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Why Can't I Be You: A Novel Paperback – February 26, 2013
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- Jen Lancaster, bestselling author of Jeneration X
"Allie Larkin's latest explores an intriguing question: What if you could shed your own life, and step into someone else's? Why Can't I Be You is a thoughtful and compulsively readable examination of identity, friendship and trust - and what happens when all three spectacularly collide."
- Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of These Girls
"A charming, heart-felt story of love, laughter, and borrowed identity, Why Can't I Be You explores the brilliant notion that it's not until we've let go of who we think we should be that we can discover who we actually are."
-Amy Hatvany, USA Today bestselling author of Outside the Lines
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Jenny Shaw thinks she has a pretty good life. She doesn't love her job, but she thinks she's pretty good at it. And it looks like she's finally getting some recognition - she's being sent to a conference by her boss. Well, okay it's because her boss can't attend. And she's pretty sure her relationship with her boyfriend Deagan is about to go to that next level.....
And it does, only it's not the level Jenny had envisioned. Deagan drops her off at the airport.....and drops her altogether, saying he needs to explore his feelings for another woman. Stunned, Jenny stumbles on the plane and heads to the conference. When she arrives at the conference centre, she thinks she hears someone calling her name....but they're saying Jessie. The woman is so glad to see 'Jessie' - she had no idea that she'd be attending the school reunion!
And with that hug, our Jenny steps into someone else's past. It's been a number of years and they really do resemble each other - enough so that the group of friends from Jessie's past welcome her back into their circle. And though she knows she should come clean...."For a little while, I wanted to forget me."
For this group of friends is warm and loving and fun - everything that Jessie realizes has been missing from her life. And with every day that goes by, it gets that much harder to admit the truth.
Jenny was such a great character - she was the kind of person you'd like to really have as a friend. Larkin does a great job taking us on Jenny's journey to discover what she really wants and needs from her life. I laughed out loud, I empathized and I crossed my fingers, hoping for the best for Jenny.Read more ›
Don't get me wrong, this is a cute, well written book, and if you're able to suspend all belief and read it as something to take up a lazy Sunday, then you'll enjoy it. I just couldn't get over the unrealistic (and often times creepy) scenarios. Jenny may have convinced herself that she meant well, but she was still a stranger staying in Myra's house...sleeping with a man who thought she was another woman. Sorry...that's not funny or charming...its sad and creepy.
Jenny felt bad impersonating Jessie, but got swept up in being included in a circle of close friends, something that her own life lacked. As the story progressed, the author focused on the loneliness Jessie felt and her desperation to fill that void. As Jessie's past was slowly revealed, Jenny realized she had more in common with Jessie than she knew. I thought it was brilliant for the author to use Jessie's life as a way for Jenny to describe her own struggle with a cheating father and alcoholic mother. Because Jenny's life was far from perfect, I didn't blame her for wanting to be one of Jessie's friends. I loved that Jessie's old high school crush fell instantly for Jenny, and then waited to see how their relationship would endure once the truth was revealed. The conversations between the friends were that light banter that exists with people who have known each other for a long time. The "remember this" and "remember that" stories were cute and showed how devoted the friends were to each other.
This was an adult coming of age book with a bunch of fun references to being a high school student. It was so satisfying watching Jenny grow personally and professionally through her adventure as Jessie. This was an all around feel good and an excellent read!
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Jenny Shaw's life has unexpectedly come crashing down on her at the most inopportune time. Her fiancée breaks up with her while dropping her off at the airport for a conference. Not only that but he drives off with her suitcase in the trunk.
At the Seattle airport she is mistaken for someone else. She tries to explain but finally gives up and becomes that someone else - Jessie. After all, the other girl is so happy to see this Jessie so what harm can it do. They are there for a class reunion and as things escalate beyond her control, she becomes part of another's life.
Bit by bit she learns more about Jessie and even more about herself.
What will happen when the people she's become so fond of find out the truth? And what about when she meets the real Jessie?
This is a quick read mainly because you are so anxious to find out what will happen next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Allie Larkin's books, and this one was such a great read! I love her humor, her compassion, and her character development. I highly recommend it.Published 4 months ago by C Dunn
I was afraid this was going to be really silly, but it worked. Light read, but enjoyed it.Published 8 months ago by Kathy A. Staff
I couldn't get over the premise of the book, as it was ridiculous. The characters were likable enough, but it was all very predictable. I had to force myself to finish it.Published 10 months ago by Dorothy Suter
Although an avid reader, I do not typically read chick lit. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! It was fun, light, and hilarious.Published 10 months ago by Hammerhead
Loved this Allie Larkin tale of mistaken identity and finding your true self. You can't rewrite the past, but you can definitely create your own future ... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Judes459
I read it for a light summer read. Enjoyable but a little predictable. Beach read for sure.Published 12 months ago by G. Zielinski
Come on really?? The story was just too far fetched! We may envy people, but seriously, would anyone take it to the level she did? Her other book is so much better.Published 13 months ago by Ana Cozad