Here (On the Otherside #1) [NOOK Book]

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Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

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Overview

Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013553217
  • Publisher: Bramagioia Enterprises
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Series: On the Otherside , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 62,664
  • File size: 597 KB

Meet the Author

Denise lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.

You can find out more about Denise at www.denisegroverswank.com
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  • Posted December 18, 2011

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    Here

    I have noticed that lately dystopian books are spreading like wildfire in the young adult world, but this book is entirely different from any of those books. Not only does it have a unique and fast moving plot, it also has some of the best characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading before- Julia, Reese, and Evan (I challenge you to pick between Reese and Evan, I personally believe it is impossible). It saddens me that Denise has not received the recognition that she deserves- this book is one of the best that I have read this year- much better than any traditionally published book. You can not go wrong in buying this book and reading it. I look forward to book 2 of this series

    30 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Story is good; Editing is horrid.

    This novel has a well-developed premise, interesting characters, and good pacing. The editing, however, is incredibly distracting. Missing words, duplicate words, poor grammar, and more all caused me to lose the rhythm of my reading and the flow of the prose. Would benefit greatly from a re-edited edition.

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Creepy, good book!! Read it late at night to heighten the effec

    Creepy, good book!! Read it late at night to heighten the effect. Love DGS!!!

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

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    Highly Recommended for Dystopian and YA lovers alike.

    I follow Denise¿s blog and was so happy to get my hands on this book. I read right through it to the end. What a great story and it has potential to continue, which gets me more excited.

    Julia is consumed by guilt by thinking she killed her best friend Monica in a car accident. Her repetitive dreams of the accident have a different ending making it seem as if that is Julia¿s coping mechanism to feel as if she should have taken her friends place.

    Before the accident, Julia was not able to catch the attention of the most popular boy in school, but now that she is so withdrawn and depressed that she is on her way to getting kicked out of school. Her teachers are willing to work with her and give her some tutors to work with to improve her grades. One of those volunteers is Evan Whittaker, the most popular boy in school.

    The strange occurrences and similes that Julia notice between her new artistic ability and Evan wearing a necklace that she has sketched over and over again have her wondering if she is really going crazy. Evan keeps devoting more and more time to Julia as if he has withheld his feeling from her since they were in grade school. When there is a moment of uncertainty and no Evan in sight, Julia has to begin her new life.
    Family issues and being transferred to an alternative school has her reeling. On her last day of her public school, she gets a ride from Reece. Someone that she has bumped into in the hallway just days before she is transferred. Evan states his distaste for Reece and tell Julia he is trouble.

    Julia¿s confusion surges when the police are searching for Evan for questioning and then he turns up at her door begging her to run away with him. He is insistent that he never wants to leave her again and even promises her that she will be able to see Monica again. Her love and her curiosity have her glued to Evan¿s every move. Take this journey and see where Evan takes Julia. You won¿t regret it.

    Bone chilling and heart racing, this book is easily one of my new favorites.

    Highly recommended for Dystopian lovers and YA readers.
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    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter`s review of Here by Denise Grover Swank

    I will admit that the first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. Eerily beautiful… Then I read the synopsis, and I was done. Hooked!
    From the very first chapter straight through to the very end, this book captivated my attention. There was so much emotion poured in the pages of this book, how could you not sit up and notice!
    The author, Denise Grover Swank, does a fantastic job of depicting the seriousness of loss and the impact it has on everyone, especially with Julia Phillips. Julia was involved in the same car accident as her best friend, Monica. Julia lived…Monica did not. We see in the early chapters just how devastated Julia is with this, and how she is slowly trying to deal with her life now, and we also see the struggles that her family goes through as well.
    I loved that this book! The book is pretty much split in half. The first half, we go through the day to day of Julia’s life after her best friend’s death. We witness how her fellow classmates perceive her, as well as her teachers. Just when Julia thinks things just won’t get better, enter Evan. *insert sigh* I will admit, that I crushed on Evan like there was no tomorrow. He reminded me of a little bit of Edward Cullen from Twilight, and a dash of Max Evans from Roswell. He is sweet, and endearing and his actions are very white knight. All the characters found in the pages of Here all have a personality of their very own, and that’s what I loved so much about this book.
    Not only did I get to seriously crush over Evan, but then we meet Reese, who is so very swoon worthy. I only wish that there was more of Reese in the first half! It was pretty much we meet him, and then craziness ensues. BUT we do see quite a lot more of him in the second half of the book, which is where I fell for him. What was a little unbelieveable for me was how Julia was able to declare her feelings for him so strongly after having only met him for a week…or was it REALLY only a week… Intrigued? I really can’t give you more without giving away the “gasp” factor of the book.
    The second half is where all the heart stopping action begins, and where we are thrown in to a tale of Dystopian proportions. It is pretty much non-stop action! I flew through the last half, completely devouring it and am still craving more! It was a lot of wondering who to trust, and what will seriously happen next? It was an emotional race to the end, with a perfect cliff hanger to segue into a second book.
    At first, as I was reading about Evan’s sudden obsession, fascination and devotion for Julia, I was already rolling my eyes, thinking “oh great, another instant love” type scenario. Well…it’s not. It may seem like it at first…but you’ll just have to read the book to find out why! I loved the twists and turns found in this book. And yes, there were a few parts in the book where tears met my eyes. Those scenes were written with so much emotion and love I couldn’t help but shed a tear (or two or three). There is just so much more that I want to say, but I don’t want to give away the awesome plot twists for you. You’ll just have to trust me!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    While I was a bit disappointed with the change of pace in Denise's "Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes" (I felt that the novel was going in one direction and during the last bit I felt that it went in an entirely different direction,) I LOVED that that happened in this book. Don't get me wrong, the first half of the book was great, really sweet and cute, but the second half of the book was so engaging, fast-paced and unique (it literally kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it). Now this might sound a bit strange because these books have little in common, but I think that if "Spellbound" by Cara Lynn Shultz, "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis, Imogen Rose's "Portal" series, and "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver were to have a baby- this book would be the end result.

    Why this book is so successful is because of the characters- each and every one of them is so well-developed, complex, and frankly likeable. From Julia, a girl who is able to pull herself out of the darkness surrounding her, becoming stronger and stronger with each passing day, to Evan, the boy not afraid to show his emotions and perhaps one of the most hopeless romantics I have ever had the pleasure of reading about before, to Reece, the "bad-boy" of the two, who we cannot help but be drawn to despite the fact that he throws off "playerish" vibes and despite the fact that we know that he is very capable of being breaking our hearts.

    Another reason why this book is successful us because it (dare I say it?) has a successful love triangle (which I can assure you is NOT an oxymoron). In my opinion a successful love triangle is one in which the reader cannot choose which character they would like the main character to end up with (as opposed from an unsuccessful love triangle where there isn't any real competition- it is obvious from the get-go who the lead will choose, ie. Clary choosing Jace over Simon) . Both Evan and Reese have such amazing qualities to them and both make Julia a stronger person in their own way that I literally cannot choose between the two of them.

    All in all, I have no complaints about this book. Whatsoever. It completely blew away any expectations that I had by tenfold. Therefore I obviously highly recommend it. In my opinion the traditionally published books I mentioned earlier (ie. "Delirium", "Across the Universe", and "Spellbound") have nothing on this book! In fact, I think that I like it just as much, if not more, than the three of them. Combined.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Sadly I purchased this book on my nook and it didn't tell me the

    Sadly I purchased this book on my nook and it didn't tell me the subject, but sitting here on my computer I clearly see it as Teen Fiction. That was going to be my rant. Poorly written and poor grammer. I imagine it's pretty similarly written to the likes of Twilight and Dan Brown books where they're very easy reads that can be completed in a night. This book really doesn't require any thinking or understanding to follow the plot. While I'm ranting, the plot was interesting enough to keep me entertained. I would say it's something like watching a mind numbing action movie that just keeps you entertained. While it's not great or your favorite, it just had enough to say that it was okay. 

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Not what was expected

    Started out as a romance between teens, then into distopia world. A little far fetched to beleive how the events unfold. Still a good read, keeps you interested.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Five Stars Aren't Enough

    I knew I would like HERE, because I really enjoyed both of Denise's two previous books. Turns out I didn't just like HERE, I loved HERE. It kept me up late, it got into my head during times when I couldn't be reading, and it made me want more. Great story, wonderful characters, a heart-rending (and unique) love triangle (quadrangle? pentangle?)

    Now my only question is how long do I have to wait for the next one? *taps foot* Erm. *stomps foot*

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Strange boo

    I enjoyed most of it but it became a little to weird toward the end. Had to keep reading though to find out what happens unsure if i will read book 2

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

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    This book had me captivated from the get go. It was completely d

    This book had me captivated from the get go. It was completely drawn into the storyline to the point where I almost missed my stop on the subway on the way to work when I was reading and that hardly ever happens to me. I've never been so fully immersed into a story like that. I highly recommend reading this, along with Denise's other works. You will not be disappointed.

    From a previous review I've written: I felt for Julia. Unable to believe that she wasn't responsible for the death of her best friend, she becomes depressed; she makes herself invisible; her grades are slipping. Her family was slowly torn apart by the accident. At school, when she is noticed, the other students bully her, especially the most popular girl. It gets worse when Julia becomes visible to Evan. He volunteers to tutor Julia, which comes as a surprise to everyone, including her. She doesn't understand why he's suddenly interested in her.

    There is a lot of the story I would love to talk about but, frankly, I'm not a fan of spoilers. I don't want to give away any of the storyline. I would like to add that about half way through the book, my mind started to slowly figure it out. I knew where the story was going, and I knew, if I was right, I would be happy with the outcome. But, you know what? I was wrong. My mind went in a different direction than Denise's writing. I absolutely love (bold/underline/exclamation points!) where Denise took the story. In all honesty, I think Here and any other book that follows in the series could become the next "Twilight"; the next teen/YA sensation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Cool concept!

    Really enjoyed the book!! Loved learning about the alternate universe Here. Anxious for book two!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Bookworm101

    Second book????? Ill die if theres not. Is it wrong to b in luv w/ a fictional character? Cause i really like the alternative univetse reece.(jk) Overallbgreay book that us good for any age above i would say eleven. Read it in two and a half hours. Deffidently worth .99. If u liked LURE i would recomend this book. If you liked this book i would recomend LURE.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Really great book!!...

    Enjoyed reading this YA book!...Great story =)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Wow

    I got tothe middle if the book and everything changed completely. I didnt like where it was going what so ever once i gof to the middld if the book. It was unrealistic talking about a completely different world. It caught me off guard! This was a really good book untill the author out of no where bam, its like taking about a new book i didnt like it and couldnt even finish it.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Love it

    I love denice grover swank i acuatly got to meet her because my teacher is a writer anf presonly knows her she has six kids i think and lives in M.O. she wrote this book for her daughter and it was going to be a three book set but it only took two books this is my favroite book well one of them i do love a good book i totlly think you should get it then if you like it you can get the second book: There

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Dissapointment.... huge

    I really was dissapointed by this book. I loved it until Denise made the book into a sciece fiction novel. I wish she would have kept with the romance. I honestly felt like i was reading two completely different books. Hopefully when i read the next one she will keep with the story line. I dont want to be dissapointed. I usually love any book i can get my hands on but this book was honestly one of the worst books i have read in my life. I really do wish it could have been better. I wish the author would have kept the romance through out the whole entire book or the science fiction through out the whole entire book. Not the first part all romancy, kissy goo goo then half way through, sci fi. Thats just me and i hope that when and if you read this you are not as dissapointed as i was.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    I really enjoyed the first half, the main character working thro

    I really enjoyed the first half, the main character working through the grief and the guilt of her best friend dying, and along the way a romance ignites.  

    As for the second half, it reminded me entirely too much sci-fi TV show that just finished it's 5th and final season.  For that reason, the book just did not seem that original.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book

    This is a exciting read. I liked it alot. Happy theres another part, so the entertainment keeps coming!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Interesting plot but poor writing

    The author tries too hard to use analogies and descriptors, which fall short. Made it hard to get into the book which could have been so much better if another author had written it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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