Standing Sideways by J. Lynn Bailey

Synopsis: When Livia Stone suddenly loses her twin brother, Jasper, she must learn to navigate her new life alone. As she faces tragedy and starts down a road toward
self-destruction, Daniel enters Livia’s life—at a moment when she needs it most.

Standing Sideways is a poignant, relevant, and touching story of survival, courage, and compassion that will have readers crying, laughing, and most of all, debating the issues affecting the lives of parents and teens alike on a journey of hope and forgiveness.

Review: When I saw the theme of the novel and the cover, I admit that I was intrigued. I did not know the author and I was curious to discover this story.

Livia lost her twin brother and since then she has been falling into self-destruction. Everything happens there: sex, drugs, alcohol, lies or even changes in attitude. It’s pretty sad to follow our heroine, she would like to get better but she can not do it because she wants to forget. However, when she meets Daniel, she tries to change, to improve but it’s not easy and it does not change everything she has done, or continues to do.

It was an intense story and I found it interesting to follow Livia. On the other hand, it is true that I found it a bit unfortunate that so many topics are discussed here because in the end I had the impression that many things remained on the surface. However, I had a good time with the story and I liked the author’s ideas. An interesting read.

23 thoughts on “Standing Sideways by J. Lynn Bailey

  1. I like that the author is addressing self-destructive behavior. I confess that I like this type of story, but I also hesitate to pick one up in case the author doesn’t handle it right. Sorry it was not quite in depth, but it looks like she gave a pretty authentic view of this girl’s life.

    Thanks for sharing about it, Melliane!

  2. I have to admit, I am not a fan of books where the MC goes of the rails and sex, drugs, alcohol and other types of self destructive behaviors are involved, it gets to be too dark and depressing.

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