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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  921 ratings  ·  226 reviews
This Is Us for teens, this luminous and heartbreaking contemporary novel follows a girl caught between two brothers as the three of them navigate family, loss, and love over the course of two summers. For fans of Far From the Tree, Emergency Contact, and Nina LaCour.

Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it was like to have a f
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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cece There is quite a bit of cursing, heavy kissing scenes and implied sex.

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Lauren Lanz
Found family is one of my favourite tropes, though I have yet to read much of it outside the fantasy genre. Some Other Now was a gorgeous contemporary portrayal of the relationships that form between people unrelated by blood, and what happens when tragedy breaks those bonds apart.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

Jessi Rumfield’s parents have been emotionally absent for most of her life. That’s why for almost ten years, Jessi has considered her neighbors (the Cohen brothers and their mom) mor
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eArc via Eldelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

This book is out now! Buy it and give it some love

04/03/2021 - It's been almost 2 weeks since I finished this book and the fact that I can't stop thinking about it is lowkey driving me nuts. I want to reread it so badly but I have so many other books I want/need to read so I'm going to do my best to control myself and not follow through with that :P

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5 stars

This is one of t
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book promised to be a YA This Is Us in literary form and it definitely delivered. Some Other Now was an absolute emotional rollercoaster and I was happy to be along for the ride. You’ll get all the feels from this captivating read about family, both found and lost.
The story follows Jessi Rumfield, a teen who has always felt closer to Mel Cohen than to her own mom, who spent most of Jessi’s childhood deep in depression that led her to be absent from her daughter’s life. Mel and her son
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

4.25/5 Stars

I'm not gonna lie, as soon as I read the words "This Is Us for teens" I was immediately drawn to this book. This novel follows Jessi as she tries to pick up the pieces of what was her life before, when she still had the Cohens to welcome her and to make her laugh. The Cohens have always been a constant in her life, a safe haven where she found the family she felt like she was missing at
Samantha (WLABB)
When Jessi thought of home, the Cohens were the first thing that came to mind. Fate brought Rowen, Luke, and Mel into her life when she needed them most. Her own mother crippled by depression, Mel Cohen served as Jessi's surrogate mother for over a decade. But then Mel got sick, Rowan grew distant, and Jessi's romance with Luke fell apart. After almost a year of silence, Luke reached out to Jessi, asking her to pretend they were back together to make his mother's last days happier, but Jessi str ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4-4.5 stars

Family, found-family, brothers
Feelings brimming over the page

Some Other Now pulled you, emotion-long into the book and I just knew it was going to be tough; tough and stunning. This was a read that reminded of some of my favourite family-friend orientated books like Far From The Tree.

Jessi the protagonist had long existed in her surrogate family with Ro, Luke and their mother Mel. Their home was her home but this book tracked a couple of years where life changed bey
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-s-books
take all my tears and go
Liza Wiemer
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Some Other Now hit home and is going to stay with me for a very, very long time. Although my childhood circumstances were different, there were many things that I had in common with Jessi. I could so relate to the pain Jessi felt of desperately wanting to fit in and have a family to love me, accept me, welcome me. I, too, filled my hours with as many activities as I could to stay busy (or I'd chose to get lost in a really great book.) I, too, didn't feel like I deserved good things in my life... ...more
Abigail Singrey
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was advertised as having a similar feel to This Is Us, and it delivered. Jessi should know better than to start fake-dating her ex, Luke, who hates her, just to make Luke's dying mother happy. "Should" being the operative word. She finds it impossible to resist being pulled back into the Cohens' world. Told in a split timeline, the reader follows Jessi both before and after the horrific event that ripped her relationship with the Cohens apart.

Before: When Jessi was seven, the Cohens be
Adah Udechukwu
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Some Other Now was a nice novel.
Katy Upperman
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I loved this. A lot.
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

TW: Death of a loved one, cancer, depression, family problems, very emotional scenes.

Wow. I have no idea where to start. I did not expect this book to be such an emotional rollercoaster! I feel utterly drained and have never cried so many times when reading one book. That being said, it was also an incredibly well written, smart and interesting read. I don't think I have ever read anything like it. It is so emotional, filled with sadness and heartache but also a lot of love.

The story re
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Wow I'm obsessed with this book! They say it's like a young adult 'This is Us' and I loved that show too.
It has Now and Then chapters going from before and after a tragedy. From when they were happy, carefree friends and a cute new couple to after a death.
So many family issues on both sides to have to process and handle at young ages. Divorce, long term sickness, mental health, good and bad relationship examples. We know one of the main characters died but not how or when but it makes you want t
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Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
i think this book broke my heart
Chloe F
Jul 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
i think i’m going to give this a 4.5. i just loved it and idk why people don’t talk about it. like this is one of the best books i have read in a while.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Some Other Now owns my entire heart. That's it, that's the review.

Okay fine I guess I can't end it there, but wow this book made me feel everything, just everything. From the first page I was completely hooked, somehow already invested in this story. It alternates timelines between the current time, and about a year prior, before Jessi's whole life kind of took a turn. I am going to try
Tabassum Irin (whatirinreads)
I am a huge fan of the show “This is Us”, so when I noticed that Some Other Now’s blurb read that it’s This Is Us for *teens*, I KNEW I HAD TO READ IT. Sadly, the book didn’t completely live up to my expectations, but it was a touching & thought-provoking book nevertheless. There were some parts that I loved, and some parts which I didn’t – that’s all. 😢

Things I loved :
1) The relationship between Jessi and Mel was my favorite thing about the book. ❤ I loved how they were always so “in-sync” with
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
wow this was so good
Aly ∞
Some Other Now
Ratings: 4.56

Initial thoughts:

+ Damn, there's gonna be a love triangle between two brothers and their best friend.

+ I don't think I'll finish this. Sarah Dessen-ish books aren't known to be completely finished by me.

+ Soo is it a love triangle? If not, then why is Ro in the front cover.

+ This is funny.

+ Philippines! ahaha. By a Canadian Author! ahaha. Tagalog! ahaha. POC characters! ahaha. Walmart's "ironclad" return policy! ahaha.

Basically, it hit close to home. (relatable st

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Jul 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-and-free
I'm a simple girl--Sarah Everett writes a book, I buy it.

What if there is something fundamentally wrong, something inside you that chases people away and hurts those who stay? Is there any point in trying to do anything but burrow and wait until the world forgets who you are? Until you forget who you are?

I always know what I will get in her stories, and I happen to really love that. Some themes have stayed consistent across all three of her official books--grief, friendship, psychology, fam
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2021
I'm giving this a 3.5 stars. It was generally enjoyable but had some pacing issues and was a bit melodramatic at parts.

First, I want to say that this is NOT a romance. It's a hard-hitting contemporary with a romantic element, but it's not a romance. I think readers will enjoy this more if they go in without the expectation that this is a romance.

This is a story about a girl named Jessi who has "adopted" the Cohens as her found family because her own parents aren't able to really care for her the
May 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
Jessi grew up among the Cohen family and is equally devastated when they receive horrible news.
The story follows her before tragedy hits and one year later, in the Now, as she tries to make amends.

The found family trope is strong in this one. And it was beautifully incorporated.
The Cohens were an interesting bunch, but Mel, the mother, was the sunshine of the story. Every scene with her felt genuine, safe, and made me look forward to spend more time with her.

And I thought the depression of Jessi
Duchess Brown
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I would love to see this as a miniseries.
Sep 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Yep yep yep yep
Brittany J. (BNJreads)
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
✨Some Other Now thoughts✨

Thank you to @hearourvoicestours and @hmhbooks for the gifted galley of Some Other Now by Sarah Everett @heysaraeverett!

Some Other Now publishes February 2021 and this ended up being the read I needed at this time! Book slump? What book slump? I started it and couldn’t stop picking this one up. I took this photo while my girls were in their morning pre-k sessions and I snuck a few chapters in to myself.

I loved the flipping between thenand now! I just had to find out wh
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC.

This book broke me in such a beautiful way... I honestly have no words except that this is, for sure, one of my favorites of the year.

This book is about family, and how you chose who is family, it’s about grief, how it can eat you alive but also how you can rise from it. It’s about broken people who have a lot of guilt on them but try their best.

I just love it, it’s so wholesome in a way I can’t describe. I fell in love with
Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)
Jessi had a depressive mom, had a substitute mom, had a best friend, had a crush on her best friend’s brother. But everything changed on that fatal day and now Rowan is gone, Luke hates Jessi and Mel is dying. And Jessi’s own mom is getting better after 18 years of depression.

Some other now doesn’t shy away from heavy topics. It deals with depression, terminal illness, death, grief, and more. Don’t expect a romance or a fluffy read because it’s not. It’s a contemporary story that can hit hard.

Caitlyn (delightful.reading)
I don't know how it happened, but by the end of chapter one, I knew two things. One, I was already wishing the best for the Cohens (Mel, Ro, and Luke) and Jessi, and two, this book was going to make me cry. (and it did)

The characters really shine in this novel. They all felt authentic and well-rounded. I was actually surprised how there isn't a single character that is portrayed as irredeemable or wholly good. (I mean Willow and Brent lean towards the latter, but they still didn't feel like they
Brandie Shanae Bridges
This book brought me to tears because the premise of this book is so close to home for me. I loved Jessi, Luke, Mel, and even Rowan even though there were times where he got on my last nerve. But then again what Mel had shared with the family I really can not blame Rowan for his actions to a certain extent. I loved Mel because she reminded me of my mom and I think that is what put me to tears the most. I fell in love with Jessi she was definitely my favorite character. I loved the fact that she ...more
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