#Review: The Opposite of Nothing, by @ShariSlade

The Opposite of NothingTitle: The Opposite of Nothing
Author: Shari Slade
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

“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.” (description from Goodreads)

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Novellas are normally hit or miss with readers, but for me this novella was one of the better ones that I’ve come across.

Most complaints about novellas are that they’re too short; that there’s not enough in them to bring the story out. I didn’t feel that this was the case this time around. Slade used the space wisely and was able to develop her two main characters well, as well as the relationship between them both. I think there were a few points that could have been expanded just a touch more, but it didn’t take much away from my overall enjoyment. There was no fluff to deal with, and I tend to appreciate when an author can tell when a story doesn’t need to be fluffed up to bring something to novel length.

I felt I could relate to both Callie and Tayber in their situations, which was also a welcomed bonus. I was able to sympathize with them both, and I think the use of the 3rd person points of view helped that.

For a novella, I was left feeling very satisfied as a reader and I think Shari Slade has gained a new fan after having finished this one.

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If you’d like a copy of The Opposite of Nothing you can find it on:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

When you’re done reading the novella, if you’d like more of Callie and Tayber, Slade has a short story that you can read free on her blog:

Christmas Mess

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About the Author:

Shari Slade is a snarky optimist. A would-be academic with big dreams and very little means. When she isn’t toiling away in the non-profit sector, she’s writing gritty stories about identity and people who make terrible choices in the name of love (or lust). Somehow, it all works out in the end. If she had a patronus it would be a platypus.

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4 responses to “#Review: The Opposite of Nothing, by @ShariSlade

    • Yea, I’m always surprised when a shorter form is used effectively. You don’t run into it most of the time, especially in a non-“literary” genre. Then again, I think I could cut a lot of fluff from most “full-length” novels I’ve read and get better novella length reads from them. There’s a lot of fluff out there, haha.

      If you’re interested in trying this one out, it’s only $0.99 right now. Not sure how long the sale will last though.

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