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The Opposite of Here

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  150 reviews
There's no hiding on a cruise ship - not even from yourself.

Natalie's parents are taking her and her three best friends on a cruise for her seventeenth birthday. A sail-a-bration, they call it. But it's only been a few short months since Natalie's boyfriend died in a tragic accident, and she wants to be anywhere but here.

Then she meets a guy on the first night and sparks
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Bloomsbury YA
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Elle (ellexamines)
So, holy crap. There is something to be said for really interesting books that had you expecting mediocrity.

The Opposite Of Here follows four friends on a cruise ship journey when the lead believes she has seen a boy fall off the ship. This hit a lot of my criteria for thrillers I can love. It is very eerie. It plays quite well off innate human fear - in this case, claustrophobia and the fear of losing your mind. It has actual plot twists and a sense of I-don't-quite-know-where-this-is-g
Chelsea Humphrey
Ok, so this book is wackadoodle.

I'm sitting here wondering just what I've read because it is all over the place. I'll be the first to admit that I'm an old fart who is so out of touch with teenagers that I couldn't pretend to be cool if my life depended on it. That said, even I could sense that something felt off here. I hate that I didn't love this more, because I've been anticipating this release for months now (I mean gosh, just look at that gorgeous cover!) but it didn't work for me. I'm 100
This book is...bonkers.

I kind of expected and/or hoped that this book would be totally full on bonkers, because it’s a thriller and thrillers are more thrilling if they’re bonkers.

Everyone knows that.

This book wasn’t all that creepy. Or scary. Or thrilling, I guess. But bonkers? Yes.

It might actually be bonkers because it’s not any of those things.

I will back up.

Natalie’s boyfriend died a couple months back in a car accident and she’s been, understandably, a liiiiiil mopey ever since. So her par
C.G. Drews
This book is the opposite of chill. I seriously have questions to ask all the characters and they are: CAN YOU GET HELP MAYBE. It features a cruise where things are...odd. And there are some weird passengers, some hidden trauma, and some complicated relationships. And by "complicated" I mean boys ughhhhh. Why do they.

I've read a 3 books by this author now and I really liked The Leaving, was confused by The Possible, and am dubious about The Opposite of Here. I kind of struggle with rich kids on
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
For a young adult thriller / mystery this isn't too bad.

Natalie, Lexie, Nora, and Charlotte are BFF's. Natalie's boyfriend, Paul, was killed several months earlier in a fatal car accident. Natalie has been in a funk since it happened and is unable to laugh and have fun as she once used too. Her parents think that booking her and her friends on a cruise for her upcoming birthday, a sail-a-bration, will be just the thing to bring her back to life.

The first night on the cruise while in the teen l
This book was a task and a half to get through. So much boring boring for so long before anything remotely interesting happened. Also all of the characters are unlikable and the plot isn't that great!

Natalie is on a cruise for her birthday sail-a-bration (teehee) with her parents and three best friends 10 months after her boyfriend, Paul, was killed in a car accident.

The worst part of this book is, drumroll please, the boring female protagonist. What else is new.

Natalie is the epitome of a wet
I am a huge fan of twisty mysteries that have a touch of unreliability and with that synopsis, I was eager to get to this one.

I liked Natalie well enough. There are definitely some things going on, some fairly obvious and some not quite as obvious right away. As the layers peel back, her actions make sense and yet I was still bummed at how she was treating her BFFs.

Plot wise, the story moves, but it’s repetitive. At first I thought it would add to the trickery, instead it was sort of annoying.
Natalie and her family go on a cruise with three of Natalie’s friends to celebrate her 17th birthday. On the very first day, Natalie meets a guy in the teen area and they hit it off. But then he disappears and because of the things he said to her, she thinks he jumped. She then meets another boy who is his twin named Michael. Together, Michael and Natalie try to find the twin before he does something bad to someone or himself because according to Michael, his brother is not a nice person. Natali ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Bloomsbury. I blame Christopher Pike and Sweet Valley for my weird fondness for potential shipwreck stories.

It’s only been a few months since Natalie’s boyfriend, Paul, died in a car accident. To celebrate her seventeenth birthday, her parents take her on a cruise with three of her friends. The first night aboard, she meets an enigmatic boy, and they make plans to go swimming together. When she returns, he’s vanished. Natalie can’t
Jen Ryland
Wow - that was actually a lot of fun. Though the ending was a little WTF in the "seriously?" way, it was also WTF in the "WTF-I-did-not-see-that-coming way, which I loved.

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This book promised more than it could deliver, and therefore I am kiiiiinda pissed off. As my rating, you know, shows.
Lily (latestreads)
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Opposite Of Here pleasantly surprised me! Going into the book, I knew that there would be a mystery/suspense element, while on a cruise ship, with some Hitchcock-inspired moments.

It sounded great from the start, and I was so excited to dive into the story.

The first part of the book that I noticed was how the main character loves and pretty much always thinks about movies, especially some Hitchcock moments. The book starts with "Fade in on me. I'm in my attic bedroom...". I enjoyed how this
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: sexual assault.

Have had the author's works in my wishlist for over two years, and finally got to read one. At only 240 pages, it's a short and punchy read with plenty of twists - even on the last page. Really enjoyed this, and hope to read THE LEAVING and THE POSSIBLE soon. (The latter is unfortunately not in my region of libraries' catalogue.)

More psychological suspense, please, authors!
Dec 07, 2017 added it
So many twists and turns I did not see coming! If you're a thriller fan, you won't be able to put this one down. ...more
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Emilie Haney
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
My rating: 3.8*

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I initially thought that it was general fiction, but the protagonist is turning 17, and I feel the book itself fits more in the YA category.

I enjoyed the premise, especially the setting of a cruise ship, and felt the story moved along at a good pace. One thing to note is that there are no chapters in this book. Just divisions by scene sometimes involving memories. It’s labeled as a mystery and I would say that is accurate, along with th
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This story surprised me with it's tricky plot (I even thought for a moment it was going to go the way of We Were Liars by e lockhart). I really enjoyed it, and I will definitely pick up more of Tara's stories. This one is definitely beach bag-worthy.

Sophie's full review

Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of cruises, and haven’t read any books (maybe one?) that takes place on one. You can tell the author has been on many, or has done a ton of research.The plot line was very unique and I loved it. You never saw what was coming and the twists and turns were executed wonderfully.

Natalie was very relatable to me. She was trying to deal with the grief that goes along with losing someone you love so suddenly. She was very closed off and difficult to deal with in the beginning and I love
The Blonde Bookworm
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Opposite of Here follows four friends on a cruise for the main character Natalie's birthday. Right from the beginning, I had this eerie feeling that something terrible was going to happen at the turn of every page. It was such an exhilarating feeling while reading because it left me constantly on the edge of my seat. I loved that the characters were on a cruise ship because it added to the thrill factor of the novel. What is worse than being cooped up on a cruise ship when something suspicio ...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
This author knows how to mess with her readers' heads & I love that.

In the past few years, I've read The Leaving and The Possible-- and I thought both had interesting concepts and twisty reveals. Reading this book, I could totally tell it was an Altebrando book. There's just something about the way her books flow and the way the main character isn't exactly someone who you want to like, that makes her books stand out.

Natalie is on a cruise and meets a guy-- which is exciting because she's been
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

The Opposite of Here was unexpected!

Plot: From reading Tara Altebrando's previous works, I knew that she had a special brand of mystery but The Opposite of Here took the cake! This novel followed Natalie, whose parents planned a cruise getaway for her and her three best friends to celebrate her 17th birthday. It also served as a distraction since her boyfriend passed just a few months earlier.

For the most part, The Opposite of Here was disorienting; nothing seemed to make sense. Her friends had
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED! this book. It took me till the third page (ish) before I was hooked. I will admit I’m usually picky when it comes to the hook. If I’m not pulled in within the first chapter I usually won’t finish it. So I was getting a little worried. But from page 3 on I couldn’t put the book down. Took me 4 hours to read and I wish there was more. (Because I’m now attached to the characters not because it ended in a cliffhanger)

Since it’s a thriller it’s hard to explain the plot without giv
*I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
DNF @ 24%

This is such a shame since I really enjoyed The Leaving by the same author. I started to wonder if things would be different if I was reading an official non-ARC copy, but I don't think the formatting was at fault, mostly.

See while trying to read this, there felt like a veil between the characters and I, keeping me from getting too close. I couldn't connect, I couldn't understand actions, I couldn't feel
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, this book certainly is the opposite of what you think it's going to be.

For one thing, there is the teenage girl friends aspect. Natalie's parents decide to help her celebrate her seventeenth birthday by taking her and her three (!) best pals on a cruise (a "sail"-a-bration, as Natalie's mother puts it). You go in expecting the girls to bicker and squabble but then realize that they are BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. While there is some squabbling, it's largely due to Natalie being almost entirely i
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Grade: C
An ARC was provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. I am now an intern at Bloomsbury, but that in no way has affected my opinion of this book.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: I had no idea what to expect from The Opposite of Here. In fact, it's going to be hard to summarize it and my feelings without spoiling too much. But I'll try.
Tara Altebrando balances several key plot threads in TOoH - Natalie's friendships, the mystery, Natalie's burgeoning romance, her former boyfr
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
This was a bit of a struggle to get through. It was neither thrilling or mysterious. I never connected to the plot or the characters. I did finish but I am disappointed with what I read.


**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for honest review**


Full review can be found here:

The premise of this story sounded amazing and I could not wait to start reading! Once I started, I quickly discovered that this was not going to be my cup of tea. Weak
TOTAL READING TIME: 2 hours, 34 minutes.

The synopsis is where this book stopped being good. I thought this was going to be a YA mystery/thriller that would be similar to You Owe Me a Murder where the protagonist is just absolutely getting fucked in the head and I got excited. This was a short book too and since the year is almost over, I want to read as many short books as possible.

But this was nothing like that. This book just got worse and more confusing as I read it. This was not the mystery
Reading Teen
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun fast read. The mystery wasn’t quite as exciting or intriguing as I was hoping but I still flew through the book. You can tell by my updates that I wasn’t really a fan of any of the characters. The MC, Natalie was such a downer. I mean, I know there are people like this in the world, and I know she kind of had her reasons, but they just don’t make interesting characters to read about. Her friends were jerks, the love interest(s) were jerks, she was kind of a jerk. I stayed engaged ...more
Sandy O'Brien
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
“You need to be wide-awake. You need to be exactly where you are whenever you are because you’ll blink and miss it.”
A story that follows four friends on a cruise following the death of the main character, Natalie’s, boyfriend. She is struggling to move past the death and ends up meeting a mystery boy on the first night. The only problem is that he disappears and she suspects he has gone overboard.

A plot full of twists and turns that will have you on your toes up until the very last page. A defi
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I couldn’t stop thinking about this book when I was reading it - a great sign. The mystery is a good one, but I also think the story would have benefited from more detail and not that exact ending. Although with the Hitchcock inspiration, maybe this would have worked better on screen? I’m not sure. I liked all the film buff stuff a lot and the cruise setting... this is also exactly the kind of read you want on vacation. It’s a fast one and you will want to enthusiastically pass it on to someone ...more
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Tara Altebrando is the author of numerous books for young adult and middle-grade readers. Her upcoming book, THE LEAVING (Bloomsbury), is a YA thriller that received a starred PW review and is a Junior Library Guild selection. Her other YA novels include ROOMIES, coauthored with Sara Zarr; Dreamland Social Club (A Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens), The Best Night of (Your) Pathetic Life, What H ...more

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