Monday, November 4, 2013

Both Sides Book Tour

Imagine if you were in a tragic accident – unable to move or speak but otherwise cognizant of everything around you. Imagine hearing doctors deciding your fate without you having a voice in the outcome.

Alex is a 16-year-old girl who finds herself in that exact situation in Both Sides, a novel that begins when – while on a class field trip – Alex and another girl, Sandra, end up in a horrible accident.

If the doctors act quickly, they may be able to save one body…and one brain. Amid the confusion and uncertainty, we hear everything that’s going on in Alex’s mind – from her initial disbelief to her quips about the absurdity of it all to her realization that she may have to go through the rest of her life living in the body of a girl she couldn’t stand. If she survives.

Both Sides tackles these issues and more. Within its pages every reader will find her own answers and discover, in the end, a story of courage and a girl who never before existed.

Award-winning author Paul E. Stawski captures the minute-by-minute struggles of a 16-year-old girl whose world is suddenly turned upside down in Both Sides. Radical brain surgery is the only option. Time is running out and Alex’s mind is racing: will she still be the same person when she comes out on the other side?

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                Both Sides Review by Crunchy Green Adventures
~ Author Paul E Stawski offers readers a shocking concept: One girl… from two bodies.~
   Alex is THE popular girl.  At sixteen she does not follow the in crowd… she IS the in crowd.  Her life is perfect. From head to toe, her style, her looks, even her home life seems perfect.
   Alex is on a school field trip to a ski resort, when she goes to get in the lift she expects to be with her best friend.  However she gets forced to sit with a nobody Sandra.  Sandra is plain, has zero style and quite frankly Alex is embarrassed to be seen sitting next to her.
   There is only darkness for Alex.  She cannot move, or even open her eyes…but she can hear.  And what she hears is extremely disturbing.  The sounds of people searching for her, voices screaming, retching, and sobbing.  Then again silence….  Between intermittent wakings Alex hears doctors speaking.  They are discussing a never attempted plan- take one good brain, and put it in one good body-.  Alex cannot protest, just wait.. Wait to know the outcome.  Will she lives?  How will she feel?  But most importantly if she does live….who will she be?

I fell deeply in love with this book!  I read it in one sitting not able to put it down!  The characters were very well developed and the plot super engaging.  I am on edge waiting for Mr. Stawski’s next book!

About the Author

Paul E. Stawski won the Highlights for Children fiction contest for his short story, Code Red, a science-fiction story about a little girl who has to make a very grown-up decision. As a child, Paul was the subject of Newbery-Award winning author Lois Lenski's We Live in the North. Then, as an adult, he taught at an all-girls' high school before becoming a full-time writer. Both Sides is his first novel, he is currently writing the second book in the Both Sides series, Taking Sides due to be released January 2014. He lives in Troy, Michigan, with his wife and two cats.

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Taking Sides is the second book in the Both Sides series. In BOTH SIDES, Alex grappled with the idea of her brain being transplanted into Sandra’s brain-dead body. In TAKING SIDES, she struggles with her new reality, starting with the ride home from the hospital and the ensuing media circus. She’s now a celebrity who literally comes face-to-face with her new identity every time she looks in the mirror – and every time someone else looks at her. How will her friends react? How will Sandra’s? And what about their classmates and their parents? With everyone taking sides, Alex begins to wonder: is anyone on her side?

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

1 comment:

  1. I almost feel like reading this one all over again, lol, maybe when I get to the end of my tbr pile !!