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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 lifeKennedy 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....

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in some other life Reviews

  • Alyssa
    2019-04-15 20:15

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***In Some Other Life by Jessica BrodyPublisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)Publication Date: August 8, 2017Rating: 3 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):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.What I Liked:I've read a number of Jessica Brody's books, including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and A Week of Mondays. I especially loved 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and I enjoyed A Week of Mondays. In Some Other Life is just as creative and sweetly romantic as her previous books, but something felt lacking in the story. The book felt all over the place, and not just in terms of the parallel universe jump.Kennedy Rhodes is a model student at her high school. She is the editor-in-chief of the Southwest Star, a newspaper that she started up at the high school. She always dreamed of going to The Windsor Academy, an elite private school that churns out amazing students that go to Ivy League schools. But her life at the public high school is great. That is, until she walks in on her boyfriend and her best friend kissing... and it doesn't look like it is the first occurrence. When Kennedy falls and hits her head, she wakes up and finds herself in another life, in which she accepted her invite to attend Windsor, and she is now one of the elite students she always dreamed of being. But she quickly discovers that life as a Windsor isn't what she thought it would be, and her life in this parallel universe isn't perfect and happy.I was nervous about this book because it clearly involves cheating and I hate cheating in a book. The cheating wasn't handled particularly well, in my opinion, and I'll talk about that later. Most of the story around the cheating was okay though. I was not in danger of abandoning the book, and I got really into the story once Kennedy entered the parallel universe.I liked Kennedy immediately because I was so like her in high school and in college. She is top of her class, a hard worker, a workaholic, in charge of everything, never stopping. She's the girl that does it all, even at the expense of personal relationships. Not that her best friend and her boyfriend hooking up behind her back is excused. That is definitely not Kennedy's fault. The idea of this book is pretty cool. At first you think it's simply Kennedy hitting her head and waking up in another world. But the author uses physics to explain this occurrence. You see, Kennedy's little brother has a fascination with physics, and while all of the physics talk confuses Kennedy, she remembers him talking about parallel universes. Her life at The Windsor Academy definitely happens in another universe, according to physical theory.It's so interesting to see Kennedy's two different lives compared to each other. She thinks she has everything she ever wanted when she wakes up and realizes that she is an actual student at Windsor, but she realizes that very little is the same. Her mom is more stressed, her dad doesn't even live at home anymore, her best friend at Windsor might not even be a real friend, and "Other Kennedy" isn't as perfect as Kennedy in her "real" life.I liked the love interest in the other life, Dylan Parker. He is funny and confident and he loves to antagonize Kennedy. He isn't a preppy student, despite attending a very elite preppy school. He and Kennedy have a lot more chemistry than she and Austin ever did. Although she and Austin were pretty much no longer in a relationship, from the start of the book.I loved that Kennedy's parents have such a sweet relationship and they are so supportive and normal. I feel like YA parents are either not present or they are crazy. Kennedy's mom and dad are very cool, in the "real" life. In the parallel universe, they are probably going in the direction of divorce. But in Kennedy's real life, they are a wonderful example of married parents with teenagers.The ending is a happily-ever-after and wraps up well, though it is a little open-ended in terms of one aspect. I wanted that aspect to be expounded upon so I'm kind of hoping that the author writes some sort of epilogue. No sequel, but a few pages of an epilogue would be lovely.What I Did Not Like:I really hated the cheating part of this story. Austin and Laney, Kennedy's boyfriend of three years and best friend of... forever, are quite possibly the worst people in this book, in any universe. I can get behind the fact that they fall in love. I CANNOT get behind the fact that they sneaked around and hooked up many times for over three months, while Kennedy and Austin were still a couple. Three months! And who knows how far they took things? This bothers me so much! To me, there is never a good excuse for cheating. If Austin was so bored of his relationship with Kennedy, or if he was so in love with Laney, why did he not break things off with Kennedy? If Laney is such a good friend like she is noted to be, how could she betray her best friend like that?And what pisses me off even more is it was three months of that happening. Were Kennedy and Austin sexually active? Were Laney and Austin sexually active concurrently? We don't know either case for sure, but you see why this would disgust me, right? There is no good excuse for allowing this to happen (on Austin and Laney's part).To make matters worse, Kennedy only seems to blame Laney. Every time she thinks about Austin and Laney together, she thinks about how her best friend could have done this to her. How dare her best friend have the audacity to cry and look so sad (when Kennedy walked in on them). How dare her best friend betray her. Okay, I agree with all of these feelings, they are very valid. But... what about Austin? Is he not the CHEATER in this case? It definitely takes two to cheat and your best friend shouldn't be the only one to be blamed.I hated that, in the end, Kennedy forgives Austin and Laney like nothing. It is something that she does like flipping a light switch. Look, guys. I don't care if Austin and Laney were meant to be together like it was fate or destiny or whatever. I don't think they felt guilty enough or suffered enough. Yes I realize that people should practice forgiveness. But I also think that people should acknowledge that they did something wrong and pay the price. Kennedy's forgiveness seemed way too sudden and too easy.And then of course Kennedy and her romance (with Dylan) is in the other universe. Think on that.I think I would have LOVED this book if the Austin/Laney thing had not happened. Maybe the author could have done some other catastrophe, like Kennedy getting booted as editor-in-chief, or the newspaper getting cut, or something with her parents. I don't know. The cheating thing was handled so poorly.Would I Recommend It:While I didn't hate this book, I also didn't love it, and I can't say I'd recommend it. Brody's A Week of Mondays kind of deals with a similar concept (in that book, the protagonist wakes up every day and it's still the same Monday, so she is living that same Monday over and over.). I liked that book. This would have been terrific had it not had the cheating part of the story.Rating:2.5 stars -> rounded up to 3 stars. I'll still be looking forward to reading more books by this author, because my experiences with her YA contemporary novels have been good overall. But here was one bad apple and I didn't totally enjoy the book. It's not a terrible book overall but not really for me.

  • alice (arctic books)
    2019-04-05 23:06

    I'm marking this as a DNF at this time, which makes me incredibly disappointed. This multiverse/parallel universe story started off pretty strong, introducing a fun family with an overachieving girl, Kennedy Rhodes. Though I found it silly that Kennedy would drop the school over a BOY (but to each their own, I guess), I was intrigued to see how Kennedy would play out in a different world based on one different decision.However, I'm deciding to not finish this novel due to some internalized misogyny present –as Parallel Universe Kennedy finds herself shocked that she is a "girly girl" and claims that makeup is "fake and misleading." I understand that the author was trying to really show the distinctive traits between Normal Kennedy and Parallel Universe Kennedy, but I think it could have been handled better. Especially for an audience that is largely comprised of impressionable young teens, this book spreads some sexism that I'm not too happy about.

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    2019-04-10 22:57

    DNF Mini review: I was really looking forward to reading this. I loved the synopsis and couldn't wait to start it. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. My problem was the main character. I found her to be utterly annoying and crazily over dramatic. I have no idea if she improved, I didn't have it in me to see for myself. I have a feeling people will still enjoy this. Recommend.

  • Maé (readwithmae)
    2019-04-13 23:06

    DNF at 31%I kinda liked the concept of this book, but the characters was just infuriating and very sexist, being horrified at the fact that she became a "girly girl" in her other life, like it was a bad thing (along with the fact that she is obviously too good for make up, because it's "fake and misleading"). Anyway, I could keep reading this book but I don't want to spend my time reading some sexist lines.

  • Taylor Ramirez
    2019-04-11 00:59

    What’s this? I actually like a YA Contemporary book? This hasn’t happened in a very long time. This book was excellent with an interesting premise, a wonderful message about regret and even pretty good anti-establishment message that didn’t come off too preachy. At time it was incredibly predictable and the main character wasn’t the smartest in the world but there are some great twists and Brody wrote some excellent characters. I look forward to reading more books by Brody.~Spoilers~“May I suggest that you refrain from Googling ‘possible catastrophes at print shops’ from now on”—Page 1Ha!There’s always either a teacher or friend who knows something about parallel universes in these types of stories. I should be glad, since if you don’t have those characters then you get something like the Future of Us.I really like Frankie, he’s well written smart character. He clearly knows a lot about science and is interested in the stuff but he doesn’t get everything completely right. Kennedy can still stump and they tease each other. He’s still a kid where there’s a parallel universe with no showers.“Because we’re totally, absolutely, one-hundred-percent in tune with each other.”—Page 25Your boyfriend likes coffee and you don’t. He has mannerism that you don’t like. And likes a comedy show that you don’t. Opposite attracted but you don’t see to have much in common.“And she loves saying balls.”—Page 30I like her.“She stops typing as an unreadable expression blankets her face. ‘That’s weird,’ she says flatly.”—Page 31You’re fucking her boyfriend, aren’t you Laney?“You have to go over to Austin’s and watch it with him!”—Page 37Okay, Kennedy is kind of stupid.“Because they’re too busy kissing.”—Page 48What a shock.“Dad nods pensively. ‘Okay then, break a pen! Bust a laptop! Burn a book!’”—Page 63Her dad is great.Well, that interview didn’t go well.If I were Kennedy in this situation, I probably would ask a lot less questions and just go with the flow. Then I would start freaking about what homework I would have to do and where my classes are.“We’ve been in how many of the same classes—not to mention the other things we’ve done together—”—Page 163A fling?Y’know getting into a good college is important but high school is where you should have fun. Not stress out. You should definitely work hard, be ambitious and strive for excellence but these kids are nuts.Okay, so I thought Kennedy was having a headache because something with the switching to a different universe thing but apparently it’s just caffeine withdrawal.I also thought that Lucinda had killed herself due to the stress but apparently she just cheated.“…but I never would have imagined anyone would resort to cheating.”—Page 197People cheat in average classes all the time.“The time we misspelled a word in our front-page story about teen literacy.”—Page 251That’s hilarious. Kennedy how could you not realize that without you all the stuff you did at your other high school wouldn’t have happened?“That shouldn’t be allowed to be a club. Who approved this? Who thought this was a good idea? Those are the best computers in the school! They shouldn’t be used for something so pointless, not to mention…violent.”—Page 256Oh, give me a break.I’m glad that Brody made Laney and Kennedy both in the wrong. Kennedy was taking her friendship with Laney for granted and Laney was cheating with Kennedy’s boyfriend.“Starting next week, we will begin docking one percentage point a week from every student grade until the person responsible decides to make the right choice.”—Page 268In what universe would this happen? I’m pretty sure the parents of every student would have something to say about this. I can’t imagine this is legal.“No. I won’t let you start a newspaper because you’re too hard on yourself. You’re already stretched far too thin and I’m worried about you.”—Page 276Well, that is a good reason but there’s also the fact that you’re basically turning this into a witch-hunt. Kennedy, already thinks that Dylan did this just because she doesn’t like him.“It actually seems pretty biased. And a bit lazy.”—Page 281This. I really like this. Brody has a character with flaws, Kennedy clearly doesn’t like Dylan and that’s leading her to be biased and make bad choices. It comes off as annoying but then Brody has another character immediately call her out. I’ve been seeing this so rarely in other YA contemporary books. Characters should have flaws that lead them to make bad decisions but that doesn’t mean that the character either shouldn’t be called out for it or realize their flaws themselves.“I know it was you. And I’m going to get to the bottom of it. With or without your help.”—Page 282“I’m going to prove you’re guilty with or without your help.” That sounds kind of stupid.Dylan ranking people’s mental breakdowns is kind of awful.“He smiles a handsomely devilish smile. ‘That I’ve achieve enlightenment!’”—Page 294I really like this kid.“She’ll have to attend community college.”—Page 296Hey! Also, y’know that kids in public school get into good schools all the time and that Ivy League schools aren’t the only option.It’s totally Windsor-Kennedy who’s selling these tests.“It takes him a while to reply. But when he does, he say, ‘Yes. And admittedly a little turned on.’”—Page 336Haha, Dylan is becoming one of my favorite characters.“Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV” “TSM4” that’s a really great twist.The essay was heartbreaking.“When I woke up this morning, I called a cab to the airport, I bought a plane ticket, and I left.”—Page 380Well, that was unexpected.“‘I don’t regret anything,’ Dad whispers into my ear. ‘I promise.’”—Page 394I love her dad so much.“It’s fear. Fear of not living up to your potential. Fear of failure.And, in that moment, I realize something for the very first time.The students aren’t the only ones who are pressured to succeed in this place. The students aren’t the only ones pushed to exhaustion to fulfill an Ivy League quota. The teacher feel the exact same thing. They suffer the exact same debilitating stress. Fitz probably gets even less sleep than I do.”—Page 409Favorite quote.Damn, Sequoia turned Kennedy and Dylan in.Well, Kennedy’s back in her old life. Does that mean that Windsor-Kennedy was living our Kennedy’s life? I kind of want to read that story.Yay! This universe’s Dylan is now going to the same school! They’re really cute together.

  • Shelley
    2019-04-09 19:01

    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary*Rating* 3-3.5*Full Review Pending*Not an original concept, but it is an intriguing idea of parallel universes. However, I guess I will remain against those who willingly cheat on another person be it with their spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or best friend. It is inconceivable to me that our heroine would be willing to forgive so easily. Life is too short to just allow yourself to be abused and then laugh it off.

  • Dania
    2019-04-01 22:19

    So much fun. I enjoyed this book immensely. It did drag a little bit, and it was a little predictable, but it didn't take away from the overall experience. I was jubilant with how the story turned out, especially the ending.

  • Sam Kozbial
    2019-04-04 19:04

    Rating: 3.5 StarsI mostly enjoyed this parallel life tale. There was one thing that I wish the author would not have pursued, but still liked the majority of the story. •Pro: I am a fan of parallel universe stories, and this one had a little touch of It's a Wonderful Life in how Kennedy's alternate choice affected all those in her world. •Con: I would have been fine with the cheating part of the book, if it had just served as the impetus for Kennedy rethinking her choice, but I just was not a fan of where Brody went with it. I appreciated how she tried to build a case for her decision and direction, but I could not get on board with it. That said, it did not ruin the whole story for me. •Pro: Kennedy grew so much through this experience. She re-evaluated many things she thought were important and also recognized the things that were really important. •Pro: The whole idea of how one decision can have a butterfly effect is quite powerful. •Con: I thought the book could have been shorter. A few things felt unnecessary and at 464 pages for a contemporary, we could have done without them. •Pro: Frankie was so fabulous. He was this little science nerd, and man, I was enthralled when he was talking nerdy to me. I also love strong sibling relationships, and was surprised by this one, because of the age difference, but I adored their interactions. •Pro: I was a total Dylan fan. I liked the verbal sparring between him and Kennedy, and I liked how he challenged her. I greatly enjoyed watching their relationship bloom, and wish we had gotten more of it later on. •Pro: I like most of the ending. If one thing had been omitted, I would have loved the ending. (I know, it's shocking to hear me say such things.)•Pro: This was a fun read, and I love fun reads. I enjoyed a majority of the story, and liked almost all the characters. The family focus was a plus too, because it's always great when we meet solid YA families. •Pro: There are a lot of great subtle messages in the story: being true to yourself, doing what you love, forgiveness, looking ahead and not behind. Lots of good take aways. Overall: A fun and breezy tale, which asked if you should consider "what-ifs" or appreciate the "what-ares".

  • Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
    2019-04-12 22:54

    It was an okay read. I didn’t love it or hate it, it just wasn’t that memorable. Also, the main character Kennedy was pretty annoying. She felt really immature, naive, and so self-centered so it was kind of hard to like her. She redeemed herself in the end so that was good. I just wish the story was as beautiful as the cover haha.

  • Leo
    2019-04-18 00:51

    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsRTC

  • Leah
    2019-04-19 23:58

    To start off, I didn't have any expectations for this book so I wasn't disappointed by it. I did have many problems with it and the biggest one is that I found Kennedy to be naive and kind of clueless. She wanted to attend the Windsor Academy since 6th grade and when she applied she was wait listed until right before her freshman year when a spot opens up. This is exactly what she wants, but just a week earlier the boy she has a crush on asked her out. She has to choose between attending the school of her dreams or dating the boy she thought she was in love with. She chose the boy because she didn’t think their relationship would last if their at separate schools. I get that at the time she was young and he was probably her first boyfriend, but she turned down the school of her dreams for a guy she most likely wouldn’t spend the rest of her life with. I thought this was an incredibly stupid decision on her part because she passed up a great opportunity for a guy. I also felt she was pretty stupid not to notice that something was going on with her best friend and boyfriend. I mean, the day she finds out she gets to school and Austin tries to kiss her but she gets grossed out when she smells his coffee breath and he tells her he was at Peabody's that morning. Not ten minutes later, when she's working on the newspaper with Laney, she smells coffee on her breath and Laney also says she was at Peabody's. Kennedy asks her if she saw Austin and Laney starts acting weird. If it were me, this would send up a red flag. Especially because she asks Laney to go over to Austin's that night to watch a TV show with him because Kennedy can't make it and Laney acts even stranger. I feel like her stupidity increases when she arrives in the parallel universe. I get that she probably doesn't know everything there is to know about parallel universes, but her brother is obsessed with them and talks about it all the time that she should at least be familiar with the concept. But no, she naively thinks that everything is the exact same. When she arrives home after falling on the steps of the Windsor Academy, she is surprised to see her mom home. In her other life, her father just made a huge sale with his photographs so she thinks he’s down in the basement working. For two days. She hasn't seen him once for two days and she doesn’t question this. She doesn’t stop to think that maybe her parents couldn’t afford to send her to an expensive, prestigious school and that her dad had to get a different job. She doesn’t even think that maybe her parents are divorced in this life and that’s why he’s not around. I mean seriously, how could she think everything would be the exact same?I also didn’t like how Sequoia acted about Kennedy’s behavior after her fall. She’s supposed to be her best friend but she doesn’t seem worried at all that Kennedy doesn’t know things she should. She just gives her strange looks and brushes it off as not enough caffeine. If I were her, I would think that Kennedy really did hurt herself when she fell and maybe suggest she see a doctor. It’s just common sense that when someone seems to have memory loss from a fall that there’s something wrong.My last problem with this book is the huge presence of social media. Almost every other chapter they mention Kennedy checking her SnipPic. I don’t like social media and I didn’t like that this was such a huge part of the book.I feel like I have a lot of complaints about this book and that it doesn’t really deserve a two star rating, but it wasn’t completely horrible. I liked her brother, Frankie, and the mystery of the cheating scandal at the Windsor Academy was interesting. I also think that part of the reason I gave this book two stars is because I won this in a giveaway and it was exciting to read an ARC, which is something I haven’t done before. This wasn’t a terrible book, but I’m a little wary of reading other books by this author.

  • Mary
    2019-04-08 22:53

    An entertaining The Road Not Taken meets It's a Wonderful Life high school mashup. Although the story is predictable, it does have a positive message about following your bliss and being true to your values.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-30 21:10

    I honestly loved this book! I always think about how my life would be different if I'd made other choices, especially since I moved around a bit when I was a kid, and this book really captured the feeling. The ending was also perfect, and while there was little romance, I felt myself getting lost in Kennedy's story of self-discovery more and more.For the people who DNF'd this book because of how Kennedy made fun of her other self for having makeup and girly things, get over yourselves. It's in the book very briefly, and it worked as a device to make Kennedy feel like she was in truly uncharted territory.

  • Sumaya Musse
    2019-04-24 00:49

    Loved it! Will review soon!

  • Leah
    2019-04-23 23:18

    I was enjoying this story until the end. I did not like the ending.

  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    2019-04-01 20:05

    AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKSI received a review copy from Macmillan Intl in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. In A Nutshell: In Some Other Life is Freaky Friday meets a little physics in a high schooler’s story of a choice that changed her life. As an added bonus, there’s also a very swoony boy.I’ve heard about the wonderfulness of Jessica Brody’s books from various blogger friends, especially her Unremembered trilogy and so, when I saw that she was releasing a YA Contemporary that seemed really interesting to me, I knew I had to read it!Let’s break down what I thought about this book:IDEA:Let’s be honest, if you’ve been in high school, you’ve made a decision or two (and maybe even more than two) based on a boy, a girl, or maybe even both who might’ve romantically been paying attention to you. IT HAPPENS. Which is why the idea of this book really appealed to me. A Girl who chooses her normal public school so she can be close to her long time crush instead of the fancy private school and gets to do it over after the boy cheats on her? SIGN ME UP!PLOT:The plot went pretty much as I expected it to – first it showed us Kennedy in her normal life where she chose her boyfriend over the prestigious school and the second in which she’s been at the prestigious Winsdor Academy for three years, living the life she thought she wanted all along.I did have a few problems with this part of the book:1) In BOTH versions of her life, Kennedy Rhodes is supposed to be smart. And I mean top of her class, Ivy League shoo-in, and editor-in-chief since feshman year smart. And yet, she was ALSO REALLY REALLY NAIVE AND A LITTLE DAFT. She didn’t realise her dad didn’t live in her house, she didn’t figure out what the numbers and letters meant (I MEAN - I DID, AND I’M NOT THAT SMART)Her character was described as one thing, but she acted totally differently when it came to her personal life. I. JUST. HOW?2) She also objectified other girls who do use make-up by referring it to as “fake and misleading.” I honestly believe what you want to put on your body is a choice and as girls, we need to support each other’s choices so this seriously annoyed me. Just because someone decides to put makeup on, doesn’t make a “fake” person.At the same time, I also loved a lot of the plot. Frankie, Kennedy’s younger brother and Dylan were these two ADORABLE little muffins that made the whole book stand out for me. I loved Frankie’s board game and mind and I adored all the scenes with him in it and WELL, Dylan was just an all-around perfect non-Zombie.WRITING:The writing managed to capture the voice (And all the hysteria and joy) that comes with being a teenage girl but nothing really spectacular.CONCLUSION:If you’re looking for that light contemporary read with a REALLY CUTE and SASSY boy, a girl with a decision to make and the cutest baby brother ever, In Some Other Life is for you.

  • Bells
    2019-03-30 19:01

    Jessica Brody writes cute contemporary novels that don't take themselves too seriously. Her characters are funny and relatable and I find myself understanding why they do what they do, even if I don't always agree with their decisions. Everything in her novels is chill and easygoing, which I happen to love.I also happen to hate In Some Other Life with a passion. The premise of the story is actually a trope I very much enjoy—MC gets to travel to a parallel universe! But sadly, the main character, Kennedy, is the most annoying, stupid and clueless character I read about this year. I am so disappointed by that, because as I said, Jessica Brody usually writes character in a way I love. There are so many reasons as to why I hate Kennedy’s ass, but I am not a dedicated reviewer so here is the main one aka THE REASON KENNEDY SUCKS THE MOST: (Backstory: ) Why does Kennedy even travel to a parallel universe? Basically, she had to make a tough decision 3.5 years ago. In the end, she decided to enroll in a public high school, where she has since acquired a best friend and a boyfriend named Austin. After Austin cheats on her (with her best friend) she wonders if she might have made the wrong choice. After all this goes down, we are presented with important information about her past: why did she not enroll into WA in the beginning? It WAS her dream school and she obsesses over it constantly in the first 10% of the book. So why not go there instead? She didn't go to Widsor Academy because of Austin. She. Wanted. To. Go. On. A. First. Date. With. Austin. Yep. She basically doesn't attend one of the best schools in the country because a boy she liked asked her out a few days before she got the acceptance letter and she was worried he wouldn't want to date her if she changed schools. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SYMPATHIZE WITH THIS FEMALE??????? You are wondering if you made the wrong choice? YES YOU STUPID HUMAN!!!!!!! Education comes freaking FIRST, and if he doesn't want to stay with you after you transfer schools then fuck him. You are better off. SHIT what did i just FUCKING READ???!?! They weren't even dating! She literally threw away Winsor Academy education for a CHANCE to date this guy. For a freaking chance. I am crying. Am I supposed to feel bad for her and think that no, her life here is good, no need to travel to a parallel universe where she didn't choose the boy and attends WA? 'Cause hell no, pack your bags and go get that life right now. I am all over that plan. Before she gets to travel to a parallel universe though, something even BETTER happens. She has an interview with Columbia, but she totally blows it because she just found out Austin cheated on her and is oh-so distraught. So now she doesn’t have Austin or Columbia. Guess what she does next! She decides that it's a perfectly good and normal idea to drive to WA to get her spot. You know, the one that was offered to her 3.5 years ago. ??????? She literally goes to the deans office and says she wants the spot. Like now. And the dean is like what? And she’s like yeah, the one you gave me 3.5 years ago. I screwed up and now I want it. Oh my god I am so done. Goodbye.

  • Ajita
    2019-04-10 22:19

    Three years ago Kennedy chose a boy over the school of her dreams. She knew it wasn’t the right thing to do so she never told anyone she got off the waitlist. It stings a little extra when she walks in on her boyfriend with her best friend, and on top of that, she ruins her interview with Colombia, her dream university. In a desperate act, Kennedy visits Windsor Academy to convince them to let her attend the school. Before she leaves campus, Kennedy is knocked out. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a parallel universe, one where she attends the Academy.My first Jessica Brody-novel, A Week of Mondays, was so hilarious that I often had to cry from laughter. Her books have been on my reading list for quite a while now but somehow it took me almost two years to read another one of her novels. ISOL isn’t as funny as AWOM, but it’s definitely fun. Unlike Ellison Kennedy isn’t reliving the same day over and over again. No, she is in an entirely different universe. I really liked seeing Kennedy solve this puzzle about her life. I liked the dynamic between her and her little brother and I would’ve liked to see more between Dylan and her, though I really liked how Jessica ended things. The conclusion was exciting and sweet. Jessica’s writing keeps you interested in the character and her journey. In Some Other Life gets a big fat recommendation from me.

  • Kathy Martin
    2019-04-06 01:18

    This is a story about choices and decisions. Kennedy Rhodes made a decisions three years earlier between a boy and a prestigious school. She and the boy have been together for three years. She's the editor in chief of the school newspaper which she revived when she started ninth grade. She is determined to get into Columbia's School of Journalism. She has a mother who is a partner in a law firm and a stay-at-home father who is getting ready for his first gallery show featuring his photography. She has also raised worrying to an art form. If there were an Olympic event for "what ifs," Kennedy would be a gold medal winner. She still wonders what would have happened if she had chosen the prestigious school. 89% of Windsor Academy graduates get in at Ivy League colleges. The school is state of the art. She frequently peruses Windsor Academy's website and follows social media for many of the students. When Kennedy catches her boyfriend making out with her best friend, she goes to Windsor Academy to see if she still has a place there. She is disappointed to learn that her spot has long since been filled. She is pushed and falls down the stairs when she is leaving. When she wakes up, she's a different Kennedy.This Kennedy Rhodes is number one in her class at Windsor Academy. She has a new best friend named Sequoia and she has all the pressure that comes with an elite private school. Her life at home has changed too. Her father now works in advertising and is away on locations for half the year. Her mother is still an associate at her law firm so that she can come home afternoons to take care of Kennedy's brother. The only one she confides in is her younger brother whose passion is physics and who comes up with the theory of alternate parallel universes. This Kennedy isn't the same as the first Kennedy. Instead of journalism, her focus is on economics. There's a boy in her new life too. Dylan is a misfit in buttoned down Windsor Academy. He's a legacy who would really like to go to school somewhere else. When a cheating scandal erupts, Kennedy decides to investigate and her first suspect is Dylan. The story takes some interesting turns before it gets to a satisfying conclusion. I really liked Kennedy more and more as the story went on and as she dealt with the consequences of decisions. Who hasn't wanted to see what life was like if they made different choices? This one gives the ready a great story and lots to think about.

  • Mari
    2019-04-08 01:02


  • Madi(Licious)
    2019-04-15 18:00

    I'm usually not a big fan of this author I read about half of A Week of Mondays and I absolutely hated it but this book was surprisingly good I had 0 expectations for it but this book was good the one thing I didn't like is how forgiving this character was to some things people did(view spoiler)[like how her boyfriend was cheating on her with her bestfriend but then in the end she forgives them and starts HANGING OUT WITH THEM WTHHH. And after her Windsor bestfriend turned her in for a grade she let that diminish her future and quit for Dylan and shit but she just makes shitty life decisions (hide spoiler)] this is a good book to read when you are really bored and have nothing better to do.

  • Karen
    2019-04-14 21:55

    3.5 stars. This was a really good YA book that adults will enjoy. A different take on the storyline of a character who regrets the oath they took in life , bumps their head wakes up in the other life they wish they had chosen. Kennedy chose to go to the public high school because of a boy then discovers her best friend with him one day So she wakes up attending the prestige Windsor Academy the high school she regretted not going to. But the reality is every decision has consequences & realizes her other life affected not only her life but the life of others.

  • Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
    2019-04-24 18:59

    Ever since I saw this adorable cover, I'd been pining for this book. Plus, I love parallel universe stories, because who doesn't daydream about where our choices would've led us if we chose differently??Kennedy is one of those uptight, Type A characters that I usually don't love. I just don't relate to the "Miss Perfect" types. And it's definitely not that I related to Kennedy, but I did like reading her story. That's how I know the book is well-written-- when I can be totally turned off by the main character and STILL really want to read on.I thought this book was adorably cute and fun to read. It wasn't like I haven't ever read a story like this before, or that I didn't know where it was going-- but I totally have and did-- but that's okay. Not every book has to SHOCK me to entertain me. I valued this book for it's entertainment. It's nice to do some lighter reading every now and again and just not THINK so hard.There are a few romantic storylines in this book, but they DO NOT take over the book's focus. I'm not the biggest romance fan, and I found nothing annoying about what was involved here. That's usually not the case with most light-hearted YA Contemporary, so big thumbs up to Jessica Brody!!My fave part: I loved the sciencey geek younger brother, who was the same in both dimensions. Without Frankie, I'm not sure Kennedy would have figured anything out. I know she was going through a confusing experience, but she wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer when it came to putting things together.Takeaways: This book focused on the pressures that young people can have on them before they're even out of high school (or even younger than that in some cases). Kennedy came to a point where she really had to question if being #1 in her class and having everything be perfect, was worth the toll it was taking on her mental state and all the people in her life.I also thought it was interesting that in going to Windsor, Kennedy ended up losing the main passion in her life and she had to figure out if it was worth giving that up. Lots of choices in this book, and that's what made it fun to read!OVERALL: Super cute, fun, light YA Contemporary. If you like movies like The Family Man or other parallel universe stories, you'll like this. Everyone wonders what-if at some point in their life, and this answers that question for Kennedy. This was definitely one of my fave books that came out this summer!!My Blog:

  • Lauren R.
    2019-04-09 01:10

    3.5 stars. Even though the main character annoyed me a bit because she was a little slow on the uptake, I ended up enjoying this one! There were some really good twisty aspects toward the end that I didn't expect. I looooove parallel life books and I'd definitely recommend it if you like them too.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-25 00:49

    Stereotypical... predictable... but oh so good! This book really made me contemplate all the decisions I make and helped me realize that life is made up of choices that aren’t always right or wrong. The writing was phenomenal and the ending was perfect!

  • Bethany Davis
    2019-04-26 02:02

    I have mixed feelings. This book was an entertaining read for the most part. However, I will say that the main character can get frustrating at times when she makes silly decisions. Also, the book left off with lots of questions and leaves the reader a tad unsettled. If the ending covered all nooks and crannies I’d give it 5 stars.

  • Lia Grammer
    2019-04-16 22:01


  • Jen Petro-Roy
    2019-04-14 02:04

    So much fun. Just what I was in the mood for.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-04 20:18

    I've loved both books this author has written. Safe to say she's probably one of my favorites for YA contemporary now. I was apprehensive about the book because of the ratings. But I adored it.

  • eileen
    2019-04-21 23:18

    really really cute and well done! sometimes the alternate universe thing doesn’t work out for me but i actually liked it a lot