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In Some Other Life

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Kennedy Rhodes turns down an acceptance to an elite private school, instead choosing to stay at her high school and jump at the opportunity to date the boy of her dreams. Three years later, Kennedy walks in on that same boyfriend cheating with her best friend—and wishes she had made a different choice. But when Kennedy hits her head and wakes up in the version of her life ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Ashlee As of this time, I do not see a sequel to this book. Jessica Brody may come out with another book because of the cliff ending, but as of right now,…moreAs of this time, I do not see a sequel to this book. Jessica Brody may come out with another book because of the cliff ending, but as of right now, no. There is not a series. (less)

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Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
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In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Kennedy Rhodes turns down an acceptance to an elite private school, instead choosing to stay at her high school and jump at the opportunity to date the boy of her dreams. Three years later, Kennedy walks in on that same boyfriend cheating with her best friend—and wishes
alice (arctic books)
I'm marking this as a DNF at this time, which makes me incredibly disappointed.

This multiverse/parallel universe story started off pretty strong, introducing a fun family with an overachieving girl, Kennedy Rhodes. Though I found it silly that Kennedy would drop the school over a BOY (but to each their own, I guess), I was intrigued to see how Kennedy would play out in a different world based on one different decision.

However, I'm deciding to not finish this novel due to some internalized misog
Fafa's Book Corner

Mini review:

I was really looking forward to reading this. I loved the synopsis and couldn't wait to start it. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

My problem was the main character. I found her to be utterly annoying and crazily over dramatic. I have no idea if she improved, I didn't have it in me to see for myself.

I have a feeling people will still enjoy this. Recommend.
Maé (readwithmae)
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at 31%

I kinda liked the concept of this book, but the characters was just infuriating and very sexist, being horrified at the fact that she became a "girly girl" in her other life, like it was a bad thing (along with the fact that she is obviously too good for make up, because it's "fake and misleading"). Anyway, I could keep reading this book but I don't want to spend my time reading some sexist lines.
Gray Cox
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is the equivalent of a pop song.

Enjoyable, fluffy, and totally a guilty pleasure.

Did I get anything out of this?


Was it cliche?


Did I secretly enjoy it?

Also yes.
Taylor Ramirez
What’s this? I actually like a YA Contemporary book? This hasn’t happened in a very long time. This book was excellent with an interesting premise, a wonderful message about regret and even pretty good anti-establishment message that didn’t come off too preachy. At time it was incredibly predictable and the main character wasn’t the smartest in the world but there are some great twists and Brody wrote some excellent characters. I look forward to reading more books by Brody.


“May I sugge
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary
*Rating* 3-3.5

*Full Review Pending*

Not an original concept, but it is an intriguing idea of parallel universes. However, I guess I will remain against those who willingly cheat on another person be it with their spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or best friend. It is inconceivable to me that our heroine would be willing to forgive so easily. Life is too short to just allow yourself to be abused and then laugh it off.
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, contemporary, ya, library
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I mostly enjoyed this parallel life tale. There was one thing that I wish the author would not have pursued, but still liked the majority of the story.

•Pro: I am a fan of parallel universe stories, and this one had a little touch of It's a Wonderful Life in how Kennedy's alternate choice affected all those in her world.

•Con: I would have been fine with the cheating part of the book, if it had just served as the impetus for Kennedy rethinking her choice, but I just was not a fa
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
So much fun. I enjoyed this book immensely. It did drag a little bit, and it was a little predictable, but it didn't take away from the overall experience. I was jubilant with how the story turned out, especially the ending.
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
It was an okay read. I didn’t love it or hate it, it just wasn’t that memorable. Also, the main character Kennedy was pretty annoying. She felt really immature, naive, and so self-centered so it was kind of hard to like her. She redeemed herself in the end so that was good. I just wish the story was as beautiful as the cover haha.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
To start off, I didn't have any expectations for this book so I wasn't disappointed by it. I did have many problems with it and the biggest one is that I found Kennedy to be naive and kind of clueless. She wanted to attend the Windsor Academy since 6th grade and when she applied she was wait listed until right before her freshman year when a spot opens up. This is exactly what she wants, but just a week earlier the boy she has a crush on asked her out. She has to choose between attending the sch ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining The Road Not Taken meets It's a Wonderful Life high school mashup. Although the story is predictable, it does have a positive message about following your bliss and being true to your values.
Paula  Phillips
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For the past three years, Kennedy Rhodes has been keeping a big secret from her family. All her life, she wanted to attend Windsor Academy and that dream nearly came true until she gave it all up for a guy named Austin. Yes, you heard correctly - Kennedy chucked everything away for a high school romance. Now three years later, she has accomplished resurrecting a school newspaper and winning awards but is she truly happy as she constantly checks the Windsor website and wonders What If ? Especiall ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I honestly loved this book! I always think about how my life would be different if I'd made other choices, especially since I moved around a bit when I was a kid, and this book really captured the feeling. The ending was also perfect, and while there was little romance, I felt myself getting lost in Kennedy's story of self-discovery more and more.

For the people who DNF'd this book because of how Kennedy made fun of her other self for having makeup and girly things, get over yourselves. It's in t
Briana Yanson
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book because it showed a sense of mystery. Kennedy showed curiosity by trying to figure out who was selling stolen exams to other students.
Aug 09, 2016 marked it as to-read
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars
Sumaya Musse
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Will review soon!
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I picked this up on a whim at the library so I had no expectations because I’ve never heard of this book before, but I wasn’t disappointed or satisfied by this book. I don’t even really know how I feel about this book haha so I’m just gonna make a list:

- I FLEW through this book. It’s 450 pages and as I was reading it I couldn’t believe that I was already on this page!
- Frankie is my FAVE character!!!
- this was a really cool concept.
- kind of enjoyable

- not even half way through this
Quick read (despite its length). Thoughtful insights into topical issues. Maybe a little more balance needed.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was enjoying this story until the end. I did not like the ending.
Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books

I received a review copy from Macmillan Intl in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

In A Nutshell: In Some Other Life is Freaky Friday meets a little physics in a high schooler’s story of a choice that changed her life. As an added bonus, there’s also a very swoony boy.

I’ve heard about the wonderfulness of Jessica Brody’s books from various blogger friends, especially her Unremembered trilogy and so, when I s
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Jessica Brody writes cute contemporary novels that don't take themselves too seriously. Her characters are funny and relatable and I find myself understanding why they do what they do, even if I don't always agree with their decisions. Everything in her novels is chill and easygoing, which I happen to love.

I also happen to hate In Some Other Life with a passion. The premise of the story is actually a trope I very much enjoy—MC gets to travel to a parallel universe! But sadly, the main character,
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three years ago Kennedy chose a boy over the school of her dreams. She knew it wasn’t the right thing to do so she never told anyone she got off the waitlist. It stings a little extra when she walks in on her boyfriend with her best friend, and on top of that, she ruins her interview with Colombia, her dream university. In a desperate act, Kennedy visits Windsor Academy to convince them to let her attend the school. Before she leaves campus, Kennedy is knocked out. When she wakes up, she finds h ...more
Kathy Martin
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about choices and decisions.

Kennedy Rhodes made a decisions three years earlier between a boy and a prestigious school. She and the boy have been together for three years. She's the editor in chief of the school newspaper which she revived when she started ninth grade. She is determined to get into Columbia's School of Journalism. She has a mother who is a partner in a law firm and a stay-at-home father who is getting ready for his first gallery show featuring his photography. S
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-authors

Jessica Brody's books are seriously THE BEST! There's just something about them that always gets me. The characters are always so loveable. There's always that one character that's so delightfully nerdy. And the love interests? Well, they're pretty darn irresistible!

I'll admit that I was a bit hesitant to read IN SOME OTHER LIFE. The reviews I had seen had been mixed; however, I'm happy I gave it a chance. It was exactly what I needed in my life this past week. Witty & adorable, it had
Crystal Black
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm usually not a big fan of this author I read about half of A Week of Mondays and I absolutely hated it but this book was surprisingly good I had 0 expectations for it but this book was good the one thing I didn't like is how forgiving this character was to some things people did(view spoiler) ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a really good YA book that adults will enjoy. A different take on the storyline of a character who regrets the oath they took in life , bumps their head wakes up in the other life they wish they had chosen. Kennedy chose to go to the public high school because of a boy then discovers her best friend with him one day So she wakes up attending the prestige Windsor Academy the high school she regretted not going to. But the reality is every decision has consequences & realiz ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
WOW! A+ for a book I picked up randomly on a whim!

I’ve been reading a lot of multiverse theory books lately (Pivot Point, Maybe in Another Life, etc) and I am really enjoying this style of book.

I loved Kennedy. She was so easy to read about, and I loved her drive to succeed. And her family! Oh my goodness, I loved her family! Frankie was just the cutest, and I liked Kennedy’s relationship with him. The dad was funny and I liked how supportive he was. Kennedy really grew as a character, which ma
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Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager