Book Review: In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

Posted January 25, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari GoldhagenIn Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 13th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.

“In Some Other World, Maybe” by Shari Goldhagen is a very interesting book. Goldhagen starts off as a strong writer with a strong story but then she seems to teeter off somewhere. Goldhagen used a time period that she was familiar with but he story was just really boring. It was really hard to stay focus on some parts of the story because it seemed to move so slowly. This book just seems like it was rushed through the publishing and editing process because it just doesn’t seem to be complete.

In 1992, Adam lived in Florida. He takes his crush to a movie. The movie they end up going to is a movie based off of the famed Eons and Empires comic books. He is looking forward to his date more though. In 1992, Sharon lived in Cincinnati. Sharon never feels like she fits in with her school friends. Sharon ends up going to the Eons and Empires movie alone. Also in 1992, Phoebe is in Chicago. Phoebe is drop dead gorgeous and popular. She wants to go out with this nerd name Ollie. Ollie has been tutoring Phoebe in math and science, plus he lets her cheat off of him during tests.

The story follows these three though their twenties and their thirties. This story seems to be based on the “What if?” These decisions affect their lives and so it wants to show the reader how decisions are important and can change everything. The sex in the story feels so out-of-place. This is supposed to be for a young adult genre and it just didn’t seem to fit at all. I thought it was a little too much for the book. Also an inappropriate relationship with a step-parent didn’t really fit at all either. This story comes down to the fact that it is really slow and boring to me. It has some very well written parts but then other parts weren’t written as well. I was very disappointed.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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