Monday, August 22, 2011

Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel

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?


Genre: contemporary

Rating: 4/5

This is an extremely short book that while heavy handed at some parts, is also a good look at the struggles of teenage life from both the side of a popular girl and one who is mercilessly picked on. Both of them come to the realization that they're lives aren't the only ones in turmoil. It's a bit cliche that Tabby's parents are suddenly loving, just like the students in the school seemed a sort of mean that generally isn't tolerated in a school (the physical restraining of Lora at one point in a public place would have been caught and punished in any school I've worked at). While Tabby is neglected, Lora is not only abused at school, but is under the stress of trying to take care of her family at home. She is by far the more sympathetic of the girls, which makes Tabby's sudden transformation into a nice girl anti-climatic.

It was a likable book and very short for reluctant readers.

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