Title: The Other Life
Author: Ellen Meister
Published: February 17th, 2011 By Putnam Adult
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Adult
Kid Friendly Rating: 13+
Synopsis: Happily married and pregnant, Quinn Braverman has an ominous secret. Every time she makes a major life decision, she knows an alternate reality exists in which she made the opposite choice-not only that, she knows how to cross over. But even in her darkest moments-like her mother’s suicide-Quinn hasn’t been tempted to slip through…until she receives devastating news about the baby she’s carrying.
The grief lures her to peek across the portal, and before she knows it she’s in the midst of the other life: the life in which she married another man, and is childless. The life in which her mother is still very much alive.
Quinn is forced to make a heartbreaking choice. Will she stay with the family she loves and her severely disabled child? Or will an easier life-and the primal need to be with her mother-win out?
Final Thoughts: This book has a really cool idea, I mean, being able to take portals to your “other” life, to see what it’s like..!? Pretty neat stuff. However, that being said, I found it hard to like Quinn Braverman, due to the fact, that she came across as a whiner. For the majority of the book she decides to make herself feel better by hopping between her two worlds, which are drastically different. Not taking her child into consideration. It just came across extremely selfish on her end. The ending was left open for discussion and was left in a spot where you can decide what happens next. It was a quick read…it was decent. If the main character wasn’t such a whiner, I probably would have enjoyed it more. If you want a fast read, then this is it.
1 Star for this book.
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