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-Helen Exley

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Friday, February 3, 2012

On the Bright Side

On the Bright Side by S.R. Johannes

On the Bright Side is a hilarious road to guardian angeldom paved with so much drama and due-paying that it makes middle school look painless.
As if the devil’s food cake at her wake and the white fat pants she’s stuck wearing for eternity weren’t bad enough, fourteen year-old Gabby is quick to discover that Cirrus, the main rung of Heaven, is a far cry from the Pearly Gates. Here, Skyphones and InnerNets are all the rage. Until Gabby finds out she has to protect Angela, her school nemesis, in order to move up through the training levels of heaven. Problem is, Angela is now hitting on Gabby's should-have-been boyfriend. (awkward!)
Instead of protecting Angela, Gabby pranks her (like tripping is a sin?) at the hopes of cooling off the new couple. At first, they seem harmless until the school dance sabotage gets completely out of control. Then, her Celestial Sky Agent, who happens to have anger management issues of his own, puts Gabby on probation, threatening her eternal future.
Determined to right her wrongs, Gabby steals an ancient artifact that allows her to return to Earth for just one day. Without knowing, she kicks off a series of events and learns what can happen when you hate someone to death.

Ramblings: aww! This was such an adorable middle grade read. I have read Untraceable (YA) and loved that too so I was really excited to read this book. I was not disappointed!

Characters: I fell in love with Gabby, and the rest of the gang, from the moment I met them! I love Gabby's giggly, middle-school personality, and I could totally relate to her anger towards Angela. Who would want to be the guardian angel of their arch nemesis!? I so understand where Gabby was coming from with the pranks, even if the first one was a mistake! I loved watching her grow as a person... Er BIT! And seeing her really develop and reach her full potential. I know she's going to keep growing and I can't wait to see where her adventure leads next!

Plot: Okay, I think it's safe to say that the idea of SKYpones and that amazing closet are FABULOUS and I soo wish I had all of the really cool SKYgagets. I love the struggles Gabby conquered in this book because it is so relatable- friends fighting over a guy and it's a huge problem with girls in middle school in high school, probably even college! Girls can be nasty and I think this is a great book for all girls to read because it is a huge eye openers to what can happen if a boy gets in the way of a friendship.

Overall: S.R. Johannes is one of my favorite authors and I can't wait for book 2 in this series and the Untraceble series! Seriously, don't pass this one up!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars


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