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  • Posted December 27, 2013

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    The Theory of Opposites has the feel of most books in it's same

    The 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 Scotch. The protectionist Willa is just such a likable character, she doesn't go out of her way to ruffle feathers (perfectly written middle child--seriously she reminded me of my younger sister!). She has this overly dominating dad who believes what he wrote and insists everyone should as if he is all-knowing. (He kinda drove me nuts). I was actually surprised by the husband and his desire for a two-month break. I was mad for Willa and was like go Vanessa for being such a good friend and pushing Willa to find her own voice.

    I believe what I enjoyed most about this novel, is Scotch didn't reinvent a whole new Willa in two months. She moved her, grew her, but in a way that was very believable. Her whole personality and tendencies didn't just change 100%. So in the end I wasn't completely sure how she would handle everything...would she still see fate? Would she go with the flow?

    I also really enjoyed the cast of supporting characters! I thought they added just enough to the story, I loved how life was still happening while Willa was working on daring herself. I'm going to have to stop here, because I want to keep blabbing about the book and I don't want to give any spoilers! I really enjoyed The Theory of Opposites and recommend it. I dare you to grab a copy!

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Surprisingly, t

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Surprisingly, this is my first book by Allison Winn Scotch, although I own them all, I hadn't read any.  The synopsis drew me in and I was excited to read about a character that was living in the shadow of a parent and the accomplishments they had.

    Willa was a likeable character and I appreciated that she was having relationship issues, but she wasn't completely whiny about them.  I also loved that even a character at this age (close to mine) showed that you can change who you are no matter where you are in life.  It took family and friends around her, but Willa through some ups and downs found where she wanted her life to go and who she wanted on the "trip" with her! 

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    What a great book! With the help from her best friend, the main

    What a great book! With the help from her best friend, the main character in this book enters into a whirlwind of circumstances and events by becoming more of a free spirit! The author does a great job at weaving characters and stories together...and I just could not put the book down until it ended!

    By the way. actress Jennifer Garner's production company, Vandalia Films, has shown interest in this book! So exciting!

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

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    Allison Winn Scotch is an author whose name I was familiar with

    Allison Winn Scotch is an author whose name I was familiar with - I've read many, many positive reviews of her book. But, her latest (5th) book, The Theory of Opposites, is the first one I've read. And I wish I'd picked up one of her books sooner - she really is a delight to read.

    Willa and Shawn are that couple - you know - the ones who do everything together, don't fight and seem to have it all. You know - Shilla.

    Because Willa believes it all - we don't control our fate. Our lives are pre - determined. Her father's best selling book "Is It Really Your Choice? Why Your Entire Live May Be Out Of Your Control", has been the defining force in her life....."No one has a choice. We all lead the lives we were meant to live."

    Until....Willa finds a wine bar receipt for the night Shawn said he was out playing pick up basketball. Until....Willa's advertising presentation tanks and she's summarily fired. Until....the pink line on the pink line on the EPT test keeps coming up negative. Until....Shawn says he wants time apart and takes a job for the summer in another city..

    Until her best friend Vanessa challenges her to take a chance, change her life and live her life exactly opposite to her father's theory....

    It takes a bit to make me laugh, but I have to tell you that I was chuckling out loud in the lunch room reading the first few chapters of The Theory of Opposites. Winn Scotch has created absolutely wonderful characters - I was rooting for Willa every step of the way. Her doubts, her insecurities, her thoughts, her dialogue were realistic. The eventual outcome was so satisfying. (Willa and Vanessa would be great friends to have!) The supporting cast was no less endearing. Willa's family had me in stitches, as did the emails sent amongst the family. Scotch is a clever, clever wordsmith.

    So, yes there's a huge, fun, chick lit element to the book. But it goes much deeper than that. Willa has to decide if she has the desire, the want and the need to change and be the master of her own fate. So, yes, this is a coming of age story - albeit a little later in life. And it's not just Willa - all of the characters are searching for something. I have to say, Winn Scotch made me stop and think about my own life. Truly is it ever too late to try something new, make changes and just grab life with both hands?

    What an excellent introduction to a talented writer. This may have been my first book by Winn Scotch, but definitely won't be my last

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