YA ReRead: The Other Side of Dark

the other side of dark

Grade: B (nostalgia grading in effect)

Doing it at: n/a

Catnip: Deep Dark Secret; Mysteries; YA; Sleeping Beauty; Nostalgia; Hypothetical Sequels; Fan Fiction; ReRead

Shame Scale: No shame! You can read YA as a grown up if you want

Fantasy Cast:  Matt Dillon circa 1989; Brooke Shields circa Blue Lagoon

Book Description:

Stacy wakes up in a hospital room, in a body she doesn’t recognize. Her mother is dead—murdered—and Stacy is recovering from a gunshot wound. She is the sole eyewitness to the crime, but she has only a shadowy memory of the killer’s face. Will Stacy be able to regain a clear memory of that fateful day before the killer reaches her?
        The Other Side of Dark is one of Joan Lowery Nixon’s most intriguing, suspenseful, and dramatic mysteries.


I probably read The Other Side of Dark for the first time when I was around 14, that’s the age when I was devouring mysteries; Fear Streets, Christopher Pike, and Stephen King’s— along with heaping helpings of classics and V.C. Andrews. I was that kid who read EVERYTHING and all the time. Babysitting money was immediately turned into paperbacks, which I would devour at least one a day, every day. I remembered the actual plot of this one pretty well (I read it more than once, I read all the books more than once), but my brain thought the romance aspect loomed much larger than it actually does between Stacey and Jeff. So, I’m gonna tell you guys what actually happened, and then we are going to speculate a sequel! Because this is my blog and it sounded fun, ok? OK.

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Paper Towns, by John Green

paper towns

Grade: A

Doing it at: N/A this is a classy real book, guys

Catnip: Girl Next Door; Mystery; YA; High School Confidential; Road Trips

Shame Scale: No shame, any shame I had over reading YA as an adult disappeared after I plunged full force into trash.

Fantasy Cast: Nat Wolff; Cara Delevingne

Book Description:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. When their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Margo has disappeared. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Embarking on an exhilarating adventure to find her, the closer Q gets, the less he sees the girl he thought he knew.


We decided that since neither Mary or I had read Paper Towns, even though I think we’ve read every other John Green book, one of us should definitely read and review before the release of the movie on Friday. I was happy to bite this particular bullet, I’m a big John Green fan and frankly my brain was happy for a break from trash. Just a tiny break, not an all night break.

It had been probably a year since I finished my last Green book, An Abundance of Katherines, and I had forgotten what a good writer he is. Witty, funny, deeper than your average YA book, great characters who feel fully fleshed out. If you only know him from The Fault in Our Stars, consider this me urging you to dig a little deeper into his catalog. Augustus Waters is really the least charming of John Green’s book boys.

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