Saturday, April 18, 2015

Review of The Other Side of Quiet by Tara C. Allred

The Other Side of Quiet
Mrs. Childs's creative writing students are expected to keep personal journals for self-expression. But when clues from a murder investigation cause police authorities to confiscate the students’ journals, writing intended to be private is no longer. Words meant to liberate now condemn. And an innocent writing project, meant to empower students, as well as rescue Mrs. Childs from her own personal tragedy, now open deep conflicts within the class.
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TARA C. ALLRED is an award-winning author, instructional designer, and educator. She has been recognized as a California Scholar of the Arts for Creative Writing and is a recipient of the Howey awards for Best Adult Book and Best Adult Author. She lives in Utah with her husband.

Her published works include Sanders' Starfish, Unauthored Letters, and The Other Side of Quiet.

She is also the founder of theOther Side of Quiet online creative writing group (
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~  Review  ~
Mrs. Childs is an English teacher. She also teaches a special creative writing class for a few talented students as well. She purchases each of her students a journal to write in. It's a place for them to freely express their thoughts, concerns, and rants. No one was ever supposed to lay eyes on the pages filled with their personal secrets.

One tragic occurrence changes all of that. The journals have been taken up and read by others. The children's privacy has been violated. Trust has been broken. The students no longer have faith in their teacher. This all brings about Mrs. Childs' personal heartache. She just wanted to give her kids a place to express themselves, and it has turned into something no one could have expected. Can she regain their trust and heal her heart in the process, or will everything remain in shambles?

When I first received this book for review, I knew I would like it, but I didn't think it would be one that I just loved. Oh how wrong I was. This book was amazing! There is so much emotion poured unto the pages. My heart aches for Mrs. Childs and the kids. I love a book that makes you think and tugs at the heart strings. This book isn't just about broken trust and the healing process. You get a little insight into the lives of each of the creative writing students. I love how each child's personality is so different. I think the lives of people we know are completely reflected in them. You will relate with at least one of the kids, if not a small piece of each of them. There's so much truth in their stories. I love how it draws on real life people. You have the jock, the beauty queen, the foster child, the quirky one, the scholar, kids raised in broken homes, kids raised by single moms, and even a child with the same sex parents. You won't find so much diversity in other books, but this is so much of modern day. I love that it all has been included!

The writing style was easy to follow. The characters were likeable and relatable. The story has a nice flow with a good arc. The author even goes so far to change the font on the each of the kids' journal title page to reflect their personality. I thought this was a great touch. I read this whole book in one day. Once I started, it just pulled me in, and I couldn't put the book down. I will definitely be looking to read more from this author. Such a great story!

* I received this book in return for an honest review.

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