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The Other Side of Summer

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Summer is trying to recover from a tragedy, but it seems impossible when her family is falling apart around her. Having an extraordinary best friend like Mal helps a little, but Summer's secret source of happiness is a link to the past: one very special guitar.

Now her dad's plan to save them is turning Summer's life upside down again. The next thing she knows, they've mov
Paperback, 313 pages
Published May 30th 2016 by Penguin Random House Australia
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Rarely does a middle grade novel capture the beauty and realism of a young teen coming of age, but The Other Side of Summer was simply beautiful. Summer is grieving for not only what she's lost, but for her mother who is overcome and seemingly unable to make her way back to her family. It explores the effects of grief and depression from a thirteen year old perspective and is incredibly poignant as Summer feels as though she has lost her mother through the process.

Our house stirred and breathed
Steph Cuthbert
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, loveozya
I'm probably going to have to come back and write a proper review later, because my heart is too sore and my vision blurry with tears.
The Other Side of Summer struck such a deep, beautiful and aching chord within me. The tragedy of such a loss, the way the family splintered like broken glass, the coming-of-age, and the bittersweet feeling of losing someone and finding them again in a new way, finding their other side- I felt it all so deeply.
Summer is so fragile and lost to herself, I could feel
Ryan Buckby
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this book a quick and easy read but the story was good enough to have myself immersed into the story. I won't give to much away because on goodreads it says the book still hasn't been released which is weird because where i got it from already had a heap out.

The story centres around Summer as her father decides to move his family from England all the way to Australia. Summer of course being a 13 year old doesn't take the news very well and neither does her mother or older siste
Libby Armstrong
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At 13, Summer is learning how to find herself, and find her way back into her family, after tragedy is the catalyst for moving to Australia. Gale skilfully captures the essence of Summer's grief and isolation, yet eschews woe. Instead she gives us a compelling plot of an unlikely friendship between Summer and Gabe that may hold the clues to what happened that fateful day. ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loveozya, read-2016
Lovely! Great for fans of Rebecca Stead, The Other Side of Summer sits in that gray area between children's fiction and YA, and it does it perfectly! ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this book. Pitch-perfect middle-grade magic realism.
Izzy the vampire slayer
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Other Side Of Summer, written by Emily Gale in 2016, starts in a town in London where we meet our protagonist Summer and her family who are grieving over the loss of her oldest brother Floyd. Her mother has clinical depression, her sister is an angry self-absorbed teenager and her dad is just trying to put the broken pieces of the family back together. When Floyd’s guitar is salvaged from the wreckage of the bombing and brought to their home Summer vows to learn to play as well as Floyd did. ...more
That was different! Not at all what I was expecting and I wasn't totally connected to the story, but I did connect with Summer and what she was going through and I absolutely fell in love with Bee..... what an awesome dog :)
3 1/2 stars.
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Other Side of Summer, written by Emily Gale in 2016, is about a young girl overcoming the grief of her brother’s death. Summer is a teenage girl from England. She had to leave her old life, her best friend and her mum back in England as Summer, her dad and sister leave for Australia to start a new life. Summer has a very special guitar that connects her to her old family and life.
Floyd is the musician of the family, but when a bomb blew up at the train station in London, the only thing left
Michael Earp
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous book about grieving, healing and guitar, with the perfect dash of magic realism.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Really liked the first half, the second half not so much.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking and an inspirational book. Fell in love with the mysterious and twists.
M. Benesh
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book took me by surprise. It never tried too hard and it never seemed forced. I think this is probably one of the most impressive representations of a teen girl and grief that I've come across in a book. To top it off, these themes mixed well with a mystery element that was introduced very late in the story. I didn't expect that aspect to work out in the end, but it did.

I strongly recommend this book for emotional literacy for preteens/younger teens.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This outstanding book took you into the world of a girl called Summer. Summer and her family are trying to recover from a tragic incident that happened in England. But Summer finds it hard as her family can’t move on. Having her best friend Mal helps. Her father has a plan to try and save her family, but Summer doesn't agree on it. Before she knows what’s going on she’s on a plane to the other side of the world, Australia. With her life left back in England, her mood and emotions turn and Summer ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Originally posted on Le Book Chronicles

Looking at the cover and title of this book, I was sure t would be a cute fluffy young adult contemporary, with some romance and friend drama. That sort of thing. But boy was I wrong!! I wasn't expecting it to cover such a dark topic. Basically, this story follows 13 year old Summer who's brother has recently been killed in a London bombing. The story then follows Summer and her family and how they deal with that. Mind you, this all happens within the firs
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I seem to encounter a lot of grief in my YA readings the past month. I am wondering whether I am being particularly sensitive as I didn’t really notice this much grief previously. I’m not struggling with it myself at the present so I’m not quite sure what’s really going on! Maybe the universe is telling me to brace up or something...

This is one of the books included in the goodie bag from TeenCon 2016 (Sydney Writer’s Festival) in the form of an Uncorrected Proof which did have some corrections
Aug 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
While I respect the premise of this novel, it is a flop in my opinion. Why? The writing overall was inconsistent in some areas and made the plot hard to follow. I respect the author's use of magic realism but it was very confusing and made me question if I should even attempt to finish it. The author did a lot more telling than showing which hurt the story. The only thing that I found positive about this novel is how the characters expressed their grief. I respect the author's effort, but this w ...more
Rebecca Ryan
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a magical book.

It is pitched at the middle grade reader and I bought it with my 11 year old in mind. One chapter in and I wasn't thinking of it as a YA or children's book, it was simply a story that had captivated me and I wanted to keep reading to check everyone was going to be okay!

It is a story about belonging and longing and surviving in what can sometimes be a heartbreakingly sad world. There is sibling love and sibling conflict and families of all shapes and sizes.

And there is Su
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The other side of summer is a book about a girl named Summer who is a 13 year old girl that is trying to recover from a loss of her brother Floyd. She has an amazing best friend, mal who helps her a little bit in her situation about how she has to move to Australia. Summers secret of happiness comes from one very special guitar left from her brother.
The characters in this book are genuinely kind and nice. Summers best friend mal is caring and very helpful because she helps summer so much. Summer
Ms. Yingling

Summer's brother Floyd is killed in a bombing in London, so her father decides to move the family (including sister Wren) to Australia. When the family is ready to fly out, the girls find out that their mother is staying in Cornwall with their grandmother. Once they get settled in Australia, Summer meets an odd boy named Gabe who appears to her in dreams. Is Gabe real? What is his connection to Floyd? Will figuring out what happened to him help Summer deal with her grief? And will her mother eve
Margo Berendsen
This bittersweet story sure started with a beginning that hooked me:

The doorbell pierced the grim quiet of our house. Nobody moved. I knew this though I couldn't see the others. Our house stirred and breathed with us like old places do. I imagined us four freezing in our separate roosting spots. We, the Jackmans, were never called on unexpectedly anymore.
The doorbell rang again. This time I heard the house fidget. As I poked my head around the doorway of the living room I saw the others coming
Julie Garner
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed reading The Other Side of Summer. It was a beautiful book about a young girl finding herself through grief and loss. After moving to the other side of the world, Summer has to learn to live without her brother who died in tragic circumstances and a mother who has lost her self in grief and stays behind when the family moves.
Summer goes from a young girl who agrees with a teenager caught up in her own grief and struggling to connect with anyone. Until she meets Gabe. Broug
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I thought this book was going to be a love story and in a way it was but I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that this was not a romance. It's about a girl named Summer Jackman who's brother has died and her dad wants to start a new so he moves the family to Australia. I was hooked as soon as I read the first page, I love novels about grief and I love novels that are British so this was perfect and the main character, Summer, was a great character to read.I was a bit confus ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, ya
I read this in virtually one sitting as I couldn't put it down. Great characters and strange happenings!
Loved it!
Emily Mead
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Really, really lovely.
Lily Katherine
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tore me to actual will tug on your heart and not let go. Thrilling and captivating!
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Other Side of Summer, written by Emily Gale in 2016, is set in the present era. The story surrounds a 13-year-old girl and her family, who are trying to recover from a tragedy, but it seems impossible when her family is falling apart around her. But her secret source of happiness is a link to the past: one very special guitar. This pitch-perfect story is full of hope and magic, and is exquisite and unforgettable.

Emily Gale is the author of this wonderful book. She has been involved in the ch
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I dunno. I can't explain it I just, didn't love it. I'm almost done and I started today which means it's easy to read, but I think that's just because the writing is simple and nothing special. I also don't mean to sound insensitive, but I'm finding that too many young adult novels revolve around death. Protagonists always seem to be recovering from the tragic loss of a family member in these YA books and obviously, that's fine, sometimes a tragedy in a story can be beautiful and heartbreaking b ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE OTHER SIDE OF SUMMER is an emotional ride about a girl named Summer trying to find her place in the world now that her brother, Floyd, isn't in it. It takes you through the processes of grief and how to come back from losing someone so close.

Summer and her family are broken with the absence of Floyd. When his guitar magically makes its way back into their lives, it brings along some hope. Summer loves the guitar and knew that Floyd always had it on him. Now, it's a way for her to connect to
Jessica G
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven't reviewed a book in what feels like forever, but I had to dust off that sad chapter of my life because this book deserves all the praise it can get!
'The Other Side of Summer' was the biggest and best surprise for a middle-grade novel, and I want to thank 16/17-yr old me for buying this book, and also scold her for not reading it sooner because WHY. However, I can also appreciate that I've clearly read it at the right time because I wonder if I would have appreciated it the way I should
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Emily Gale is a book-nerd who has worked in the children’s & YA book industry for nearly twenty years. In London she worked as an editor for Penguin and Egmont, and later as a freelance manuscript consultant and pre-school book writer. In Melbourne she's worked with literary agent Sheila Drummond, finding new children’s and YA authors; she has reviewed for Bookseller and Publisher, been a judge in ...more

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