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ARC Review: The Other Side by Sarah Hocut

Summary from Goodreads:

Those six little words mean the summer after high school is not starting off the way Sadie Wills had planned. When her boyfriend of three years dumps her the day after graduation, she’s suddenly unsure of what the future will hold.

Serving up ice cream at Gigi’s Dairy Bar in downtown Abbyville proves to be a nice distraction. That is, until she finds out the old house across the street, which used to be the town’s flower shop, is being torn down to put up an ice cream franchise. Convinced the new store will put Gigi’s out of business, Sadie comes up with a plan. Her newfound summer resolution? Save that house and save Gigi’s.

Complications arise when she meets Eric and serious sparks start flying. The problem? Eric’s dad owns the company responsible for demolishing the old flower shop, and Eric is working for him over the summer. Even though she tells herself not to fall for him – he’s going to help run Gigi’s out of business after all, and besides, it’s too soon after her break-up to even think about giving her heart to someone else – Eric has other plans.

Torn by the arguments between her head and her heart, Sadie becomes very good at running over the summer. Running from her past. Running from her feelings. Running from love.

As the summer wears on, Eric slowly slips more and more into her life, and Sadie eventually realizes that she can’t run forever. But can she risk giving her heart to someone else?

Release: March 25th


What I Liked:

Characters. Sadie, the main character was easy to connect with and I enjoyed that the novel was in her point of view. I also loved that Hocut included Sadie’s siblings and parents in a lot of the novel. 

Writing Style. I will be checking out more Hocut now after reading this. I found her writing style easy to follow and her characters well-crafted. 

Plot. I went blind to this novel and found an interesting plot. I disliked some elements, mainly the romance, but overall I was interested right from the start. 

What I Disliked:

Pacing. The novel was under 300 pages but I did struggle with the middle (nothing new with me). However, once I got past the middle part it picked up for me. 

Romance. While I loved the love interest, Eric, I felt that the romance aspect was a bit unneeded. I would have rather seen Sadie getting over Paul while becoming good friends with Eric instead of going into a new relationship. 


4 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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