Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel Review

girlontheothersideGirl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel       
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Pub. Date: October 30th, 2009
Pages: 184
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Blog Tour 

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 harboring 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?

My Thoughts:

Okie so let’s just go ahead and face it: High School sucks. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, there will always be people teasing others. Kerbel did a good job with this novel and it expresses the true nightmares of what teasing does to someone. We have Tabby, the queen bee and head of the piranhas. She and everyone else go out of their way to tease Lora, by tripping her, calling her different names and even go as far as physical abusing her. This novel is just sooo sad! I read this around the time all of the bullycide going around and it seriously touched my heart. I cried so much and I identified with both Tabby and Lora’s characters because they are both not perfect but they have these qualities that make them so unique and they just make me see myself in both of them. Kerbel did a great job of displaying that no matter if someone has all the money in the world, no one is perfect. Very good novel and I highly recommend it! I give this book 4 out of 5 paws.

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What do you think of bullying in general? What could we do to help prevent it? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads


  1. This looks like a cute read! Great review!

  2. Might see if I can find this at the library when I go there on Friday.

    Much like high school sucks bullying sucks too. I really don't know what can be done to prevent it since I'm not sure if it really can be stopped. Sure people should be more observant of these people that feel the need to bully since chances are good that there's something going on with them and not just the poor person that's getting the bullying. People need to realize that words do hurt and stop making light of it.

  3. You're right. High school does suck. But I think bullying goes as far back as kindergarden when kids put gum in each other's hair or a worm in your sandwich. That's also a time when girls have "cooties" and the others refer to you as "doodie head." That's where it all may start. But where it will end? That's a little hard because bullying can even continue through adulthood--in jobs or marriages. Not much we can do about it. That's like trying to repair the hole(s) in the ozone layer.