On The Bright Side [NOOK Book]

Overview

On the Bright Side is a hilarious road to guardian angeldom paved with so much drama and due-paying that it makes middle school look painless.

As if the devil's food cake at her wake and the white fat pants she's stuck wearing for eternity weren't bad enough, fourteen year-old Gabby is quick to discover that Cirrus, the main rung of Heaven, is a far cry from the Pearly Gates. Here, SkyFones and InnerNets are all the rage. Until Gabby finds out...
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On The Bright Side

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Overview

On the Bright Side is a hilarious road to guardian angeldom paved with so much drama and due-paying that it makes middle school look painless.

As if the devil's food cake at her wake and the white fat pants she's stuck wearing for eternity weren't bad enough, fourteen year-old Gabby is quick to discover that Cirrus, the main rung of Heaven, is a far cry from the Pearly Gates. Here, SkyFones and InnerNets are all the rage. Until Gabby finds out she has to protect Angela, her school nemesis, in order to move up through the training levels of heaven. Problem is, Angela is now hitting on Gabby's should-have-been boyfriend. (awkward!)

Instead of protecting Angela, Gabby pranks her (like tripping is a sin?) at the hopes of cooling off the new couple. At first, they seem harmless until the school dance sabotage gets completely out of control. Then, her Celestial Sky Agent, who happens to have anger management issues of his own, puts Gabby on probation, threatening her eternal future.

Determined to right her wrongs, Gabby steals an ancient artifact that allows her to return to Earth for just one day. Without knowing, she kicks off a series of events and learns what can happen when you hate someone to death.
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Editorial Reviews

Author - Gretchen McNeil
"With a smart, snappy heroine and a heart-warming crush, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is a page-turning new take on guardian angels that left me begging for a sequel!"
- Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess and Ten (9/12) (Balzar + Bray)
Author - Suzanne Young
Clever and charming, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is the story of a reluctant guardian angel, her still-breathing crush, and the frenemy she's assigned to protect. A great read!
-Suzanne Young, author of A Need So Beautiful, A Want So Wicked, and The Program (2013)
Author - Kristin Tubb
"ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is both hilarious and heart-warming – a tale that'll have you hoping that there really *are* spunky and determined angels like Gabby who've got our backs."
- Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, author of Selling Hope & The 13th Sign (2013) (Feiwel & Friend)
Author - Addison Moore
"S.R. Johannes delivers a cute paranormal thrill ride for middle graders! Even in death there is a BRIGHT SIDE!"
- Addison Moore, author of the bestselling Celestra series and soon to be TV show
PW Select - Publisher's Weekly
"Johannes kicks off the Starling series with this fresh novel about an angel's peripatetic path to earning her wings...A humorous addition to the angel story genre. "
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014031257
  • Publisher: Coleman & Stott
  • Publication date: 1/25/2012
  • Series: The Starlings, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 496 KB

Meet the Author

S.R. Johannes is also the author of Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller series). She lives in Atlanta Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. After earning an MBA and working in corporate america, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Fun Funky and Full of Surprises

    Full of so many surprises and laghter and cries On The Bright Side will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat! A great read full of heartfelt moments and courage and compassion for one another. Trully a great book ! I recomend it!!! 5 out of 5 stars for me!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    Normally I don't read middle grade work, but I am so glad I pick

    Normally I don't read middle grade work, but I am so glad I picked up Shelli's On the Bright Side. I found that although Shelli markets the book as a middle grade novel it really is right in between middle grade and young adult. Gabby, the main character, is the exact same age as my little sister, she is at that age were fashion is key and crushes are serious business. Reading the novel I found that Gabby would have very mature moments but at the same time she'd have equally immature moments showing that transition stage between the two major bookstore shelves.

    I believe it is important to consider this new trend in the book world, the idea of new adult, the transition between young adult and adult, and now Shelli's tween novel, a novel between middle grade and young adult. As much as I am content to read my YA I am finding more and more people are looking for something more and it is in this new novels that I believe the answer will be found.

    On The Bright Side is a fun, easy read. Gabby is delightful for her age and although she makes her fair share of mistakes she learns that things aren't always what they seem and everything happens for a reason. I loved Gabby and her BIT friend Jessica, the friendship between them was real and heartfelt. Lawrence, Gabby's SKYagent, is such a big softy at heart and even anger management issues won't stop me from loving this angel. Shelli has created such a twist on the angel/afterlife story. A great start to her series and a fun summer read On the Bright Side receives 4 out of 5 stars from me. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    So good

    Best book ever....it made me want to cry abd laugh. I thought it was really god and taught everyone a great

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

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    This was a wonderfully, funny book. I could picture Gabby and A

    This was a wonderfully, funny book. I could picture Gabby and Angela. I see teens like this every day spatting from a distance over a boy. Gabby and Michael have been best friends for a long time. Gabby has a major crush on him and has not told him. Then one night she is walking and reading a text from her enemy Angela. The last thing she reads is that Angela has invited Michael to a dance at her school. Then it is all over. She is hit by a car and killed. She is taken to heaven, called “Cirrus”. She is called a BIT, or Bright in Training. To make matters worse she is assigned a human to protect and of all people she is given Angela. Gabby sees this as a way to get back at her. It starts out as little pranks and grows. When Sky Agent Lawrence is sent to straighten her out she makes some decisions that may have even worse consequences. Gabby has help from Jessica. She is a new friend and someone Gabby can talk to. To find out if Gabby causes more havoc or will be able to move up the celestial ladder, read this book. I loved the puns in this book but after a while they seemed to overwhelm the book a little. That was really my only complaint. I look forward to reading more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Wonderful!

    This book is so good that i would have to read all books just to see if they can top off the greatness of it:-)

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Its aight

    Review:
    I was really interested in Gabby's story. It was an new take on a haunting ghost story. On the Bright Side is a MG book and it wasn't really up my alley, but S.R. Johannes wrote it in such a way that it was.

    Cover:
    The cover was so cute and fun! It ft the story perfectly and what Gabby was like perfectly! Well.. Minus her white fat pants her mom buries her in! :) Plus, I want those shoes.

    Plot/Writing:
    The story was okay.. I found myself wanting the book to end, it seemed like it just went on and on.. I really did like it... It was just a little young for my taste. The writing was really good. She described everything and I could visualize everything that was going on.

    Characters:
    I loved Gabby. She was a ball full of sarcastic energy.. She reminded me of myself.. A lot actually. She is quirky and maybe just a little bitter. But I mean, who wouldn't be when they were just killed? Gabby just can't seem to stay outta trouble.. She always knows the right buttons to push with her Sky Agent! :)

    All the other characters are perfect for the story! They all have great motivations and they are fully developed. Each and every one of them had different personalities that made them unique and made me want to read about them. I even used Angela as an example for a paper in English class!

    All in All:
    This book was okay, if you want an easy read then definitely pick this one up! It's a quick easy read and you should like it! :) 3 out of 5 tacos!

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

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    Review from Majibookshelf blog

    On The Bright Side is such a different story, that had me laughing most of the time. The story is about Gabby, the main protagonist, who suddenly dies and goes to "heaven", which is called Cirrus.
    In Cirrus, Gabby is a Bright in training, therefore she has an assigned mortal she has to protect. She gets assigned to her enemy, Angela. As Gabby goes to earth, she has to protect Angela. Since no one can see her, Gabby pulls a few strings and actually makes Angela's life kind of miserable which actually got me laughing at the pranks.
    What kind of annoyed me is that Gabby liked Michael, and now she's dead, so obviously there will be NO ROMANCE between them! That was very disappointing for me, because I had to watch Angela cling to him. Even though Michael liked her as well, I wish there was at least a part where they could have been together when she was 'alive'.
    Overall, I liked the imaginative world that S.R. Johannes has created. It was very fun and different. The writing style was simple, and easy to understand. Every chapter contained different ideas, and never left me bored. It was a great book to read!

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

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    Great book!

    This is a type of book that makes me laugh and cry. A teenage girl getting into all kinds of trouble but also learning things about life. What I loved most about this book is the plot and growth of the character. I love reading a book where the reader see the characters struggling with change but also learns something entirely new. Cause that is what life is about. Learning and growing.

    The plot of the book is a typical plot though it fills the reader with great joy. I adored seeing Gabby run into trouble, find a way to get out of trouble, etc. I laughed many times at the chaos this little girl made. I can tell she is going to bring a great change to whatever she is meant to do.

    There wasn't really a real love interest going on. I enjoyed watching Gabby learn more about her friends. Some things she didn't understand, in the end Gabby learned to see thing through their eyes, bringing more contentment in her life. I could do nothing in the end but smile.

    On The Bright Side is a modest charming book that you can resist to read. Every part of the book is plays an important role to the next part. Living the afterlife never felt so sweet.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

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    Bright, fun, clever and filled with perfect puns

    Fourteen-year-old Gabby tells her tale with a very convincing teen voice in S.R. Johannes’ novel On the Bright Side. The puns and humor are perfectly measured, the childish despair that she’s never been kissed is entirely believable, and Gabby’s foolish ventures, thoughtless vengeance and innocent regret are all beautifully portrayed. Oh, and did I mention, “Gabriella Williams, age fourteen. Died while texting.”

    The author sets the scene in this afterlife with gentle touches from many religious backgrounds. But she creates her own unique version of “haven” with delightful humor and pun-filled technology. Brights in training, or BITS, have much to learn before receiving their wings, as poor Gabby soon discovers when assigned to protect her nemesis, Angela. Amongst other lessons there’s obedience, empathy, putting others’ needs before your own, and not forgetting to close the door (or the bad guys might get in…).

    This isn’t heaven as any of us might have learned it, but then, it isn’t heaven. It’s fiction with heart-warming common sense, delightful humor, modern-day relevance, and entirely believable characters… plus plenty of fun. I’m certainly looking forward to reading more of the series.



    Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    A Great Tween Story!

    I read UNTRACEABLE, Shelli's YA novel, and thought it was great. So, of course I jumped at the chance to read and review her new MG release. I can't believe the difference in voice! Nailing voice is one of the things authors often struggle to get right. Not Shelli. The middle grade voice and humor in ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is spot on.

    Gabby is a truly lovable character. Shelli's portrayal of "heaven" is creative and fun. The supporting characters are perfect for their roles in Gabby's life/death. I alternated between laughing and holding my breath. This is a perfect story for tween girls!

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

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    This story will have you both breaking out into hysterics and gripping the pages in anticipation.

    A hilarious new YA that explores the antics and trouble that come with a fourteen year-old ghost trying to be good. This story will have you both breaking out into hysterics and gripping the pages in anticipation.
    Gabby is a typical fourteen year old, well except for the being dead part, and she does have a mischievous streak that gets her into a bit of trouble. I highly enjoyed reading this fun and thought provoking new story. Gabby is an endearing character that I’m sure many readers will love and she had real depth making it easy to relate to her and lose myself ,if only for a bit, in this loveable new story.
    I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun and thought provoking YA read.

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