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Someone Else, Somewhere Else: A Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Jenelle Jack Pierre
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“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?

Product Details

  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 14 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079M0YA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
By Ro
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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 great message July 10, 2014
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I really wanted the story to truly was too short....made you think though...message well received...sometimes you have to let go to be free
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very short June 28, 2014
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Even though the book was short I didn't feel it was a good read. It didn't really make a lot of sense to me. However I think you should read it for yourself. Your opinion may be different because everyone taste in reading is different
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Great short read, I totally enjoyed it! If you are looking for a great short story this is it! You will definitely love it. You won't be able to wait until you can read how the rest of the story turns out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing April 19, 2014
By N.J
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Very short, and pointless. I didn't get why they made a book like this, but its nothing serious to me.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
This book is terrible, not worth it... It may have been better if there was more than 5 minutes to read. It was so dumb... Read more
Published 4 days ago by candice e klopfenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet.
The author provides an intriguing parable, or analogy, to explain the choices (and sacrifices) we sometimes have to make in order to be truly free.
Published 18 days ago by Judy Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone Else, Somewhere Else; Review
This short story is very good. It keeps you on edge and you just want to keep reading. There has to be more of it because I really need to know what happens!
Published 1 month ago by achav02
1.0 out of 5 stars No
Didn't like the book at all. It was boring
Published 1 month ago by Chanell Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Short read
Really good story to read just wish it was longer.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Need more info
Read it was was vague and suggestive almost can say incomplete thoughts
Writer appeared to tell more than one story
Published 1 month ago by d. monde
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a wonderful and well-written story!
Published 2 months ago by Crystal
3.0 out of 5 stars Someone Else, Somewhere Else by Jenelle Jack Pierre
It was a nice read, but I wish there was more. I wanted to know more about what happened with Ariya.
Published 3 months ago by Allisa Wooten
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible.
Makes little sense. Doesnt have a good enfin or beginning. Doesnt tell what happened to Ariya. Story. It sucks badly.
Published 4 months ago by Judith Hill
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