on June 5th, 2019
Genres: Coming of Age, Young Adult
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
There are two sides to every story.
The surface reality that’s presented to the world.
And then there’s the other side.
The real one.
The one that matters.
Seventeen-year-old, self-proclaimed asshole, Toby Page, is alone.
He trades maintenance work in exchange for room and board.
Every day he fights demons no one else can see.
Every day he wants to give up.
But he can’t.
When Alice Eliot moves in downstairs, she offers Toby some light in his dark world.
At a crossroads and barely hanging on, it’s hard to have perspective.
It’s difficult to see your own worth when you’re the villain in your story.
Luckily for Toby, Alice brings things out in him that no one else ever has.
As the two sides of Toby’s story are revealed, and the full reality comes into view, truth is gained.
Improbable alliances prove that kindness is fundamentally human.
Unlikely heroes emerge.
The question is, Will it all be enough to save him?
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Off the charts stars!
“Sometimes a photo captures emotion so palpable that it can still be felt every time you look at it.”
Replace the word photo with The Other Side and you understand the experience of Kim Holden’s writing. Feelings are palpable. I can’t think about this book without feeling the vast emotional swing, one she delivers in spades. I’m not sure how I finished this book. My eyes were clouded by tears for the last 40% of this book. The Other Side is just that. The story of alternate realities, a much-needed level set at how life choices and secret sharing, and listening, impact the spirit and change outcomes.
Centered on teenager Toby Page in 1987, Holden examines the darkness of depression, abuse ( physical, mental and substance), and suicide. But Toby’s story is nothing without the inhabitants of a Victorian house on Clarkson St in Denver, CO, and connections forged out of necessity until a certain Alice Eliot makes her way into his head and heart. But being in Toby’s head is HARD. It hurts and it weighed my spirit down. As we make our way through the months leading up to 18th birthday and his high-school graduation, we’re exposed to the hard truth of this tortured soul’s life. When the story switches to Part 2 – I experienced so much grief as the wonder that is Toby is explored as his truths are revealed. It was absolutely devastating and liberating at the same time.
Holden has brilliantly woven a profound work of fiction and serves as a reminder that even in the darkest moments there is hope. Toby’s story is one for the masses. Everyone can relate to any one of the characters in one way or another making this a #mustread!
~Review by Cyndi
Dear God in heaven…can I give this book more than 5 stars??
If you’ve ever read a book by Kim Holden, then you know how she pours a bit of her soul into each book she writes. And she unwittingly takes your heart captive and makes you empty your tear ducts. When I jumped into this novel, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Would this be like Brightside, which annihilated me? Short answer…Yes and No. Confusing answer? Indeed. Because even as I delved into the book, I was only looking at it from one side. I kept thinking I knew Toby. I kept thinking I had it all figured out. But then Holden worked her magic and lifted the veil. Then I saw the other side. I would love to pontificate upon why this book is so profound but I don’t want to spoil the experience for anyone. Thus, I’ll leave you with these gems, hoping they’ll entice you to take the journey that is so worthwhile.
* You never know how you impact others and what they see
* Don’t be afraid to ask for help; there’s probably someone waiting in the wings who wants
* You’ve probably changed someone’s life with a kind gesture or word, never having known your influence
Her words ring true. Your heart will break, but I promise that the heartache and tears are all justified. Take a walk in Toby’s shoes and see the other side. And to the author, thank you. Thank you for your honesty, insight, and vulnerability. Thank you for letting us see your other side.
~ Review by Loredana
Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle (my husband built it for me), Facebook (I’m fairly certain it’s an addiction at this point), iced coffee (hazelnut), and music (LOVE Sunset Sons, the 1975, Dredg, the xx, Balance and Composure, Teenage Bottlerocket, and 30 Seconds to Mars). I also love dreaming, which brings me to my next point. I have one bit of advice for anyone reading this … follow your dreams. It’s never too late. Get started today … heck get started RIGHT NOW! I wanted to write a book 20 years ago. Instead I waited. And waited. I should’ve been writing. But I didn’t. I don’t do regrets, because the past is just that, the past. But let me tell you there’s nothing in the world like achieving something you’ve dreamt about for years and years. So, get started. Make your dreams reality.