The Blonde Bookworm: The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando -- Review

The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando -- Review

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Title: The Opposite of Here
Author: Tara Altebrando
Pages: 256
Publishing: June 5th 2018 by Bloomsbury YA
ISBN: 1681197065


There'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?


The Opposite of Here follows four friends on a cruise for the main character Natalie's birthday. Right from the beginning, I had this eerie feeling that something terrible was going to happen at the turn of every page. It was such an exhilarating feeling while reading because it left me constantly on the edge of my seat. I loved that the characters were on a cruise ship because it added to the thrill factor of the novel. What is worse than being cooped up on a cruise ship when something suspicious is going on right outside your door? NOTHING! 

There were a few times where the story line was a little bit unbelievable or the characters were a little too teenager-y for my taste, but all in all it was a fun and fast paced read that kept me guessing. I liked that the young girls had a good relationship and it didn't have the gossip and back stabbing dialogue often found in YA novels. All in all, The Opposite of Here was an entertaining read and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy YA thrillers. 

*Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3.5/5


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