Apr 17, 2015

Review -- Both Sides

Both Sides
Author: Paul E. Stawski
Release Date: August 1st, 2013
Publisher: Russet and Kensington Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback, Received from author in exchange for an honest review


Imagine if you were in a tragic accident – unable to move or speak but otherwise cognizant of everything around you. Imagine hearing doctors deciding your fate without you having a voice in the outcome.

Alex is a 16-year-old girl who finds herself in that exact situation in Both Sides, a novel that begins when – while on a class field trip – Alex and another girl, Sandra, end up in a horrible accident.

If the doctors act quickly, they may be able to save one body…and one brain. Amid the confusion and uncertainty, we hear everything that’s going on in Alex’s mind – from her initial disbelief to her wry sarcasm about the absurdity of it all to her realization that life, as she knew it before, will never be the same. If she survives.

The novel poses a myriad of questions: Just what makes up a person? Is it the body, or the mind, or something else entirely? Will Sandra’s body reject Alex who so often rejected her?

Both Sides tackles these issues and more. Within its pages every reader will find her own answers and discover, in the end, a story of courage and a girl who never before existed.

My Review:
This was a book that sounded different than anything I have came across before. The idea of a brain transplant was amazing and I had to read into it. I was very surprised by how good it was.

Alex is a girl that I don't know what to think of. She seems so stubborn the whole time and seems to be very full of herself. When she finds out that she is going to be in Sandra's body she seems to go even more downhill. The way she talks though, you can't help but continue to read on throughout the pages. I have a feeling she is going to grow a lot in the next book into someone that will be wonderful.

Sandra you don't get to see much in the book. You get little glimpses of her, but I really don't know much about her. I would love to see more of her in the next book, hopefully!

The doctors seem to be pretty stubborn as well. Dr. Clark comes across very pushy and doing things that she might not be doing. Dr. Hausley seems very stuck up and sure of himself. It comes across the whole time and that annoys me a bit. Dr. B seemed to be my favorite but I didn't see her much after the surgery was over. It turned more into a Dr. Clark show after she woke up. I am still shocked at all they were able to do even if it was fictional. One day it might be able to happen in the real world.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was written in a way that you get right into Alex's head from the first page you get a glimpse at who she is. She is very witty and as I said above very stubborn. As you read, you get glimpses of fear, though I don't think she really wants you to see that side of her. She doesn't know where life is going to go and that seems to terrify her. She isn't the girl she was when the accident happened and she has so much more to go.

This is a book that anyone could enjoy. It is easy to read but has medical issues put throughout it. You are able to follow it no matter your medical education level. It makes you feel good to be able to follow it along. The author does a great job of writing it in a way that it flows and is easy to understand. You get to see that life isn't always how it seems and that you need to love the life you have. You may never know when it could all be changed forever.

The book was ended in a way that you know all the answers that you were waiting on in this book will show up in the next one. I can't wait to figure out what happens in the world of Alex and Sandra.

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