The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch

The Theory of Opposites

What happens when you think you have it all, and then suddenly it’s taken away?Willa Chandler-Golden's father changed the world with his self-help bestseller, Is It Really Your Choice? Why Your Entire Life May Be Out of Your Control. Millions of devoted fans now find solace in his notion that everything happens for a reason. Though Willa isn’t entirely convinced of her father’s theories, she readily admits that the universe has delivered he...

Details The Theory of Opposites

TitleThe Theory of Opposites
Release DateNov 12th, 2013
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Theory of Opposites

  • Jonna Rubin
    First, a word about the author and the process. Winn Scotch self-published this, and one of the reasons she did so was to be able to set her own price to make it affordable for readers. It is tempting to see this as disingenuous, because another benefit to self-publishing is that she doesn't have to pay much overhead to anyone, and that, too, might be true. However, I've been friendly with AWS for a few years now, and have read her blogs/Q&As/see...
  • Robin
    As usual, Scotch has written an excellent and smart adult coming-of-age novel. Willa (short for "William") has lived her entire life under the umbrella of her father’s bestseller, "Is It Really Your Choice? Why Your Entire Life May Be Out of Your Control,” and following this theory has resulted in a fairly secure life with a good marriage and a fast-track job. But when her husband recommends they take a “two-month break,” her life goes ou...
  • Karolyn Sherwood
    Is it me who's changing, or is it chick-lit that's changing?I loved Allison Winn Scotch's first novel, THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST AND FOUND. This novel, THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES? Not so much. Ms. Scotch, whom I adore via Social Media, might prefer to call this Women's Fiction, but it didn't seem to have the gravitas to lift it above Chick Lit, in my opinion. Willa, the protagonist, had a sense of humor, but, like the protagonist in Catherine McKenzie'...
  • Rachel
    It's probably not fair for me to review this since I got half way through and then skipped towards the end. I absolutely hated this book. I hate how blasé the author is about marriage. All her books are like that - unhappy? Just go dig up your long lost love! Ugh. It's insulting to anyone who actually works for their relationships. I seem to be the only one who feels this way, but IMO I think I'm over the author.
  • SheriC (PM)
    This was one of those rare books that, although I didn’t particularly hate anything about it, I just could not force myself to continue. I could not connect with any of the characters in any way, and none of them were interesting, except one fringe character, a 13 year old boy who exploits his father’s death in the 9/11 attack with a sort of cynical pragmatism. Even the plot was uninteresting, because who cares about developments in relations...
  • Claire
    Truly Allison Winn Scotch's best work yet. It grabbed me on the first page and never let go. Her confidence in her ability to tell this story really shines through. She knows these characters and their story and tells it seamlessly. So fun and compelling, and I just loved Willa and Vanessa's friendship. Sure to spark great book club conversations!
  • Jan
    Her name is William because her father wanted a boy. That name was shortened to Willa later in life. Willa's PhD father wrote a very popular book that touts everything in life happens for a reason and there is no such thing as free will. When Willa finds herself with a husband who wants a two month break away from marriage, a 12 year old nephew who moves in, an ex-boyfriend finds her on Facebook and she loses her job, there's no where to go but "...
  • Erin
    I looked forward to this one and really wanted to like it but it was just *ok* for me. There is nothing terribly wrong here - mostly likeable characters, tongue in cheek writing, easy to read plot. But where it fell short for me was in seeming to promise more than it delivered.First, the theme of bucking (and poking fun at) conventional self help by creating your own map and breaking out of your comfort zone rather than living passively, while re...
  • Peebee
    Allison Winn Scotch is one of the authors I love and will automatically read all that she's written. While that probably isn't going to change, I do have to say I haven't been as happy with her last couple of books as I was with her first ones. Willa is one of the most indecisive characters I've ever read about, and a complete lack of decisiveness/completely passive approach to life is just one of those dealbreaker traits that I can't really stan...
  • Laura Kay Bolin
    2013-08-21 Theory of Opposites has the feel of most books in it's same genre, but this one takes it one step more and made me stop and think about what do I think? Do I believe in fate, so it doesn't matter what I do and think the outcome is always going to be the same or do I control my own destiny. I won't bore you with my thoughts about fate, but I will tell you I enjoyed The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn...
  • Amanda
    Accidentally stayed up all night reading this book, which tells you something, because I really like sleep.The main character is challenging because she is flawed and a little irritating, which is so important, I think, in contemporary romance. Although I don't even know if I would call this romance, since the romantic storyline is secondary to the woman-goes-looking-for-herself storyline. Is that a genre? Many of the secondary characters are als...
  • Charlotte
    The Theory of Opposites was laugh out loud funny in so many parts, but I also found my eyes leaking a few times, too. Willa handed the first few days of the "break" much, much better than I would have done. I would have definitely lost my shit. A married man wants a "break" and writes out a list of "rules" for the break that includes sleeping with other people? I DON'T THINK SO! I really liked Willa and ultimately I just wanted her to be happy, s...
  • Allie Smith
    I absolutely LOVED this book and it's now my favorite AWS novel. The story is about Willa, who has traditionally always taken the safe route, which she believes was mapped out for her by the universe. After a series of bad breaks, she decides to tempt fate and draw her own map. The questions about fate and destiny and how much power our choices have over our lives have always intrigued me. Where would I be if I'd done this, instead of that? Would...
  • Kelly Hager
    I absolutely love Allison Winn Scotch's novels (I've read all but the one before this one, and I hope to get to that one sometime soon) but I think this one is my absolute favorite.I think we can all relate to the idea of feeling somewhat trapped in our lives, and most of us still don't do anything about it. But with the help of her best friend, Willa's blasting out of her rut. (It's not entirely Willa's idea or desire to do so.)I love so much ab...
  • Samantha March
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I am a big fan of Allison Winn Scotch, and I was crazy curious to read her latest title. Allison recently made the decision to go from traditionally published to self-published, so of course my interest was even higher for her new offering. I was pleased that the same writing and same inspiration from her characters is there. She does a great job at giving readers a meaty story and f...
  • Kiki Z
    This book... confuses me. Willa is the daughter of a man famous for writing a book about how nothing you do matters in life and it's all planned out for you. This has, unsurprisingly, fucked her up. Now her husband's feels like he's in a rut, so he takes a job in a different city for the summer. She's lost her job due to her coke-addicted boss and a bad advertising campaign. Her brother's being chased by the FBI for fraud, and her parents are spl...
  • Sara Smith
    I really liked the idea behind this: to do the opposite of what your instincts are telling you to do. It seems like this would definitely break you out of a rut (although possibly cause other issues like not paying your bills).
  • Andrea Guy
    This was such an out there book. Its a whole lotta crazy, but it is really a fun read. Willa (William) is a character that you may grow frustrated with, but you will love anyway. I can't begin to count the times I wanted to reach into the pages to slap her and tell her to grow a pair!However with the crazy family she has and the book that her father wrote that basically states that you can't do anything to change the way your life will be, you mi...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    It takes just days for William 'Willa' Chandler-Golden's life to fall apart - first she loses her job, then her husband announces he is relocating to Palto Alto for the summer - without her, her parents announce they plan to experiment with an open marriage and her brother, is arrested by the FBI for his role in a Ponzi scheme in her apartment, which leads to her being evicted. If her father's theory, expounded in his best seller 'Is It Really Yo...
  • Michelle
    When it comes to well-written, humorous women's fiction with heart (a smarter/sassier Emily Giffin), you really can't do better than Allison Winn Scotch. In this, her latest (already optioned for film by Jennifer Garner), we have advertising exec Willa Chandler-Golden who is in a rut. Although she is okay with the rut, her husband is not and suggests a "break."Theory has a great cast of characters, from Willa's famous self-help guru father, to he...
  • Amanda Kelsey
    I was lucky enough to have won an advanced copy of Allison's new novel, "The Theory of Opposites" thanks to good reads, but I'm already a fan of Allison, so I would've read this novel either way. If you're a fan of Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, and Sarah Pekkanen and have never read any of Allison's books before.. well you're missing out! I read this novel in two days, I just could't put it down!The Theory of Opposites is about a woman named Wil...
  • Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
    I don't know what made me respond to a facebook post about her e-book being 1.99 because I had tried her other books and they didn't take. This one caught me and took me right away to a non-chicky-lit place but was still somewhat a romance. What I liked the most was the philosophy of life in terms of fate and free will and how you think you're life is going. I liked the balance of the theories and the pace of what was going on. What if your spous...
  • Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
    I enjoy reading anything by AWS and was excited to get the opportunity to read an ARC of this. In TTOO she makes us wonder if it's really living if your just simply existing as you think you are meant to be. This is a great story about letting go of what's familiar and comfortable and seeking out what challenges you and makes you truly happy.I loved the relationship between Willa and Vanessa. I was shocked and appalled at Shawn's behavior. The wa...
  • Sharon Chance
    Author Allison Winn Scotch takes her readers on a topsy-turvy ride of a read with her book, “The Theory of Opposites.” This novel is smart, snappy and a whole lot of sassy. Readers will find themselves rooting for the main character, Willa, to take a chance on love, on life and on herself. Scotch’s characters are so realistic, like someone who lived down the block or across the hall. And the storyline for this book is fast-paced and rivetin...
  • Karen
    I really enjoyed this book! Willa is an interesting and complicated main character...she seems like someone that I'd be friends with, not just a one-dimensional character from a novel. I think the most enjoyable part for me was the fact that there was no clear cut bad guy; there are difficult situations, with family and with relationships, but, as Willa is trying to prove, what you do next is the most important decision of all.
  • Stephany
    I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. It was so hard to put down and the concept was so well-written. The story flowed so well and I just never wanted the book to end!It was one of those books that makes me feel so grateful for books, the way they can transport you, and the way they make you feel so strongly and so emotionally connected to fictional characters.
  • Carol
    I picked this up thinking it would be more than what it was. Once I realized it was just a flippant, fun, sit com of a book, I accepted that and kept reading for lack of a better book on my nightstand. I think some brain cells died in the process.
  • Lauren
    More books should fall into this category-pleasant and smart. Exactly the kind of light read to get you back from a reading rut.