Fattie Book Review: The Other Side of Dark

The Other Side of DarkBook: The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

Rating*: ♦♦♦♦♦

Synopsis Snippet: Since losing both of her parents, fifteen-year-old Katie can see and talk to ghosts, which makes her a loner until fellow student Law sees her drawing of a historic house and together they seek a treasure rumored to be hidden there by illegal slave-traders.

The Cast: Katie is the lower-middle-class white girl who sees ghosts. Law is the upper-class black boy who sees Kate’s drawings and believes that she is gifted, not crazy. George is a ghost with Down’s Syndrome. The Others are a huge cast of the ghosts of abused slaves reaching out from the past for resolution. There are some really intense moments in this one!

Romance: There are some very sweet moments, some very conflicted moments and a few very tender moments to enjoy.  Nothing is sizzling here though; this is more about the characters finding out who they really are and how they fit into the world around them than it is about the romance the characters find forming between them.

Writing Style: Alternates between Katie and Law’s Points of View. Loved getting into both of their heads!

Fat treatment:  No glaring fat-hatred but no real fatty-character love either.  Oh, but George is, as I recall, not a thin boy (or…WAS a boy.  Ghosts, remember?)  with Down’s Syndrome.

Review:  This was fantastic. Historical, fictional, fantastical, paranormal, relationships and self-identity crises all rolled in a beautiful yet fun romp through ghost-filled Boston. Katie and Law are really interesting characters who grow and learn and just tugged at my heart throughout the book. I loved it.

Great Quotes: Some awesome tidbits that might get your curiosity going.

First Sentence: “The man is hanging from the stairs again, which means it’s going to be another bad day. ”

“Dad is always going to do a lot of things better than me. He’ll always have advice for me, whether I want it or not. He’ll always keep me running to stay out of his shadow. Always. That’s almost like being able to count on the man.”

“People in books don’t have to take finals, but Law and I do.”

“It’s hard to think what would make Dad feel unsafe.  T. rexes in bedsheets and pointy hoods would just energize the man”

“I learned some lessons from ghosts. Don’t kill yourself, even with pretty shoes on, it isn’t worth it. Don’t drive when you’re talking on your cell phone….. Once you’re dead, there are a whole lot of things you’ll never get to do again. Unwrap a Christmas present. Get a boyfriend. Make cookies. Find a treasure. Build a house. Death sucks. Life is a lot more fun.”

So, have you read this yet?  Would you now want to? Would you suggest it to someone else?

Also, did you notice the new “Book Reviews” page up top?  If you’ve missed a review you can catch up on them all gathered together there for easy browsing!

*This is the first book I’ve “rated” as such but as I love to see at a glance what people thought of the book they reviewed, I thought I’d add it and retroactively place it into the other book reviews!  Seems better than using the “Final Verdict” section to write again a review of the book.

Books will be rated out of 5 “diamonds”.  5 being the highest: Loved it, would highly recommend, 1 being the lowest: Hated it, had nothing about it worth recommending.

I’ll also be removing the “YA” or “ADULT” modifiers from my titles because really these books can be read by anyone so I’ll be reviewing them with that in mind.


2 thoughts on “Fattie Book Review: The Other Side of Dark

  1. Every single one of those pull quotes is making me itch for the bookstore to open so I can go see if they have it on the shelves.

    Also? I must agree that killing oneself – even with pretty shoes on – is Jut Not Worth It in my book.

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