“You were my single greatest adventure.”
Title: On The Other Side
Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Published: July 14th 2016 by Little Brown and Company
Genre: Romance, Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 Stars)
Synopsis (from goodreads):
A love story like no other, this is the debut novel from Carrie Hope Fletcher, author of the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller All I Know Now.
Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.
Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .
On the Other Side will transport you to a world that is impossible to forget. Powerful, magical and utterly romantic, this is a love story like no other from everyone’s favourite ‘big sister’, Carrie Hope Fletcher.
I’m going to start off by saying that I really wanted to love this book. I heard so many good things about it and all of my friends loved it and as I was able to read it for class I was really excited, but in the end I was a bit disappointed by the book.
First of all, the main characters were described to look and act like Carrie and her boyfriend, which threw me off a bit, since I always needed to think about both of them and not ‘Evie’ (the main character) and ‘Vincent’ (the mysterious violinist).
Also both of them were near to being perfect, which annoyed me, since there was no depth to the characters. I want them to have flaws. I want them to be HUMAN.
What I really was excited for in this book was the part that Carrie included LGBTQ+ characters in the book, but as I read the book it felt like she only added them for diversity, since their sexuality didn’t really add up for the plot.
Something I also didn’t like was the magical realism, it was just too confusing for me, especially at the end since I didn’t understand what was going on. I understand that Carrie wanted to add it due to metaphores, but in my oppinion it just made it really confusing.
What I really liked about the book was the fluffy romance between the two main characters. They both were just so cute together and I shipped them so much.
The idea for the book and the plot were really interesting to read as well, since it was something I have never read before in my life.
Something I absolutely loved was the writing style of Carrie! It was really easy and fast to read, except at the end where it got confusing, even for someone that doesn’t have English as their mother tongue.
All in all the book wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t great. I would recommend it to people who understand and like magicla realism and are searching for a fluffy quick read.