The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando

The Opposite of Here

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 fly. After a moonlit conversation on a secluded deck of the ship, Natalie ...

Details The Opposite of Here

TitleThe Opposite of Here
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury YA
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Thriller

Reviews The Opposite of Here

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    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...
  • 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 g...
  • emma
    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...
  • Michelle
    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....
  • Marla
    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 ...
  • 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 to...
  • Kristina Reads - Books. Blogs. Memes.
    Trigger warning for sexual assaultSo yeah this was another weird one that just didn’t quite do it for me.This started out with an interesting premise and just kind of went way off the yellow brick road into Wonderland and left us behind.None of Natalie’s actions made sense to me. She meets this guy the first night of the cruise and, after some light flirting (during which he never even tells her his name) she decides she might be falling in l...
  • Stacee
    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 a...
  • Lily (latestreads)
    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...
  • Tez
    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!
  • Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak
    This book promised more than it could deliver, and therefore I am kiiiiinda pissed off. As my rating, you know, shows. RTC.
  • Amber
    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 disorient...
  • Emilie Hendryx
    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 m...
  • 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
  • Jenna
    This book was crazy. I spent so much time trying to figure out the mystery of it all that I forgot to sit back and enjoy it! One of the things I loved most about it though was the lack of answers provided by the ending. This kind of story was so wack, it would have felt super out of place if we'd gotten every answet to every question.
  • The Blonde Bookworm
    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 ...
  • Anna
    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)Sin...
  • Sionna
    *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 conne...
  • Amy
    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...
  • Lindsay
    I expected to breeze through this book and feel detached from the characters and lack of mystery, but I was wrong. This mystery takes place on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean while Natalie, her parents, and her three best friends celebrate Natalie's 17th birthday. Natalie's boyfriend unexpectedly died months prior so she’s stuck in this stoic slumber with the past on repeat. On her first night of the cruise she meets an energetic guy w...
  • Emma
    Grade: CAn 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 myste...
  • 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.FRTC.**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for honest review**------------Full review can be found here: premise of this story sounded amazing and I could not wait to start reading! Once I started, I quickly discovered...
  • Reading Teen
    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(...
  • Estelle
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    I enjoyed this mysterious young adult thriller but I didn't love the pacing. I did enjoy reading it and I was interest to see exactly where the author was going to take it but it didn't grab me and hold on to me as much as I had hoped it would. Over all I do believe a lot of my students will enjoy it.
  • Cocktails and Books
    What did I just read??? This book was a trip, but not in a good way.
  • KatieLMae
    It's been awhile since I read a mystery (okay my journal says it was last month but that was like 10 books ago so that qualifies as awhile ) and this did not disappoint! I burned through it one day and a couple of sittings because much like our main character Natalie I had questions and I needed answers! It takes a little bit for things to get going but once the story gets settled in the pacing is great and keeps things moving right to the end- a...