Monday, September 14, 2009

Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbal

Lora Froggett has many problems at home on top of those she faces at school. Everyone bullies her despite the fact that she is the most intelligent student in their grade. Tabby Freeman, the most popular girl in school, is beginning to realize that she also has problems. Her father's business is being investigated by the police, and she feels like her parents are never there for her. Both girls are holding more pain than either one can handle, but when they come together--perhaps by fate--they seem to be able to hold on for just a little longer. They come from completely different families, so why are they exactly the same?
It is unusual to find a high school student who is not in a clique or some sort of social group. Something even more unusual is to find the groups connecting together. This book tells a story that sets a perfect example of why teenagers should not judge each other and try to be friends with those who are different than themselves. Girl on the Other Side was highly emotional and therefore a great motivator for humans to try to understand each other. The vocabulary was accurate with what teenagers would actually say, and the way that the chapters were organized (going back and forth between the two girls) helped the flow of the book. Also, readers would be able to get inside both of the heads of the characters and make connections.
I recommend this book to high school females.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America

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