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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,541 ratings  ·  255 reviews
In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully a ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

The book begins as the characters are teenagers, each of them are going to see a movie based on a series of graphic novels called Eons and Empires.

Adam: He wants out of the small town that he has grown up in but before he leaves he wants that one date with the guy he has had a crush on for years. He accepts her invitation to go see the movie.

Sharon: A painfully shy introvert sneaks out of school to go to the movie by herself. She has been reading the books in secret at her babysitting j
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Dana
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. I enjoyed every frustrating and unique story line, and found something relatable in each character (good and bad). I couldn't put this book down and I was completely engrossed throughout 85% of it (the last of the book was a little slow).

As a reader who is not usually a fan of interconnected narratives/story lines, Ms.Goldhagen completely sold me.This author is very talented and I look forward to reading her other material. The bit
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Larry H
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is between 4.5 and 5 stars for me, so I'll just round up.

If life always turned out the way we hoped, the way we planned, the world would be a very different place. And so would literature, movies, theater, and music. Luckily, that doesn't seem to be the case for the characters in Shari Goldhagen's terrifically warm In Some Other World, Maybe , and the reader is better for that fact.

It starts in 1992. The popular Eons & Empires comic book series has been turned into a movie. In three
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Elyse Walters
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Brilliant eloquent adolescent beauty going on in this novel! Intoxicating page-turning storytelling!

Shari Goldhagen keeps us totally engaged with these fragile creatures, who get under our skin and ultimately into our hearts! She has created characters who stay with you long after you finish the book.

The complexities of the relationship between Adam Zoellner and Phoebe Fisher for example is one I think most of us can relate to. Have you ever had a close friend of the opposite sex become a lover
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Jessica Woodbury
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I kept logging my complaints while reading this book. I have seen these characters before. All of them. Many times. I have seen this structure of ridiculously intertwined lives before. I have seen these stories before. I am not really sure I care about any of the characters or where they end up.

And yet I read this book in about 24 hours... so perhaps the reader doth protest too much?

Yes, it may feel repetitive. But Goldhagen took me in and I just didn't stop. Which is a pretty big compliment sin
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Ashley
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you read a book, and it's just so terrific you have to shout. A fabulous novel about six degrees of separation, IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE by Shari Goldhagen had me reading well into the wee hours of the morning.

RELEASE DATE: January 2015

PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Press

DISCLAIMER: Novel was sent via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review

SYNOPSIS: In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Ad
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Phyllis
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
It would seem that I am one of the very few who is not enamored by this book. The premise drew me in because it is about a group of people my age, and for the premise alone I have awarded not one, but two, stars. Otherwise, I could not find much to enjoy about the writing style, the characters, or the plot.

For example, the author uses the second person point of view for a specific character, which, instead of being effective, seemed like a forced reminder that we were switching characters again.
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Leah
YES, I enjoyed it immensely. YES, I finished it in a single sitting. YES, I'm positive it'll show up again in June as part of my Top Reads of 2015 (part one!) post. While the layers weren't quite as deep and far-reaching, I couldn't help but be reminded of Kate Atkinson's Life After Life (a top read of 2013 and one I need to revisit before the companion novel comes out later this year). In Some Other World, Maybe is sure to receive buzz and bestsellers spots and it wholeheartedly deserves each a ...more
Esil
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. It's one of the types of story lines that I tend to really like and it's particularly well done. A disparate group of characters are portrayed starting in late adolescence into their late thirties. They are connected in various ways, and we see their lives intersect as the few plot lines evolve. The concept is similar to Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings and a few other books I have read over the years. What pushed this one ...more
Amy
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This isn't exactly Great Literature, but it's perfect for when you want something light but not empty. I loved all the main characters; it was a little off balance since Adam and Phoebe's lives were so fully enmeshed with each other's while Sharon was kind of on the periphery. In fact, at least twice I got to a Sharon chapter and thought, oh I forgot about her. But I guess it does illustrate how sometimes you can kind of know a person without ever really interacting with them. My favorite sectio ...more
Nichole
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brought me to the depths and heights of those wonderful and difficult years where you lose your innocence, find your heart, and, if you're lucky, discover your true self. I loved the interconnecting stories of characters who were real and familiar and journeying. Terrific, terrific, terrific.
Melissa T
This started out clunky, and repetitive, and slow. It didn't get any better.

The way the characters lives intermix feels like a bad version of six degrees of separation. This book was trying way too hard. There wasn't enough real drama to keep me invested in the story or the characters. I wasn't rooting for anyone, or all that curious to find out what would happen to them. The only reason I kept reading it was to see if it redeemed itself.

It didn't.

This feels like a random mashup of characters, w
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Rebecca
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
At first I wasn’t sure I should give In Some Other World, Maybe five whole stars. It had pulled me in so completely that when it was over, I wasn’t sure if the tingling feeling it left me with was the aftershocks from an intense crush rather than true love. I wondered if Shari Goldhagen’s second novel was the equivalent of that handsome bad boy who sweeps you off your feet, takes you on 100-miles-per-hour motorcycle rides on ocean-side cliffs, tells you you’re beautiful, and then rides off into ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

After reading it myself now, I have to admit that I'm stumped as to why Shari Goldhagen's new novel In Some Other World, Maybe has been receiving such effusive praise; for while it's not bad at all, it's certainly not a book I would call great, a story that just sort of sits there like a Lifetime movie wit
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Michelle
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: female-authors
I received an advanced reader's copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I really wanted to like it and assumed I would based on the description of multiple stories coming together, which I typically love.

Lots of people seem to really love it from their reviews, so maybe I'm just the weird one!

Overall, this was a frustrating read for me. It was hard to keep track of all the characters - with so many details thrown in constantly, it was difficult to tell which names I really needed to pa
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Amy!
SO MANY FEELINGS. I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS. I gave it 5 stars based solely on the amount of time I have spent telling people how many feelings I had while listening to this book. It was great. It was a total accidental find, but I'm so glad! The story was really compelling, and I was so invested in the characters and their lives. It's one of those interconnected kinds of stories, but the connections here are all really strong and obvious, which I appreciated; I hate these kinds of book ...more
Abbie
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Andrea MacPherson
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I randomly picked up this book, not knowing anything about the plot, or the author. And I'm glad I did. The novel traces the interconnected lives of four main characters, revealing them in surprising, and affecting ways.

I'll look for more by this author.
Wendy
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Recommendations
"In Some Other World, Maybe" which I won through Goodreads Giveaways Sharon Goldhagen creatively intertwines the lives of three groups of teenagers who go to see the movie adaptation of the comic book series Eons & Empires. Sparked by their ambitious hopes for the future, Adam Zoellner, Phoebe Fisher and Sharon Gallaher leave behind a small town, insipid friends and high school romances to pursue their dreams only to cross paths through family relationships, fame, friendship, sex and tragedy ...more
Mika Beverly
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
this is a strong 4.5 stars... really good, and got better the more i thought about it afterword... the book spans 10-15 years in the life of a handful of characters, and the author does a great job portraying the inevitable highs and lows everyone is susceptible to when life "happens". Whether these defining moments be conscious choices or the results of events beyond their control, the message i heard throughout this book was simple, but still poignant: "We'll be okay/Everything will be alright ...more
Amy
Friends, I’ve been looking forward to reading Shari Goldhagen’s IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE for a while now. I found so much of it appealing, based on the synopsis: the movie that ties all of the teenagers together, the way all of their lives connect as they age, how all of them are just growing up and living their lives. I don’t usually talk too much about adult books here, but this one is great exception to make. When I was asked to be a part of the blog tour for IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE I ju ...more
Cosima
The setup for this book is promising, unusual, and subtly entertaining, and I thought it would only get better from there. Unfortunately, for me it became a very "meh" read.

While this book has some interesting moments, ultimately I felt disconnected from and bored with the story. The writing style as well as the slow pacing kept it from being consistently engaging to me. Based on the blurb and the beginning I was expecting to really like this book. Didn't turn out that way. I think I would have
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Stacey Brown
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish that Goodreads gave me more than five stars to assign to a book. I absolutely loved everything about this book! The way that the author intertwined the lives of the characters, along with the fictional Eons & Empires series was amazing! I was engrossed with each person's storyline and wanted to know more and more about them and see where their lives took them. My only complaint was that the ending felt a little unfinished but maybe that was because I didn't want to end my relationship ...more
Meredith
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING! It's been a while since I've really loved a book from a non-favorite author. I found the story totally compelling and the characters really draw you in. Toward the end it did drag a little bit and maybe did not end as strongly as the first 2/3 of the book, but that also could have been because of the day the plot was developing vs how I wanted it to develop. Totally neat concept.
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
Intertwining narrative of three groups of teens in the early nineties and over the next two decades. It's fun to see how the all affect each others lives when they only start with a beloved comic book series in common. I'd go see a movie adaptation happily. Just what the doctor ordered after the epic IT. Light, just enough romance and drama.
Sarah
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pop culture-inflected realistic fiction is not my regular thing, but this palate cleanser was very warm, appealing and emotionally gratifying. Feels like a very good grown up YA book.
Karen Schlosser
Nice story with one of the base points in Cincinnati, my hometown, interesting to read about places and things I'm very familiar with.
Susan
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I missed getting off at my bus stop this morning because of this book.
Loki
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I really enjoyed this. It was unabashedly sentimental in places, but the people in it felt real to me. Their relationships, their inter-twining histories, their regrets and misgivings and mistakes and joys and sorrows. It worked.

I wasn't expecting that much from it - the cover caught my eye, and then I decided to read it mostly to see how the structure worked (still not sure about the one character whose viewpoint scenes were all in second person - don't feel like that really fit so well with th
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Ashley
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love books that travel through timelines with intersecting character narratives. This fits the bill perfectly.
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After serious pursuits of literature at Northwestern (BSJ) and Ohio State (MFA), Shari Goldhagen discovered she had a knack for sifting through celebrity trash and worked as a gossip writer for publications including The National Enquirer, Us Weekly, and Life & Style Weekly. And her articles on pop culture, travel and relationships have appeared everywhere from Cosmopolitan to Penthouse. She h ...more
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