Oh, hello there! This blog post contains spoilers about a wonderful Young Adult Contemporary Book, In Some Other Life, by Jessica Brody. I really recommend reading this book first—but, if you like knowing things ahead of time, like me, then welcome! I hope you enjoy this review and that this novel makes your To-Be-Read List. And now… join me as we begin this adventurous journey across the realms of book-reading!
“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.” – Goodreads.
I really love this book—I mean, who doesn’t like contemporaries? They’re fun and lovable, and I must admit that I really liked the book, because of the author’s writing style. Ms. Brody truly is a writing genius.
This was one of the books that made me wonder the possible “What Ifs,” of my own life, not only Kennedy. It reminds me that the constant choices we make… and the other paths that we could’ve taken.
Anyway, the book starts when Kennedy’s big interview is today—the one that decides if she’ll get into Columbia or not. She’s a great journalist, a good student, and the lead editor of her school’s newspaper: The Southwest Star.
However, her life isn’t as marvelous as everyone thinks it is. She flunks her Columbia interview after seeing her best friend and boyfriend kiss, and she goes back to the prestigious private school she turned down—all because of her boyfriend, Austin.
Now that she’s seen him cheat on her, she’s determined to get her spot back. However, when she goes to the dean’s office… um, the dean kind of tells her, “Sorry, you were accepted three years ago, but that’s in the past, Miss Rhodes.”
And then she falls on the stairs and wakes up in another world, one in which she seemingly made the right choice—attend The Winstor Academy, and she’s on so many clubs and is the #1 of her entire grade.
It seems it is the perfect life.
Anyhow, she has the best friend ever, one who Kennedy stalked in her old life (and I’m not kidding) and has a big addiction to coffee and Starbucks.
As perfect as this life is, Kennedy slowly starts to unravel secrets she hadn’t thought of before—why is there a safe in her room? Who’s stealing answers from the teachers at her new school? Who is Lucinda Wallace? Who is the perpetrator? Why is she attracted to this guy the new Kennedy had gone out with once?
Well, I can give you the reasons of why you should love this book, because I don’t think that I should tell you what happens next.
(a) It’s contemporary YA, though it is perfect for all ages.
You know, when I first saw this book, I was pretty much in love with the cover. And then, when I saw what it was about—I completely fell in love, went to the cash register, and bought it. Why? Well, I’m just a compulsive book writer, so this is what I usually do… haha. No, I bought it because I saw Goodreads using my phone and then saw that there were amazing reviews and that this is a teen-appropriate book.
(b) You can high-key relate with this book.
Kennedy is the typical good student—she wants to be a journalist, has good grades, and the perfect boyfriend—and while her life might seem just amazing, it teaches us a lesson: life is a never-ending road full of possibilities and millions of choices. When she fails, she feels disappointed, and when she cries, you want to cry too. She’s the epitome of self-sacrifice, and I related with that to a hundred percent.
(c) The characters are lovable.
While Kennedy might seem a bit annoying, and even if I detest Laney, I think that this book is a great one. Frankie, Kennedy’s younger brother, is a very nice kid (a science & math genius), and Kennedy’s dad is hilarious. Austin is a jerk, but Dylan is entirely cute and nerdy, and I just love him.
So, are those good reasons to read this book? Yes! It’s a great contemporary novel, which means that it’s about real-life, and it feels so relatable that you even forget why you started reading this, and then you’ll get to the ending, and it will all come back to your mind: you read this book so fast because you adored it.
Do yourself a favor and go read In Some Other Life, not only because you will love it, but because it’s down-to-earth, a great cup of tea, and the characters – even if some seem annoying – are lovable.
So, this is why I’m giving this novel a 9/10!
Before we wrap things up, I want to say that even if most books might seem like a burden to some people, especially growing readers, it truly isn’t. You get to connect with the characters, and sometimes even become their friends in some cases—and In Some Other Life, you get to do the same, too.
The way most bookworms get to connect with novel or book characters is unbelievable… almost as if we were the author, the one who created them and brought them to life.
No matter how much you think that you cannot connect with the characters because this isn’t your favorite genre, then we will never get to explore other types of writing styles, wording, and will never become used to changing favorite books.
Don’t be afraid of letting your fears into your mind—we can always conquer them as long as we think happy and joyful thoughts.
Thank you all so much for reading April’s book review! I hope you liked this book as much as I did, because it teaches us two main lessons. One, that we shouldn’t let go off family. Two, that no matter how much we want to get a do-over for something we did, we know that everything we do seals our fate.
Stay tuned for May’s review—I’m sure you’re going to like it!
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