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Someone Else's Love Story

(Shandi Pierce #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  14,261 ratings  ·  1,880 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
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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 before this (in 2013) 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 perche
Elyse Walters
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Update .... love this book..$1.99 kindle special today. From start to the wonderful ending ... it's just great! Perfect for summer!!

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
Jessica J.
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-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
Edit: Available on Kindle for $1.99

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
Oct 29, 2013 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
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars
After listening to Almost Sisters, I decided if I’m browsing audio books and see Joshilyn Jackson as narrator for any of her work I will be listening as soon as possible. Great, entertaining narrator!

“I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K.”

When a book has a really great opening line, that really gets me. This opening line grabbed me and didn’t let go until I finished.

Jackson has a way of writing colorful characters whose actions always seem to surprise me. Or maybe it’s th
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
Megan Rosol
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. ...more
Oct 27, 2013 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 20, 2014 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
Kerry Ann Morgan
Nov 20, 2013 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
Sep 21, 2013 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
Nov 08, 2013 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
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
[3+] A comfort read.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars This novel is a wonderful “feel good” book. There are times when I want to read a happy, feel-good novel that is well written with complex and quirky characters. This is that kind of book. Perfect for the Holiday season. Also, a book I couldn’t wait to get back to. There are multiple subplots in the book. The main plot is between a single mother and a man who is suffering a major loss of his family. The man, William, is somewhere on the Autism spectrum, which seems to be a recently co ...more
Dec 05, 2013 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
Sonja Arlow
Sometimes you must break yourself apart to become whole again.

There are some authors who can dish up anything and I will happily tuck in. Joshlyn Jackson is one of those. Although not my favourite, this story was the perfect end to my spree of fluff reads.

Shandi is on her way to start a new life for herself and her savant 3-year-old. A quick pit stop at a convenience store on route changed the projection of her life forever. But then again, a hostage situation with a gun wielding drug addict wil
Sep 10, 2013 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
Oct 13, 2013 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
Nicole D.
Jul 31, 2013 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
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shandi Pierce became pregnant with her son Natty while still remaining a virgin. She believed Natty to be a miracle, not wishing to face the reality of his conception. On her way to Atlanta she is caught up in a robbery at a convenience store. There she encounters William Ashe and believes he is her destiny. Shandi and William have both isolated themselves from love, though for very different reasons. Their relationship with each other opens them to confronting their pasts, and to consider movin ...more
Carole P. Roman
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Twenty one year old Shandi is taking her child to live in the city where he can go to a school to better suit his needs. On the way, she becomes a victim of a robbery and falls in love with the man who saves her. Together, they try to solve the mystery of her son's "virgin" birth and discover too often that life interferes with the heart's true destiny .Each character, from her mother and father, to her best friend, Walcott, to William and the people in his circle, learn that they all have that ...more
Jul 13, 2016 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
There is a so much to love about this b0ok. The lyrical writing, amazing characters, details of place and time.

This isn't a romance really (exactly) as the actual couples (there are two) spend most of the book apart but we do get Happily Ever Afters that are well earned,

Our hero is a brilliant neurodivergent and utterly wrecked with grief and rage. We get his love story in flashback. He is the king of romantic gestures and has an amazing bestie.

The heroine is much younger (and not his heroine i
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I have cheered every other Jackson book, and if I haven’t read them all I’ve come very close.

This one made me question whether this story slipped off Jackson’s signature fine line of heartwarming pluck and fortitude-in-community balanced by brisk, hard reality and descended into a too-sweet brew of odd characters in weird conditions unbelievably overcoming hard experiences, including rape, in part with magical denial and questionable forgiveness.

I question whether this is the case, that it’s a
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)
Lolly K Dandeneau
May 31, 2013 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
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have read a couple of her other novels and really enjoyed them - Gods in Alabama is wonderful! This one I liked and couldn't put it down, until the last 10 pages, at which point I wanted to throw it across the room. Which, if it was a real book, and not an e-book, I would have.

You can't have a rape story throughout and then explain the rape with a twist of a drunken and subconscious love story. You just can't, without it turning into one long, drawn-out rape apologist story.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Joshilyn Jackson book, and I really enjoyed it. It was everything I love in a book - easy to read, compelling, interesting, with characters I grow to care about. Now my goal is to read all her other books. I highly recommend this book to fans of southern authors and women's fiction. ...more
Dec 12, 2013 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, "It Is Not Always Possible To Fall in Love in Blackberry Season" which inspired the author to create this story, and the theme from the poem by
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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.

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