plain old meanness of those 4 years. Deborah did a great job in describing it throughout the pages. Even though the story is a bit short, the pace of the story is fast paced. I would have liked of course for a longer book seems somethings were a bit rushed. The author does a great job writing about real issues and turning them into a enjoyable story to read.

You meet Tabby the girl who is the stereo typical popular girl that is in high school that tends to pick on all. She is wealthy and pretty but under all that there are secrets. Then you meet Lora is that nerdy girl that everyone always picks on at school. Both the girls are similar even though they don't know it. They both harbor very deep secrets that are forced out into the open. What will happen to them?

Summary: (from goodreads) Tabby Freeman and Lora Froggett go to the same school, but they live in totally opposite worlds. Tabby is rich, pretty, and the most popular girl in her class. But behind closed doors, her 'perfect' life is rapidly coming apart at the seams. 

On the other side, Lora is smart, timid, and the constant target of bullies. While struggling to survive the piranha-infested halls of her school, she becomes increasingly nervous that somebody might discover the unbearable truth about what's been happening to her family. 

Despite their differences, Tabby and Lora have something in common - they're both harbouring dark secrets and a lot of pain. Although they've never been friends, a series of strange events causes their lives to crash together in ways neither could have ever imagined. And when the dust finally settles and all their secrets are forced out into the light, will the girls be saved . or destroyed?

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