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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Camellia Press (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989499006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989499002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks to her famous father’s theory that there is no such thing as free will (as outlined in his best-selling self-help book), Willa has been told her entire life that everything that happens is fate, and people have no control over their destinies. When Willa’s world comes crashing down (she loses her job, and her husband proposes a two-month separation out of the blue), she’s pretty sure her dad was right, but her best friend, Vanessa, convinces her to test that theory by doing the opposite of what instinct tells her to do. Vanessa not only wants to see Willa thrive but also wants to film her for a reality TV show. Willa’s ex-boyfriend—the one who got away—suddenly makes contact, and while the old Willa would have deleted his Facebook request, the new one takes a spur-of-the-moment trip from New York to Seattle, where he just happens to live. Readers who enjoyed Scotch’s The Song Remains the Same (2012) will find much to like in this similar and satisfying tale of a woman changing her fate. --Rebecca Vnuk


"Willa's brave trek to find her true self is charming, with some laugh-out-loud moments. Sure to appeal to fans of smart women's fiction." - Library Journal

"Readers who enjoyed Scotch's The Song Remains the Same will find much to like in this satisfying tale of a woman changing her fate." - Booklist

"We're loving it," and "can't get enough." - Glamour Magazine

"You can't help but be sucked right in. Before you know it, you are pausing in the subway station to keep reading before you go into work. Let yourself sink into this one come holiday time." - OK Magazine

A Shape Magazine must-read for winter 2013-2014

Praise for Allison Winn Scotch:
"Scotch's novel is a clever, entertaining look at the compromises women make -- and the dangers of getting what you asked for." People

"Scotch is a fluent, spirited writer, and the character she has created is easy to understand, a woman trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life." - The Boston Globe

"A moving, hilarious tale...and Scotch carries it off with witty, breezy aplomb." - The Dallas Morning News

 "After this hilarious read, you may just return to your own crazy-busy
routine a little happier." - Redbook

"Perfect to read with friends. A book we love." - Cosmopolitan

Customer Reviews

Great characters, great story.
And her best friend Vanessa dares her to change her life, to take every one of her instincts and do the opposite.
I love all of Allison Winn Scotch's books and this one is no exception.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on November 5, 2013
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I absolutely love Allison Winn Scotch's novels (I've read all but the one before this one, and I hope to get to that one sometime soon) but I think this one is my absolute favorite.

I think we can all relate to the idea of feeling somewhat trapped in our lives, and most of us still don't do anything about it. But with the help of her best friend, Willa's blasting out of her rut. (It's not entirely Willa's idea or desire to do so.)

I love so much about this book---I love Willa so much and her entire family and Theo (the ex-boyfriend who finds her on Facebook) and I really, really love her nephew Nicky. These people felt absolutely real and I miss them very much.

This is one of those books that has the potential to change your life because if this doesn't give you the desire to change your life---quit your job, call that crush, move from the apartment you're starting to hate---nothing ever will.

Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on December 30, 2013
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I've been looking forward to reading this book for some time. I've had Allison Winn Scotch books recommended to me numerous times, and with this book I was ready to be blown away. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed. Scotch is a good writer, and I felt that there was potential, but I could see where the book was going from the get-go, and I couldn't get behind the characters. The couple that is made up by two of the main characters were two of the most frustrating individuals I've had to follow in a fictional story. I found huge parts of the plot implausible, even though I will say the message behind the book (don't be afraid to create your own destiny) is a powerful one that I can definitely stand behind. All in all, I finished the book because I wanted to see how things would play out, with the hopes that it would turn in a way I didn't expect. It was as predictable as I'd hoped, but I still give it three stars because I liked the writing, and I am definitely going to give the author another shot with a different novel.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on November 5, 2013
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I had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy of this novel. It is—indisputably—Scotch’s best book to date! At its core, it examines the paradox of fate versus free will. The contentment that comes with accepting the notion that what’s meant to be will be. Willa, deeply indoctrinated by her renowned father’s theories, falls into a state of total complacency. Is she living or merely existing? Suddenly, Willa’s life is catapulted into a state of disarray—her seemingly perfect husband wants a two-month break to sow his oats, her pubescent nephew needs a place to crash for the summer, and she’s abruptly axed from her job.

Willa must become the champion of her own destiny when an old flame resurfaces on Facebook and she’s lured into a challenging new endeavor courtesy of her best friend. Will she find the guts, the gumption—nay, THE BALLS!—to navigate her own life or will old habits die hard? Scotch’s novel takes us on a hilarious and all-too familiar ride. You will find yourself laughing out loud at the exchanges between Willa and her overzealous, Xanax-addicted sister, Raina, and her prodigal younger brother/yogi to the stars, Ollie! Scotch’s novel sparkles—clever, well written, and the perfect choice for next month’s book club.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Obsidian Blue on December 31, 2013
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The last few Allison Winn Scotch novels have been pretty hit or miss with me. I think this was a good idea on paper but the execution was not that great.

The main protagonist of the novel, Willa is happily married to her husband Shawn residing in New York. Only problem is that within a matter of days Willa finds herself jobless and suddenly husbandless for two months while her husband proposes a break from being married. Compound that with an insane family and a father who is too involved with his own theory on fate and the world and throw in an ex-boyfriend and bossy best friend and you have a crowded plot line going on.

I ended up giving the novel two stars because I honestly did not like it at all. There were three main reasons why I ended up ranking this novel 2 stars.

First, I think if I ended up liking or at least sympathizing with Willa it would have made the novel more palatable. However, Willa was wishy washy to the point of driving me crazy. Heck even the ending I think came about because of a (very cliche plotline) and not because that was ultimately what Willa wanted (in my opinion).

Second, the other characters in the novel were not well written at all. Case in point, the character of Theo (Willa's ex boyfriend) was practically a piece of cardboard since I really didn't understand what made him decide to get in touch with Willa and did not feel this overwhelming love between the two of them. Heck I didn't even think Willa cared about him at all the way they interacted together was practically like a brother and sister to me. Willa's father and mother were both just caricatures as was the nephew Nicky.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By melr on November 14, 2013
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I'm a HUGE fan of Allison Winn Scotch. I have read everything she's ever written, and have loved all of her previous novels. This one is "eh, okay." I was intrigued with it in the beginning, but find myself about 250 pages into it being very, very bored. I am literally forcing myself through each page, hoping it gets better by the end! This is by far my least favorite book she's ever written. I am more interested in the Willa/Shawn/Theo story line and not very much at all interested in the Vanessa/reality tv story line. There is SO MUCH detail to the Vanessa story line (ie: PAGES dedicated to a mountain scene) that I literally find myself lost (and bored) in the details.
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Allison Winn Scotch is the bestselling author of four novels, including TIME OF MY LIFE, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, THE ONE THAT I WANT, and THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST AND FOUND. Her fifth novel, THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES, will be released on November 12, 2013. In addition to fiction, she pens celebrity profiles for a variety of magazines, which justifies her pop culture obsession and occasionally lends to awesome Facebook status updates. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. For more about her and her books, go to or follow her on Twitter at @aswinn.

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