Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Someone Else's Love Story

At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her s...


Details Someone Else's Love Story

TitleSomeone Else's Love Story
ISBN9780062105653
Author
Release DateNov 19th, 2013
PublisherWilliam Morrow
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit
Rating

Reviews Someone Else's Love Story

  • Will Byrnes
    2013-05-15
    I guarantee that when you reach the end of this novel the sound you hear will be coming from your own mouth, 'Awwwwwwwwww.' The last book I read and reviewed before this was David Vann’s magnificent Goat Mountain. Outstanding stuff, heavy with content, violent, dark. Someone Else’s Love Story, while not the opposite, is certainly worlds away. An antidote. Maybe chicken feathers for the soul. The book opens with a poem by Emily Dickenson: “H...
  • Elyse
    2013-09-10
    Update .... love this book..$1.99 kindle special today. From start to the wonderful ending ... it's just great! Perfect for summer!! Update: Several great deals this holiday season: This book is $1.99 today on Kindle!!!I thought it was sooo much fun...all the way to the ending! I could not put this book down!! This book kept me company while not feeling too well ---PERFECT CHOICE --GREAT SURPRISE DISCOVERY! Of course I don't want to give anything...
  • Jessica
    2013-05-08
    Ahem.Excuse me a moment, while I get out my feminist soap box.Okay. This is going to be a tricky book to review from up here and this is why: rape plays a significant role in the plot of this book and I’m not sure I was comfortable with the way that it was portrayed. This book doesn’t come out for six more months, but I kind of wonder about the fact that no one’s thought about putting the brakes on it given the recent troubling events in St...
  • Cheri
    2013-05-18
    Edit: Available on Kindle for $1.99 Shandi is a young woman who believes in miracles, with faith in immaculate conceptions, struggling to finish college and raise her own three year old mini-genius and major miracle, Nathan, aka "Natty Bumppo" with some help from her Mom, her friend Walcott, Walcott's "Momses" and some financial help from Shandi's Dad, despite his new wife and Shandi's half-siblings. Shandi isn't lacking in the love department, s...
  • Valentina
    2013-10-29
    I didn’t really understand what this book was trying to be. Although it does have romantic elements, the story is too strange to really be considered a romance. I think that the author tried to do too many things, mixing too many genres at once.It’s hard to create a believable love story with a character like William, one of the protagonists. He is supposed to have Asperger’s syndrome, but it is not a well developed aspect of his character....
  • Rashika (is tired)
    2013-09-15
    This was one of those rare books that I knew would be good before I even got into it. Even if I was surprised by some of the turns it took.I mean a book that has an epigraph with the lines of my favorite poem (and one of the few I actually know); well let’s just say we were meant to be.I have no idea where to start though.I’ve re-read certain parts of this book multiple times, I’ve had more than a week to think about it yet I am completely ...
  • Ionia
    2013-10-27
    This is a tough one! I enjoyed parts of this book immensely and other parts I simply thought were okay. I am trying to come down off of my ivory tower of feminist idealism to write this review in the most non-judgmental way that I can. While I do see that Joshilyn Jackson is exploring the grey area between black and white thinking in this novel, there were some things that I just didn't get. The questionable decisions of the main character at tim...
  • Megan
    2014-01-04
    What happened to this book? It started as a light and quirky story of a young woman with a breezily dysfunctional family and a precocious child, and quickly deteriorated into a mess of of unfinished story lines, awkward transitions, and an extended and very uncomfortable commentary on the gray nature of rape. By the end of the book, Shandy, the main character, turned into an erratic and unlikable character who could not be wished on anyone's happ...
  • Kerry Ann Morgan
    2013-11-20
    I had big expectations for Someone Else’s Love Story—the kind that can be scary for a writer if they know how much we anticipate from their shiny strings of words and disappointing to a reader if those words don’t flash like diamonds.Someone Else’s Love Story did not disappoint.The opening scene is like a bad joke: a meth head, an autistic genius, a too-young mom, and a brilliant toddler born from a virgin walk into a convince store . . ....
  • Zoeytron
    2013-09-21
    Thoroughly enjoyable story that jerked me to attention with the opening sentence and did not let go until the end. With just a handful of pages remaining, I still didn't know how things were going to play out. I call that a job well done.The characterizations reign supreme here. Shandi, Natty, Walcott, William, and Paula were made very real to me. The author's way with words was stellar. Nothing too flowery - it would not have fit with the story....
  • Diane Barnes
    2014-09-20
    This is such a beautiful book it's hard to know how to review it. Maybe by starting with what it isn't. It is NOT a romance. A love story, sure, but not just one. Many, many kinds of love come into play in this story, as many kinds of love as there are people. The characters are real and flawed and kind and stupid, but Joshilyn Jackson manages to find the "possibility of good" in all of them. The book starts out with a robbery gone wrong, then go...
  • Jessica
    2013-09-10
    I never felt comfortable while reading this book until the very end. This is fitting; this is right. None of the characters are fully comfortable with each other (or, let's be honest, even with themselves) either. And that's perfectly okay, because this book isn't about fitting in, but about finding the right fit. Shandi Pierce is struggling through figuring out what has even happened in her own life, forget about trying to figure out what's goin...
  • Sonja Arlow
    2016-12-06
    Sometimes you must break yourself apart to become whole again.There are some authors who can dish up anything and I will happily tuck in. Joshlyn Jackson is one of those. Although not my favourite, this story was the perfect end to my spree of fluff reads.Shandi is on her way to start a new life for herself and her savant 3-year-old. A quick pit stop at a convenience store on route changed the projection of her life forever. But then again, a hos...
  • Jan
    2013-10-13
    Someone once said, when asked why she was still single, "I've met the man I'd marry and the man who'd marry me and the two are not the same" and this story reminded me of that old quote. There are several over-lapping love stories, some of which are a surprise, not only to the reader but to the people involved in this story as well. I loved the characters and their quirkiness, haunted William, brilliant little Nathan, Shandi and Walcott. Jackson ...
  • Judy Collins
    2014-01-27
    Joshilyn Jackson's SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY, a complex, brilliantly written and inspiring love story! I recently discovered this author through some other fellow authors; Wow, so glad I did---Since then been catching up with her back list. Southern Jackson is highly talented ; creative and love the way she thinks "outside the box" not afraid to tackle any issue.Highly recommend the audio version--Jackson is the narrator, which is always special...
  • Jana
    2013-12-05
    I love Joshilyn Jackson. I'll read anything she writes. This one however, while I thoroughly enjoyed her description, left me cold. There was way too much stuff going on that got brushed aside or explained away in an effort to make some kind of point that all life is a miracle, that coincidences are not coincidences. For example, the heroine Shandi's 3-yr-old is the result of date rape. Shandi doesn't seem to have had a life up until the point sh...
  • namericanwordcat
    2017-05-16
    There is a so much to love about this b0ok. The lyrical writing, amazing characters, details of place and time.This isn't a romance really (exactly) as the actual couples (there are two) spend most of the book apart but we do get Happily Ever Afters that are well earned,Our hero is a brilliant neurodivergent and utterly wrecked with grief and rage. We get his love story in flashback. He is the king of romantic gestures and has an amazing bestie. ...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2013-05-15
    The moment William Ashe stepped in front of her three year old son to protect him from the gunman in Circle K, twenty one year Shandi Pierce recognised the stranger as her destiny, a truth William seemed to confirm in a whisper as Shandi hovered over him after he was shot saving their lives. Though Shandi believes William to be her saviour, her soul mate, and as a geneticist, the man able to help her identify her son's father, William's heart, an...
  • Ashley
    2013-11-08
    I can't stand this book for one main reason. There is a rape at the core of this book, and the author writes it very sympathetically with regards to the rapist. I've read Jackson's books in the past, and I've always enjoyed her portrayal of strong southern women. This book grabbed my attention because of the strength of the first chapters. After that, she loses me, and the plot. We've got some side characters that aren't as fleshed out as I would...
  • Tania
    2016-07-13
    3.5 stars. I wanted something light, but something I knew I would enjoy as we were away with friends for the weekend, and this definitely hit the spot. I have to admit I wasn't wild about Shandi, but I loved everyone else, especially William. I was laughing out loud at some of the antics, which was so well done, because there are a lot of sad things happening in the book. I also did not see the big reveal coming. I adore this author, her personal...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2015-11-01
    This was my first Joshilyn Jackson book, and I really enjoyed it. It was everything I love in a book - easy to read, compelling, interesting, with characters I grow to care about. Now my goal is to read all her other books. I highly recommend this book to fans of southern authors and women's fiction.
  • Jill
    2013-12-12
    While I was reading this book, I started inserting little colored stickies to mark Things I Love About This Book. Pretty soon, the whole book looked like it was lost in a sea of Buddhist prayer flags in Kathmandu.This book has so many more layers than I can tell you much about without spoiling it. There is a theme that comes from the poem by Robin Behn, "It Is Not Always Possible To Fall in Love in Blackberry Season" which inspired the author to ...
  • Laura Kay Bolin
    2013-08-02
    Let me begin with, I've not read anything by Joshilyn Jackson before. I've wanted to and even have one of her other books. So when I saw her newest book was going on tour I was thrilled to finally read one of her books. I started reading SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY and as soon as I started reading it...I found it to be odd--not the right word, quirky? Just not what I was expecting. I was interested in the story, but not really committed to the char...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    2013-05-31
    I won't go into a long winded review as I read an uncorrected proof. I had a hard time with the writing, I am not sure why. It just read strange in my head. The main character annoyed me and I have a son on the Autism Spectrum and while I know every individual is different, William did not seem like any autistic person I know. The fact that he was this Thor type in the beginning threw me off, most Aspies I know aren't your usual jocks and tend to...
  • Nicole D.
    2013-07-31
    Joshilyn Jackson is a talented writer whose new works I always look forward to. She has the ability to take what might seem like "chick lit" or a basic "love story" and turn it into something else, something uniquely Jackson. Dark, southern fiction. Well written and interesting, though perhaps not all that realistic. The story starts strong and sucks you right in. The characters are fun and flawed in ways which are entertaining to uncover as the ...
  • Brandice
    2015-03-16
    I really liked Gods in Alabama so I had high expectations for Someone Else's Love Story. It did not deliver. I was caught up in the book at the beginning - it was good, but I would say more than halfway through something shifted. I couldn't see where it was going and didn't until the final few pages. I didn't love the ending. It felt like it kind of ended abruptly actually, which at 300 pages is not something I hope for. Maybe I would've liked th...
  • Molly O'keefe
    2014-08-26
    It lifts off the rails a bit at the end and the way her rape is resolved made me grimace - but everything is complicated and nuanced and heartbreaking. I laughed and cried. I love everything she writes
  • Michelle
    2013-10-06
    Ms. Jackson is the queen of Southern fiction. However, Someone Else’s Love Story veers away from the more specifically Southern elements. While the action occurs in the heart of Dixie, Shandi and William are universal characters. Nothing about them or that happens to them is unique to their location. Rather, the story just happens to unfold in Georgia but could just as easily have occurred anywhere else around the country. What happens to them ...
  • Amy
    2013-10-16
    Joshilyn Jackson seems to have a knack in drawing quirky, but realistic characters, in quirky, but realistic situations. This story of tangled lives that become even more entangled after a robbery at a Circle K, had a lot of the good stuff I look for in a book I read for relaxing. I'd just come off of two more serious (and for me sad/depressing) books so this was a welcome balm. Loved the love the characters have for others, as well as the hurt, ...
  • Amanda
    2014-02-17
    I've really enjoyed other books by Joshilyn Jackson (Between, Georgiain particular), but not this one. (view spoiler)[It's unacceptable to tidy up and excuse a rape, it's unacceptable to use social awkwardness/possible autism spectrum disorder as a tool to excuse a rape. Shandi's obsession with William was weird and stalker-ish, and William's Asperger's characterization didn't ring true for me -- in fact it felt gratuitous and poorly researched. ...