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From the best-selling author of the Bright Side series comes a thought-provoking, eye-opening story about the complexity of family, the devastation of loss, the destruction of depression, and the unequivocal power of kindness and perspective. An Amazon Top 50 best seller, The Other Side is a stand-alone novel.

There are two sides to every story. The surface reality that’s presented to the world. And then, there’s the other side. The real one. The one that matters.

Seventeen-year-old self-proclaimed asshole Toby Page is alone. No friends. No family. He trades maintenance work in exchange for room and board.

Every day, he fights demons no one else can see. Every day, he wants to give up. But he can’t. Not yet. When Alice Eliot moves in downstairs, she offers Toby some light in his dark world.

At a crossroads and barely hanging on, it’s hard to have perspective. It’s difficult to see your own worth when you’re the villain in your story. Luckily for Toby, Alice brings things out in him that no one else ever has.

As the two sides of Toby’s story are revealed, and the full reality comes into view, truth is gained, unlikely heroes emerge, and improbable alliances prove that kindness is fundamentally human.

The question is: Will it all be enough to save him?

The audiobook is produced by One Night Stand Studios. 

Praise for the book:

"With grace, care, honest words, and a hopeful message, Holden has woven a story that will sit in your soul and has the power to make so many of us feel less alone. A must-read for young and old alike.” (Ginger Scott, best-selling author)

©2019 Kim Holden (P)2020 Kim Holden

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 25/04/2020

✫✫ 10 Stars ✫✫

I want to give this book 10 stars! For me this book hit home in a completely different way than I think it will most people. I expect to see a lot of comments from people who know the way Toby felt in this book but I am the opposite. I don't know this feeling and find I am sometimes unsympathetic toward people because I don't understand it but this book showed me and explained to me how someone can seem one way and feel a different way inside. I needed that lesson!

Toby's story is heartbreaking but it is also uplifting and eye opening. This book will hit all of your emotions.

Part 1 - Toby's side of the story. You get to spend most of this book in Toby's head and are introduced to many people in his life, some important and some just passing through (remember this is his side).

Part 2 -The Other Side of the story. In this part we learn so much about Toby from his interactions with others. Things look very different from the other side. This is the most powerful part of the book for me. So eye opening to realize what you see one way, others see completely different

Part 3- Reality! This is the hard part for me because everyone always knows what they should do but actually following through and being the changes you need to be is never easy. This for me was Toby's show of strength.

I loved Toby's story and his growth throughout this story even through the awful things. I loved how the author showed us that when someone seems ok it's not always real. We need to pay attention to what they don't say.

The dedications & author's notes were beautiful. Anyone who follows Kim Holden on Social Media knows that she is a sweet person who is ALL about kindness, lifting others and being the best person you can be for you and for others. In this book she showed people like me who don't have empathy that things aren't always what they seem and they aren't easy for everyone. This again is why I love her books! Every one of them has left a huge imprint on my heart and showed me how to be a better me!

The narration on this audiobook was PERFECT!!! Seriously this is proof that audiobook listening authors make the best audiobooks. The casting was perfect for every character, this is how you can tell that the author is a listener. There was not one thing about the narration that i would change. The best part for me was listening to Kim Holden narrate the author's notes. This made such a huge difference from hearing a narrator read it, this made it personal and made the story real.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 30/04/2020

The Other Side

I don’t know if I have the words to adequately review this book. This story is so relevant to everyone. It can show you your side, someone else side and the truth. It is one of those books that will have you seeing yourself in it whether that be as Toby, as the other side or as reality.

For me it was all three, I have been Toby in my teens, I have seen the other side, and the reality. This story is more than a story it gives a voice to so many in all the different ways.

Kim’s words at the end shows us just how real and important stories like these are. But also lets us know that you are NOT alone, there is something out there we just have to be brave enough to ask for it.

My favorite quote, (for me this is TRUTH) - “Volume doesn’t change minds, it closes them.”

Audiobooks like this are what make listing so enjoyable even with the subject matter is hard/heavy. Each narrator gives themselves over to that character. You feel the story you see the story. I wish we could thank each and every one of the narrators because they did a phenomenal job one this book.

To Kim for writing it, I thank you, you always seem to write the stories that will be with me for years to come. What a gift you have, thank you for sharing it with us all.

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  • Marla
  • 11/09/2020

Gripping story

Even though this book is about depression and the struggles it causes, I found it to be uplifting and have a theme of hope. The resources section at the end is great and even reminded me that there is always someone out there struggling with much harder things than me. The story was engaging and I enjoyed the characters and how all the pieces fit together.

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  • Lady Lotus
  • 30/07/2020

Painful Truths Artfully unfold! There is power in the fight!

Well written, heartbreaking, and eerily-connecting for those who are tenderly familiar with depression. I was in an almost constant feeling of “I can only stomach this story in short dosages at a time.”😔
Hope, connection, tenderness is what I valued most from this story. 💛

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/07/2020

Kim Holden: Beautiful; Masterful

Brilliant penmanship that confronts and challenges the gift of life. Do epic, be amazing

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  • ChevyBitch
  • 13/06/2020

A good read!

Its a very good story! Its sad in alot of parts but it was also good too. I recommend this book.

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  • guillermo
  • 29/05/2020

Everyone needs to real this book!

Beautifully written, carefully crafted, and timely, this is a book everyone NEEDS to read. Without giving too much away- the topics of mental health and depression are so very relevant. Adults and teenagers need to read this book and start conversations now. Kim Holden- you have outdone yourself again. My eyes were leaking... The narrators were perfectly chosen and added to the the story. All the stars for The Other Side!

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  • Reading_Junkie28
  • 16/05/2020

Beautiful!

A beautiful story of love, hope, and understanding. There is so much raw emotion and meaning written with in these pages. This is one book that will have you in all your feels. Grab the tissues because the tears will fall but in the end it will be more than worth it. Truly an AMAZING read!🙌🏻

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  • T Hall
  • 15/05/2020

so freaking good!

ok, so this review is not easy to write and to be honest I finished the book the days before writing this.... I listened to the audio and read along on kindle and am so happy I did. This story broke me, destroyed me; and then healed me. I was able to relate to this story in more ways than one so at times it got difficult but it was also comforting; reassuring me that I'm not alone in the struggle I live everyday.

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  • Kathy (Adventures of a Bookworm)
  • 15/05/2020

An important read that will stay with you always

Kim Holden is synonymous with impactful writing. This lady takes time and care to write words that make you feel deep down in your soul.

The Other Side is not for the faint of heart. Even though the subject matter is hard to read at times, Ms. Holden has a poetic and beautiful way of bringing the ugly truth to light.

I felt Toby's pain deep in my soul, but even deeper Ms. Holden surrounded this character with secondary characters that brought light to his darkness.

There were many unexpected twists and surprises while reading that shocked, delighted and made me feel so overwhelmed with all the emotions at once that I didn't know if I'd ever have the right words to express how I felt.

I still don't think this review is nearly adequate enough. This books is not a light and fluffy read, but it IS an important piece of work that demands to be read. Jump in, meet Toby, Alice and the rest of the gang. You'll be so glad you did.

*Edit to Add: I listened to this book after I read the print version. I'm not usually a fan of multiple narratora for each character. It can get confusing, but it worked for The Other Side. If I thought this book was remarkable in print, it just jumped ten fold after listening to it!