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How To Be Someone Else

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Sometimes it is the one who knows you best who can love you best.

Penny has lived her life letting others take the reins, leaving her to simply follow in line. After completing her senior year of College she’ll join her father’s marketing firm, get married and start a family.

When her parents drop a bomb on her — that they are getting divorced — Penny decides it’s time to s
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Published October 20th 2016
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Lissa Rice
**Two Boundless Stars** Full Review and rating will be up at Boundless Book Reviews
Nicole K
May 31, 2017 Nicole K rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I'm conflicted about this one. The writing was good, but the story itself isn't for me. I found it to be too cheesy and predictable. I also wish there was a little more on Alex and Penny's friendship, situations that would allow us to see for ourselves how close they are as friends instead of telling us.

What I did like about the book was that it was fast-moving. There weren't any unnecessary details slowing down the story line. I'm a big fan of multiple POVs too.

This is the first book I've read
Boundless Book Reviews
I voluntarily received a copy, in exchange for an honest review. 

Ok, I really really wanted to like this book. I loved the cover for one and it just seemed like it was going to interesting. But unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. Penny just acted insanely juvenile to her parents divorce. I honestly thought she was a teenager. In my mind, that’s what I imagined. But no she’s in her Twenties. Alex, her best friend, whose in love with her. He was just over the top. I understood he cared for her, but i
Alexandra Zaytseva
Nov 01, 2016 Alexandra Zaytseva rated it did not like it
What seemed like an interesting, “find yourself” sort of novel, turned out to be an absolute disappointment.


- THE IDEA was decent. It could have been written in a more captivating way. Penny, struggling with her parents divorce, the whole life turning upside down – seemed like an interesting plot to start with.

- PJ and her influence as a writer and mentor. Actually an interesting twist at the end of the book when it comes to PJ. Look out for it!

- Penny being an avid reader and a
Susan Robinson
Sep 22, 2016 Susan Robinson rated it it was amazing
This was the first book of Rachel's I've read and I have to say it makes me want to read everything else she's written. It's a must dive in and read because she creates a beautiful story about finding yourself, learning to fall in love, and how to comeback from the mistakes you might make.

Penny's story is one so many women can relate to, and hopefully be reminded that as we find ourselves going through these transitions we must continue to offer ourselves second chances. Another chance at life,
Talina | Sassy & Dangerous
Sep 14, 2016 Talina | Sassy & Dangerous rated it really liked it
Full to review to come closer to release date!

HOW TO BE SOMEONE ELSE is the first book I've picked up from Del and after finishing it today, I'll definitely be picking up her other titles. This story is about heartbreak, friendship and love, and most importantly, finding yourself. Del's latest novel will tug at reader's heartstrings and make you flip the page like there's no tomorrow.

Definitely a story I recommend to anyone who loves a great New Adult contemporary!
Lisa Harman
Sep 16, 2016 Lisa Harman rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! Rachel never disappoints. Couldn't put it down... I can definitely relate to Penny and I'm sure a lot of readers will feel the same. How to Be Someone Else hits close to home on so many levels. A must read for sure!
Mariah Smith (Vibin With Books)

Review to come!
J.C. Hannigan
Dec 11, 2016 J.C. Hannigan rated it really liked it
How To Be Someone Else is the first novel I've had the pleasure of reading by Rachel Del. The plot and subject struck home for me-like Penny, my parents divorced in my late teens/early twenties and I had a challenging time picking myself up. I think in a lot of ways, when your parents divorce later in life it hits you harder. You begin to question everything you thought you once knew with certainty, because surely if you were wrong about your parents love then you're wrong about everything else. ...more
Andrea C.
Feb 06, 2017 Andrea C. rated it really liked it
"That was the first moment where I felt the shift. I knew that there would be something about that summer that would change me. It was already beginning."

"How to be someone else" is one of those books that at first may seem confusing but as you go through the pages you can see the complete image and realize that this book is a love story with the character as a person and with the love of her life. It's all about personal growth, accepting who we are, valuing the people who actually love us and
The Late Night Reader
Oct 20, 2016 The Late Night Reader rated it really liked it
Originally posted on The Late Night Reader

[I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review]

How To Be Someone Else is the newest novel by Rachel Del and brings us the story of Penny Williams. She’s always let everyone else make decisions for her, following along as a bystander in her own life. The girl who had her future planned out. She had her boyfriend Matt, whom she was going to marry and have a family with. She was going to graduate college and work at her dad’s marketing firm
Mamma Knows Books
Oct 20, 2016 Mamma Knows Books rated it it was amazing
How To Be Someone Else by Rachel Del is one of those books that you are unable to put down. The story takes a hold of you and holds you captive until the very end. This is the first book of Rachel’s that I have read and it certainly will not be my last!

The story revolves around Penny and Alex. Both characters have been best friends for the past 9 years, with things never developing further between them. Your brought on quite an emotional journey that many readers may have experienced themselves,
ACSquared Book Blog
Oct 18, 2016 ACSquared Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There are so many things I want to say about this book, but there's so much that can be said that would give away too much.

I have a soft spot for Penny, no one deserves to go through what she went through. Parents going through a divorce is so hard, and in Penny's case I think it is 10 times worse. How she deals with it though? That drove me insane. In this book I loved Penny just as much as a I hated Penny. She was so insightful and real, but at the same time I hated that. The realness of this
Aurora Hale (Whoo Gives A Hoot)
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I generously received an ARC from YABound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review...

This is the first book that I have been fortunate enough to read from author Rachel Del and I can happily tell you that it will not be my last. When I first came across this book on YA Bound Book Tours I jumped at the opportunity to read and review it. The cover was what immediately drew me to this book and once I read the synopsis I was hooked.

How To Be Someo
Oct 03, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
I started following Rachel Del on Instagram, intrigued by the fact that she is a Canadian writer living in the States, and also that her son is close to Marko's age. I'd interacted with her a few times on Instagram, and then requested a review copy of her upcoming book, How to Be Someone Else.

I honestly didn't know what to expect when I started this book, especially because it was my very first indie read. While it didn't blow me away, it was a very sweet and heartfelt book that hit all the righ
Jinting Toh
Feb 15, 2017 Jinting Toh rated it really liked it
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Feb 04, 2017 Elise rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-52-books
This book is one that I had been looking forward to reading - it was one that I had wanted to read because I had read other books by Rachel Del before and I liked them. And this one seemed like it would resonate with me a little bit more.

I liked it, but I feel like I could have liked it more. I think that part of the problem was that I loved Penny so much and I wanted to reach through my Kindle and slap her as I was reading. And another part of me wanted to grab Penny and have her tell me how I
Nov 11, 2016 Helen-Marie rated it really liked it
I'd like to thank Rachel Del for providing me the ARC to How To Be Someone Else. This book needs to be made into a movie. I could see Mila Kunis playing Penny and Alex being played by Chris Galya. This story was beautiful and heartbreaking.

Penny is dealing with how to handle her parent's divorce and is on a personal journey trying to overcome that heartache while trying to discover who she really is. She experiences so many emotions - as does the reader. You will fall in love with her passion f
Kristin  Buckner
Oct 23, 2016 Kristin Buckner rated it it was amazing
This book really resonated with me. I haven’t been in any of the situations Penny finds herself in, but I still saw myself in her somehow. Penny is a thinker and an achiever who hasn’t taken control of her life. When her parents announce their divorce she realizes that she hasn’t ever done anything in her life and sets out to change that. She makes poor decisions (what 21 year old hasn’t) but eventually realizes what she really wants in life.

Alex is Penny’s best friend. He is four years older th
Jessica S
Oct 11, 2016 Jessica S rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC from the author. All opinions in this review are my own.*

This is the first full-length novel from Rachel Del, and I really enjoyed it! The story centers on Penny, a young woman whose life and future are thrown into question when her parents announce they are getting a divorce. What follows is her journey of trying to take control of her life, making mistakes and great revelations in the process. I thought the characters in this novel were so relatable, and Rachel really captur
Theresa Sopko
Sep 28, 2016 Theresa Sopko rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an ARC of Rachel Del’s upcoming release, How To Be Someone Else, which is a New Adult romance novel that chronicles the whirlwind of catastrophe and discovery that follows Penny Williams upon the announcement of her parents’ divorce.
Though I’ve never experienced most of the events that Penny does, I found myself easily empathizing with her. Growing up and learning to walk in your brand new adult shoes is hard and confusing. There is always that line betw
Oct 02, 2016 Jordan rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC from the author. All opinions in this review are my own.*

I truly loved this book. As someone who has been through a lot of crazy life happenings outside of my control, I really identified with Penny's struggle and thought process. Rachel captured perfectly the way it feels to have your whole world tilt when your life is ripped apart, and the intense struggle to right it. The internal battle between saying "fuck it, I'm just going to do my own thing and not care," and actually
This book sounded really promising, but it did fall a little short for me. The biggest problem being that I could not connect with any character in this book. I thought that Penny totally over reacted to her parents divorce for a 21 year old. I felt like I was reading a YA book starring adult characters. There was nothing that really drew me to Alex either.
The plot twist really got me. I most definitely did not see it coming, but it also did not work for me. It seemed terribly forced and tossed
Amy Shannon
Oct 20, 2016 Amy Shannon rated it really liked it
Multiple POVs

Penny. Alex. Matt. Two duos of friends. Alex and Penny. Penny and Matt. Alex and Matt, not so much. I like the way this story played out. The beginning gave us insight into Penny's newest tragedy, the break up of her family. She thinks differently than she speaks, which is a realistic trait. I liked this story and how the characters were real, very real. Real emotions, real chemistry and real thoughts. "I did it because I needed a reminder. I needed to know that I was still in there
Oct 22, 2016 ***Cheryl*** rated it really liked it
This was a great story from Rachel Del. This the first book I have read from the author but I really enjoyed it.

The story is really about Penny and the journey she goes on the find herself. The story is well written and had a good pace. I found it really easy to connect with Penny and I think it was because the author really allowed us to get to know Penny as a women and the journey she was going on. The sotry had me hooked and I wanted to keep reading. It was an emotional story at times and I t
Jenny Bravo
Dec 18, 2016 Jenny Bravo rated it it was amazing
Ah! This book! Rachel is masterful in her characterization of Penny and Alex, balancing both of their voices in a beautiful way. I love this story. I love this ending.

Probably my favorite line: "Your life is just more... textbooks and plaid, button down shirts."

This is a great journey of a book, and I think Rachel did a fantastic job of showing authentically human reactions and interactions. You're not going to want to put this down!
Oct 25, 2016 Kory rated it really liked it
Wow! I absolutely loved this book. I fell in love with Rachel's characters in her other books, and I wasn't wrong in thinking I'd love this book just as much. Penny's story is one that I think many women can relate to, and that mixed with such a good story made this book a huge hit for me.
Rachel Del
Sep 13, 2016 Rachel Del rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I simply cannot wait for you to read the Penny/Alex love story. Hopefully you will love them as much as I do!
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Rachel Del is a head-in-the-clouds introvert, homebody and thirty-something writer currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and three-year-old son. Originally from Ontario, Canada she is the operations manager for an indie book publisher, and spends her free time reading, writing and drinking far too much black coffee.

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