The Opposite of Hallelujah

The Opposite of Hallelujah Review

Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child — and she likes it that way. After all, her much older sister, Hannah, left home eight years ago, and Caro barely remembers her. So when Caro’s parents drop the bombshell news that Hannah is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family. To her, Hannah’s a total stranger, someone who haunts their home with her meek and withdrawn presence, and who refuses to talk about her life and why she went away. Caro can’t understand why her parents cut her sister so much slack, and why they’re not pushing for answers.

Unable to understand Hannah, Caro resorts to telling lies about her mysterious reappearance. But when those lies alienate Caro’s new boyfriend and put her on the outs with her friends and her parents, she seeks solace from an unexpected source. And when she unearths a clue about Hannah’s past — one that could save Hannah from the dark secret that possesses her — Caro begins to see her sister in a whole new light.

Title:The Opposite of Hallelujah
Edition Language:English

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  • Reynje

    But sister, it's the opposite of hallelujahIt's the opposite of being youYou don't know 'cause it just passes right through youYou don't know what I'm going through So goes the title track of Jens...

  • Anna

    Obviously I think this book is amazing because I wrote it, but it's not like you're looking to me for an objective opinion about it or anything. Five stars!...

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Going into The Opposite of Hallelujah, I had mildly high expectations, knowing that my friend Katie of Blook Girl loved it. Still, I wasn't so sure about the subject matter, and just really didn't kno...

  • Kelly

    I rarely say this, but after 450 pages of this book, I actually wanted about 100 or 150 more. Jarzab's story had me hooked and her writing was well-paced and engaging but there were a few things that ...

  • Isamlq

    2.5/5What’s interesting is how absolutely unlikeable Caro started out to be, yet I continued hoping that there was something more to the girl. Seeing herself as an only child is what starts it all: ...

  • Sue

    This book was recommended to me by a family member who knows that I like stories of personal spiritual growth and also that I sometimes enjoy YA novels. She thought I would like this, and though I hav...

  • Cambria Rowland

    I loved this book! The story centers around sixteen year old Caro, whose life as an only child is interrupted by the return of her much older sister, Hannah, who has moved home after suddenly leaving ...

  • Sandy

    I loved the cover of this book and the font on the front was calling me. Something about having your sister move away to be a nun and then suddenly moving back home because she has decided that was no...

  • Megan Alabaugh

    The Opposite of Hallelujah October 9, 2012 Random House Children's Books 464 pgsCaro Mitchell was a just young girl when her older sister, Hannah, left home to join a cloistered convent. Hannah never ...

  • Lalitha

    Anna Jarzab writes eloquently about the sometimes enigmatic nature of sisterhood (blood isn't always thicker than water), and discusses spirituality and Catholicism in such a way that makes readers wa...