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Dorinne D. (Wickenburg, AZ)
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)
The Opposite of Everyone
I must confess, I am a fan of all of Joshilyn Jackson's work, and this novel did not disappoint.
Marion C. (Litchfield, NH)
I Was Born Blue
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.
THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE is the perfect title for this cunning, captivating and delightful novel that hits home in a few spots. "I was born blue," completes the circle of this enchanting novel when Paula Vauss, a divorce lawyer in Georgia, receives a note from her mother that reads: "I am going on a journey, Kali, I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. .." The rich stories of Georgia lore and Karma make this novel charming. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as the novel moves along fast and a surprise ending neatly ties everything together. I will be reading Joshilyn Jackson's other novels as her writing is distinctive and enjoyable.
Diane D. (Mount Pleasant, SC)
Jackson is a great writer!
I'm a big fan of everything Joshilyn Jackson has written and this book did not disappoint!!! Her characters have such depth and are so real. I love her story development with flashbacks to the past. I get so wrapped up when reading her books, I don't know where the time goes!! I highly recommend this book!
Mary Lou F. (Naples, FL)
This book shows no matter what, family always wins out. The complications involved with a dysfunctional family also show that things can turn around with faith and hope.
Roe P. (Massapequa Park, NY)
How we carry our childhood memories forward
This book started a little slow for me...but soon picked up when I realized this was the story of a young woman who still carried a burden of an incident that took place when she was a child...Joshilyn Jackson does a terrific job of melding the characters of the story and giving the reader a feeling of friendship with each of them. The story also has humorous moments. After the first few chapters the reader has no choice but to read through in an effort to discover where this journey will take Paula. Give this book the chance it deserves and I promise you will love it as much as I did.
Sue J. (Brookfield, WI)
Joshilyn Jackson hit a home run with "The Opposite of Everyone". I read it over the weekend and couldn't put it down. The main character Paula worms her way into your heart a little bit at a time. Living an unconventional childhood, she makes a "911" call that puts her mother in jail and she is sent to a group home. That wasn't the outcome Paula was expecting and she incurs a debt to her mother that follows her throughout adulthood. I highly recommend this book, it was a great read!
Donna W. (Wauwatosa, WI)
The Opposite of Everyone
In this book a young lawyer's troubled past catches up with her present life. The author seamlessly weaves past and present events together to tell a beautiful story about family.
Quirky and appealing characters, an engaging story, and honest dialogue made this a great book! From the very first pages I couldn't put it down. The characters were so real to me, and their story was so believable that I felt myself immersed in their lives.
I highly recommend this book!!