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The Opposite of Everyone

by Joshilyn Jackson

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
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    Feb 2016, 352 pages
    Oct 2016, 352 pages

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Jane R. (Tucson, AZ) (12/03/15)

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I am sorry to say that I didn't finish this book. I read all but the last 25 or so pages but just couldn't stay interested. I thought the writing was immature and the character not believable. I have worked with foster children for 15 years and the book just didn't ring true to me.
Power Reviewer Catherine H. (Nashua, NH) (12/01/15)

Sorry but not for me this time...
As I was reading this book, I wondered if this was the same author who wrote such a poetic story as "The girl who stopped swimming" or sad and tender "Grown up kind of pretty"?

"The opposite of everyone" is the story Paula and her mother "Kai" and of a troubled childhood which I thought hard to believe in. Some of the vocabulary and style was sometimes trashy and vulgar.

As I said, sorry but not for me this time....
Dona H. (Muskegon, MI) (11/30/15)

Strong appeal
At first I wasn't sure Paula wasn't just another hard boiled detective/lawyer, but this story is so much more. The suspenseful story of her current life and flashbacks to her broken family drew me in emotionally to the very end. I'm sure reading groups would find plenty to discuss here. I hope to read more by Joshilyn Jackson.
Teresa R. (Evansville, IN) (11/29/15)

Not Joshilyn Jackson's Best
The premise of this book is very good, but there was way too many of her mother's fairy tales for me. Reminded me of "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry". Another book that was just too mythical for me. Loved the bones of this book, just wish it had less mysticism.
Amy M. (Southlake, TX) (11/29/15)

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Thank you to Book Browse for the ARC of The Opposite of Everyone, by Joshilyn Jackson, I am anxious to share this book with Carroll Senior High Book Club, Southlake, TX. Once I got into this book, I was hooked. Having just recently losing my mother, I was caught up in the mother/daughter dynamics and how her mother, Kai, despite many shortcomings, always wanted her daughter to be proud of her roots and succeed in life. This book is full of love, twists, and finding the true meaning of family and real love. I loved the ending and how everything came together so sweetly, despite some unpleasantness along the way. I hope readers will give this book a chance and learn as much about themselves as I did.
Power Reviewer Joan P. (Owego, NY) (11/28/15)

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I am an impatient reader and always feel annoyed when a plot thread is interrupted for a flashback or in this case a mythological tale. Joshilyn Jackson is a skilled writer and in her hands this device is well done and makes sense. This was the best way to explain the characters and how their history made them who they are. Having taught twelve year olds for close to fifty years, I never quite understood the bond between a child and a dysfunctional parent. Kai, the mother, kept her children, Paula the angry one, Julian the one she gave away, and the child she left behind when she died, tied to her with her great love. This is a great book for book clubs. There is a lot to discuss.
Dorinne D. (Wickenburg, AZ) (11/27/15)

An Unusual Tale
Upon reading the first few pages of this book, I was prepared to dislike it. The characters and the language were not in my field of interest, I thought. But the farther into the story I got, the more the story grabbed me. The development of the main character, Paula Vauss a/k/a Kali, was outstanding. The gypsy life she led with her mother, the strength of character she developed over the years, her acute insight in difficult situations, her ability to overcome all the obstacles to become a successful lawyer - this turned out to be a story worth savoring, and I did savor it, down to the last word.
Mary Ann B. (Louisville, KY) (11/25/15)

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I must confess, I am a fan of all of Joshilyn Jackson's work, and this novel did not disappoint.

This story is about Karen Vauss ( a character from Someone Else's Love Story. Karen has had a tough and unusual upbringing to say the least. She also has many faults, but you are rooting for her to find happiness. That's the thing about Jackson's books. All her characters have many issues, but she has you keeping your fingers crossed, that they succeed, or at least find some happiness.

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