On the Right Side of a Line

On the Right Side of a Line

by Shandy L. Kurth

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Overview

***Contains adult language
I thought I knew where I was going. I had my life all planned out. It had been mapped for me since I was ten. When I turned fourteen I became a Raven, just like my big brother. Yeah. I had it all together before that one event tore my life apart, and that one girl got me all confused.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045195614
Publisher: Shandy L. Kurth
Publication date: 07/31/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 228 KB

About the Author

Shandy L. Kurth is a writer of Young Adult fiction. She is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She was born and raised in Kanas and lives and writes there with her husband.

Customer Reviews

On the Right Side of a Line 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SBMorales More than 1 year ago
The story line is what first caught my attention. Someone born into a position that seems impossible to get out of. Kurth does a great job in relaying Vallen's inner struggle with his situation. He is torn between his loyalty to his family and community and what he wishes for himself. The only thing I found was missing was the culture. I'm not sure what ethnic background this neighborhood refers to. For me at least the ethnic background can be a great eye opener in how the community reacts to situations. I might have missed the point, but not having that point of view left me a little confused. I might have missed it in the beginning of the book, but that distracted me the most while I read this book.
MeteorFlower More than 1 year ago
At 176 pages, I demolished this book in about three or four hours.  Kurth draws you in and keeps you strapped in for the ride.  Valen’s world is dangerous and feels legit.  You can tell the author spent a lot of time researching or talking to people who have lived in or seen this environment.  Maybe even lived it herself.  We’ve seen many movies and books out there where the “good” little girl moves into a bad neighborhood or ends up going to a bad school and changes because she falls in love with a boy.  Charlie doesn’t change all that much and her decisions and actions made me like her and hate her at times.  That’s a very refreshing change and very real.  Kurth uses that realness with all her characters and situations.  Ultimately it makes for a great read.  There is some strong language but considering the content, that’s to be expected and you are warned in the book’s description.  If someone asked me to recommend a good weekend read, I’d tell them On the Right Side of a Line without hesitation.  I look forward to checking out the rest of Shandy’s books!  Welcome to my “to watch” list! Thanks to Shandy Kurth for the review copy.  It in no way influenced my review.
Charlotte-avidreader More than 1 year ago
I have never been associated with a gang or thugs so it was a difficult read when looking for a frame of mind.  I do watch crime shows and made it a point to watch some with Gangs in them to try to wrap my mind around the story.  It was interesting to see how Charlie and Valen's relationship go thru ups and downs in youth.  As teens they saw a lot of horror in the novel and violence.  Seeing or hearing someone being murdered outside near you must be gut wrenching.  I have seen one person accidently run over and killed and it was tramatic for a teen.  So viewing all images thru Valen, Mike's, Marks, Devins eyes along with all the other characters, I was transported to a lifestyle I will never see in my lifetime.  This was my first Shandy Kurth read and she did an amazing job drawing you into the characters lives.  Mrs. Kurth also opens your eyes to the many facets of Gang violence and how they handle snitches or someone who is thinking of leaving.  There is a twist in this book and its a good one so if your like me and find it hard to read in the beginning keep going it will pull you into the story.  I will read her 2nd book and find out more about this story.  A wonderful friend of mine turned me on to her books so to keep up I will continue reading.  
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
On the Right Side of a Line by Shandy Kurth This book is about Valen and how he has had to join the group to get protection for his family and make money. It's a hard life on the streets and he has many interruptions from others that he once sees as distractions and then something else. Love the beach scene and how it's described-felt as if I was there.. Love how we hear what he's thinking when he learns that his brother wants him and the family to leave... Liked how the book is from a gang member and his point of view-I mostly read romance novels so this is a refreshing change once in a while as you can picture the scenes taking place in front of you as the descriptions are so detailed and true to life. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't read it fast enough as the action is fast paced.
becx More than 1 year ago
I’m a huge fan of Shandy’s, so of course I wanted to read and review her newest story, “On the Right Side of a Line”. Shandy is an amazing storyteller. I have no gang experience but I sure felt like Shandy might have. The dialogue sounds real for the characters, which I enjoy. The way characters’ speak to one another always influences my enjoyment of a story. For a head busting, drug dealing, alcohol drinking smoker…Valen sure is a great character. Despite the life he’s been raised in, he has a conscious and tries to do what’s right for those he cares about. Charlie, the new girl on the block, disrupts and adds some romance to Valen’s life but not a nauseating amount. If you’re looking for something with NOT a lot of lovey-dovey stuff, this book is for you. The ending had me tearing up and because Shandy likes to write ‘real’ stories I wasn’t sure how it was going to end. I’m not gonna tell you how it ends. You’ll just have to read it for yourselves. I give “On the Right Side of a Line” 4/5 stars. Some of the sentence structures bothered me. Too many commas were used when using a period and starting a whole new sentence would have made it easier to read. Sentences that start with (And) and (But) are a pet peeve for me as well. Punctuation aside, the story itself is great and will suck readers in until the last word.