Someone Else, Somewhere Else [NOOK Book]

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“Though we were four years younger than Ariya, we’d watched teenagers before at an older cousin’s house. They talked on the phone, they texted their boyfriends, they watched movies on DVDs. Sometimes, they tidied up the house by wiping the table with a damp sponge after feeding us, removing the crumbs and ring spots from the bottom of our glasses. But we’d never seen any of them work like Ariya did.”

Twin sisters. Stepdaughters. Neighbors. In this short fiction, the lives of the twins are forever changed when ...

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Overview

“Though we were four years younger than Ariya, we’d watched teenagers before at an older cousin’s house. They talked on the phone, they texted their boyfriends, they watched movies on DVDs. Sometimes, they tidied up the house by wiping the table with a damp sponge after feeding us, removing the crumbs and ring spots from the bottom of our glasses. But we’d never seen any of them work like Ariya did.”

Twin sisters. Stepdaughters. Neighbors. In this short fiction, the lives of the twins are forever changed when their mother remarries and they move next door to a family unlike their own. Could their lives have been different with a flip of a coin?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940151743587
  • Publisher: Jenelle Jack Pierre
  • Publication date: 2/16/2015
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 104 KB

Meet the Author

Jenelle Jack Pierre grew up in Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. After college she studied writing at Johns Hopkins University. Her hobbies include reading and traveling.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    left me with a bittersweet sadness

    The first thing I noticed about this work was the narrative. I don’t recall ever reading a work in first person plural. This story was told from the perspective of both the twins, which doubly interesting because the twin girls (main characters) in the story were nameless. The narrative was presented in such a way it gave the two girls a collective thought. For me, the over all effect made Someone Else, Somewhere Else a worthy read if only for analysis. As for the story itself, Someone Else, Somewhere Else was thought provoking. Not only was it a reminder we don’t get to pick the families we’re born into, but that children have even less say in the hand they’re dealt. They get what they get and adjust the best they can. I finished this story wondering if I protected my children effectively from the harm always around the corner, and hoping their childhood memories will be filled with enough joy to outweigh the bad. This read left me with a bittersweet sadness, and I hoped Ariya found happiness in her choices. I say if you have 20-30 minutes of spare time, check out this read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Great short story! Definitely should check it out!

    What I love about short stories is, well... how short they are, lol!
    What I sometimes dislike about short stories... how short they are!
    And in the case of Someone Else, Somewhere Else - I really do wish that it was longer...

    The story is about twin sisters that live with their mother and step-father, who have just moved to a new small town located on the island of Antigua.
    Throughout the story, the girls names are never mentioned - they are oftentimes referred to as 'girls'. I have to admit, I'm a stickler with names. But in this story, I did not even notice the lack of information until I had finished reading it and had to think about it.

    Pierre's writing style flows prettily. Very descriptive and inviting.
    The girls are at a curious age were they notice all the little details and want to know why.
    They spend a great deal at their neighbors house, even though their parents know what is going on, which confused me a bit. As a parent, if I suspected any type of odd behavior or abuse, I truly believe that I would not allow my children to be near the situation.
    I was also under the impression that the story was taking place in the past - with laundry being hung out in the back and potato peeling being done on the front steps, until there was mention of the children sitting in the living room playing Xbox.

    In the end, I really did wish that the story would have continued. I would have liked to have really gotten to know the girls (perhaps their names too, lol), see what they would have thought about what they had discovered with what had happened next door and whether or not they were still aloud to continue to be friends with them.

    Hopefully Pierre will turn this short story into a novel someday.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    I read this as part of Innovative Online Book Tours for my blog

    I read this as part of Innovative Online Book Tours for my blog All Things Writing.

    First of all, I love that this author, Jenelle Jack Pierre, is marketing her short story! It's just another example of how authors need to think outside the box when it comes to selling and promoting their work. And this is a tale worth promoting!



    Someone Else, Somewhere Else is told from the pov of twin girls who talk about their experience living next door to a family with a less than idyllic home life. The twin's mother recently remarried a man that everyone likes and who strives to take care of his new family. The people next door also have a blended family, but unfortunately, the stepmother tends to favor her own kids over her stepdaughter, Ariya. It's a distinction that everyone seems to notice, but no one wants to bring up. Of course, things change when Ariya takes a stand and pays the consequences for her actions.



    It's hard not to give away the whole story since it is so short, but I will say that Pierre manages to present a slice of life. Set on an island that feels very small town and homey, her characters are believable and easy to relate to. I'd venture to say that we've all seen a girl like Ariya at some point in our lives. I think the tension between the stepmother and Ariya was just right, leaving the reader feeling their emotions, but not going overboard with it so that it turned into a cliché. I was a bit confused as to when they story was taking place. At times it felt like it was set in the past, but the Xbox references made it feel more current. There is also a moment where the daughter is hanging laundry on the clothes line and I couldn't help but think, "Okay, you can afford the Xbox, but not a cheap indoor washer and dryer?" Then again, I guess that shows where my priorities are when it comes to the laundry!


    All in all, this was a fast paced read with great characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    A little ehh

    There were a few unanswered questions? The book way okay, boring to say the least. It was not my forte, first it had one interesting part that made me want to find out more then it went away, it could have been more interesting. I believe maybe if the story was longer and a few points were answered it could have been a good book, i dont know i guess it depends on your interets, i like drama, action, mystery, thrilling type of books, i know it didnt have to be like a soap opera or criminal minds, but it had the same excitement as watching the weather on the news that moment when you hear its going to rain all week, but the sun is shining and two drops land on your eye . . . Thats how interesting the book was for me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    To josie

    No way to know where you are...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Quick and sweet

    For a free ebook short story it was worth it. The writer had an almost elementary tone to her writing. Wish it was longer to develop the storyline more.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

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    A great short story! I enjoyed the easy writing and the memoir s

    A great short story! I enjoyed the easy writing and the memoir style flow of the events. The writer brings you into the lives of a pair of twin girls as they observe the lives of their friends and one unfortunate soul whose life they could have easily had. Loved it. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Short story...but good read

    I wish they had developed the story/ characters/ plot more....but it was decent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Great Book

    This is a good short book....it make you wise to (some) stepmothers. It keeps you wanting to read until your done.

    If any of my Nook friends want to borrow your more than welcome.

    GOD BLESS

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    Posted April 24, 2012

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