The Opposite of Here
"A taut, evocative thriller that's surprising to the last page." --Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is LyingThere's no hiding on a cruise ship-not even from yourself. Natalie's parents are taking her and her three best friends on a cruise for her seventeenth birthday. A sail-a-bration, they call it. But it's only been a few short months since Natalie's boyfriend died in a tragic accident, and she wants to be anywhere but here. Then she meets a guy on the first night and sparks fly. After a moonlit conversation on a secluded deck of the ship, Natalie pops down to her cabin to get her swimsuit so they can go for a dip. But when she returns, he's gone. Something he said makes her think he might have . . . jumped? No, he couldn't have. But why do her friends think she's crazy for wanting to make sure he's okay? Also, why do they seem to be hiding something from her? And how can she find him when she doesn't even know his name? Most importantly, why is the captain on the intercom announcing the urgent need for a headcount? With her signature thrilling storytelling, the author of The Leaving and The Possible explores our vulnerability to the power of suggestion-and the lies we tell others and ourselves-in a twisting, Hitchcock-inspired mystery with high stakes and dark secrets.

The Opposite of Here Details

TitleThe Opposite of Here
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 5th, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury YA
ISBN-139781681197067
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Thriller, Mystery

The Opposite of Here Review

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    There is something to be said for really interesting books that had you expecting mediocrity. This is not exactly an objectively high-quality book - listen, we know that - but I think as vaguely mediocre YA thrillers go, this is just about the best you can ever do. There’s something to be said for reading something in an hour and getting chills.The Opposite Of Here follows four friends on a cruise ship journey when the lead believes she has seen a boy fall off the ship. It is… very eerie, surpri There is something to be said for really interesting books that had you expecting mediocrity. This is not exactly an objectively high-quality book - listen, we know that - but I think as vaguely mediocre YA thrillers go, this is just about the best you can ever do. There’s something to be said for reading something in an hour and getting chills.The Opposite Of Here follows four friends on a cruise ship journey when the lead believes she has seen a boy fall off the ship. It is… very eerie, surprisingly. There were plot twists I did not guess, even more surprisingly! But I think what sets this book apart from other YA thrillers in this vein is the subversiveness.Something I really appreciated was the devotion to Hitchcock references and aesthetic. So many callbacks to Vertigo. And assorted other movies that I have not seen. So. Much. Aesthetic. Altebrando’s main method of showing her character’s current state of mind is through little tiny two-line Hitcockian sketches written for a film teacher’s assignment. These sketches starts out super funny and end up super creepy as the book progresses. I feel like this kind of device could end up gimmicky, but it’s not - it’s SO effective in making you love the lead. Some of the sketches are sad, some are amusing, some are horrifying, some amazing. [this is a very real spoiler, but - (view spoiler)[ you sexually assaulted me at a party. SHE REALLY DID THAT. (hide spoiler)]The Opposite Of Here really stuck out to me because of its feminist undertones and subversion of tired tropes. Not going to lie, I started this book expecting a huge element of girl hate. Group of friends in a cabin, possible conflict, this will be a thriller with the normal stereotypical “bitchy” drama to top it off. Booooooring. And then… it becomes a story about the strength of friendship between girls. A major conflict between two leads that I thought would have been shitty and boring end up being about some really deep and awful things in the girls’ past. Similarly, the book sets up a generic love triangle and then subtly does... exactly what you don’t expect out of it. There are some really significant feminist themes in general; one of the major themes ends up being - yes, this is a spoiler - (view spoiler)[the lead character’s sexual assault. (hide spoiler)]Anyway. If you're looking for an actually-good YA page turner that will give you something a little different, this is absolutely recommended. TW: discussion of sexual assault, claustrophobic scenes. ✨ buddyread with the fact that this is only 200 pages and therefore will conquer my slumpBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    This book is...bonkers.I kind of expected and/or hoped that this book would be totally full on bonkers, because it’s a thriller and thrillers are more thrilling if they’re bonkers.Everyone knows that.This book wasn’t all that creepy. Or scary. Or thrilling, I guess. But bonkers? Yes.It might actually be bonkers because it’s not any of those things.I will back up.Natalie’s boyfriend died a couple months back in a car accident and she’s been, understandably, a liiiiiil mopey ever since. So her par This book is...bonkers.I kind of expected and/or hoped that this book would be totally full on bonkers, because it’s a thriller and thrillers are more thrilling if they’re bonkers.Everyone knows that.This book wasn’t all that creepy. Or scary. Or thrilling, I guess. But bonkers? Yes.It might actually be bonkers because it’s not any of those things.I will back up.Natalie’s boyfriend died a couple months back in a car accident and she’s been, understandably, a liiiiiil mopey ever since. So her parents decide to take her (and three of her closest friends!!!!!) on a birthday extravaganza cruuuuuuuuise!!!!They’re not rich or anything. At one point Natalie’s dad is like, Omg lol the cruise is practically cheaper than staying home at this point!!!! To which I say: Unless you’re in some sort of strange Suite Life of Zack and Cody situation, minus the getting the hotel room for free because your mom sings at the hotel, then you stay at home FOR FREE.Are they...are they paying six people to take a cruise?I just do not understand the financial mechanics of this story. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. Entirely.They get on the cruise, Natalie is a big ol’ meanie to her friends, she meets and plays shuffleboard with a hottie, she presumes said hottie jumped ship immediately after taking a sexiiii shirtless selfie on her phone.Usual cruise hijinks.No, I’ve never been on a cruise before. Why do you ask?This book can be un peu annoying. Natalie is not the best person alive (I love that fun trope of being like I’m not hot lol!! But I do have shiny blonde hair that falls to the middle of my back, clear blue eyes, smooth tan skin…...etc etc). There’s kind of a romance plotline. Which, bleh. But here are the things that I like:1) Kind of diverse??? Not overwhelmingly. But a little. I will take what I can get because wow holy sh*t everyone in every thriller of all time is white.2) Fun friendship stuff about ~healing~ and ~growing~ or whatever. Again, there are so rarely strong female friendships ever in YA that it’s like,,, just gimme.3) AT THE END OF THE BOOK, NATALIE JUST DECIDES SHE’S NOT REALLY THAT INTO LOVE INTEREST NUMERO UN. AND JUST DROPS HIM.I’m sorry if that’s a spoiler but it is truly the best thing I have ever heard in my entire life.Bottom line: This book can be kind of boring, and it’s like...not my favorite ever? But I like the things it does differently a whooooole hell of a lot.thank you to bloomsbury for the arc <3
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    For a young adult thriller / mystery this isn't too bad. Natalie, Lexie, Nora, and Charlotte are BFF's. Natalie's boyfriend, Paul, was killed several months earlier in a fatal car accident. Natalie has been in a funk since it happened and is unable to laugh and have fun as she once used too. Her parents think that booking her and her friends on a cruise for her upcoming birthday, a sail-a-bration, will be just the thing to bring her back to life. The first night on the cruise while in the teen l For a young adult thriller / mystery this isn't too bad. Natalie, Lexie, Nora, and Charlotte are BFF's. Natalie's boyfriend, Paul, was killed several months earlier in a fatal car accident. Natalie has been in a funk since it happened and is unable to laugh and have fun as she once used too. Her parents think that booking her and her friends on a cruise for her upcoming birthday, a sail-a-bration, will be just the thing to bring her back to life. The first night on the cruise while in the teen lounge Natalie meets a handsome stranger. The connection between them is instant. She can't believe that she is already attracted to this stranger. They banter easily back and forth as if they've known each other forever. He asks her to meet him at the hot tubs. She returns to her room to fetch her bathing suit. As she makes her way to the hot tub it is clear the handsome stranger isn't there. Why didn't he show? Did something happen to him? Her friends try to convince her to forget about the guy. Who needs a man that's going to blow you off on the very first night? Natalie can't let it go. They hit it off so well that she makes it her business to find out what happened. Now the mystery begins. This book is fast paced and easy to read. Short chapters will have you breezing through the pages. One thing I appreciated about this book is that these teenage girls seemed genuine in the way they spoke and their actions. I didn't necessarily like all of them all of the time but I believed them. I also enjoyed all the nods to Hitchcock movies. What I didn't love is the reasoning behind the mystery. It was just a bit too far fetched to me. On a positive note I do think at the end of the book a very strong message is made about the strength of female friendships and why we shouldn't allow men to define us. Be strong, be brave, and most importantly...BE YOU!!! 3.5 stars! Thank you to Bloomsbury/YA for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Marla
    January 1, 1970
    Natalie and her family go on a cruise with three of Natalie’s friends to celebrate her 17th birthday. On the very first day, Natalie meets a guy in the teen area and they hit it off. But then he disappears and because of the things he said to her, she thinks he jumped. She then meets another boy who is his twin named Michael. Together, Michael and Natalie try to find the twin before he does something bad to someone or himself because according to Michael, his brother is not a nice person. Natali Natalie and her family go on a cruise with three of Natalie’s friends to celebrate her 17th birthday. On the very first day, Natalie meets a guy in the teen area and they hit it off. But then he disappears and because of the things he said to her, she thinks he jumped. She then meets another boy who is his twin named Michael. Together, Michael and Natalie try to find the twin before he does something bad to someone or himself because according to Michael, his brother is not a nice person. Natalie pretty much ignores her friends, only spending a short amount of time with them. Instead she is obsessed with finding a guy who she barely knows. Also, they are on this cruise because Natalie’s boyfriend had recently died in a car crash and her parents wants to help her cope. There are a few surprises, things come to light about Natalie, Natalie’s relationship with her boyfriend, one of her friends who was a little bitchy and the twin brothers. A little bit of Hitchcock was thrown in literally and figuratively. This was an okay story, not one of my favorites. Natalie was a well-developed character but I think her parents showed up maybe three times and you don’t learn too much about her friends. I didn’t care for any of those characters. It seemed like Natalie was putting a lot on the line for a guy she had just met. I wanted to say wake up and just enjoy your vacation, he isn’t your problem.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - that was actually a lot of fun. Though the ending was a little WTF in the "seriously?" way, it was also WTF in the "WTF-I-did-not-see-that-coming way, which I loved.Full review to come next week on Jen Ryland ReviewsRead more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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  • Kristina Reads - Books. Blogs. Memes.
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warning for sexual assaultSo yeah this was another weird one that just didn’t quite do it for me.This started out with an interesting premise and just kind of went way off the yellow brick road into Wonderland and left us behind.None of Natalie’s actions made sense to me. She meets this guy the first night of the cruise and, after some light flirting (during which he never even tells her his name) she decides she might be falling in love and becomes hugely concerned for his well-being. I Trigger warning for sexual assaultSo yeah this was another weird one that just didn’t quite do it for me.This started out with an interesting premise and just kind of went way off the yellow brick road into Wonderland and left us behind.None of Natalie’s actions made sense to me. She meets this guy the first night of the cruise and, after some light flirting (during which he never even tells her his name) she decides she might be falling in love and becomes hugely concerned for his well-being. It’s not really that big of a mystery why her friends want her to let it go – he blew her off.When she finally does figure out his endgame, I was left shaking my head and STILL so confused. It just came out of nowhere for me. And I couldn’t really suspend my disbelief enough to get invested.Some people will probably like this book. The writing’s not bad, I just think the overall plot could have been cleaned up a bit. There’s also a nice ending there about the importance of friendship, honesty, and not defining yourself according to another person. So, if the premise sounds interesting to you, you might go ahead and give it a try anyway.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of twisty mysteries that have a touch of unreliability and with that synopsis, I was eager to get to this one. I liked Natalie well enough. There are definitely some things going on, some fairly obvious and some not quite as obvious right away. As the layer peel back, her actions make sense and yet I was still bummed at how she was treating her BFFs. Plot wise, the story moves, but it’s repetitive. At first I thought it would add to the trickery, instead it was sort of annoying. I am a huge fan of twisty mysteries that have a touch of unreliability and with that synopsis, I was eager to get to this one. I liked Natalie well enough. There are definitely some things going on, some fairly obvious and some not quite as obvious right away. As the layer peel back, her actions make sense and yet I was still bummed at how she was treating her BFFs. Plot wise, the story moves, but it’s repetitive. At first I thought it would add to the trickery, instead it was sort of annoying. There are a lot of moving parts here and I’m not entirely sure all of them were needed Overall, I loved the idea of a cruise ship location and there are some things at the very end that I am borderline obsessed with. However, it was definitely lacking some tension that I was expecting.**Huge thanks to Bloomsbury for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    So many twists and turns I did not see coming! If you're a thriller fan, you won't be able to put this one down.
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    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 giv 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 :PThe 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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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I expected to breeze through this book and feel detached from the characters and lack of mystery, but I was wrong. This mystery takes place on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean while Natalie, her parents, and her three best friends celebrate Natalie's 17th birthday. Natalie's boyfriend unexpectedly died months prior so she’s stuck in this stoic slumber with the past on repeat. On her first night of the cruise she meets an energetic guy who breaks her out of her stupor. Fast forward 24 hou I expected to breeze through this book and feel detached from the characters and lack of mystery, but I was wrong. This mystery takes place on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean while Natalie, her parents, and her three best friends celebrate Natalie's 17th birthday. Natalie's boyfriend unexpectedly died months prior so she’s stuck in this stoic slumber with the past on repeat. On her first night of the cruise she meets an energetic guy who breaks her out of her stupor. Fast forward 24 hours and this guy has vanished, leaving clues that lead Natalie to believe that he jumped overboard.There wasn’t any character development other than Natalie. Her friends and parents weren’t included much. Things became interesting when Natalie spies this mysterious guy again and asks why he stood her up, and this guy says that his name is Michael and his twin brother was the one who interacted with Natalie.From there the mystery unravels as Natalie and Michael attempt to locate his missing twin brother and figure out the clues he has left behind. The big shocker happened right on the last page. I never put two and two together so once I finished I had to go back and read the last chapter just to make sure what I read was correct.My only wish was that I was hoping for a specific reveal between Michael and his twin. I’m not going to go into details since I don’t want to spoil anything, but the story would have been more interesting with this specific twist.I received an ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Reading Teen
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun fast read. The mystery wasn’t quite as exciting or intriguing as I was hoping but I still flew through the book. You can tell by my updates that I wasn’t really a fan of any of the characters. The MC, Natalie was such a downer. I mean, I know there are people like this in the world, and I know she kind of had her reasons, but they just don’t make interesting characters to read about. Her friends were jerks, the love interest(s) were jerks, she was kind of a jerk. I stayed engaged This was a fun fast read. The mystery wasn’t quite as exciting or intriguing as I was hoping but I still flew through the book. You can tell by my updates that I wasn’t really a fan of any of the characters. The MC, Natalie was such a downer. I mean, I know there are people like this in the world, and I know she kind of had her reasons, but they just don’t make interesting characters to read about. Her friends were jerks, the love interest(s) were jerks, she was kind of a jerk. I stayed engaged the whole time and just kept on reading, which says something. But in the end, the reveal was more like, “Oh, huh, interesting.” Not, “Woah that’s crazy!”
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this mysterious young adult thriller but I didn't love the pacing. I did enjoy reading it and I was interest to see exactly where the author was going to take it but it didn't grab me and hold on to me as much as I had hoped it would. Over all I do believe a lot of my students will enjoy it.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    that was trippy!
  • Cocktails and Books
    January 1, 1970
    What did I just read??? This book was a trip, but not in a good way.
  • Lily (latestreads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5, review to come
  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on release
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a bit of a struggle to get through. It was neither thrilling or mysterious. I never connected to the plot or the characters. I did finish but I am disappointed with what I read.FRTC.**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for honest review**
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    Natalie is on a birthday cruise with her parents and three best friends. They all thought it would be a good experience for Natalie, who is grieving the death of her boyfriend nine months ago. When Natalie meets an intriguing boy who ends up having a twin, a whirlwind mystery ensues.I really liked the premise of The Opposite of Here, and there were some really well written passages. Overall though, I found it to be very disjointed. The various movie scenes were confusing and messed with the flow Natalie is on a birthday cruise with her parents and three best friends. They all thought it would be a good experience for Natalie, who is grieving the death of her boyfriend nine months ago. When Natalie meets an intriguing boy who ends up having a twin, a whirlwind mystery ensues.I really liked the premise of The Opposite of Here, and there were some really well written passages. Overall though, I found it to be very disjointed. The various movie scenes were confusing and messed with the flow of the book. I also wanted the ending to be less far-fetched. Probably not one we'll purchase or promote with our students.I read an ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Alyssa Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Well I know which book is definitely going into my worst books of 2018.This book had so many bad elements that I honestly couldn't find one thing that I enjoyed while reading it. Characters: Natalie was the most boring protagonist. She didn't do anything interesting. She didn't feel anything. She just kept doing all these weird, STUPID THINGS for no apparent reason. I ended this book disappointed because I felt that she (and EVERYONE ELSE) was so one dimensional that I couldn't like her or disli Well I know which book is definitely going into my worst books of 2018.This book had so many bad elements that I honestly couldn't find one thing that I enjoyed while reading it. Characters: Natalie was the most boring protagonist. She didn't do anything interesting. She didn't feel anything. She just kept doing all these weird, STUPID THINGS for no apparent reason. I ended this book disappointed because I felt that she (and EVERYONE ELSE) was so one dimensional that I couldn't like her or dislike her because she didn't have anything about her to even think about. As to everyone else, I felt like we could totally eliminate two of her friends and her parents and wouldn't have missed literally anything. I felt the author just told us how the characters were and didn't actually give us moments or dialogue to prove that they were actually that way. The love interests were so stupid,underdeveloped and completely ridiculous.Plot: WHAT KIND OF HOT MESS WAS THIS?! The whole reason Ray had for doing all the things he did was so far fetched and unbelievable that I'm still shocked this got published. The first thing natalie does when she meets a boy she thinks is hot is give him her cabin number??? She had one conversation with him and thought it was totally reasonable to give him her room number BEFORE EVEN KNOWING HIS NAME OR LITERALLY ANYTHING ABOUT HIM. She ditches her friends basically their entire cruise, and if she was hanging out with them she was complaining and moaning about how she didn't want to be there and wanted to spend all her time with a random stranger. She treats her friends and parents like such crap when they're all there to make sure SHE has a good time and she was just annoying and rude the whole time. The whole twin brothers thing was just uninteresting and not surprising. I hate how she spent her entire cruise thinking about and pining after this guy/guys and then to end the whole thing with such disinterest was just weird. Like why even do any of it then? The whole side-plot with her friend and her dead boyfriend was so obvious that I saw it from a mile away The plot overall was so bizarre and unbelievable and that was the main reason I kept reading so I was disappointed to say the least.Writing: THE WRITING WAS THE WORST PART. Idk if it was because I had an ARC or what but this entire book needed to be reedited for grammar. So much of the dialogue didn't have quotation marks therefore HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DIFFERENTIATE WHO'S SAYING WHAT?! IS IT OUR PROTAGONIST? ONE OF HER FRIENDS? ONE OF THE BOYS? SOME RANDOM CHARACTERS? I couldn't tell half the time because it didn't have proper quotation marks! Another horrible part was there would be these awful jumps between scenes and it felt so abrupt. The entire book had such bad pacing issues. Combine the two and it makes for a very confusing,very jarring reading experience. Because of these issues it made it very hard for me to stay invested in the story. Also the weird lack of chapters was the WORST. There was actually a point where the author wrote the words "Harrumph!" COMING FROM A TEENAGE BOY. WHAT TEENAGE BOY SAYS HARRUMPH IN THE YEAR 2018?! This book was bad. The end
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  • Bunny
    January 1, 1970
    Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased reviewThe first thing I thought after finishing this book: But what the hell does the title mean?!Seriously, the title has literally nothing to do with what happens in this book. WTF.The premise for this book is pretty intriguing. Still grieving teenaged girl spending her 17th birthday on a cruise ship with her three best friends and her parents. Suspicious stuff happens, and there's no use doing anything but figuring it out, because thi Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased reviewThe first thing I thought after finishing this book: But what the hell does the title mean?!Seriously, the title has literally nothing to do with what happens in this book. WTF.The premise for this book is pretty intriguing. Still grieving teenaged girl spending her 17th birthday on a cruise ship with her three best friends and her parents. Suspicious stuff happens, and there's no use doing anything but figuring it out, because this is a cruise ship, and there's certainly not anything else going on at the time. This book reminds me quite heavily of the Christopher Pike-esque books of my teenagedom. In saying that, I admit that this would be an excellent read for the junior high-high school age bracket looking for some light thrillers. But also, they could do better. This book is all over the place. So much of it doesn't make sense, and it gets to that convoluted magic-but-not-magic, we-know-readers-like-supernatural-so-how-do-we-do-this-in-a-contemporary sort of plotting that is just going to throw off your average reader. Now, there is a twist literally right at the end that I was pleasantly surprised by. I saw some other reviewers who didn't like it, and I acknowledge it comes out of left field, but after the labyrinth maze I walked through reading this book, I found the prize at the end completely perfect.I can't diss this book, as I said, there is a market for it. I just think a few pinches and tweaks and a firm editor could've done wonders.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    As summer vacation season begins, many readers are going to be looking for that perfect beach/swimming pool read. A review copy of this young adult fiction novel was sent to me to share with my #BookRelays group, and it would definitely be a good one to hand to a teenager looking for a steamy, Love Boat meets Alfred Hitchcock Presents mystery. Natalie is having a tough time recovering from the sudden death of her boyfriend, and so her parents take her and three of her friends on a Caribbean crui As summer vacation season begins, many readers are going to be looking for that perfect beach/swimming pool read. A review copy of this young adult fiction novel was sent to me to share with my #BookRelays group, and it would definitely be a good one to hand to a teenager looking for a steamy, Love Boat meets Alfred Hitchcock Presents mystery. Natalie is having a tough time recovering from the sudden death of her boyfriend, and so her parents take her and three of her friends on a Caribbean cruise vacation to celebrate her seventeenth birthday. But instead of cheering her up, the vacation presents a weird mystery. On the first day of the cruise, Natalie meets an attractive young man who invites her to go hot tubbing with him. But while she’s gone to get her swimsuit, he disappears mysteriously. Worried that perhaps he’s gone overboard, Natalie starts trying to figure out who this fellow is and what happened to him. As she gets more involved in this mystery, she finds out a lot about herself and her friends. There are mature, sexual themes presented in this book. So it’s definitely a book that’s geared more towards high school and college kids, than middle grade students. But it’s a fast-paced read for a summertime vacation, perfect for the beach or a cruise ship!
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  • Shannon Waugh
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you @kidlitexchange #partner for this review copy of The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando that will be out June 5, 2018!I give it 4/5 stars.This book was an easy young adult read and definitely kept you wondering. Natalie, the main character, is a teenager who has already dealt with the death of her boyfriend at a young age. To try and help her get over it and out of her funk, her parents plan a cruise for her birthday. Her 3 best friends join them and during their sail-a-bration as the Thank you @kidlitexchange #partner for this review copy of The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando that will be out June 5, 2018!I give it 4/5 stars.This book was an easy young adult read and definitely kept you wondering. Natalie, the main character, is a teenager who has already dealt with the death of her boyfriend at a young age. To try and help her get over it and out of her funk, her parents plan a cruise for her birthday. Her 3 best friends join them and during their sail-a-bration as they cleverly called it, secrets were revealed, new love interests come into play, and crazy mysteries get revealed. The end was a twist I did not see coming but ties it all together like a bow. I will admit, not being a teenager and reading this was a bit crazy with all the "likes" in the dialogue of all the teenagers but the author nailed it in regard to it being so realistic. I suggest this book to young adult readers in high school- I think they will really enjoy it. And now, I want to go on a cruise <3 #kidlitexchange #theoppositeofhere #taraaltebrando #youngadult #youngadultfiction #yafiction #reading #bookstagram #currentlyreading #bookreview #bookreviewer #reader #mystery #shannanigans #shannanigansworld #shannanigansreads #bookdragon #bookworm
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  • Hadassa Levenson
    January 1, 1970
    I am writing this pretty fresh from reading it, so I think I am still in shock. The book was interesting to say the least. The author does a great job of keeping the reader engaged, and most of the time I had no idea what to expect. The book is Natalie's mental (and physical) journey of healing from her boyfriends' unexpected death, while on a cruise with her family and closest friends. The narrative is focused almost exclusively on Natalie; the characters of her friends are barely developed, an I am writing this pretty fresh from reading it, so I think I am still in shock. The book was interesting to say the least. The author does a great job of keeping the reader engaged, and most of the time I had no idea what to expect. The book is Natalie's mental (and physical) journey of healing from her boyfriends' unexpected death, while on a cruise with her family and closest friends. The narrative is focused almost exclusively on Natalie; the characters of her friends are barely developed, and her parents' are not at all. And even though we go on the roller coaster of Natalie's emotions with her, we know nothing of her past except limited knowledge of her relationship with her deceased boyfriend. It's not that common that a book relies so much on the present moment, and although that should be refreshing, I was curious to know more about her past (and also her future--is she going to college?!)I didn't love the style of writing- with film scenes and directions interspersed throughout the novel (but not at the beginning), but the story was captivating and mysterious enough that I got through it pretty quickly. And it took me a good hour to pick my jaw up off the floor at the last chapter!
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  • Amanda Sass-Henke
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to #kidlitexchange for providing me with a review copy. All opinions of my own.Can someone just disappear? Especially if they’re on a cruise ship? So it seems to Natalie as she meets a mysterious stranger on a cruise where she’s meant to have a wonderful time celebrating her 17th birthday. Unfortunately, her mind is preoccupied by the recent death of her boyfriend, and the reader is treated to scenes that alternate between the past and present as Natalie grieves. It is while Natalie is Thank you to #kidlitexchange for providing me with a review copy. All opinions of my own.Can someone just disappear? Especially if they’re on a cruise ship? So it seems to Natalie as she meets a mysterious stranger on a cruise where she’s meant to have a wonderful time celebrating her 17th birthday. Unfortunately, her mind is preoccupied by the recent death of her boyfriend, and the reader is treated to scenes that alternate between the past and present as Natalie grieves. It is while Natalie is trying to avoid her “sail-a-bration” that she meets a magnetic stranger who manages to pull Natalie out of her grief and makes her think about love with someone else. Unfortunately, before she can even find out his name, he disappears. Is he avoiding her? Did he change his mind? Or did he jump? The disappearance leaves not only Natalie second-guessing and re-examining every interaction between the two but the reader as well. Tara Altebrando crafts a mystery that will appeal to readers who love thrillers and mining for clues. The Opposite of Here sucks in its reader and does not let that reader go until the very last page. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
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  • Julie Overpeck aka Mrs. O's Library
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Kid Lit Exchange for a free review copy. All opinions are my own.Natalie’s parents take her and her friends on a cruise. This has been a tough year: Natalie’s boyfriend Paul died, and then there was “the incident” at friend Nora’s house. The cruise is an attempt to lighten spirits and celebrate Natalie's birthday. It starts off well--Natalie is charmed by a guy pretty soon after they leave port, and she thinks the spark is mutual, but something is “off.” Then he disappears. His twin Thank you to Kid Lit Exchange for a free review copy. All opinions are my own.Natalie’s parents take her and her friends on a cruise. This has been a tough year: Natalie’s boyfriend Paul died, and then there was “the incident” at friend Nora’s house. The cruise is an attempt to lighten spirits and celebrate Natalie's birthday. It starts off well--Natalie is charmed by a guy pretty soon after they leave port, and she thinks the spark is mutual, but something is “off.” Then he disappears. His twin Michael enters the scene. Does Ray need their help, or is he playing some kind of game? Add in friend drama and just a dash of teen angst, and you have a good YA suspense novel.This is the first book I have read by Tara Altebrando, and I really like her storytelling. She hooks readers at the beginning and strings them along the whole time. She dangles obvious loose ends, but after about the third time I noticed one I didn’t mind, because I knew she would tie them all off eventually. No spoiler here, but the ending knocked the wind out of me. While the twin device seems a little too convenient at first, it works.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    kidlitexchange #partnerThanks to the @kidlitexchangeprogram- for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.🌟🌟🌟.5 stars out of 5A mystery on a cruise that's a first for me. To celebrate her 17th birthday Natalie's parents take her and her 3 best friends on a cruise. Hoping that it will also help her get over losing her boyfriend.Natalie decides to try and have fun for her mother. She meets a guy but there is something mysterious about him. And then he disappears leaving her to think tha kidlitexchange #partnerThanks to the @kidlitexchangeprogram- for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.🌟🌟🌟.5 stars out of 5A mystery on a cruise that's a first for me. To celebrate her 17th birthday Natalie's parents take her and her 3 best friends on a cruise. Hoping that it will also help her get over losing her boyfriend.Natalie decides to try and have fun for her mother. She meets a guy but there is something mysterious about him. And then he disappears leaving her to think that he jumped off the ship. As she tries to figure out what happened to him she also learns heartbreaking news of one of her best friends. Secrets come to life and friendship is tested.A mystery on a cruise that's a new one for me. I think Altebrando wrote the story well the ending did confuse me at first but after re-reading the chapter again I understood why it ended the way it did. YA thriller with twist that will have you turning page after page.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    #NetGalley #TheOppositeofHereWoo... after reading this book I am very confused. Natalie, has recently lost her boyfriend in an accident, her family and friends go on a cruise for some reason. She meets a young man and they hit it off. The young man goes missing and for the rest of the book, Natalie spends her time searching the boat for him. Her fear is that he may have gone overboard. The Leaving, Tara's first book, left me guessing too. The Opposite of Here, shows how talented she is at weavin #NetGalley #TheOppositeofHereWoo... after reading this book I am very confused. Natalie, has recently lost her boyfriend in an accident, her family and friends go on a cruise for some reason. She meets a young man and they hit it off. The young man goes missing and for the rest of the book, Natalie spends her time searching the boat for him. Her fear is that he may have gone overboard. The Leaving, Tara's first book, left me guessing too. The Opposite of Here, shows how talented she is at weaving a amazing story. I didn't guess the ending and even though I was confused it is a interesting, twisty read.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with the opportunity to read and review this book.I really enjoyed reading The Opposite of Here. The story was, in fact, better than the description. Although it took awhile (a third or halfway through) before the mystery really picked up, it still felt well-paced and I was engaged throughout. The characters were realistic and well-developed (especially for a young adult book), and I liked the relationships among the four friends. The narrator could slip i Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with the opportunity to read and review this book.I really enjoyed reading The Opposite of Here. The story was, in fact, better than the description. Although it took awhile (a third or halfway through) before the mystery really picked up, it still felt well-paced and I was engaged throughout. The characters were realistic and well-developed (especially for a young adult book), and I liked the relationships among the four friends. The narrator could slip into whiny here and there, but it was fitting with the plot, and it did not interfere with my reading enjoyment. The mystery itself was interesting and more complicated than I expected. This is a book I will recommend to my eighth grade students-- I think they would love it.
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  • KatieLMae
    January 1, 1970
    It's been awhile since I read a mystery (okay my journal says it was last month but that was like 10 books ago so that qualifies as awhile ) and this did not disappoint! I burned through it one day and a couple of sittings because much like our main character Natalie I had questions and I needed answers! It takes a little bit for things to get going but once the story gets settled in the pacing is great and keeps things moving right to the end- as in literally the last page.. I don't want to giv It's been awhile since I read a mystery (okay my journal says it was last month but that was like 10 books ago so that qualifies as awhile ) and this did not disappoint! I burned through it one day and a couple of sittings because much like our main character Natalie I had questions and I needed answers! It takes a little bit for things to get going but once the story gets settled in the pacing is great and keeps things moving right to the end- as in literally the last page.. I don't want to give away anything with this one but I will say that the final reveal was a total jaw dropper!
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  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    I'd have liked it better if it wasn't so predictable. The only thing that truly surprised me was the reason behind the "evil" twin's actions. Otherwise, I figured out most of it well before things were revealed. Also, I need some more flaws in the characters that people my novels...if they are too perfect or sparkly, I lose interest. Fast. I finished it because I think it would be good for reluctant readers (especially girls) and I wanted to be able to recommend it properly. But I didn't love it I'd have liked it better if it wasn't so predictable. The only thing that truly surprised me was the reason behind the "evil" twin's actions. Otherwise, I figured out most of it well before things were revealed. Also, I need some more flaws in the characters that people my novels...if they are too perfect or sparkly, I lose interest. Fast. I finished it because I think it would be good for reluctant readers (especially girls) and I wanted to be able to recommend it properly. But I didn't love it. I also didn't hate it. It was entertaining now and then and I liked the cruise ship setting.
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