The Other Side of Dark
Law Walker knew Katie Mullens before she was crazy. Before her mother died. Law knows Katie’s crazy now, but she’s alw...more
And wow, what a story.
The Other Side of Dark is written in alternative POV's - Law Walker, son of well-known African-American history professor - bent on the destruction of Pinebank - and his white, architectural historian mother - bent on the preservation of Pinebank. Ka...more
Law Walker is the son of a...more
Law is interested in the old house, too. He is loves old houses an...more
Law Walkerʼs passion is architecture. He is the biracial son of a powerful African American community l...more
It's hard to believe that Law is a real teen, but he's a hottie regardless. Katie likes "his button-down shirts and his Buddy Holly glasses; he dresses so conservative and retro, he looks like Clark Kent. He...more
This book captivated me. I was sucked in to both characters pretty much from the beginning. It was a very interes...more
The Other Side of Dark covers a wide variety of subjects, but it never once becomes cumbersome or overwhelming. Each flows nicely into the next. What’s more, Smith avoids any potential to get preachy on some of the sub...more
Katie Mullens is a poor white girl. She lost her mother in a tragic accident about one year ago, and it has affected her very badly. She is a talented artist, but she tends to draw pictures of people dying; pictures...more
Told in first person by two narrators, teenagers in their junior year at Brookline High: Law Walker, son of a prominent African American Harvard history professor and a white architectual historian and preservationist, and Katie Mullens, a orphaned white girl--her dad was killed in Afghanistan when she was an infant, her mother by a driver on a cell phone the...more
Katie and Law's...more
This story had lots of mixed reviews so I hesitated for a while. Some people found it boring and I can so...more
The two main characters are students Law Walker and Katie Mullens. Law's father is a successful African American Harvard academic but Law knows he does not want to follow in his father's footsteps. Katie comes from a less well off white family and both her parents are dead. She also sees ghosts.
The book is written in the first person alternating between Katie and Law. I didn't find Law as convincing as Kati...more
The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith is a book I was not expecting. I started the book pretty much knowing only that it was about two characters, one of whom saw ghosts. There are a lot of place that an author can go with that as a guideline, so I wasn't totally sure what to expect.
It's told in perspectives alternating between Katie, the girl who sees ghosts, and Law, a teenager struggling to meet the expectations of his paren...more
Sarah Smith's young adult debut, THE OTHER SIDE OF DARK, combines just the right amount of mystery, suspense, and ghost story into a historical fiction narrative that packs an emotional punch. Growing up as the son of his black professor father and his white architect mother, Law feels increasingly pulled between them and their professional and racial identities. Ever since her mother died tragically, Katie has also been pulled in tw...more
Sarah Smith makes some political decisions I'm not quite comfortable with (it's hard to say more without spoilers). It's also as triggery as can be imagined at times--one of the most painful books I've ever read, an...more
But that doesn...more
It is well written, interesting, sensitive, smart, thoughtful, humane, and at times, very touching.
One of the main (but certainly not the only) subject matters of this book is slavery and its long-term traumatic outcomes in American contemporary society. This issue...more
Loved: The conclusion of The Other Side of Dark was a stunner and I loved how Smith brought this about. The book started off slow and some of the language was hard to understand. I resisted the urge to put the book down halfway through and I'm glad I did. The ending was totally worth it!
Liked: The historical aspect of the story. As an African American myself, it is nice to read a book that...more
I can kind of compare this to the book the book I tried reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer. That book was sort of a mystery and this book is a mystery about to teens. The Host is I think is about an alien girl but I don’t know for sure. And it’s kind of like the book Twilight By Stephanie Meyer. It is somewhat a mystery because when Bella finds out that Edward is a vampire.
The characterization in The Other Side Of Dark is tha...more
it started off quite slowly but builds up fast which resulted in me reading 3/4 of the book in like, a few hours. seriously.
i do not know much about slavery in america, and the harsh brutalities of it. this book shed that much more light on me. the characters were all very likeable, but there's just something missing that m...more
*I finished it. It's predictable, but still interesting. It is filled with history and I can appreciate what it took to make it known in a book for readers to absorb and have fun learning at the same time. That's a talent. I would recommend it, easy read, but not for...more
Sarah Smith has been interested in ghosts and storytelling since she was four. Her sitter told her Japanese ghost stories at night, which she retold on the schoolbus the next morning. When she heard the story of the haunted house and the Perkins Bequest, she knew she had to write about it. No one knows what became of the real Perkins Bequest. She hopes The Other Side of Dark may help solve the mys...more