Wednesday, 8 February 2012

On the Bright Side: Review

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE tells the story of Gabby, a young teen who's been hopelessly in love with a boy named Michael since they were in kindergarten. After an accidental death-by-texting, Gabby enters Cirrus, the place most people think of as Heaven. Gabby soon discovers that she is a Bright-in-Training and can only earn her wings once she carries out guardian angel duties. What she doesn't count on is the human she's assigned to being her number one enemy (and former best friend) Angela. What's more, Gabby not only has to endure watching Angela flirt with and date  Michael, but she's actually expected to HELP Angela in her efforts. What's a BiT to do?

I really enjoyed this story, and I especially adored S.R. Johannes's clever, tongue-in-cheek world-building language. The witty names for certain people and items and places in Cirrus had me chuckling with every page. Gabby proved to be the type of spunky character you want to shake and ask what she's thinking while at the same time rooting for her to succeed. I recommend this book to teens of all ages.

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"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
“Full of charm and adventure, this heart-warming story is about deadly crushes, friendship, and spunky girls in the after-life. This book is flipping adorable!” -Robin Mellom, author of Ditched: A Love Story and The Classroom (June 2012)

"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 Wicket (6/12), and The Program (2013)

“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 & Friends)

"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)

S.R. Johannes is the author of Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and On The Bright Side ( a tween paranormal). 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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