This Side of Salvation

This Side of Salvation

A Novel

Book - 2014
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David confronts his desires and his demons in this novel about what it means to be left behind--literally, figuratively, and spiritually--from the author of the Shade trilogy.

Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else's-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David's still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there's one thing he knows for sure: The closer he gets to Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in preparation for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven...and they want David to do the same. David's torn. He likes living in the moment, and isn't sure about giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey--especially Bailey--in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined...
Publisher: New York ;, Toronto, Ontario :, Simon Pulse,, 2014.
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse hardcover ed.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9781442439481
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,22 cm

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Apr 05, 2014

I've never read anything quite like this book. I'll be honest. It had a lot more religion in it than I expected. But it's not a story *about* religion. This is a story about a boy (and his family) struggling to deal with the aftermath of his older brother's death in Afghanistan. I've been there - I've felt grief like that. The kind of grief that makes you feel like the world is wrong somehow and you can't fathom how everyone else can't feel how *wrong* it all is. Yes, religion plays a huge role in this book, but most of all it's a remarkable story about love and loss and family and friendships and first loves.

Like all Jeri Smith-Ready's other books, the writing is beautiful and her characters are believable. That's one of the things I love best about her writing. This is Ms. Smith-Ready's first foray into the contemporary world and I hope it's not her last.

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