The Other Side of Love is a young adult romance novel about revenge and redemption by Attilio Guardo.
Author Attilio Guardo is known for his light young adult novellas and children’s animal stories. His body of works includes A Special Time in the Creek, Halloween at Clear Creek, The Bald American Eagle Who Wanted to Fly the American Flag, Stubby and the Squirrel Community, and the most recent is the heartwarming animal adventure story, The Puppy Without A Tail. However, in 2019, ReadersMagnet released The Other Side of Love by Attilio Guardo. This is unique from most of his previous works. The Other Side of Love is a romantic drama that features serious themes such as revenge, manipulation, and redemption.
The Other Side of Love by Attilio Guardo
The Other Side of Love by Attilio Guardo is a 2019 young adult romantic drama. The book is by far Guardo’s most serious work. The story follows a young man named Conrad Arlington Hill. When Conrad’s girlfriend Abigail broke up with him, he devised a plan to break Abigail’s heart using his close friend Ed. However, things turn south with Ed and Abigail fell in love with each other. Conrad then goes on a hate-fueled mission to get even with them, resulting in Ed leaving Abigail. The trauma also left Abigail in serious depression, and has to stay in a mental institution for two months. What follows next is a series of downward spiral events and decisions for Conrad, hurting people along the way. One day, his schemes finally caught up with him and left him guilty for everything he has done. With the help of a new friend, Conrad seeks redemption and forgiveness.
“He placed his hands behind his head and closed his eyes, exerting his mental capacity relentlessly, pursuing, scheming a way to use Penny as a victim of revenge. She would be such a perfect candidate, so unsuspecting and innocent. Yes, he would pursue her and give her priority over Erica Hollis. It would be a crime to let Penny go unscathed. He would never be able to find such an excellent candidate like her again. He would work on the two of them simultaneously. There was no doubt he could handle his revised plan. The very thought energized his body. He opened his eyes and smiled. He would call Penny and apologize for his harsh treatment of her and insist on paying his own damage and take her to dinner. He would fatten her up with flattery and affection until she placed her heart in his hands, and then he would squeeze the life out of it. The thought made him grin, but in the end, the homely, little bitch would cry.” (excerpt from the book)
Attilio Guardo’s The Other Side of Love is a break from all his previous works. In this book, Guardo showcases his talent for writing serious narratives. The characters and the storyline are well-written and well-paced. For fans of Attilio Guardo, this is a breath of fresh air but also a pleasant realization- Guardo is as good a children’s book writer as he is a young adult fiction author.
Other Published Books by Attilio Guardo
A Special Time in Clear Creek (2004)
- Halloween at Clear Creek (2005)
- The Puppy Without a Tail (2019)
- The Miracle of Wendy Whimple (2019)
- Stubby and the Squirrel Community (2020)
- The Bald Eagle Who Wanted to Fly the American Flag (2020)
About the Author
Attilio Guardo is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Hartford, Connecticut. Guardo finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Hartford. He then joined the United States Army. After his stint in the military, Attilio began a career in the accounting and management profession. Attilio rediscovered his passion for writing and the arts, and in the early 2000s, began working on his stories. He published his first major work in 2004. Many of his works are inspired by his grandchildren. When not busy with writing, Attilio spends his time painting with oil and watercolor and spending time with his grandchildren.