Author: Paul E. Stawski
Release Date: February 12th, 2015
Publisher: Russet and Kensington Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Format: Paperback, Received from author in exchange for an honest review
Taking Sides begins where Both Sides ended: with 16-year-old brain transplant recipient Alex Featherstone leaving the hospital and coming home. But where, exactly is home now that she’s living in another girl’s body? Taking Sides gives us a glimpse of what it’s like to deal with the press and paparazzi, school, family and friends as we follow Alex on the rollercoaster ride that has become her life.
This book picks up almost where it left off in the first one. Though the first one has a lot of you inside Alex's head, this one is more an external environment.
You still get to be in Alex's head, but most of this you see on the outside. You get to meet new characters as well as have all of them from the first book back as well. This book is mainly a battle between Alex trying to figure out who she is now. She seems to be remembering things....but are they her memories or Sandra's?
I thought we would get to see Sandra more in this book, but it is still Alex as the show. I don't mind that at all, just the ending of the first book make it seem it would go in a different direction.
Alex is now under the pressure of trying to get her life going back to normal in a body that isn't what she is used to. On top of it all, she can't go anywhere without have some sort of media there to hound her down with questions. She gets insulted a lot as well, which to me just is not right. She didn't ask for all of that to happen to her. We should just be happy she is alive in some way to continue on her life. Why people have to be so rude and hateful, I will never know.
I liked this book a little better than the first book, but that is because you get to know Alex a little more. You get to know who she really is as well as watching her change into a better person. You see her blossom into so much more as the pages go. She still has her annoying moments, but I still cannot blame her with all the changes she has had to endure in the past few weeks.
You get to meet Gavin, her bodyguard, Iz, hard to explain him, and Mr. P, her lawyer. I really enjoyed all 3 of these characters because they were all there for her completely. Gavin gets to know Alex and is sucked into her as a person. Not romantically, but you can see that he definitely gets more protective with her on a caring basis, not just because it is his job. Mr. P also gets to know her and does all he can to help her in the end. Iz is my favorite though. I don't know exactly how he got some of his info that seemed to be in her head and her head only, but he seems so awesome. He is a computer hacker that does all he can to help Alex along the way. I thought there might be some romantic interest there, but I think that will be revealed if there is any in the third book. I definitely want to know more about him no matter if they stay friends or not though.
This book has a decent amount more of serious aspects of it. You don't see the doctors as much, but legal problems come up through most of the book. You get to flip through page after page wondering how it is all going to turn out.
I really enjoyed reading through it and learning more about all the characters as well as getting to watch Alex waddle through her life a little bit more. You get to watch from a physical aspect how she progresses in her new body. It is all so fascinating that it will keep you turning each page.
I don't know how to say much more without spoiling the story. I just hope you will take my word on it and go out and give this series a chance.