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My Second Life

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  469 ratings  ·  100 reviews
A pacy pageturner that asks: Can you be held responsible now for something you did in a previous life?

Fifteen-year-old Ana has a good life--she has friends and a boy she likes and a kind mother--but still, she's haunted by her past; she knows that she lived once before as a girl named Emma, and she still misses her old family. When, by chance in her life now, Ana meets a w
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published January 19th 2014)
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Cora Tea Party Princess
North East Teenage Book Awards Nominee 2014

5 Words: Life, death, moving-on, family, guilt.

I thought that this book was great, it was fantastic.

But it was missing that special something that could have made it absolutely amazing. And that annoyed me a little because the idea, the concept behind this storyline, means that it could have so easily been breathtaking.

Saying that, I did enjoy this an awful lot.

I loved how twisted some of the relationships were and I loved the internal conflict with Ana
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Large parts of this were easily predicted but the author did manage to surprise me with one twist right at the end. It tried to explore some philosophical questions but there was no depth to characters or plot so that attempt largely failed.

RTC on the blog.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, could have been 4.

This was a fast paced thriller with a little psychological suspense and a 'murder' mystery that turned out to be neither a murder nor much of a mystery but not in an entirely bad way just less interesting. Still there were some surprises and the unique take on the MCs identity is not one I've read before. It kept me hooked and the conflict she felt between two separate identities was written well but the supernatural element lacked depth/explanation. It was an enjoya
DNF at page 102

I just couldn't get into this one. Everything the main character Ana said and did bothered me - I just couldn't like her or sympathize with her. And the writing in general was a little awkward. While some part of me does want to know what Emma did and what is going to happen to Ana in this life, I can't read another 160ish pages to find out.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got this as my first book from a book club yesterday, not been able to put it down. It was the perfect length but I don't want to have finished it.
"My Second Life is heartbreaking, heartracing, has an amazing lead character and the story is nothing like I have read before. I can't highly recommend this book enough!"

I loved this book. From page 1 I was hooked! My second Life is like nothing I have ever read, it has such a unique storyline! The main protagonist Ana knows that she lived a previous life as beautiful Emma. She can't get rid of her feelings of Emma’s life, of her life , of loving her mum (Emma's) and her mum (Ana's) doesn't rea
Camille Vargas
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
"What would you do if you could remember your past life? What would you do if your past can shatter your future?"
This follows the story of 16 year old Ana who remembers her previous life as Emma. She remembers her previous parents and longs for them everyday, causing her to resent her current mother.
She remembers not a lot though, but when she encounters France- a woman from her past who is now old, something gets triggered. She feels something really bad has happened, but she couldn't remembe
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect when I was offered the chance to review My Second Life. I believe in reincarnation and the thought that you can be held responsible for something you did in a past life is definitely intriguing. It brings up so many questions: can someone who did good be allowed a pass if they commit a crime? Can someone who did something terrible ever be redeemed? Faye Bird tackles one of these questions with Ana, her main character.

Ana is a fifteen year old girl who has always know
Emma Menheniott
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intense and a fast paced read. Found the main character Ana really interesting and well written.
(Something Like) Lydia
Ana's life is fairly normal for a 15-year-old. She goes to school, she gets good grades, she has friends, and a crush, but she can also remember her former life, as Emma.

Emma didn't have such a normal life, and she did something, something bad, that still haunts Ana to this very day. So when Ana bumps into someone who Emma knew, her second life suddenly starts merging with her first.


The concept of My Second Life is really, very clever, and, having never read a book based around the idea of rein
Evie Scarlet
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Ana has a pretty normal life, with friends, a loving mother, a crush, and so on. The only thing strange is that she can remember her first life—a life from over 20 years ago, when she was a girl named Emma. She doesn’t remember much about that life. That is, until she runs into an old woman in the hospital—someone she knows from before. As more pieces from her first life start coming back to her, she becomes addicted with finding the truth. Who was she before, as Emma? Where is her family? And w ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teenage
This book wasn't very good. I couldn't connect to a single character. Ana, the main character was okay...ish. Basically she died in her last life, and now she's reborn in a Second Life, in a new body, but retains all her memories. Why? Because of some guilt from her past life, apparently, which brought her back...even though it only happened to her and absolutely no one else...right.

Because she's in her second life, she doesn't believe her mother is her real mother. She feels disconnected from h
Crystal | decorating.reader
My MAJOR issue with this entire book is that the writing is KILLING me. It was so choppy and frigid. It lacked so much emotion. I felt like I was reading a script or something, just way too much dialogue and not enough description or feeling. I never got fully immersed in this book or story like I want to and NEED to while reading a book.

I could not, for the life of me, connect with Ana or any of the relationships she has. Once again, it was the way she was written. All the things I should have
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Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, but at the same time I didn't. I found it all a bit over-dramatic and pretentious, but I was really compelled to keep reading and there were a couple of plot twists that I wasn't expecting at all! I think the characters development could have been made into more of an important feature, but the characters did have enough depth to make them seem real. Although I found the main character to be very annoying and selfish! I feel like my brain is telling me all the reasons ...more
Kelly-Ann Jones
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very concerned about readers who gave this book a raving review. The characters are bland and hard to relate to. The writing style is sloppy and does not conform to one standard (and not in an ironic/quirky way). The amount of dry dialogue, for the sake of dialogue, was painful and I found myself rolling my eyes more often than not. My favourite cringe-character was the boyfriend who existed solely to give this book a romance tag; slipping in every now and then because a female character needs a ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One sitting is all it took to read this. It was bizarre, intriguing, strangely addictive and very good for a début novel. I thought Ana/Emma was a very good character and Jamie was lovely. The story unfolds very fast and it is a very easy read as explanations come a bit at a time which is why you don't want to put it down until you finish it. I thought Frances was a very selfish, vindictive and awful person and I was glad for what happens to her at the finish when they all meet. There were a few ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting and thoughtful book which I really enjoyed. My second life revolves around a teenage girl called Ana who remembers her previous as Emma. Throughout the course of the book she events from her previous life suddenly come back to her and she gets the awful feeling that she was involved in killing another girl and has to contact people from her previous life to find out more. I was utterly fascinated by this book and needed to know more even more desperately the further I got in ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
The plausibilty issues with this book have nothing to do with a girl remembering her past life. I am totally on board with that. It is the rest of the story that does not work or is so plain that it is just meh. Also, in England it is called Maths not Math. Why do publishers think readers can not handle that?
Andrew Leccese
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Was a grat book to read. There were some dry boring parts but those were only for less than a chapter. I liked the idea of shorter chapters some were only a page or less. The ending was interesting and the book as a whole really made you think
Imane Dellale
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like this book so much It made sob my eyes out because it was so sad yet so addicting I found myself playing the role of detective who wants to solve an old complicated secret of a family that was torn up because of a small thing that happened back then,years ago. My second life by Faye Bird is about a girl named Ana and she is 15 years old she lives with her mother Rachel and her dad who left her mom after she got
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
"My Second Life" by Faye Bird is about a 15 year old girl, Ana, who was born with the ability to remember her previous life. She has always had vivid memories of her parents from her "first life". These types of memories prevent her from having a normal relationship with her current mother. As the book progresses, certain events trigger stronger, more disturbing, memories. These new memories suggest that she murdered her childhood friend in her past life. The rest of the story is about the main ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, well written and quite a page turner.
My teenager daughter and I like to read and discuss books so we read this together and we enjoyed it. The story was easy to follow and I enjoyed how everything progressed throughout.
I feel that young adult fiction has really come on in recent years and I love reading something with my daughter that can keep both of us on the edge of our seats.
I will definitely be reading more from this author.
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Jezabel Gonzalez
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Becca & The Books
Would recommend as a thriller if you're very new to the genre although it's aimed at the younger end of YA and I predicted quite a few of the big reveals.
Very interesting take on reincarnation although I'm disappointed that that aspect of the story wasn't explained!
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up straight after reading another one expecting to just read a few pages to get the feel for it, but what actually happened was that I didn't put it down until it was finished. It was really good. I really loved the writing style, and how unusual it was. I really like the original take of, instead of someone being a ghost after they're dead, they are reborn as another being.

The only real problem I had with it, and the reason why I took off one star, is because it was really underw
Hannah Jane Flaviano
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful life affirming book. Ana’s memory’s of her life as Emma are dealt with in such a restrained way and the story unfolds gradually, keeping the reader gripped to establish why she feels a huge burden of guilt and what exactly happened.
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Faye writes fiction for young adults. Before becoming a writer she worked as a literary agent representing screenwriters in film and TV. She studied Philosophy and Literature at Warwick University, but has otherwise always lived in London, and still does now. Her second novel, What I Couldn’t Tell You, will be published on 1 May 2016.

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