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The Other Side

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  2,402 ratings  ·  468 reviews
Denver, Colorado

There are two sides to every story.
The surface reality that’s presented to the world.
And then there’s the other side.
The real one.
The one that matters.

Seventeen-year-old, self-proclaimed asshole, Toby Page, is alone.
No friends.
No family.
He trades maintenance work in exchange for room and board.
Every day he fights demons no one else can see.
Every day he
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published June 5th 2019 by Do Epic LLC
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5 stars

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“People aren’t perfect. It’s not about loving them when it’s easy and convenient; it’s about loving them even more when it’s hard.”

I've read every book of Kim Holden's and what I love about her stories is they're always different and special. Her writing is truly a gift and the way she can tell a story is like no other. The Other Side is an important read. It's heart-wrenching, focuses on difficult topics, and is a book that needs to be read.

This book focuses on 17 year o
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite, best-ones
5 waah, crying out loud, snuffling, rolls of paper towel consuming but still having a nonstop runny nose, damn! Stop it! I can’t take it anymore, I haven’t cried so much after seeing Di Caprio freezing in the ocean, oh God, after 2 hours I keep crying, “when does this torture end ?” stars!


I got bored to death because of reading soft, sweet, lovely rom-coms in which those characters do silly things, full of clichés, some laughs, ha ha, some resentment a
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE+++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Her outstretched arms are an invitation that I gladly walk into. I hug her. The hug lasts minutes. It’s more than an embrace—it’s apologies for the past and promises for the future. It’s solace, and safety, and reassurance, and friendship, and want, and need, and acceptance, and forgiveness. It’s contentment. It’s love.

I’m completely blown away by this incredibly poignant and exquisitely written story. ”THE OTHER SIDE” deals with very
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
5 stars

"The most important time to listen is when words are missing, that’s when heart cry out the loudest,”

You’re going to cry. You’ve been warned.

This was such a heart-wrenching important book. I’ve wanted to read a book by Kim Holden for a while, so I decided to start with this one. And I’m in awe. Her story telling abilities left me in awe. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. It was so heavy, I needed the break, but I couldn’t stop. My emotions was all over the place. I’ve felt everythi
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, this had some similarities to another book I have read by this author, Bright Side, and unfortunately I liked that book better. Both books have a main female character who is in a band and is supposed to be “very deep” and insightful. Both books are meant to be equal parts upsetting and uplifting. I’m not sure it quite struck that balance in this book though. I found myself a little annoyed at how heavy handed the book dealt with various issues

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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

This isn't an easy book to review,I don't want to give anything away.You should go to this blind because it's better!This one really touched me, it's an emotional and heartbreaking story.I don't think I will be soon ok after reading this one!

I had tears in my eyes and still thinking about it, even though I wasn't hooked from the first pages I find it amazing.The Other Side is raw,realistic and heavy.

It's a must read and I'm sure once you read it you will think about it for days!


Melanie A.
My sadness is mine and it shouldn't bleed all over anyone else.
Short review: The Other Side was jam-packed with real issues and beautiful prose; it will make you think and it will make you cry. If you're interested in learning more about depression and trauma, I'd highly recommend this one!
My mother was a yeller.
I'm not. Yelling twists my guts and fills my head with obnoxiously loud static. It makes me sweat.
Longer review: The Other Side is probably not the b
B.N. Toler
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another exceptional novel from Kim Holden that you do not want to miss.

I dare say, there is not a person alive that cannot in some way relate to this book. And that's why this novel is so good. It's deep, it's raw, and it's real. Kim wrote one story intertwined with many stories and seamlessly wove it all together. She challenges our perceptions of the world, of people, of what we think we know about life.

I fell in love with our hero who carried so much pain, yet did his best to show kindness t
Nadia - on a break
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I'm lost for words when I try to describe this book, so I'm going to borrow a quote from the book that sums it up perfectly:

"It’s gut-wrenching, and sad, and painful, and severely gorgeous."

Toby is one of the most troubled characters I've come across. He is in a constant fight with his inner demons.

"I wear my depression like a winter coat, zipped up tight to my chin and bulky—a barrier that smothers out the rest of the world." 

"Well, my anger, resentment, and the perpetual black cloud hanging ov
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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Bed time/lights out/out comes the ipad!! New to me Author!! So super excited to start this tonight!!
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Multiple, mostly male

Toby Page never had much to look forward to all his life. Growing up with a deadbeat mother, he always believed he was useless and unwanted. But things started to look up when Alice Eliot moved into the building he worked in. She made him dare to dream, but lifelong emotional abuse might not be enough to reverse his beliefs.

Some people are born to do great things, to leave a mark, to simply be great.
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-top-fave
One of the best books I have ever read. This is Kim Holden's best book yet. Deeply moving and simply breathtaking... your emotions will run the gamut and you won't know what hits you as you flip pages, devouring this book. An unforgettable journey that will touch your heart and soul, that will restore faith in human kindness and will make you feel loved and that you matter. Kim has a gift of speaking to the reader that is just so touching and real... this is a book that you will never forget. <3 ...more
I am sitting next to a pile of tear soaked tissues and my mind is blown. From what I read in the author's notes, this is a very personal book for Ms. Holden. It is incredibly sad to read, I mean I wanted to figure out how to get in my kindle and hug Toby until he believed he was worthy of love. Thank goodness for Alice! Beautiful, talented Alice who life served a giant shit sandwich and she just threw it away and decided to live her life the way she thought she deserved, not how society o
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 “You’re Worth Fighting For” Stars!
(ARC provided by Wordsmith Publicity)

-“The most important time to listen is when words are missing, that’s when heart’s cry out the loudest.”

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Toby Page is a 17 yr. old high school student living in 1987 in Denver, Colorado. He’s never had a real home, and works doing some light maintenance in exchange for a roof over his head. Tortured by memories and nightmares of moments that forever altered his life, Toby is held hostage by his depression. He’s a loner w
Dee Montoya
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars*****

Thank you Kim Holden for another great story that will save lives, give readers hope and tears and understanding.

won’t accept a future that’s nothing short of “fiercely passionate and wildly beautiful.”
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
*runs in*
*leaves rating that is definitely going to be unpopular*
*runs out again*
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are books that you love, books you enjoy, and every once in while, there are books that you know will stay in your heart for the rest of your life. The Other Side by Kim Holden was absolutely brilliant. Heartbreaking, breathtaking, soul shattering. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

“There are people we meet in this world who anchor us. They reassure us with their presence. They bring us comfort simply by being. They love us by osmosis, radiating it out and diffusin
Donna B
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t care which genre you prefer , this is a must read! Intense and thought provoking. This story is so necessary in this day and time. It’s raw and so real. Unforgettable, heavy content. It’s been 2 1/2 years since Kim’s last book and it was so worth the wait. It’s obvious that she put her blood , sweat , and tears in this book.
See you On The Other Side ❤️
Lo Bookfrantic
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I loved this Story, it was painful and beautiful!! Yes I cried sad and happy tears 🙄😆😂
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
An emotional and powerful story that was heartbreaking but it was also about healing, hope, love and the celebration of life.

The voice of depression is ugly and we heard it loud and clear through Toby. The author allows us to experience all the loneliness, indifference to life and lack of self worth. It was raw and unfiltered and it absolutely broke my heart. His past I think shaped the beginning of this disease with a mother who was belittling and threw words of hate and the experience of a ho
Jennie Simpson
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know how, but she always manages to write an amazing book that sucks me in every time. I think what makes TOS so special is Kim’s ability to be raw and real with a mental illness that is often not talked about or is misdiagnosed. Trust me, you will love Toby! True to Holden’s form, she surrounds the main character with a brilliant, complex, witty, and lovable supporting cast that adds immense depth and flavor to the storyline. Must read book!
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You cant read this story and escape unscathed, it leaves it's markings on your soul. You can't simply review it because it's not just a's a life lesson
Kim has the most kindest of hearts and her aura shines like a halo around her. Her openness to embrace everyone, literally and figuratively, gives a sense of safety. To open up, talk, vent out your inner feelings.
"People aren’t perfect. It’s not about loving them when it’s easy and convenient; it’s about loving them even more when it
talon smith
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can almost always leave it to Kim to provide you with an emotional story that leaves lots of incredible imprints on you along the way. And different kinds at that! They're not all the same. The Other Side is no different from Bright Side, All of It, and even Gus. Once you finish this story-- you will be left breathless.

The best part of this book was the EXCELLENT story line and plot placement. When I say that, I'm talking about the POVs that we get along the way and the way that Kim structur
Sana Ajaz
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kim Holden is the master of emotions. This book made me cry buckets.
Toby Page, the male protagonist, battles depression and is known for his asshole personality.
There are so many emotions in this book that'll make you question everything you've seen. There are times when people who are fighting with their own conscious appear to be normal. They appear perfectly fine but the guilt, shame and self loathing stealthily creeps in.
Mental health is a sore topic which needs more exposure and awareness
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I'm not suprised that I loved this book - it's Kim Holden. But I was suprised with how deep and dark this book is, how sometimes I was struggling to breathe, how heavy it made me feel afterwards.
Exceptional read.
Veronika's ReaderFeeder
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cried my eyes out but it was one of the best books I've read this year so far!

My full review in Hungarian-->
⭐ Emerson ⭐
Nov 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-not-read
99c on Amazon today.
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

This book wasn't what I thought it would be. I had the one side and I thought I knew it all, but I didn't until I read the other side. This book deals with so many intense issues that are prevalent in society that it really is a must read for any and everyone. Toby suffers from a depression so deep, but is great at hiding it. Even when it's clear he is on a downward spiral, people are caught up in their own lives and don't notice. Be nice to everyone. I needed this reminder today. Grin and be
Cyndi Becker
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Off the charts stars!

“Sometimes a photo captures emotion so palpable that it can still be felt every time you look at it.”

Replace the word photo with The Other Side and you understand the experience of Kim Holden's writing. Feelings are palpable. I can’t think about this book without feeling the vast emotional swing, one she delivers in spades. I’m not sure how I finished this book. My eyes were clouded by tears for the last 40% of this book. The Other Side is just that. The story of alternate
Laura Lee
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Other Side
By: Kim Holden
5 Stars

I have always loved each book I’ve read by this author! Each one an emotional journey that one will not forget. The Other Side, I went into totally blind… As is how everyone should.

The writing is exceptional and the story is raw.

A folded piece of paper stored in a wallet. Brought out and unfolded enough times, folded and replaced right behind the condom and just before the dollar bill. If there is by chance a dollar bill in there.

When the days finally tick aw
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