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The Opposite of Here
Contributor(s): Altebrando, Tara
ISBN: 1681197065     ISBN-13: 9781681197067
Publisher: Bloomsbury Ya
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: June 2018
Annotation: On a seventeenth-birthday cruise with her parents and three friends just months after her boyfriend died, Natalie is surprised to connect with a fellow passenger, who then mysteriously disappears.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cruise ships; Fiction.
Birthdays; Fiction.
Grief; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017043770
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 6.50" W x 1.25" (0.85 lbs) 240 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Tara Altebrando is the author of several middle grade and teen novels, including The Possible and The Leaving. She lives in New York City with her family.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #1)

Altebrando (The Leaving) gives a nod to Alfred Hitchcock in this taut thriller set over the course of a seven-day cruise. Natalie's boyfriend recently died in a car crash, and her parents take her and three best friends on a birthday "sail-a-bration" in an effort to help her move on. Within hours of leaving port, Natalie meets a handsome, mysterious boy and for the first time she feels interest in someone new—but he soon disappears, and he may have gone overboard. Altebrando writes in a spare, detached prose style, befitting her emotionally distant protagonist and the unsettling circumstances. The cruise ship setting becomes increasingly claustrophobic, as Natalie and her friends struggle under the weight of their own secrets. An eeriness pervades each reveal, as Natalie searches for the mystery boy and uncovers clues—even as her friends begin to wonder if he actually exists. Natalie's romance with another boy on the ship somewhat detracts from the psychological intensity of the story, but this is a fast-paced and complicated mystery filled with uncertainty and dread. Ages 13–up. Agent: David Dunton, Harvey Klinger. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 March)

Gr 8 Up—After Natalie loses her boyfriend Paul in a terrible accident, her parents decide it's time for her to start living life again, and book a weeklong "sail-cation" for Natalie and her friends. Celebrating her birthday and a new outlook on life on a Caribbean cruise isn't her first choice, but Natalie decides to give it a try. Sea, sun, relaxation—and maybe even a new flame? Natalie meets a handsome stranger who makes her forget Paul for a little while. The two hit it off immediately. Then the new boy suddenly disappears, and Natalie must team up with his twin brother to track him down. Natalie learns that love isn't always what it seems and that sometimes your friends are the ones to count on in a crisis. The story is intertwined with scripts from "two-line films" the girls must create for their teacher, which provide interesting perspective to the story and characters. Fans of mystery and realistic fiction will appreciate this quick read. An interesting plot twist will keep readers guessing until the very end. VERDICT A fun and unusual mystery that teens will enjoy; give to fans of John Green's Paper Towns and E. Lockhart's We Were Liars.—Corey Hall, Manheim Central Middle School, PA

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.