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"How to be someone else" is one of those books that at first may seem confusing but as you go through the pages you can see the complete image and realize that this book is a love story with the character as a person and with the love of her life. It's all about personal growth, accepting who we are, valuing the people who actually love us and second chances.
At first it was difficult to connect with the characters, especially with Penny, I couldn't understand her attitude because of her family situation. It made me wonder if Penny would ever take charge of her emotions and not be carried away by her changing thoughts. But as I said before, as I progressed in my reading, I became aware layer by layer that Penny was only lost. Yes, her family situation may seem like the tip of the iceberg, but that is what makes her question its existence and purpose. I mean all at some point we have been lost or confused by what happens around us like Penny, at some point we all seek solace in the wrong people, places and things. But the important thing is to return to who we are and discover our purpose.
"I couldn’t help but wonder when she was finally going to start seeing herself the way I did."
And love only pushes us to be better. Alex is the romantic side of the story, while Penny was looking for herself, Alex waited and eventually suffered the consequences of Penny's actions. At some point, about 76% I swear to God! that I also felt frustrated with Alex, I was right there with him, feeling all the pain and rejection. But love, always love, is greater than anything else, as long as there is a future in our mind, love can work wonders, and what better than the person who knows each part of us to love us.
These characters are not perfect, there is no reason to expect that in this story, each of them in particular Penny, is looking for herself. Realizing that what makes her unique is what she really is, I think this book is different because it puts our life in perspective. It's not necessary to be someone else, Penny shows us that after a while looking in the wrong places. Also this story gives us different approaches to many situations, sometimes things are not what they seem, we have to know how to listen to both parts of the story, to value the people who are in our daily life and above all to understand that no matter how lost we are the answers are always inside us.
“Take all your pain and confusion and anger and anything else … and put it down on paper. Write through it. Use it. Use your writing to find yourself again. Because I know the real you, the best version of yourself, is in there somewhere.”
Rachel Del's style is fast and clear, her characters leave you thinking and thinking. "How to be someone else" is different and interesting, Penny will make you question many things, but that is fine, while at the end of the book you also find yourself as she did.
The story follows Penny and her best friend Alex, as Penny struggles to process her parents' divorce. As someone whose parents divorced when I was the same age as Penny, I related to her completely. I understood her confusion, her sense that the world had tipped, and her attempts to find something, anything that would make her feel like she actually had some control in her life. As Penny attempts to navigate life in what seems to her to be a completely new dimension, she also struggles to figure out who to trust and what's worth risking to find real love.
There was a slight bit of mystery in the story, and I did not actually see the plot twist coming, which was a lot of fun. I truly enjoyed this book, and am excited to see what else Rachel Del writes.
Read this book if you like contemporary romance mixed in a realistic, relatable setting.
Ok, I really really wanted to like this book. I loved the cover for one and it just seemed like it was going to interesting. But unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. Penny just acted insanely juvenile to her parents divorce. I honestly thought she was a teenager. In my mind, that’s what I imagined. But no she’s in her Twenties. Alex, her best friend, whose in love with her. He was just over the top. I understood he cared for her, but it was a little too much.
I could not at all connect to any of the characters. I think the original idea of this story is good. But the characters just did not speak to me. I was more annoyed with them through out the whole story, than anything. And the whole twist with Penny, what?! This is the first book I’ve read of Del’s. I would still give another story a chance. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is well done. But it didn't tug at me emotionally. I feel it was ok, but it could of been better.
Overall, I give this Two Boundless Stars
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Also, I guesses the "twist" or, actually, a version of "the twist" pretty early in the book.
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