Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review: In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

Genre: young adult fiction

Blurb: A fresh and funny novel about how one different choice could change everything.

Three years ago, Kennedy Rhodes secretly made the most important decision of her life. She declined her acceptance to the prestigious Windsor Academy to attend the local public school with her longtime crush, who had finally asked her out. It seems it was the right choice―she and Austin are still together, and Kennedy is now the editor in chief of the school's award-winning newspaper. But then Kennedy's world is shattered one evening when she walks in on Austin kissing her best friend, and she wonders if maybe her life would have been better if she'd made the other choice. As fate would have it, she's about to find out . . .

The very next day, Kennedy falls and hits her head and mysteriously awakes as a student at the Windsor Academy. And not just any student: Kennedy is at the top of her class, she's popular, she has the coolest best friend around, and she's practically a shoo-in for Columbia University. But as she navigates her new world, she starts to wonder whether this alternate version of herself really is as happy as everyone seems to believe. Is it possible this Kennedy is harboring secrets and regrets of her own? A fresh and funny story about how one different choice could change everything, Jessica Brody's In Some Other Life will keep readers guessing, and find them cheering for Kennedy until the final page.

My Thoughts:

Do you remember the movie "Sliding Doors"? Of course you don't, you're too young for that! Back when Gwenyth Paltrow cut her hair off, she made a movie with a similar premise. How one decision or action can change EVERYTHING in your life.

I watched that movie like 700 times. On VHS. Because I'm that old.

I love the idea of "what if" ... what if Kennedy had chosen differently three years ago? How would her life be different? And I especially love that you see not just how Kennedy is different, but how the others around her are different as well. Her choice affected not just her life, but many others.

The parts of this novel that were predictable, I wanted to be predictable. Kennedy begins to see the grass isn't necessarily greener on the other side of the gated fence. Kennedy finds love can be difficult no matter what uniform you are wearing. And most importantly, Kennedy realizes she has more control over her life than she thought.

For My Middle Schoolers:
This is definitely a book you should pick up if you love realistic fiction, romance, or "sudden switch-up" type stories!

For My High Schoolers:
You will think this book is too young for you because I'm recommending it to my middle schoolers, but it is NOT. Kennedy is in her last year of high school, and you will definitely relate to the high school pressures she faces!

Rating: 5 stars!!

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