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Book Review: The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando

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Name: The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando

Date Published: Expected June 5th 2018

Genre: Ya Thriller

Goodreads Rating: 3.48/5 Stars

How I acquired it: I received a E-ARC from NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary

            Natalie’s parents are taking her and three best friends on a week-long cruise for her birthday—a sail-a-bration! Sigh. It’s also only been months since her boyfriend died in a tragic accident, and she wants to be anywhere but here. So she’s surprised when she meets a guy on the first night and feels a connection she’s never felt before. After a late-night talk on a secluded part of the ship, Natalie runs to her cabin for a change of clothes. But when she returns, he’s gone without a trace. And something he said makes her think he may have jumped. . . . What pulled her to him, and what pulled him away? Was he ever even there?

Writing: ★★★★★

Plot: ★★★★★

Romance: ★★★

Reading Level: ★★★★★

Ending: ★★★★

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

My Review:

I absolutely LOVED! this book. It took me till the third page (ish) before I was hooked. I will admit I’m usually picky when it comes to the hook. If I’m not pulled in within the first chapter I usually won’t finish it. So I was getting a little worried. But from page 3 on I couldn’t put the book down. Took me 4 hours to read and I wish there was more. (Because I’m now attached to the characters not because it ended in a cliffhanger)

Since it’s a thriller it’s hard to explain the plot without giving anything away so I’m going to try and be as vague as possible while still convincing you to GO AND GET THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY THE DAY IT COMES OUT! (subtle enough?). I love how Tara Altebrando keeps you guessing the whole time but not in an unrealistic way. Each character had their own personality and part to play in the overall story and they all tied together really well. I love how each of Natalie’s friends were unique and they weren’t meant to be “the same, that’s why they fit together”. It was more realistic considering they were on a week-long cruise and they didn’t get along the whole time (teenage girls NEVER get along all the time even if they’re best friends – let’s be real).

Natalie’s struggle from the beginning of the book is easy to understand. Her boyfriend was killed in a car accident a couple months before her birthday and she has been struggling to get her life back in order. So when she meets this handsome stranger on a cruise ship, she’s not sure what to do. Is she betraying Paul or is it time to move on? I only gave it 3 stars on romance, but I’m a little greedy that way. I always want more 😛

The pace of the book was constant without getting confusing. I was interested the whole time without having to go back and re-read from fear of not catching something. I also love how everything was connected.

The only thing that would have made this book perfect was a slight change in the ending but I won’t spoil anything so you’ll have to read it for yourself. And when you do let me know so we can talk about it! It’s a thriller, so it’s not a book I will likely read again and if I do it won’t be for a couple years so I won’t remember the ending but it is definitely a book I will recommend to any Ya, Thriller reader. Also, Tara Altenrando (looking at you), the last page was… <3 <3 <3

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