BOOK REVIEW | On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I've followed Carrie Hope Fletcher for a while on YouTube even before I knew who her brother was. I found her through the black hole of YouTube suggested videos and it was the video of her cutting her long hair for charity that led me to her. 

As I love reading it was only natural that I would buy a copy of her book On The Other Side and wanted to include it on my blog. 


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BOOK REVIEW | On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

The tag line "A love story like no other..." is fairly true and the book isn't like any other I've read or that I can think of.

In truth, I wasn't a huge fan of the book. It was odd but not in a good way. It wasn't terrible and some parts I really liked but would I read a second book if it became a series then probably not.

Evie seems to be a perfect human with no obvious flaws. When she dies a peaceful death in her 80s she doesn't make it to heaven.

Heaven isn't white fully clouds and there was no Saint Peter with his keys to the Kingdom, instead, heaven is the time and place you were at your happiest. (I adore this concept) For Evie, this was when she was 27.

At the age of 27 she's allowed to get a job and move into a flat but is given a time line of 12 months to get a better job and if she does she can stay in that life or she has to return home and marry the man of her mothers choosing. Her mum seems like a right bitch if I'm honest.

For Evie to get into her heaven she has to make her soul light enough to pass and with a little guidance from the ex-buildings manager, she discovers she has to put right three wrongs that occurred.

There are elements of magical realism that work so very well in this and are beautifully written. If you've read the book I'm thinking of how her daughter finds out about Evie's job. I also liked the giant cat and the way she passed into "reality"

Other elements I hated. The tree is where I'm going with this. I hate, hate, hated this. I don't feel like it was needed or added anything to the story and it was slightly disturbing. Although if the tree stays the storm concept worked.

I think Carrie shows real promise but this book didn't work for me. The perfect nature of a lot of the people, the imperfect people weren't rounded enough. I also hated the Surnames used. Thankfully she avoided my pet hate of alliteration but she stuck to a theme of seasons and weather. I'm not sure if I missed this being a key to anything but I found it unnecessary and I did wince a few times.

I also found it hard to place a time line on events as it felt like both the 27-year-old Evie and 80-year-old Evie lived in the present day. Event tracking back to if she died in 2017 and was 27 in the 1960s it didn't work for me. Maybe this is me being picky.

Other things that didn't work is that her boyfriend sexuality is mentioned fleetingly, he's bisexual and this is never mentioned again. I mean it really doesn't need to be mentioned again but why mention it if it isn't going to be important. I mean those last few chapters and it could have been perfect. I could almost fanfic rewrite a few chapters and I've just thought of a brilliant new ending but do you need to be a fan to write fanfic?

I didn't hate it, I laughed in part. Some concepts showed real promise but I don't know if it was edited badly or time was short but some of it just didn't work.

It's rare that I would write a review of a book that I give less than 3 or 4 stars to but I felt like I needed to get some of the things I'd been pondering off my chest.

Would I recommend this book - Maybe? Are you a CHF fan? If so then yes.

Would I read other books by the same author? Maybe, if they are in the same series. I don't think I would but with new characters and a different theme then yes, I wouldn't write off reading more.

Rating out of 5 - 2.5. I've thought about this a lot and for me, it wasn't awful and there was no point where the book was making it to the did not finish pile but I just didn't get that buzz of I don't want it to end. I don't feel like I can round it up to three.

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20 comments

  1. On the other side sounds interesting to me. I enjoy reading love stories and like unique stories.

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    1. You wouldn't probably enjoy this then, there was something I just couldn't get on with it x

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  2. I appreciate such an honest review. I do like a bit of magic realism but it can be tricky to get right!

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    1. I was really torn about posting the review at all. I felt like I needed to brain dump my thoughts and then decided to turn it to a post. For me it just wasn't right x

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  3. Shame it wasn't that great a book although interesting at parts I think that I'd probably give it a miss myself.

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    1. Sadly it's not one I can recommend, it did have it's good parts but I couldn't get on with it x

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  4. Sounds like an interesting concept but shame the book didn't live up to expectations

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    1. It could have been really good but for me it just didn't work.

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  5. This sounds like a rather intriguing storyline! I confess I have no idea who the author is (or who her brother is?) but the story line sounds rather interesting. Might check it out as I'm on a reading binge at the moment!

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    1. She's a youtuber and her brother was in McFly x

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  6. Sounds like a great read, I just wish I had time to read more.

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    1. Sadly I found it the opposite. I'm lucky that I get to read on my commute to and from workx

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  7. I've been meaning to pick up Carrie's books, I do like the sound of the storyline so I might still give it a go! xo

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    1. Worth a try, I was really disappointed that I didn't enjoy it as much x

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  8. I haven't read this book, but would probably still attempt to have a go!

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    1. Let me know what you think If you do read it x

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  9. This isn't generally my genre of reading material but it does sound like a good book.

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    1. I found it the opposite, I'm happy to read most genres but this one didn't work for me x

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  10. This sounds like a great and romantic book. I haven't read any of hers yet, but I might grab a book when im out and about - Cecilia x

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    1. Let me know if you like it? I really didn't get on with it x

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