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Someone Else's Love Story (Shandi Pierce #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  9,379 Ratings  ·  1,411 Reviews
At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man n ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by William Morrow
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Will Byrnes
Nov 19, 2013 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it
I guarantee that when you reach the end of this novel the sound you hear will be coming from your own mouth, 'Awwwwwwwwww .'

The last book I read and reviewed was David Vann’s magnificent Goat Mountain. Outstanding stuff, heavy with content, violent, dark. Someone Else’s Love Story, while not the opposite, is certainly worlds away. An antidote. Maybe chicken feathers for the soul.

The book opens with a poem by Emily Dickenson:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings
Jan 05, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction

Excuse me a moment, while I get out my feminist soap box.

Okay. This is going to be a tricky book to review from up here and this is why: rape plays a significant role in the plot of this book and I’m not sure I was comfortable with the way that it was portrayed. This book doesn’t come out for six more months, but I kind of wonder about the fact that no one’s thought about putting the brakes on it given the recent troubling events in Stuebenville and Halifax.

I’m not giving anything away her
Dec 13, 2015 Elyse rated it it was amazing
Update: Several great deals this holiday season: This book is $1.99 today on Kindle!!!
I thought it was sooo much fun...all the way to the ending!

I could not put this book down!! This book kept me company while not feeling too well ---

Of course I don't want to give anything away --
I've not read 'other' reviews on Goodreads or Amazon (yet) --
And since I don't want to share about the story itself --
I'm going to 'AIR-DROP' tidbits:

A Catholic Woman is divor
Dec 04, 2013 Valentina rated it it was ok
I didn’t really understand what this book was trying to be. Although it does have romantic elements, the story is too strange to really be considered a romance. I think that the author tried to do too many things, mixing too many genres at once.
It’s hard to create a believable love story with a character like William, one of the protagonists. He is supposed to have Asperger’s syndrome, but it is not a well developed aspect of his character. He was a very “blah” character. Even when we were in hi
Rashika (is tired)
This was one of those rare books that I knew would be good before I even got into it. Even if I was surprised by some of the turns it took.

I mean a book that has an epigraph with the lines of my favorite poem (and one of the few I actually know); well let’s just say we were meant to be.

I have no idea where to start though.

I’ve re-read certain parts of this book multiple times, I’ve had more than a week to think about it yet I am completely lost when it comes to this book.

There is so much to say
Kerry Ann Morgan
Nov 20, 2013 Kerry Ann Morgan rated it it was amazing
I had big expectations for Someone Else’s Love Story—the kind that can be scary for a writer if they know how much we anticipate from their shiny strings of words and disappointing to a reader if those words don’t flash like diamonds.

Someone Else’s Love Story did not disappoint.

The opening scene is like a bad joke: a meth head, an autistic genius, a too-young mom, and a brilliant toddler born from a virgin walk into a convince store . . . What happens next is far from convenient. (Oops. I almos
Oct 27, 2013 Ionia rated it liked it
This is a tough one! I enjoyed parts of this book immensely and other parts I simply thought were okay. I am trying to come down off of my ivory tower of feminist idealism to write this review in the most non-judgmental way that I can. While I do see that Joshilyn Jackson is exploring the grey area between black and white thinking in this novel, there were some things that I just didn't get. The questionable decisions of the main character at times made me dislike her enough that I rolled my eye ...more
Diane Barnes
Sep 26, 2014 Diane Barnes rated it really liked it
This is such a beautiful book it's hard to know how to review it. Maybe by starting with what it isn't. It is NOT a romance. A love story, sure, but not just one. Many, many kinds of love come into play in this story, as many kinds of love as there are people. The characters are real and flawed and kind and stupid, but Joshilyn Jackson manages to find the "possibility of good" in all of them. The book starts out with a robbery gone wrong, then goes in many different directions, all of which brin ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Zoeytron rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thoroughly enjoyable story that jerked me to attention with the opening sentence and did not let go until the end. With just a handful of pages remaining, I still didn't know how things were going to play out. I call that a job well done.

The characterizations reign supreme here. Shandi, Natty, Walcott, William, and Paula were made very real to me. The author's way with words was stellar. Nothing too flowery - it would not have fit with the story. Tuna sandwiches and Vicks Vapo-Rub - old people s
Jan 04, 2014 Megan rated it it was ok
What happened to this book? It started as a light and quirky story of a young woman with a breezily dysfunctional family and a precocious child, and quickly deteriorated into a mess of of unfinished story lines, awkward transitions, and an extended and very uncomfortable commentary on the gray nature of rape. By the end of the book, Shandy, the main character, turned into an erratic and unlikable character who could not be wished on anyone's happy ending.
Oct 20, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, first-reads
I never felt comfortable while reading this book until the very end. This is fitting; this is right. None of the characters are fully comfortable with each other (or, let's be honest, even with themselves) either. And that's perfectly okay, because this book isn't about fitting in, but about finding the right fit. Shandi Pierce is struggling through figuring out what has even happened in her own life, forget about trying to figure out what's going on in someone else's. Her parents are long-divor ...more
Jubilation Lee
When Someone Else’s Love Story got suggested as this month’s book club choice, I was a little less than thrilled. Because it’s chick lit, right? It’s chick lit featuring a high-functioning Asperger's character, which seems to be all over the place right now for some reason, and it’s full of destinies and miracles and also physicists who look like Thor, which… no, I was on board with that last part, I’ll admit.

But I wasn’t going into this read full of Breathless Excitement, is what I’m saying.

Dec 22, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone once said, when asked why she was still single, "I've met the man I'd marry and the man who'd marry me and the two are not the same" and this story reminded me of that old quote. There are several over-lapping love stories, some of which are a surprise, not only to the reader but to the people involved in this story as well. I loved the characters and their quirkiness, haunted William, brilliant little Nathan, Shandi and Walcott. Jackson writes addictive words which are intense, smart an ...more
Dec 05, 2013 Jana rated it it was ok
I love Joshilyn Jackson. I'll read anything she writes. This one however, while I thoroughly enjoyed her description, left me cold. There was way too much stuff going on that got brushed aside or explained away in an effort to make some kind of point that all life is a miracle, that coincidences are not coincidences. For example, the heroine Shandi's 3-yr-old is the result of date rape. Shandi doesn't seem to have had a life up until the point she takes the pregnancy test. She's not concerned by ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Tania rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars. I wanted something light, but something I knew I would enjoy as we were away with friends for the weekend, and this definitely hit the spot. I have to admit I wasn't wild about Shandi, but I loved everyone else, especially William. I was laughing out loud at some of the antics, which was so well done, because there are a lot of sad things happening in the book. I also did not see the big reveal coming. I adore this author, her personal notes always sounds like she is so much fun, and ...more
Judy Collins
Joshilyn Jackson's SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY, a complex, brilliantly written and inspiring love story!

I recently discovered this author through some other fellow authors; Wow, so glad I did---Since then been catching up with her back list. Southern Jackson is highly talented ; creative and love the way she thinks "outside the box" not afraid to tackle any issue.

Highly recommend the audio version--Jackson is the narrator, which is always special (like who knows the book better than the author)?
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The moment William Ashe stepped in front of her three year old son to protect him from the gunman in Circle K, twenty one year Shandi Pierce recognised the stranger as her destiny, a truth William seemed to confirm in a whisper as Shandi hovered over him after he was shot saving their lives. Though Shandi believes William to be her saviour, her soul mate, and as a geneticist, the man able to help her identify her son's father, William's heart, and his destiny, are not yet determined.

We are told
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jun 25, 2013 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it liked it
I won't go into a long winded review as I read an uncorrected proof. I had a hard time with the writing, I am not sure why. It just read strange in my head. The main character annoyed me and I have a son on the Autism Spectrum and while I know every individual is different, William did not seem like any autistic person I know. The fact that he was this Thor type in the beginning threw me off, most Aspies I know aren't your usual jocks and tend to have difficulty with their muscle coordination. N ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Joshilyn Jackson is a talented writer whose new works I always look forward to. She has the ability to take what might seem like "chick lit" or a basic "love story" and turn it into something else, something uniquely Jackson. Dark, southern fiction. Well written and interesting, though perhaps not all that realistic.

The story starts strong and sucks you right in. The characters are fun and flawed in ways which are entertaining to uncover as the story goes along. It's a book about friendship, lo
Laura Kay Bolin
Dec 11, 2013 Laura Kay Bolin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Let me begin with, I've not read anything by Joshilyn Jackson before. I've wanted to and even have one of her other books. So when I saw her newest book was going on tour I was thrilled to finally read one of her books. I started reading SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY and as soon as I started reading it...I found it to be odd--not the right word, quirky? Just not what I was expecting. I was interested in the story, but not really committed to the characters.

Then I hit part 2 of the story (there are t
Feb 04, 2014 Cheri rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cheri by: Will Byrnes
Shandi is a young woman who believes in miracles, with faith in immaculate conceptions, struggling to finish college and raise her own three year old mini-genius and major miracle, Nathan, aka "Natty Bumppo" with some help from her Mom, her friend Walcott, Walcott's "Momses" and some financial help from Shandi's Dad, despite his new wife and Shandi's half-siblings. Shandi isn't lacking in the love department, so long as we're not talking romantic love.
"I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoi
Joshilyn Jackson seems to have a knack in drawing quirky, but realistic characters, in quirky, but realistic situations. This story of tangled lives that become even more entangled after a robbery at a Circle K, had a lot of the good stuff I look for in a book I read for relaxing. I'd just come off of two more serious (and for me sad/depressing) books so this was a welcome balm. Loved the love the characters have for others, as well as the hurt, mistrust, and misunderstandings they have as well. ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Ms. Jackson is the queen of Southern fiction. However, Someone Else’s Love Story veers away from the more specifically Southern elements. While the action occurs in the heart of Dixie, Shandi and William are universal characters. Nothing about them or that happens to them is unique to their location. Rather, the story just happens to unfold in Georgia but could just as easily have occurred anywhere else around the country. What happens to them could have happened to a family member, a friend, or ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Ashley rated it did not like it
I can't stand this book for one main reason. There is a rape at the core of this book, and the author writes it very sympathetically with regards to the rapist.

I've read Jackson's books in the past, and I've always enjoyed her portrayal of strong southern women. This book grabbed my attention because of the strength of the first chapters. After that, she loses me, and the plot. We've got some side characters that aren't as fleshed out as I would have liked, a main protagonist male character who
Jul 20, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it
The first line will absolutely draw you into this book and for the most part you will be mesmerized during the reading. From Emily Dickinson's poetry to the warring religion divorced parents, the supporting cast and the not-so supporting cast - you'll find something that draws you to each of them.

A wonderful book and I heartily recommend.
Shandi Pierce believes in miracles. Her beautiful 3 year old son Natty is her personal miracle because she was a virgin when he was born. Of course Shandi knows how babies come to be, but she has mentally supressed Natty's conception for nearly 4 years - until now. With the help of her best friend, Walcott, Shandi and Natty are moving to Atlanta to live in her father's condo so that Shandi may attend college. Stopping at a Circle K for refreshments while Walcott fills the car with gas, Shandi fi ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Jill rated it it was amazing
While I was reading this book, I started inserting little colored stickies to mark Things I Love About This Book. Pretty soon, the whole book looked like it was lost in a sea of Buddhist prayer flags in Kathmandu.

This book has so many more layers than I can tell you much about without spoiling it. There is a theme that comes from the poem by Robin Behn which inspired the author to create this story, and the theme from the poem by Emily Dickinson describing what hope is. [“Hope is the thing with
Nov 12, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot. The story is written mostly from the point of view of Shandi, a young single mother who is held hostage in a convenience store hold-up, along with her son and 3 other people. She becomes entwined in the life of William, one of the hostages, who was able to save their lives. We learn in the beginning that Shandi has been drugged and raped and has a child as a result, and William is suffering from the loss of a wife and child. As a result of their close to death experien ...more
Cathe Olson
Sep 12, 2013 Cathe Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shandi falls for William during a holdup at a Circle K but soon finds out he already has a love story of this own, just like seems everybody seems to. Everyone but Shandi. But maybe, she can make it her love story. She's sure as hell going to give it her all. But there are other complications of course, like her 3 year-old son born of a near-rape, her best friend Walcott who has always stood by her--until now, her divorced parents, and William himself. Shandi tries to deal with her present and r ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
This is definitely not a traditional romance (and I'd never read this author's books before so I wasn't sure what to expect). Number 1, I was not onboard with Shandi's virgin birth story, too nuts. 2. I didn't like the weird rotation between 1st person (Shandi) and 3rd person (William) because it was hard to establish their separate character voices. 3. The ending pretty much ruined the book for me; Shandi is suddenly alright with being roofied and raped (because she was, I don't care who says t ...more
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“He knows me so well. I don’t have to say it. Not any of it. Not yet. There will be time for it later. For now, it is enough. It is enough and it is easy. Easy to walk the last few steps between us. Easy and so beautiful to step into his arms.

He kisses me. He kisses me.

I kiss him back.”
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