Review: On The Other Side (Carrie Hope Fletcher)

Genre: Magical Realism

Rating: ★★


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.

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 . . .

Review: (contain spoilers!)

One of those rare books that I just could not find anything to feel good about… Sure the plot was o-kay, but the characters, dialogues and magical realism just sounds a bit too cheesy. On The Other Side is a poorly executed mash up between The Notebook and For One More Day. And you can imagine my frustration when I realised this.

[ I could not believe how heartless (ha) Evie is towards her husband whom she’s been married for over 50 years. I understand when she got caught up with Vincent, but come on, can’t you give Jim some credit to how happy you became over the years?

I have yet to meet a relationship like Evie and Jim. And everything sounds quite childish in this book. Evie’s 52 and 47 year old children sound like teenagers, bickering all the time (and where the heck are their spouse & children??)

Evie and Vincent had some cheesy dialogues during that first encounter. I really cringed at the thought of them saying those words at the age of 27 and 28 respectively.

And the time period surrounding this book was very weird. It sounds like Evie’s conservative parents are from pre-WWII but Eddie had a phone and Vincent was wearing tights.

Ah well..


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