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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"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
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480576298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480576292
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,564,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I have to first say how much I love Allison Winn Scotch. Time of My Life has been an all-time-fave of mine for years. But this one didn't click with me. The plot, according to the blurb, is quirky and unique. I will snatch up any book that has anything to do with reality TV because I studied reality TV in college and I find it fascinating. But this book took so long to get to that part of the plot and I found myself getting easily distracted and putting the book down about every 3-5 pages. It just seemed like the same thing on every page. Daddy issues, mommy issues, sibling issues, husband issues, ex-bf issues... you'd think all those conflicts would be interesting, but for some reason it had the opposite affect and actually bored me. The blurb made it sound like it was about a woman trying to find herself, but really it was just about a woman caught in the middle of chaos who kind of did whatever anyone told her to do or whatever she thought she was expected to do. I never felt like I got to know the real her and I don't feel any of the conflicts changed her character for the better. I'll be reading any book she puts out in the future, but this one missed the mark with me.
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Have you ever thought about how you’ve arrived at this present moment in your life, and where to go from here? Allison Winn Scotch’s novel, The Theory of Opposites, has these two questions as running themes, specifically examined in the life of main character William “Willa” Chandler-Golden. Though these questions are serious, The Theory of Opposites is written in way that inspires encouragement, hopefulness and positivity in the face of all odds.

Willa is the kind of main character I enjoy. She appears to have certain things that make her Willa Chandler-Golden, like having a famous author for a father. But her emotional turmoil and mind beset with seemingly endless questions about her future mirror the way many of us feel. Willa instantly invites the reader in, showing us all of her good and not-so-good qualities to put us at ease. Scotch has written Willa like she’s a friend – relatable, and easy to converse and commiserate with – and it succeeds in getting the reader to connect to The Theory of Opposites.

Willa is joined by a whole ensemble – her family (father, mother, sister, brother), her husband, her best friend Vanessa, her ex, her nephew Nicky, to name a few. Each secondary character had a distinct characteristic that, while borderline stereotypical at times, helped keep them memorable as I read. While these characters aren’t fully fleshed out, readers will learn what roles they play in Willa’s life and how that affects her journey in The Theory of Opposites.

And really, it’s Willa’s journey that made The Theory of Opposites work so well. She’s lived a life where she just goes where the universe wills her, good or bad. It’s been steady, but it’s also meant that she’s found herself stuck in routine.
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