Author: Denise Grover Swank
Series: On the Otherside #1
Publication: November 11,2011
Source: Author/Blog Tour
Rating: 3.5 out 5
Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.
Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from
Review:I chose this one because of the cover, it makes me think of the movies the Grudge and the Ring. My first thoughts were that this was going to be a book about ghosts or time travel but it's not. Julie, the female lead is having survivor's guilt because she feels it is her fault that her friend Monica died in a freak accident while she was driving. She withdraws from everyone at home and school and becomes a sad, angry person, until the hot guy in school Evan takes an interest in her that somehow pulls her out of her funk. Julia is curious as to why Evan is now interested in her and when she finds out, it will change her world, literally.This story was interesting and the concept is good. There was for me a what the freak is going on moment and Evan just seems creepy and clingy. Julia can come off as bit infuriating at times, but the overall story was good. My curiosity in how this series will turn out has me ready for the next one.