Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

by Joshilyn Jackson


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ISBN-13: 9780062105660
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 395,164
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.


Powder Springs, Georgia

Place of Birth:

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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Someone Else's Love Story 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and it's true to life story. A very clever story with suprises through out. A truly greaf read. I would also like to lend my voice to those who object to Plot Spoilers and kids who enjoy being stupid in book reviews. Why can't you text your trash like other kiddies do? If you have a review to post please there are others. who would just like to know if you like or dislike and why. Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Joshilyn's strong, Southern characters and this book brings even more. Carefully crafted storylines + flawed but intriguing characters make this a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More twists and turns than you'd expect from a romance-type novel, but that made it better. I loved the prose, and the complex character relationships. Will be reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be listed in the teenager/young adult section. I am going to have to suffer through 50 more pages to finish the whole story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would have been so much better without the f word. It is so unnecessary and used way too much. 3 stars for foul language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy, enjoyable read with a twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intelligently written book; very moving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There isn't actually a lot I can say about SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY without potentially spoiling everyone who might read it. It may seem like a pretty straightforward Southern love story, but Jackson plays with your expectations from the very first page. What I can say is that it has a compelling pair of narrators in Shandi and William, and an amazing supporting cast. I would happily read a whole other novel about Paula's life, or Shandi and Walcott's childhood friendship. I want to explore the possibilities that still exist between Shandi's maritally and religiously separated parents. It discusses the values of both religion and science in equal measure, and it's one of the only books containing a "miracle" that doesn't make me roll my eyes. And if none of those things interest you, it also has two of the most rewarding love stories I've read this year, and the funniest sex scene I've read in the history of ever. Even if adult contemporary isn't your thing at all, you should definitely give this a look.
FKM More than 1 year ago
An out of the ordinary book. Interesting and believable story with surprising twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed and devoured this book. It was the first book i have read by this author and definately will read more of her work. It is a book of love stories, friendships and the little miracles of life. Her characters were quirky and believable and I sure didnt see the ending coming.
cheekys_dance More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read from this author. I thought it was exceptional.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A crazy love story that started in the most craziest of ways and sure had the ups and downs, but I can't divulge where it ended!  (It's too good to spoil!)  Shandi is a young single mom and throughout the book I had to keep reminding myself of how young she was because she definitely didn't act like it at times.  William is a scientist to the core and may lack in the social skills, but definitely doesn't lack in the book smarts.  These two along with a few others are held up in a convenience store and that is where the crazy love story started. Shandi was a great character, there were a few moments where I thought she repeated herself and once had an enlightenment, but went back to doing the same thing she did before.  There were a few times where I wanted to smack her and say wake up!  William was the same way, he had some moments where I really gravitated towards him and then he would have a moment where I greatly disliked him - thankfully the good outweighed the bad!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story at the beginning....but the ending did not satisfy. Could have been much better. Very disappointing!!!
LOK More than 1 year ago
I shouldn't have loved this book, because it has, on the surface, some trigger plotlines for me--violence/danger, especially involving women and children. But I loved loved LOVED this book. There were one or two places where I thought, "hmmmm, not QUITE buying it," but then it would move an inch to the left and I'd buy in again. And in several places the hairs on my arms stood up, which doesn't happen when I'm scared, but when something is said JUST PERFECTLY, or a plotline hits just the right note. I love Joshilyn's books. And I am SO SO SO hoping that there will indeed be a sequel, because there wasn't enough closure for me. I can't decide who in this book I would hug first if they were all in a room and I walked in and got to meet them. Well, after Natty, that is. Must go read My Own Miraculous now!
Reviews-By-Ann More than 1 year ago
One of the truly great writers of our day. Someone Else's Love Story is my third Jackson title, and she nails it like an Olympian every time. I love her rich, southern voice, the characters whose voices I recognize in my head, the twists to her plots that--in the end--land just where they should. Her characterization of grieving, autistic adult William is brilliant. Shandi is a twenty-one-year-old mother of a three-year-old genius. She has more than one secret to uncover like her virgin conception and who she really loves. I closed Someone Else's Love Story with a sense of awe, a rarity for a person who reads as much and as critically as I do. 5+ Stars
LorrieThomson 5 months ago
In one word: immersive. I felt as though I experienced, rather than read, Someone Else's Love Story. I rooted for both of the POV characters, so markedly different from each other, as they sought to make sense of their damaged lives. At once realistic and uplifting, I'm adding Someone Else's Love Story to my list of all-time favorite novels.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
How does one combine a virgin birth, a resurrection and redemptive reconciliation in a novel aimed at a wide audience (not specifically a religious one) without selling either the story or the audience out or short? How does one incorporate the improbable into the expected in creating a story that is only completed by the seeming “impossible?” In this creation by southern author Joshilyn Jackson, such knotty questions are common place and her ability to form a deeply engaging modern parable form such diverse elements is gratifying. Shandi and her three-year-old son, Natty, are moving into her father’s midtown Atlanta condo in order for her to be closer to her college classes, when she and her son are held hostage during a failed robbery at a Circle K convenience store. At the same moment William, a mid-30’s, brilliant, Aspy, biomedical researcher is angrily examining washing detergent in the same store when the robbery begins. Both individuals have hurts and losses that have, of late, caused them to shrink their world into a tiny space. Both have found ways to continue to move forward, but never seeming to make progress. In the space of the few hours of the hostage situation, both Shandi’s and William’s will have their lives turned back toward living. William and Shandi have unwelcomed religious influence placed upon their worlds, by people who love them and feel that what they offer will help in their pain. Shandi’s mother is a devout Christian Evangelical, her father is an Orthodox Jew; her life with them has been a balancing act of “not choosing.” William sees religion as useless beyond being a social need and his definition of a miracle, “is science that has not been explained yet.” Once their lives are connected there is a safe place fashioned wherein they can face truths they have been able to avoid. Shandi has the strength to accept the miracle she claims has a frightening, logical, but uncertain explanation. William is confronted with the reality that, after all is seemingly explained, there is still room for Wonder. Ms. Jackson manages to bring together plot lines in surprising ways to conclude the book. Resolutions that were plain before the last two chapters are redrawn to reveal a picture clearly focused under the painting the reader thought they were considering. This is a good, adult novel – nothing mind-altering or earthshaking is offered, there are some adult language and innuendo and a few well-thought out twists of plot. I like the way the author writes a story. This one only enforces that enjoyment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beyond absurd. Could not get into the book
me2nc More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. I kept expecting the story to go one way, the predictable way, and when it didn't it kept me intrigued. It's nice to read a story that you don't know the ending to when you have just started it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Religion is always super present in her books and it us just unecessary and frankly annoying. Ok booj but would not read again. Felt pushed together and then end abruptly.
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Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: I really didn’t enjoy this book. Maybe it was the hype, maybe it was the other reviews I read, maybe I hoped for more of a chick lit/women’s fiction/romance story, but I felt a bit disappointed after reading Someone Else’s Love Story. For me, this book was okay. Some parts were promising, but they just weren’t enough to make me like this book. I didn’t like the point of view shifts between Shandi and Will. They didn’t flow, and sometimes it was just too hard to follow. I just had a hard time picking the book up to finish it. But I did finish it. I think I was hoping for something bigger to happen at the end. Someone Else’s Love Story had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it just fell flat. Would I recommend it: I wouldn’t recommend it. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
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