I received this book for free from ARC Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers on August 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Source: ARC Tour
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Kennedy Rhodes turns down an acceptance to an elite private school, instead choosing to stay at her high school and jump at the opportunity to date the boy of her dreams. Three years later, Kennedy walks in on that same boyfriend cheating with her best friend—and wishes she had made a different choice. But when Kennedy hits her head and wakes up in the version of her life where she chose to attend the private school, she finds that maybe it’s not as perfect of a world as she once thought.
In Some Other Life is a story that dives into the what-ifs of life, how your life could have been changed if you had taken a different path. Kennedy is quite the over-achiever in all aspects of life. She is smart and extremely driven, but a little flawed in her perception of those around her and her relationships. She turned down a chance to go to the private school of her dreams to explore a relationship with a longtime crush. Though she made quite the life for herself at school with her boyfriend, friends, and of course the school newspaper that meant so much to her over the years, she was still a little obsessed with the school left behind and what could have been. When things go wrong, a hit on the head seems to transfer her into a parallel world that shows her exactly what she was missing.
I really love the message of this story. When times get rough in life and you find yourself at a crossroads, it is hard not to consider all the what-ifs and fill yourself with regrets with the choices that didn’t work out how you hoped. And I remember how significant those what-ifs felt when I was a teenager. In Some Other Life allows us to explore the what-ifs with Kennedy and how the butterfly effect can take hold with one change rippling into all aspects of your life. Her new reality appeared to be everything she hoped for on the surface but underneath she discovered just how wrong she could have been about everything. Kennedy had to learn how to accept her decisions, and even though things may seem to be going wrong, something wonderful could be on the horizon.
I didn’t find Kennedy to be the most relatable of characters for me. She was a little over the top at times but nevertheless I really enjoyed the journey she took. I felt some of the secondary characters were well done as well, especially her little brother and Dylan, who she meets at the private school.
Even though this book is 400+ pages, it was easy to get through and a quick read. I didn’t feel any confusion with the explanation of the multiverse we are introduced to either. And though the plot was quite predictable, I really had fun with it and loved how it all came together.