12 May 2014

Review: The Opposite of Nothing by Shari Slade


The Opposite of Nothing
Shari Slade

Published March 20th 2014

Purchase: Amazon
Callie Evans would rather hide out in her DJ sound booth than face the fact that she's in love with her best friend, notorious campus hottie Tayber King.

Tayber turns hooking up into an art form--no drama, no commitment, no lies, and nobody gets hurt. Nobody but Callie, that is. When she sees an opportunity to explore his sexier side using a fake online profile, she grabs it. Now her uninhibited alter-ego 'Sasha' is steaming up the screen, and Callie is breaking all of Tayber’s rules.

As Callie and Tayber get closer, online and off, she knows she has to confess. And risk losing him forever.

**For mature readers, contains strong language and adult situations.**

My Review

Callie loves her best friend Tayber, but she can’t tell him that because he’s basically a player that’ll, within reason, go after any female with a heartbeat. Not wanting to ruin their friendship with her one-sided undying love, Callie makes a fake internet account, becoming Sarah, so beginning a flirty, and often heated, internet relationship with Tayber. But things get complicated when what Callie is supposed to know and what Sarah knows collide – will Callie’s secrets ultimately push Tayber out of her life altogether?

I felt both disappointed and sated with The Opposite of Nothing. On the one hand, it was an enjoyable story with flowing dialog and engaging writing. However, on the other, I felt that the pace was set too fast. Granted, it is a relatively sort novel, I just wish that could've been longer.

I think what really draws people to this novel is its relatability. We've all been there, either had a little or big crush on a friend and been too scared to act on your feeling for fear of losing them completely - because some of them is better than none, right? I don't think that Callie goes about things in the best way, but she does do something, so you got to give her credit for that. It's a scary step and is one that Slade presents well.

The Opposite of Nothing is a short and fluffy read to curl up to in the afternoon. There is a fine line between love and friendship, and this novel explores and blurs that line.


3 out of 5

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