Title: The Other Side of Envy (The Ghost Bird Series #8)
Author: C.L. Stone
Genre: Romance, Young Adult
Sang Sorenson dreams of what life might be like for her in the Academy, but joining isn’t as easy as simply writing an exam or passing an interview. She’ll need to pull the team together to get them on her side in order for it to work, which is harder than it sounds. The boys will do anything to protect her, which, for some, means keeping her out.
But that’s not all that’s going on in Sang’s complicated life. After a shocking revelation, Gabriel Coleman splinters himself off from everyone, avoiding not just his Academy team, but even going so far as to avoid Sang. Desperate to bring him back and get him on her side, Sang digs deep into his past to try to discover a way to reach out to him.
His truth is riddled with tragic events, but with the help of Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Luke and North, she might be able to reach out to him before envy and despair drag him too far down to be saved. (from Goodreads)
These books are so hard to describe. At first, it seems like a young adult book simply because the kids are in high school and dealing with high school issues. Sang is from an abusive home and most of the boys have experienced abuse as well. But, as the books have continued on, you start to see a difference. Its not about the characters recovering from their abuse, its not even really about the Academy. Its about relationships. Frankly, a very unconventional relationship. At first, I thought this was strange, but the idea is approached in a way that isn’t dirty or bad. The idea-one girl who is in love with multiple people. Its not about her being with the all at the same time or anything like that. Its the idea that she can be truly in love with all of these boys. The relationships progress at a normal teenage rate-hand holding, cheek kisses, etc. so the idea never crosses over into erotica (which I will NOT read). So, anyway, about this book specifically. I love the advice you get in each book. You see characters who are dealing with real problems and how they handle them is real. Its not always correct at first, but its honest. The Academy adds a bit of intrigue to the book as well which is nice. The danger of the people hunting Sang adds to the tension and drama, but in this book, you really get a deeper look into the building of relationships.
And, lets be honest-one girl who has 9 hot guys in love with her is HOT. Seriously!
Ok, I, personally, loved the book. But, I will concede that its NOT for everyone. The idea of one girl being in a relationship with multiple guys is unconventional and will make some people uncomfortable. I thought I was one of those people. However, while that type of relationship is not for me, its interesting to read about. So, if you are not okay with unconventional, this isn’t for you. Let me also say that while the relationship is unconventional it is in no way dirty or erotic. I think that is why I am okay with it. It has taken 8 books for Sang to realize she loves all of them. It didn’t just happen and they jump into bed. By book 8 there is only kissing and never in front of the other characters. Its well written. But, be warned!
If you like…
Honestly, I cannot think of another book like this! Its hard to categorize!