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On the Other Side

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  5,777 Ratings  ·  975 Reviews
Your soul is too heavy to pass through this door; leave the weight of the world in the world from before.

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It's the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she's become her twenty-seven-year-
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Hardcover, 345 pages
Published July 14th 2016 by Little Brown and Company
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Ella
Jul 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Poorly Executed Vanity Project

I bought this book out of curiosity as I had watched some of the author’s YouTube videos where she had discussed writing and publishing.

The premise of this ‘magic realism’ novel appears to be an exploration of relationships - both romantic and familial - with the protagonist, Evie Snow, going on a journey in the afterlife to find her own ‘personal heaven.’ To unlock the door to her heaven, she must revisit moments from her past and visit loved ones in the present to
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Francesca
This is a very hard review for me to write. Mainly because I'm such a big fan of Carrie's and it actually pains me that I didn't enjoy this book more and also because I was so excited about this book and ended up disappointed. The thing is, the issues I had with it are things that probably won't/wouldn't bother other people and I'm fully aware of that. I am also aware that my opinions on this story are probably also affected by the fact that this isn't the kind of story I usually enjoy anyway wh ...more
Chantelle
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Carrie's writing is a lot stronger than I thought it would be! I was pretty impressed with that, especially considering her age and the fact it's her first book. Obviously I can't say anything about the plot, but I think that a few things were slightly too romanticised. It comes across as very sweet though so I think it will sit with a younger audience perfectly. Oh and there were quite a few typos in the book that I hope get cleared up before the official publication.
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a great first book of 2017. Lovely and whimsical. I'm a big fan of Carrie and so much of herself shone through in this story. If you're looking for an uplifting read, try this one!
Childofautumn
Oct 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
I only finished this book because I bought it. I wish I didn't.

I normally wouldn't read something like this, but i've been a viewer of Carries channel for a long time and I really like her as a person so I thought this would be like my dream come true.

I loved Carries heartwarming All I Know Now, her first book, a nonfiction one. It was written so well, and her advice was really good.

This book starts horribly. Evie, the most perfect human being to ever exist, has died and can't get to heaven. The
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curiousrei
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having recently completed a degree in English Literature, on Monday I went along to the first signing of Carrie Hope Fletcher’s On The Other Side, this being the first signing I was able to attend since Jacqueline Wilson as a child. Not only was I excited to meet someone whose online content I have followed for years, but I was also intrigued as to what I would find reading her first novel. Over the year leading up to its releases, Carrie gave enough hints to make me curious, whilst still enteri ...more
Shelly
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A charming narrative on a Once Upon A Time, Wonderland, Magic Ride.
With elements taken from all the magic in the world. The writing style is excitable and happy. It's a Disney movie just waiting to be made, choc full of fantastical names, and a heroin you can't help but want to dance and introduce to all your friends.

A full Review will follow on release.
Aoife
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok

Evie Snow has lived a long and relatively happy life but now she is dead, she's suddenly faced with a door that won't open. Evie realised that her three biggest secrets are holding her back from entering her own heaven and she now has to face them and share her biggest, and secret, love story with the people in her life.

This is a super sweet idea and really love the image of people being faced with their doors when they enter the afterlife. There were some lovely phrases and a beautiful hint of
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Carys
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS AHHHH
Sophie
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, donated
The last three words of this book were "At long last" and honestly, that is how I felt finally finishing it. The idea behind this book was cute, but dear god was it poorly written. I struggled so much to get through it.
Here are a fun list of things that I really did not enjoy about this book:
1. That stupid "I won't become a hopeless, I'll be a hopeful" line like excuse me how dare you attack me like this I cringed so much at that line honestly y'all
2. What was the time period??????????
3. Casua
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Maddie
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Although there were some things that bothered me about the story, the magical realism, the structure and the elements of LGBTQ+ representation made it a truly lovely read.
Marta Álvarez
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Una historia tierna, con toques de realismo mágico que van desde lo cuqui hasta lo desconcertante. La primera mitad es bastande adorable, pero al final me empalagué un poco; el estilo era un pelín cursi para mi gusto.
Catherine
Nice enough but very rough round the edges

I've never bought a book by a youtuber before but I downloaded this book because I was intrigued by the storyline. However, it did not live up to my expectations at all. The writing is very awkward in places and reads like a piece of GCSE creative writing coursework. I don't know how the editing team didn't manage to clear up the some of the awkward wording or the grammatical errors throughout. I also couldn't stomach how obviously Evie and Vincent are b
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Siobhan
Jan 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I actually stopped reading this at page 112. There were too many niggling things for me. I'm really disappointed because I met Carrie at YALC and she was lovely, we talked about her being an auntie to Buzz and she signed her other book for me (admittedly, I haven't read that one).

I'm going to come out and say this: I think Carrie's writing suffers from the same issue that Giovanna's does. Because of her experience in the West End, because of her successful YouTube channel, because of who her bro
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Erin
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG!! https://pagesandscreens99.wixsite.com...

CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER YOU HAVE BROKEN MY HEART INTO A MILLION PIECES AND THEN PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN!

What an incredible story and so different from anything I've ever read! This book was like a love story to fairytales, magic, hope and being the best version of yourself you can be and I loved everything about it!

I am too emotional and stunned to fully express myself right now so my full review will be on my blog in the next co
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Louise Jones
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, it's just so bloody lovely. A perfect escape if life's giving you a hard time. The dip into magical realism is gorgeous... ALSO I'M SO PROUD OF MY FRIEND FOR WRITING IT. SHE DID A THING! BEAMING.
Joanna
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I like the concept of this book, and I love a bit of magical realism. I don't want to be harsh as it wasn't a 'bad' book...But really, it's a bit of fluff written poorly.
Julie Eilén
Apr 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book was, to me, a huge disappointment. With all the praise it has received, I expected it to be at least well written, but sadly, it's not.

"Show, don't tell" is rule #1 when it comes to writing fiction. Unfortunately, Fletcher tells a lot more than she shows. She often skips scenes and then have the characters give a quick summary of what happened afterwards. A lot of the story is just told as if she's writing it based on bullet points. It lacks feeling and some kind of flow. I was also q
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Eleanor Pilcher
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Full Review: http://ellesbellesbookshelf.blogspot....

I wanted to love this book, I did, and I didn't. It's a shame - it'll do fine regardless though. I can't say much as that'll be unfair for future readers but there was just too much telling rather than showing for me. Full review will come nearer July...

Jenni Michelle Revell
Where to start with this book... Well, let's just say that it is a child dressing up in its mums clothing pretending to be an adult. That is to say that it is a YA novel claiming to be women's fiction. It reads for a much younger audience than it is intended for and due to this it would have worked much better had the main character, Evie Snow, been eighteen rather than twenty-seven; she certainly acted like an eighteen year old anyway! As a primarily YA reader this didn't bother me so much when ...more
Ruth
Jan 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: given-up
I'm about half way through this book but I've had enough. I struggled with the premise, much as I like a bit of a redemption story it felt very simplistic and, dare I say it, dull? I didn't really care for Evie. I didn't really care for her bad boy boyfriend who calls her sweetie and was, I felt, a bit disturbing and intense. Still, I was willing to keep going. But then half way through the story, suddenly there is a dove. If you've read it, you'll know what I'm talking about! There's a stupid d ...more
Fenia
Carrie, our honourary big sister, you've done it again!! This is absolutely brilliant!!! I've always knew you were a genius but this book proved my point even further. THIS BOOK OMG. Its magical, its romantic, its fantastic, its unique, its a huge page-turner, its heartbreaking (grab your tissues), but also funny and light, and yet deep and meaningful; but most of all, its HOPEFUL. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ LOVED IT!!!
Jess
So many reviews of this book start with “I really wanted to love this…”, so let’s not break the trend.

I really wanted to love this. I really, really did. I’ve been a loyal subscriber to Carrie since way back in 2013 - yup, I remember ‘Boys In Books Are Better’ (amen) - but I always especially enjoyed the videos where she discussed how she cherished the dream of one day becoming a published author. It’s so refreshing to come across a youtuber who has genuinely always wanted to release a book out
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Courtney Rebecca Joy Griffiths
I got this out at the Library and I'm not going to lie, I was avoiding it due to the front cover as I very rarely read love stories. But after I read the description I was intrigued by the story and the three secrets that had been hidden for a life time.

Unfortunately, it wasn't what I had expected it to be. I grew to really care for a character that hadn't really been given MUCH attention and who I had hoped was given a happy ending - Jim. I was disappointed at how selfish the story was regardi
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Lea (drumsofautumn)
I've been anticipating this book for such a long time, even before it actually being announced. I've been watching Carrie's videos for a long time and when I heard her mention in her "Queen of Procrastination" video that her goal is to write a book, I was already looking forward to holding that book in my hands. Carrie is so full of talent and creativity and I was really excited when she announced her first fiction novel. I was almost scared my expectations were too high but they were exceeded.

T
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Laura
Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing and Amateur.

Relies on a few moments of pretty imagery to sell a novel with limited plot, badly written, cliche prose, and preposterous characterisation

*SPOILERS*

I probably would have loved this book when I was aged 12/13 but I fear that no one over the age of 25 could find a favourite here, the fact that this was supposedly geared towards the adult market is a touch laughable. I picked up this book as a fan of the author and therefore went into reading this hoping for great things
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Amy
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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Milly Paris
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ok. Reviewing this book is really difficult. And not just because I finished it over a fortnight ago. It's difficult because I love Carrie and I love this genre, so I think I am biased. To me, this book felt so close to being perfection, so close to being 5 star, and yet just missing. The romance in beautiful and believable. Those whirlwind, doomed romances are so hard to capture and yet Carrie does it beautiful. Also the moments of magic realism (a la The Night Circus) were truly wonderful. It ...more
Odette Knappers
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, inbezit
Dit boek had ik uit de bieb. Vrij snel na het begin wist ik dat ik dit boek wilde kopen, want het gaf me allemaal warme, bubbly feelings.

Toen ik op vakantie in Oxford was heb ik natuurlijk veel te veel boeken gekocht, waaronder haar andere boek in hardcover, All That She Can See. Deze was helaas niet op voorraad, maar kon de volgende dag wel voor me binnenkomen. Dat kon prima, want we brachten een paar dagen in de stad door. Dus toen had ik ze allebei in hardcover, yay! En wat zijn ze mooi onder
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Justine
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Some elements hardly made sense, even for magical realism. I believe that the decision Evie made wasn't the only one or the best one, whatever her arguments. But then, the story would have no point to exist now would it? Also, I think that Evie's character could've shown a little more gratitude towards Jim. She did express feelings about three times but I feel like he deserved more.

In spite of the few passages when I raised an eyebrow thinking 'what the h?' I loved this story. I loved the charac
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Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, author and singer-songwriter.

She played Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre until February 13th 2016. She is the first actress to have played both young Eponine and older Eponine.
Fletcher went on to play Truly Scrumptious in the UK touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Wednesday Addams in the UK touring produ
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“What's the difference between look and see?
When someone looks at you, they only see what's on the surface and often miss a lot of the details. When someone sees you, they see who you are, what you're actually about. They see more than what's there in front of them. They're willing to find out more, at the very least. ~ Evie Snow”
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