The Other Side of Dark
Katie and Law's ...more
The novel I read is Other Side of Dark which was written by Sarah Smith. The novel dealt about a girl named Katie who has dealt with a lot of death in her life. Katie is constantly being visited by ghosts who come to share their stories with her. The part that I dislike in this novel is when a boy named Michael liked Katie and wanted to take her to the dance but he wasn’t allowed to because his mother would not accept her son being with a white girl. My favourite scene in the book is ...more
In my personal opinion, this book was amazing. It had very well described details ...more
In the beginning, it was interesting. You had this girl who could see the unrested dead but as ...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
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
Katie thinks she's crazy - she thinks these 'hallucinations' are all a product of the grief she's feeling, never taking them seriously. She draws every single ghost she sees, though, keeping them all in a sketchbook. Each sketch is more disturbing than the last, usu ...more
Told in alternating perspectives, by Katie and Law, we get to see the difference in the narrative of the two characters. There was a distinct tone for each character. The priorities are not the same and to some extent, the level of sanity is not as well. I appreciated the change in the tone of the two characters. They were talking about the same things and yet it was as if they were talking about entirely different things. Although this novel was a collision of two lives, tw ...more
Katie sees ghosts ever since her mother died a year ago. A ghost of a young man, George, befriends here and tells her he guards an important treasure inside a condemned historic house. Meanwhile, Law Walker, who used to have a crush on Katie, finds himself interested again.
This book really takes on some tough issues--race, class, society, education, reparations. It also weaves Boston history into a haunted story--one all the more disturbing because of its basis in tr ...more
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Katie Mullens is no longer an ordinary girl. Ever since the unfortunate death of her mother, Katie has been insane. She sees ghosts everywhere- and she can’t help but be haunted by them. Katie is especially haunted by a ghost named George Perkins, a boy with Down Synd ...more
The metaphor the book uses of ghosts to help explain modern race issues is both surprising and obvious. Of course America is haunted by the ghosts of slavery and racial tensions, but for some reason it's never been laid out quite so obviously to me before. So to have Katie literally haunted ...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
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Katie sees ghosts. She can't help it.
Law is the son of a white woman and a black man. He doesn't know who he wants to be. He can't help it.
I enjoyed this from start to finish. Katie is a poor troubled white girl, who has lost her father, her mother, and can see ghosts. Law, with his white mother and black father, is fighting to find his identity. These two are brought together for the cause of saving the Perkins house and it's Down syndrome ghost, George.
Smith alternates Katie & Law's viewpoints, so we get to see inside both their heads. Katie is struggling with accepting her mother's death and the whol ...more
What I really liked about this book was the ending. Usually, I find the conclusions of many titles to be predictable and boring but Smith has definitely stunned this reader. Although the book started off a little too slowly for my comfort and was a bit boring at times, the ending definitely made up for the not-so-great parts. An ...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
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