Girl on the Other Side

-Deborah Kerbel-


Two girls go to the same school, but they live completely different lives. Tabby Freeman is rich, popular, and pretty; she has it made, or so it seems. But her perfect world starts falling apart pretty fast. Lora Froggett, on the opposite end, is smart, timid, and is being bullied. While trying to survive the constant bullying at school, Lora is terrified that someone might find out the truth of what’s happening in her family. Tabby and Lora might be completely different, but they both are bearing dark secrets and a lot of pain. They have never been friends, but a sequences of odd events might lead them reveal their secrets to each other. Can both of the girls survive the pain they are going through?


This was a good book. It was a fairly quick read, but was definitely a full story. I liked the way Kerbel switched the point of view between the two main characters. I also really liked the way that the story was only in the present time for the first and last chapter, and then it “rewinds” a couple months to provide us with the story.


A song that I found that really relates to Lora’s story is “Don’t Laugh at Me” by Mark Wills (

You don’t have to be my friend

Is it too much to ask?

Don’t laugh at me, don’t call me names

Don’t get your pleasure from my pain

In God’s eyes we’re all the same

Someday we’ll all have perfect wings

Don’t laugh at me.


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