Today's review is on Here (On the Otherside) by Denise Grover Swank
Swank's books never cease to amaze me. Each book I read from her sends my emotions into overdrive. Be it joy, sorrow, excitement, or the twittering feelings of first love, I know I will be happily thrown into the whirlwind.
The life of Julia Phillips; who is just sixteen, is thrown totally off kilter after she is involved in a car accident where her BFF Monica dies. Feeling responsible because she was the one driving, Julia suffers from a deeply ingrained sense of survivors guilt, shutting herself off from the world around her.
Besides her newly acquired guilt, Julia gains the ability to draw where before she couldn't even draw "a stick figure". She also has a new bracelet. One that has her name engraved on it. One that neither her nor anyone else has ever scene until the accident.
Being the schools "pariah", Julia is surprised when the ever popular Evan Whittaker volunteers to tutor her so she can catch up with all of the school work she has neglected. Before the accident he never paid her any attention. Now it seems he can't get enough of her.
Proclaiming his love for her, Evan then informs Julia that he has to go home, but home is nowhere that Julia thought it would be. Next, in a world of a totally different colour, Julia must face her own impending death. Or does she?
HERE introduces an amazing take on the love triangle where he is not him and she is not her. (You have to read this fantastic book to understand).
Another fantastic hit for Swank! I can not wait for the next installment!!
4 of 5 stars