Friday, 3 November 2017

On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher | Book Review

Book: On The Other Side

Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Pages: 345 Pages

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased at Waterstones

Rating: 4/5 Stars

A love story like no other, this is the debut novel from Carrie Hope Fletcher, author of the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller All I Know Now.

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-old self and the door won't open.

Evie's soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it's too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .
On the Other Side will transport you to a world that is impossible to forget. Powerful, magical and utterly romantic, this is a love story like no other from everyone's favourite 'big sister', Carrie Hope Fletcher.

This was the perfect mix of romance, magical realism, and just absolute joy that it made for such a lovely read. When I picked this up I was really hopeful that it would fulfill the need that I had for a sweet romance with a bit of angst, and the little bit of magic that I always look for in the summer, and lord it filled up that hole perfectly.

The story of Evie Snow and Vincent Winters is one that i've never heard before. The intensity of their love creates high stakes for the story, which were heightened even more by the fairytale-esque wicked stepfamily vibes that Evie's parents brought to the story. While I wish the parents, specifically her mother had been more fleshed out, I understood why they needed to stand as 2D characters. The family elements of the book, while interesting, were not what really held my attention. 

The secrets on the other hand, those captured my attention and held onto it from the first moment. I won't go into detail, but the way that Evie has to communicate those secrets to her loved ones who are still living made for such an interesting situation. Carrie did a wonderful job of creating a bit of suspense; Evie did her job, but whether or not it was enough to get her loved ones to figure it out, we don't know just yet.

And of course, I can't go through this review without discussing my favourite part - the romance. It was a bit manic-pixie-dream-couple, but honestly? I didn't mind it in this. The relationship felt natural and the magical realism in the novel made the quirky backstories more believable. The relationship was sweet and beautiful and gave me little butterflies all while I was reading it. Carrie is a girl after my own heart - a true romantic.

The only negative part about this book was that, at certain moments, it almost felt as if it was trying too hard to be quotable. Sometimes the sentences sounded weird, or moments went on a bit too long. I'm chalking this up to this being a fiction debut, as I have also read All That She Can See and it's a lot less to nonexistent in that one!

All in all, this was a wonderful summery read that was exactly what I needed when I picked it up. If you're looking for a bit of an angsty romance with lovable characters and a sprinkling of magic, pick this up. 

4/5 Stars.

Happy Reading! 

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