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Someone Else, Somewhere Else [Kindle Edition]

Jenelle Jack Pierre
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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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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, etc.
Hopefully Pierre will turn this short story into a novel someday.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Life February 28, 2012
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The narrators are two sisters growing up on the island of Antigua with a mother and a new stepfather. Upon moving to a new neighborhood, they encounter another step-family. Ariya, the oldest daughter, is the Cinderella of the family. Her step mother favored her own children who were friends with the narrators. Ariya, at 15, was expected to do all of the women's work around the house. When a pet rabbit goes missing, Ariya is the scape goat.

This story was really short, so I feel like I'm giving it all away. So I'll stop now. The colorful background of Antigua, with its spices, cooking, and everyday life make this a memorable slice of life. The narrators did not fully understand what was going on when they last saw Ariya, although they had an inkling. Only by looking back could they fully appreciate how difficult life was for an unloved stepdaughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ro December 27, 2012
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Great short story. I wish it was longer. This would make a super great novel instead of a short story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! April 9, 2014
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I chose this rating because I thought the short story was excellent. I like the story line of the book but, I dislike that it ended that way. I would recommend this book to my teacher and my cousin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it was very touching October 12, 2013
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I read the full book tonight. I wish that it had a book 2 because I want to know what happened to the girl and the family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Someone else, somewhere else July 7, 2013
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Short but good. This but kept my interest. There could have been more details about the girl after she ran away.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok June 6, 2013
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Obviously it was a short story, but I think it might have been better if it was a bit more developed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Someone Else, Somewhere Else May 26, 2013
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This book was really good I wish there was more of this book and I hope others have enjoyed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I liked the book. However, there is one part I don't get; How did the girls shake their heads no? I thought that was called nodding. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bemery
4.0 out of 5 stars i hope
I haven't read this book.yet but I'm hoping it will be a good book I'll see I'll tell y'all after I read the book if it was good.or not
Published 11 months ago by Katherine Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars someone else somewhere else
Good read enjoyed it could have been longer left me hanging between the lines could have been more to it.
Published 11 months ago by Barbara Ezell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing books
This is a really good short stories, I would give this book a 5 star because it was really detailed and able to understand and relate to in different ways
Published 12 months ago by Shanikaleach
4.0 out of 5 stars Want more
This book was a great read, but definitely disappointed that it was so short. The author should consider a series for this book
Published 12 months ago by TIh
3.0 out of 5 stars Someone else, Somewhere else
I'm not usually a big fan of short stories but I suggest that others read this! I enjoyed every part of it
Published 12 months ago by Sherae Bailey
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring n short
It's really short n very very boring....didn't understand most of it.. and kind off weird too..soo it was ok ok
Published 12 months ago by romance007
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I loved this short story I was disappointed when it ended because it was so good. I loved it a lot!!!!!!
Published 12 months ago by Angelina Smith
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Jenelle Jack Pierre grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. After college she completed her Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She enjoys reading, hanging out with her husband, writing and traveling.

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