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This Is Us for teens, this luminous and heartbreaking contemporary novel follows a girl caught between two brothers as the three of them navigate family, loss, and love over the course of two summers. For fans of Far From the Tree, Emergency Contact, and Nina LaCour. Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it was like to have a f This Is Us for teens, this luminous and heartbreaking contemporary novel follows a girl caught between two brothers as the three of them navigate family, loss, and love over the course of two summers. For fans of Far From the Tree, Emergency Contact, and Nina LaCour. Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it was like to have a family—even if, technically, that family didn’t belong to her. She’d spent her childhood in the house next door, challenging Rowan Cohen to tennis matches while his older brother, Luke, studied in the background and Mel watched over the three like the mother Jessi always wished she had. But then everything changed. It’s been almost a year since Jessi last visited the Cohen house. Rowan is gone. Mel is in remission and Luke hates Jessi for the role she played in breaking his family apart. Now Jessi spends her days at a dead-end summer job avoiding her real mother, who suddenly wants to play a role in Jessi's life after being absent for so long. But when Luke comes home from college, it's hard to ignore the past. And when he asks Jessi to pretend to be his girlfriend for the final months of Mel’s life, Jessi finds herself drawn back into the world of the Cohens. Everything’s changed, but Jessi can’t help wanting to be a Cohen, even if it means playing pretend for one final summer.


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This Is Us for teens, this luminous and heartbreaking contemporary novel follows a girl caught between two brothers as the three of them navigate family, loss, and love over the course of two summers. For fans of Far From the Tree, Emergency Contact, and Nina LaCour. Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it was like to have a f This Is Us for teens, this luminous and heartbreaking contemporary novel follows a girl caught between two brothers as the three of them navigate family, loss, and love over the course of two summers. For fans of Far From the Tree, Emergency Contact, and Nina LaCour. Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it was like to have a family—even if, technically, that family didn’t belong to her. She’d spent her childhood in the house next door, challenging Rowan Cohen to tennis matches while his older brother, Luke, studied in the background and Mel watched over the three like the mother Jessi always wished she had. But then everything changed. It’s been almost a year since Jessi last visited the Cohen house. Rowan is gone. Mel is in remission and Luke hates Jessi for the role she played in breaking his family apart. Now Jessi spends her days at a dead-end summer job avoiding her real mother, who suddenly wants to play a role in Jessi's life after being absent for so long. But when Luke comes home from college, it's hard to ignore the past. And when he asks Jessi to pretend to be his girlfriend for the final months of Mel’s life, Jessi finds herself drawn back into the world of the Cohens. Everything’s changed, but Jessi can’t help wanting to be a Cohen, even if it means playing pretend for one final summer.

30 review for Some Other Now

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    Found family is one of my favourite tropes, though I have yet to read much of it outside the fantasy genre. Some Other Now was a gorgeous contemporary portrayal of the relationships that form between people unrelated by blood, and what happens when tragedy breaks those bonds apart. ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ Jessi Rumfield’s parents have been emotionally absent for most of her life. That’s why for almost ten years, Jessi has considered her neighbors (the Cohen brothers and their mom) mor Found family is one of my favourite tropes, though I have yet to read much of it outside the fantasy genre. Some Other Now was a gorgeous contemporary portrayal of the relationships that form between people unrelated by blood, and what happens when tragedy breaks those bonds apart. ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ Jessi Rumfield’s parents have been emotionally absent for most of her life. That’s why for almost ten years, Jessi has considered her neighbors (the Cohen brothers and their mom) more of a family to her than her biological one. One day, the Cohens receive tragic news that changes the course of their lives forever. It’s been a year since a terrible chain of events shook the foundation of their lives, and Jessi hasn’t spoken with the Cohen’s since then. Told in a dual timeline, Jessi’s past mistakes and present regrets reveal themselves in a gorgeous tale of love, loss and self discovery. ~★~ Sarah Everett has an incredible talent for articulating complicated emotions and making readers resonate with them. Jessi Rumfield is incredibly likeable protagonist because of how tangible her feelings are; I found myself invested in her story shortly after it began, already eager to find out what went wrong during her past with the Cohens. I absolutely loved learning more about the brothers Luke and Rowan, and how their many years of friendship with Jessi took a turn for the worst after one wrong move. There is a great fluidity to the narrative in this book that makes it go by incredibly fast. The pacing is spot on, the writing style is simple yet lyrical, and each character is a complex puzzle ready to unravel. I’m surprised that I haven’t heard more buzz about Some Other Now. It’s easily the best contemporary I've read this year, packing an unforgettable emotional punch. I guess that’s my intention with this review—to convince readers to give this book a try. It won’t disappoint!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susana

    Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eArc via Eldelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This book is out now! Buy it and give it some love ❤ 04/03/2021 - It's been almost 2 weeks since I finished this book and the fact that I can't stop thinking about it is lowkey driving me nuts. I want to reread it so badly but I have so many other books I want/need to read so I'm going to do my best to control myself and not follow through with that :P »»———- ♡ ———-«« 5 stars ⭐ This is one of t Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eArc via Eldelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This book is out now! Buy it and give it some love ❤ 04/03/2021 - It's been almost 2 weeks since I finished this book and the fact that I can't stop thinking about it is lowkey driving me nuts. I want to reread it so badly but I have so many other books I want/need to read so I'm going to do my best to control myself and not follow through with that :P »»———- ♡ ———-«« 5 stars ⭐ This is one of the most phenomenal books I’ve ever read. It was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish: it made me cry, laugh, swoon, blush, mad. It broke me into pieces and put me back together more than once and I loved it all. ✦ ✧ ✦ ✧ Some Other Now follows a seventeen-year-old girl named Jessi who, after being neglected by her parents her whole life, finds a family in her childhood best friends, the Cohen brothers and their mother, Mel. One day they are striked with devastating news that forever changes their lives and sets off an unpredictable and heart-wrenching chain of events. Told in two different timelines, the present and the past, this is a story about found family, love, loss and self-discovery. ✦ ✧ ✦ ✧ I completely fell in love with each of these characters. They all have so many layers, especially Jessi, Luke and Rowan, which were my favourite ones. Mel, Luke and Rowan’s mother, is incredible and I love how she took Jessi in and gave her the home and the mother she was desperately missing. There is a lot of unresolved tension between some of the characters and I really liked the way it unfurled as the plot moved forward. The romance falls into the hate-to-love and childhood friends tropes which I know will appeal to many readers. I think it was very well-done and I found its development so gripping to watch. The many friendships Jessi has with other characters were so beautiful to read about as well. The story is very captivating which I think can be attributed to the fact that it’s told in a dual timeline. That’s actually one of my favourite storytelling techniques and since they both have such interesting plots, I couldn’t help but want to keep on reading. Sarah Everett is undoubtedly quite a skilled writer. She was able to put into words so many emotions that sprout from situations I know many people will resonate with. It’s impressive how she was able to get me intensely attached to these characters to the point that I think about them on a daily basis ever since I started this novel. Some Other Now definitely packs a punch and is not exactly what I would define as an “easy read”. That’s because although it’s a fast one, it’s also a poignant novel dealing with difficult topics such as grief and mental illness. I definitely see myself rereading this book in the future. I would recommend it to everyone, since I believe each individual can gain something from this remarkable story, but especially to lovers of hard-hitting YA contemporaries. ✦ ✧ ✦ ✧ Release Date: 23 February 2021

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    4.5⭐️ This book promised to be a YA This Is Us in literary form and it definitely delivered. Some Other Now was an absolute emotional rollercoaster and I was happy to be along for the ride. You’ll get all the feels from this captivating read about family, both found and lost. The story follows Jessi Rumfield, a teen who has always felt closer to Mel Cohen than to her own mom, who spent most of Jessi’s childhood deep in depression that led her to be absent from her daughter’s life. Mel and her son 4.5⭐️ This book promised to be a YA This Is Us in literary form and it definitely delivered. Some Other Now was an absolute emotional rollercoaster and I was happy to be along for the ride. You’ll get all the feels from this captivating read about family, both found and lost. The story follows Jessi Rumfield, a teen who has always felt closer to Mel Cohen than to her own mom, who spent most of Jessi’s childhood deep in depression that led her to be absent from her daughter’s life. Mel and her sons, Rowan and Luke, became the closest thing to family that Jessi ever knew. After Mel was diagnosed with a terminal illness they called the Big Bad and Rowan began to pull away from his best friend Jessi, nothing was the same again. Now it’s Jessi’s summer after high school graduation, and Luke has turned up after months of silence, asking Jessi to do him a favor: pretend to be his girlfriend to make Mel, who is nearing the end of her life, happy. Except the last time they were together, Jessi and Luke’s relationship ruined everything. The plot plays out in an alternating timeline between then and now, with flashbacks to the past that connect to events in the present. It was really interesting to see how things unfolded over the course of the book. I liked getting little breadcrumbs in the “now” chapters and kept me engaged until I learned what actually happened in the “then” chapters. This made it a fast read because I was so invested and so curious to know the full story. I really enjoyed the romance aspect. It was a mix of the friends to lovers and fake dating tropes which are always fun to read for me. While the romance was one of the lighter plot lines, a lot of this book was super intense. There were a lot of heavy topics covered like depression, terminal illness, loss and grief. This is not at all a light and fluffy YA contemporary but it was still so wonderful to read because I was so connected to the characters and their experiences. Some Other Now was a really emotional read. It was touching and poignant, yet beautiful and hopeful. Thank you so much to netgalley, HMH teen and the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 4.25/5 Stars I'm not gonna lie, as soon as I read the words "This Is Us for teens" I was immediately drawn to this book. This novel follows Jessi as she tries to pick up the pieces of what was her life before, when she still had the Cohens to welcome her and to make her laugh. The Cohens have always been a constant in her life, a safe haven where she found the family she felt like she was missing at An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 4.25/5 Stars I'm not gonna lie, as soon as I read the words "This Is Us for teens" I was immediately drawn to this book. This novel follows Jessi as she tries to pick up the pieces of what was her life before, when she still had the Cohens to welcome her and to make her laugh. The Cohens have always been a constant in her life, a safe haven where she found the family she felt like she was missing at her own home. But now everything's different and she has to deal with all of it in order to somehow finally move on. This YA novel explores deep and meaningful themes and some parts of this story are just a punch in the gut, let me tell you. What I liked about this story is how it was told. Everything is narrated with a soft and unrushed prose that takes the reader into Jessi's journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Also, the narrative has two timelines, a now and a then that show the readers how everything unraveled and how the characters got to their present situation. I won't say anything more on the plot because I truly think it's better to go into this book without knowing much beforehand. Just know that it's a deeply moving story whose characters are trying their best to accept a hurtful past and move on in their own lives as best as they can.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    4-4.5 stars Headlines: Family, found-family, brothers Feelings brimming over the page Beautiful Some Other Now pulled you, emotion-long into the book and I just knew it was going to be tough; tough and stunning. This was a read that reminded of some of my favourite family-friend orientated books like Far From The Tree. Jessi the protagonist had long existed in her surrogate family with Ro, Luke and their mother Mel. Their home was her home but this book tracked a couple of years where life changed bey 4-4.5 stars Headlines: Family, found-family, brothers Feelings brimming over the page Beautiful Some Other Now pulled you, emotion-long into the book and I just knew it was going to be tough; tough and stunning. This was a read that reminded of some of my favourite family-friend orientated books like Far From The Tree. Jessi the protagonist had long existed in her surrogate family with Ro, Luke and their mother Mel. Their home was her home but this book tracked a couple of years where life changed beyond recognition and there were difficult themes from the off. Jessi had an unusually difficult real-family home life and the changes there over time were interesting. These brothers were both endearing characters. Ro and Luke were so different and great guys. The friendships in this book were gorgeous and complicated, they were heart-warming and heart-breaking. I couldn’t put the book down, I existed in it, witnessing, revelling and sometimes chewing my lip with tension. I did want a little more from the pages as it wrapped up but even so, it satisfied me. The story was fabulous and the characters suited the tale. Some Other Now was not a depressing read, it was an arresting read, gritty and real with beauty. Hearts will break and heal over this book. Thank you to Melia Publishing for the early review copy. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    When Jessi thought of home, the Cohens were the first thing that came to mind. Fate brought Rowen, Luke, and Mel into her life when she needed them most. Her own mother crippled by depression, Mel Cohen served as Jessi's surrogate mother for over a decade. But then Mel got sick, Rowan grew distant, and Jessi's romance with Luke fell apart. After almost a year of silence, Luke reached out to Jessi, asking her to pretend they were back together to make his mother's last days happier, but Jessi str When Jessi thought of home, the Cohens were the first thing that came to mind. Fate brought Rowen, Luke, and Mel into her life when she needed them most. Her own mother crippled by depression, Mel Cohen served as Jessi's surrogate mother for over a decade. But then Mel got sick, Rowan grew distant, and Jessi's romance with Luke fell apart. After almost a year of silence, Luke reached out to Jessi, asking her to pretend they were back together to make his mother's last days happier, but Jessi struggled with her guilt and found it harder and harder to pretend. I saw a mention of the show This Is Us in the book summary, and I can understand why. Every time I watched an episode of the show, I cried, and there were buckets of tears shed as I read this book. My emotions! My emotions! But, I also think the comparison is a reference to the structure. The story flipped between Then and Now, and just like the show, the reveals were rolled out to inflict maximum emotional impact. There was one that hit me the hardest, that I think was closer to the beginning of the story. I am sure the neighbors heard my gasp and subsequent sobs after I read that part. I started and finished this book in the same day, because I had to know the whole truth of what happened. How did something so beautiful fall apart? I suffered through all the heartache and pain until I knew the full story. It was sad and tragic, but some good things did precipitate from everything finally being out in the open. Therefore, in the end, I was hopeful for Jessi. While I was reading this book, I was getting shades of The Summer I Turned Pretty and 99 Days. I don't know if it was the sick mom, the complicated relationship with the mother, the two brothers, but there was something there that kept making me think of these two books. I believe it's because of how messy and complicated things were, and how these people were so flawed. I adored this beautifully painful story. It was a rather emotional journey of self-discovery and self-forgiveness for Jessi, and it was a well worth every tear I shed. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Wow I'm obsessed with this book! They say it's like a young adult 'This is Us' and I loved that show too. It has Now and Then chapters going from before and after a tragedy. From when they were happy, carefree friends and a cute new couple to after a death. So many family issues on both sides to have to process and handle at young ages. Divorce, long term sickness, mental health, good and bad relationship examples. We know one of the main characters died but not how or when but it makes you want t Wow I'm obsessed with this book! They say it's like a young adult 'This is Us' and I loved that show too. It has Now and Then chapters going from before and after a tragedy. From when they were happy, carefree friends and a cute new couple to after a death. So many family issues on both sides to have to process and handle at young ages. Divorce, long term sickness, mental health, good and bad relationship examples. We know one of the main characters died but not how or when but it makes you want to keep reading to find out what happened (like Jack), it keeps opening up to show you more of their depth and complexities. I love the narrative flow of this book. I couldn't put it down. I literally picked it up to read it, two days ago. I love Jessi, our imperfect MC who is struggling internally and stalling in her life due to survivors guilt. I just want to hug her and tell her it isn't her fault! And to tell Luke the same! For all the feelings he holds inside and feels like he shouldn't have because someone else has them too. And Ro sweet energetic, full of life Ro!  I cried a few times and my heart felt like mush and it was bleeding. But then there were times when I felt the new love feeling and was so giddy and happy for them. But the truths at the end when they finally faced the past, and were finally able to talk about it but didn't change the fact that one of them was gone and that was the one they wanted to forgive them. I was happy that it ended with a little hope and some new beginnings for everyone that was left.  Always tell the person you love you love them! They may not know.  As a Mom that struggles with migraines, I cry so many times when I am stuck in bed and am in so much pain and can't be with my babies but I have all the medicines and am trying to find my triggers. But to be absent for 18 years of your child's life, the loss - I lament the loss of hours or days not being able to do activities with them. The guilt over thinking you are making the right choice for yourself but realizing it may not have been the right choice for your family can be heartbreaking. But there's always Day 1.  Rating:  5 stars Thank you #hmhteen and #yallwrite for this giveaway win which I read through #netgalley for my honest and voluntary review! (I really want to know what Jessi and Luke are doing after fro yo)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    Some Other Now was a nice novel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tilly

    4.5 stars TW: Death of a loved one, cancer, depression, family problems, very emotional scenes. Wow. I have no idea where to start. I did not expect this book to be such an emotional rollercoaster! I feel utterly drained and have never cried so many times when reading one book. That being said, it was also an incredibly well written, smart and interesting read. I don't think I have ever read anything like it. It is so emotional, filled with sadness and heartache but also a lot of love. The story re 4.5 stars TW: Death of a loved one, cancer, depression, family problems, very emotional scenes. Wow. I have no idea where to start. I did not expect this book to be such an emotional rollercoaster! I feel utterly drained and have never cried so many times when reading one book. That being said, it was also an incredibly well written, smart and interesting read. I don't think I have ever read anything like it. It is so emotional, filled with sadness and heartache but also a lot of love. The story revolves around 17 year old Jessi, her best friend Rowan Cohen and his brother Luke. Jessi is like a part of their family as her parents are very absent from her life due to depression and work. The Cohen brother's mum Mel is like a second mum to Jessi. The story goes inbetween a "Then" and "Now" with a unknown event that has caused a lot of upset in-between. The mystery of what happened has you hooked from the word go. The author Sarah Everett did an incredible job in keeping you gripped and wanting more. I buddy read this book over three days but if I hadn't then I just know I wouldn't have been able to put it down. There is so much I want to say but I don't want to ruin one single thing about this fantastic book. So what I will say is if the trigger warnings don't put you off then go pre-order it or add it to your TBR now! I promise this smart, emotional and intriguing book won't let you down. Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katy Upperman

    I loved this. A lot.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Singrey

    This book was advertised as having a similar feel to This Is Us, and it delivered. Jessi should know better than to start fake-dating her ex, Luke, who hates her, just to make Luke's dying mother happy. "Should" being the operative word. She finds it impossible to resist being pulled back into the Cohens' world. Told in a split timeline, the reader follows Jessi both before and after the horrific event that ripped her relationship with the Cohens apart. Before: When Jessi was seven, the Cohens be This book was advertised as having a similar feel to This Is Us, and it delivered. Jessi should know better than to start fake-dating her ex, Luke, who hates her, just to make Luke's dying mother happy. "Should" being the operative word. She finds it impossible to resist being pulled back into the Cohens' world. Told in a split timeline, the reader follows Jessi both before and after the horrific event that ripped her relationship with the Cohens apart. Before: When Jessi was seven, the Cohens become her substitute family. Jessi's mother stays in bed with depression, and her dad doesn't want to upset the status quo. So she becomes the daughter the Cohens never had. Ro's her age and stays her best friend as they navigate high school, and nerdy older brother Luke is always around, too. But when mother-figure Mel is diagnosed with cancer, all Jessi wants to do is help to take care of her. Luke and Rowan react differently. Rowan begins acting out and pulling away, while Luke and Jessi get close. Jessi discovers she might prefer the serious older brother to the force of nature that's Rowan. And Luke likes her too. Jessi can't figure out why Rowan starts acting so weird about her dating his brother. Then a horrific event rips everything apart. After: Luke hates Jessi, but wants to give his mother peace before she dies of cancer. So he convinces Jessi to pretend to date him. That way they can all be together again in the end. This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you've put it down. It's both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Some Other Now owns my entire heart. That's it, that's the review. Okay fine I guess I can't end it there, but wow this book made me feel everything, just everything. From the first page I was completely hooked, somehow already invested in this story. It alternates timelines between the current time, and about a year prior, before Jessi's whole life kind of took a turn. I am going to try You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Some Other Now owns my entire heart. That's it, that's the review. Okay fine I guess I can't end it there, but wow this book made me feel everything, just everything. From the first page I was completely hooked, somehow already invested in this story. It alternates timelines between the current time, and about a year prior, before Jessi's whole life kind of took a turn. I am going to try to explain why I love this story so much, yeah? ►Just... every feeling. I won't lie, I cried through at least 75% of this book. In a full blown "this will destroy my soul" way. The thing is, while it did absolutely destroy my soul, it also slowly but surely rebuilt it. And that was the biggest takeaway for me: Yes, your life will change, irrevocably. But while it will be different, and often quite sad, that doesn't mean there will never be happiness or hope again. That is a message that we all need from time to time, and the author provides it beautifully. ►I related to Jessi so much, often more than I even wanted to. I had a family once who I felt as close to as Jessi did. (I still love them, but they have moved far away, and while they'll always be special to me, I don't have the same level of closeness, or frankly, dependence, that I once did.) Jessi always feels a little... "less than" in her life. Her mom is suffering from some pretty debilitating mental illness, and so Jessi often sees her own needs and wants as secondary. She also feels like she is lacking something, which I have never really related to harder. And to be clear, Jessi isn't, she's lovely and wonderful, but I get that feeling. And when some tragic things happen between her and the Cohens, she feels more lost and alone than ever. ►The Cohens, for their part, are lovely. It's clear to see why Jessi has fallen in love with them (in basically all the ways one can fall in love, really). She sees Mel as her surrogate mother, Rowan is her very best friend, and she's had a crush on Luke for oh, about forever. And they, in turn, treat her with the kindness and love she deserves. ►I love that the story focuses on Jessi's other relationships, too. Jessi obviously needs to come to terms with her own family's dynamic, which she will be forced to do during the story. She also must learn to build friendships outside of the family, and I think that is a really great journey as well. And the elderly man that she visits is quite possibly one of my favorite elements of the book- both because they have a fun relationship, and that I think his choices in life helped Jessi to second-guess some of her own. ►Most of all, Jessi needs to build her relationship with Jessi. Because no one can make you whole, no one can fill those voids we feel within ourselves. And most sadly, people will come into our lives and leave, for many reasons, and it's something we have to face. Jessi's journey during this book is so beautiful, I don't have enough words. She is such a good, kind person at heart, and has so much to offer the world, and I wanted nothing but the best for her. Bottom Line: This story is beautiful and heartbreaking and just so completely full of love. Read it, read it now.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Saliha

    Oh well, I did not expect this book to make me this emotional! I loved how the past and the present came together in the story. I'm so glad I picked this up Oh well, I did not expect this book to make me this emotional! I loved how the past and the present came together in the story. I'm so glad I picked this up

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    I'm giving this a 3.5 stars. It was generally enjoyable but had some pacing issues and was a bit melodramatic at parts. First, I want to say that this is NOT a romance. It's a hard-hitting contemporary with a romantic element, but it's not a romance. I think readers will enjoy this more if they go in without the expectation that this is a romance. This is a story about a girl named Jessi who has "adopted" the Cohens as her found family because her own parents aren't able to really care for her the I'm giving this a 3.5 stars. It was generally enjoyable but had some pacing issues and was a bit melodramatic at parts. First, I want to say that this is NOT a romance. It's a hard-hitting contemporary with a romantic element, but it's not a romance. I think readers will enjoy this more if they go in without the expectation that this is a romance. This is a story about a girl named Jessi who has "adopted" the Cohens as her found family because her own parents aren't able to really care for her the way she needs. Her mother has suffered from depression most of Jessi's life, so she latched onto her best friend Rowan's mother Mel as a maternal figure. Mel has been diagnosed with an unnamed terminal illness and Jessi is dealing with the fallout of that, while also dealing with (view spoiler)[ the death of Rowan the previous fall. (hide spoiler)] The book switches between two perspectives: a year ago and the present day, following the relationship of Jessi and Luke, Rowan's older brother. Something happened between then and now and they aren't together anymore, but we don't really know what broke them apart. I really liked the exploration of found family and Jessi's relationship with her own parents, especially her mother. In the "Now" storyline, Jessi's mom has finally gotten help for her depression. It was a really honest mental health representation. It's a nuanced look at the way depression isn't anyone's "fault," but still requires some responsibility and effort to heal from. My major issues with this book came down to pacing and structure. I felt like we spent SO much of the book hearing about how much Jessi loved Mel and after a while it got repetitive. The author had already done a good job conveying Jessi's relationship with Mel and didn't need to keep pointing it out. There was also this tease throughout the entire book about what happened to Rowan and something Jessi had done that she considers "unforgivable." We didn't find out about this until over 80% of the book. I would've preferred the author reveal that earlier and given everyone a little longer to untangle the mess. The ending felt rushed, especially since there was an argument between Jessi and her parents at like 90%. The pace of this book made it hard to stay focused and interested in the story. I think it should've been shorter or needed an additional plotline that was separate from Jessi and the Cohens, like maybe Jessi exploring her career goals. In terms of the romance, I was a little uncomfortable (view spoiler)[ about the implication that both Cohen brothers loved Jessi. It just felt icky to me that they would fight over her. (hide spoiler)] Still, I think this is an interesting look at grief, loss, guilt, and mental illness.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittany J. (BNJreads)

    ✨Some Other Now thoughts✨ Thank you to @hearourvoicestours and @hmhbooks for the gifted galley of Some Other Now by Sarah Everett @heysaraeverett! Some Other Now publishes February 2021 and this ended up being the read I needed at this time! Book slump? What book slump? I started it and couldn’t stop picking this one up. I took this photo while my girls were in their morning pre-k sessions and I snuck a few chapters in to myself. I loved the flipping between thenand now! I just had to find out wh ✨Some Other Now thoughts✨ Thank you to @hearourvoicestours and @hmhbooks for the gifted galley of Some Other Now by Sarah Everett @heysaraeverett! Some Other Now publishes February 2021 and this ended up being the read I needed at this time! Book slump? What book slump? I started it and couldn’t stop picking this one up. I took this photo while my girls were in their morning pre-k sessions and I snuck a few chapters in to myself. I loved the flipping between thenand now! I just had to find out what happened to Rowan, why Luke was so angry with Jessi and I needed more wisdom from Mel. There’s a lot to unpack in this one. For instance, mental illness, what I believed to be postpartum depression that was never acknowledged, excessive drinking in a teenager just to name a few at the forefront of the story. I saw the train wrecks coming a mile away but I felt like a helpless child as well. When we don’t talk to others about what we’re feeling, when we keep things bottled up, we run the risk of making things worse. I’ve never seen a situation not turn around with communication and yet we don’t do it for whatever reason often enough, well enough, if at all. Words left unsaid bug me to no end but it is so common and I wish it wasn’t. Favorite Quotes: “Not being the best at something doesn’t make you stupid. It makes you human.” “I don’t know if I will ever be okay with me...But I decide right here and now that I have to try.” “Being all someone has and caring about them counts for a lot.” “Be nice to yourself.” Favorite Character: Mel! She wasn’t perfect by any means but I loved her. I loved her wisdom.I loved her nurturing spirit despite all she was going through and I love how she stepped in for Jessi with open arms. Sometimes it just takes one person to be there. When this book releases, buy a copy and give it a big ole hug. It’s not the easiest book to read as it comes with some content warnings: dealing with depression, death, terminal illness, alcohol abuse and grief but understand they were all treated with care. So happy to have Some Other Now sent to me! #bnjreads #bookishthoughts #bookish #someothernow #saraheverett #HMHbooks #diversespines #youngadult #YAReader #bookstagram #bnjreadsreview

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aida

    🇬🇧English 🇪🇸Español Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC. This book broke me in such a beautiful way... I honestly have no words except that this is, for sure, one of my favorites of the year. This book is about family, and how you chose who is family, it’s about grief, how it can eat you alive but also how you can rise from it. It’s about broken people who have a lot of guilt on them but try their best. I just love it, it’s so wholesome in a way I can’t describe. I fell in love with 🇬🇧English 🇪🇸Español Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC. This book broke me in such a beautiful way... I honestly have no words except that this is, for sure, one of my favorites of the year. This book is about family, and how you chose who is family, it’s about grief, how it can eat you alive but also how you can rise from it. It’s about broken people who have a lot of guilt on them but try their best. I just love it, it’s so wholesome in a way I can’t describe. I fell in love with all of them, with Mel for always being brave, with Ro for just being Ro, with Luke for trying to be strong even when he was clearly broken (even tho at times I hated him) and with Jessi, always Jessi, because she fucked up and learned that life continues even if you want to go back. Mostly this book is about healing and I loved that. It seriously made me feel identified with some of the things that happened and it’s so well done. The way the authors plays with “Then” and “Now” and how that adds a lot to the story. I just loved it and I really, really, recommend this book. —————— Este libro es, sin duda, uno de mis favoritos de este año. Me ha dolido tanto y me ha hecho llorar como un bebé pero es tan hermoso, tan real que no tengo palabras. He amado a todos y cada uno de los personajes porque es imposible no hacerlo a pesar de lo rotos que están algunos y de la decisiones que toman. El libro trata sobre la familia, la que eliges y porqué la eliges, trata sobre el duelo y la culpa que este aveces hace aparecer en las personas. Y es simplemente tan bonito que no puedo explicarlo. Solo puedo decir que recomiendo este libro sin pensarlo, una de mis mejores lecturas.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marieke du Pré

    Jessi had a depressive mom, had a substitute mom, had a best friend, had a crush on her best friend’s brother. But everything changed on that fatal day and now Rowan is gone, Luke hates Jessi and Mel is dying. And Jessi’s own mom is getting better after 18 years of depression. Some other now doesn’t shy away from heavy topics. It deals with depression, terminal illness, death, grief, and more. Don’t expect a romance or a fluffy read because it’s not. It’s a contemporary story that can hit hard. Th Jessi had a depressive mom, had a substitute mom, had a best friend, had a crush on her best friend’s brother. But everything changed on that fatal day and now Rowan is gone, Luke hates Jessi and Mel is dying. And Jessi’s own mom is getting better after 18 years of depression. Some other now doesn’t shy away from heavy topics. It deals with depression, terminal illness, death, grief, and more. Don’t expect a romance or a fluffy read because it’s not. It’s a contemporary story that can hit hard. The story is written in a now and a then, and I love dual timelines. They make the reader eager to read on and on because you know (bad) things happened, but you don’t know exactly what. And slowly, those things get revealed while, on the other hand, the story in the now throws snippets of the then around. Jessi is the main character, but my heart ached for Rowan and Luke. Divorced parents and then their wonderful mom diagnosed with the ‘Big Bad’. Of course, it hit Jessi hard, too, because Mel was her substitute mom since her own mom dealt with depression, but those boys were only seventeen and eighteen when their mom got diagnosed with a terminal illness. Despite the heavy topics, this story is easy to get into. Sarah Everett’s writing is flawless. The thing I liked less was the pacing. It dragged on a little, especially in the middle. The story could have been a little shorter to engage the reader more—overall a solid read. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    I don't know how it happened, but by the end of chapter one, I knew two things. One, I was already wishing the best for the Cohens (Mel, Ro, and Luke) and Jessi, and two, this book was going to make me cry. (and it did) The characters really shine in this novel. They all felt authentic and well-rounded. I was actually surprised how there isn't a single character that is portrayed as irredeemable or wholly good. (I mean Willow and Brent lean towards the latter, but they still didn't feel like they I don't know how it happened, but by the end of chapter one, I knew two things. One, I was already wishing the best for the Cohens (Mel, Ro, and Luke) and Jessi, and two, this book was going to make me cry. (and it did) The characters really shine in this novel. They all felt authentic and well-rounded. I was actually surprised how there isn't a single character that is portrayed as irredeemable or wholly good. (I mean Willow and Brent lean towards the latter, but they still didn't feel like they were flat characters) The relationships were on point, too: from Mel's mother-figure role to Jessi to Jessi & Ro's friendship to the dynamics of the Cohens and Jessi's parents. All the relationships felt real. Additionally, this book is told from two perspectives: Jessi's Then & Now. The flow between these two time periods worked really well, as I was anxiously reading to find out what exactly happened to cause that separation between the past and present. In conclusion, this book tells Jessi's story as she tries to navigate her Now & Then, as she struggles with past actions, her mother-figure's sickness, fake-dating the one that got away, among other things. The thing I like most about this novel is how easily I connected to and rooted for the characters, especially Jessi. It was one of those books that I could not put down until I reached the end. Thank you to HMH Teen and #YALLWrite for this NetGalley ARC. I really appreciated the opportunity to read this!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brandie Shanae Bridges

    This book brought me to tears because the premise of this book is so close to home for me. I loved Jessi, Luke, Mel, and even Rowan even though there were times where he got on my last nerve. But then again what Mel had shared with the family I really can not blame Rowan for his actions to a certain extent. I loved Mel because she reminded me of my mom and I think that is what put me to tears the most. I fell in love with Jessi she was definitely my favorite character. I loved the fact that she This book brought me to tears because the premise of this book is so close to home for me. I loved Jessi, Luke, Mel, and even Rowan even though there were times where he got on my last nerve. But then again what Mel had shared with the family I really can not blame Rowan for his actions to a certain extent. I loved Mel because she reminded me of my mom and I think that is what put me to tears the most. I fell in love with Jessi she was definitely my favorite character. I loved the fact that she was very bold with her actions towards Luke but also composed herself and ignorance whenever it came her way. This book deals with love/romance, loss, forgiveness, hope, and lies. Now the romance in this book between Jessi and Luke was so cute and I am glad that Sarah added this concept in the book because without it...I would be in tears the entire time. Also when I was reading this book I learned things about myself as well as people dealing with bad news and how when someone is going through something it is better to be near them and letting them know that you are there for them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    Overall, this is one incredibly poignant and heartfelt read that looks at the effects of tragedy and trauma on one young life. Be prepared for this one to be high on the drama, but it works wonderfully with the character development arc and pulling the reader's heartstrings mercilessly. Jessi is an incredibly sympathetic character. I felt emotionally tied to her almost from the first chapter, and every detail that got revealed of her past and how it was affecting her present only made me want to Overall, this is one incredibly poignant and heartfelt read that looks at the effects of tragedy and trauma on one young life. Be prepared for this one to be high on the drama, but it works wonderfully with the character development arc and pulling the reader's heartstrings mercilessly. Jessi is an incredibly sympathetic character. I felt emotionally tied to her almost from the first chapter, and every detail that got revealed of her past and how it was affecting her present only made me want to see her find happiness all the more. The Cohen family are all great and seeing how they all react to tragedy in such different ways gives Jessi and readers a further chance to explore all the emotional angles of the story. My only complaint might be that I'm not sure her relationship with Luke is entirely healthy if they don't get some pretty heavy psychological/therapeutic help and the example it might set for younger readers, but that's me bringing the real world into fiction. Many thanks to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for the early read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Felix Hommy Gonzalez

    I really liked this book! When they tell you that it’s like This Is Us but YA... that’s 100% true. If you like This Is Us, I’m positive that you will enjoy this book a lot. 😊 It has a really similar vibe, with all the important and complex themes, a story narrated in a split timeline, the powerful lessons that will have you highlighting left and right, and the heartbreaking moments mixed with the heartwarming moments. And yes, you will probably cry. The story deals with important themes like dep I really liked this book! When they tell you that it’s like This Is Us but YA... that’s 100% true. If you like This Is Us, I’m positive that you will enjoy this book a lot. 😊 It has a really similar vibe, with all the important and complex themes, a story narrated in a split timeline, the powerful lessons that will have you highlighting left and right, and the heartbreaking moments mixed with the heartwarming moments. And yes, you will probably cry. The story deals with important themes like depression, race relations, family / found family, cancer, grief, and survivor’s guilt. It also has romance, fake-dating and some good friendships. 👌🏾 The pacing is great, the characters are multidimensional and the twists are unexpected. The story shows glimpses of hope, but it’s also heartbreaking, so you better have some tissues ready before reading this book. You’ve been warned. 😭

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Thomas

    I absolutely loathe love triangles where a character is torn between two siblings, but the synopsis of this book had me in tears so I'll guess I'll give it a shot! I absolutely loathe love triangles where a character is torn between two siblings, but the synopsis of this book had me in tears so I'll guess I'll give it a shot!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amira

    omg I NEED TO READ THIS

  24. 4 out of 5

    Serene

    *Arc provided by NetGalley. Review to come*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kym

    I received an advance copy of this book from Publishers on behalf of Hear Our Voices Blog Tours. All thoughts in this review are my own. After the death of her best friend, the loss of her boyfriend, waiting to lose the woman who's always acted as a mother to her, and struggling with the "return" of her actual mother who's spend the last 18 years in bed battling depression, Jessi moves through the world as a shell of a person filling ever hour of her day to keep the darkness at bay. Jessi and Rowa I received an advance copy of this book from Publishers on behalf of Hear Our Voices Blog Tours. All thoughts in this review are my own. After the death of her best friend, the loss of her boyfriend, waiting to lose the woman who's always acted as a mother to her, and struggling with the "return" of her actual mother who's spend the last 18 years in bed battling depression, Jessi moves through the world as a shell of a person filling ever hour of her day to keep the darkness at bay. Jessi and Rowan Cohen were best friends for 10 years. Older brother Luke Cohen and Jessie spent a few beautiful months as more than friends, finally, but all of that died the night Ro did. Mel Cohen had always been the mom Jessi craved but as she dies slowly from cancer, Jessi, Ro, and Luke begin to fall apart as well.  A year after Ro's death and the end of Luke and Jessi, Luke reappears out of nowhere, insisting that he and Jessi pretend to be dating again, for Mel's sake, Jessi can't say no, she;d no anything for Mel and has never forgiven herself for hurting Luke. As Jessi and Luke walk the tight rope between pretend and the flame that never actually burned out, Jessi is forced to deal with the gradual loss of Mel, her need for Luke but aversion to close relationships, her parents who pretend as if the last eighteen years never happened, and what she did to Ro.  I feel like I traveled with Jessi on this journey. Moving between Then and Now was so fantastically jarring because, although Jessi's life was never "perfect" we were able to see what she "had" with the Cohen's, and what her life turned into when she lost them. Having recently had my own family loss this summer, the darkness of it can act as an accelerate in a world that's tough and unforgiving in the best of circumstances (let alone during Covid and this circus of an election season).   I love that we are beginning to see more books that tell stories of black suburban families. While Jessi's story isn't exactly exploding with joy, the addition of books like Some Other Now with The Hate You Give, I Am Alfonso Jones, and Dear Martin begins to show the world that there is more than one black narrative. While the history of African American's begins with some of the most oppressive moments in American history, we are more than oppressed people. We will always walk through the world with dark skin, and there will always be some that hate us for it, but we're allowed friendships, love, family. We're allowed to play tennis, go camping, bake cupcakes, and live our lives with all the joy we can carve out of this world.  Favorite Quotes Just don't wait too long. Eighty years flies by. There's always hope... as long as you're willing to try. Happy, grateful, well-dressed, brave. Alive.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie Steele

    I will read every single thing Sarah Everett writes and I will love it all ~~~ FULL REVIEW: Sarah Everett is just a genius. Her writing is consistently beautiful, and her books have become ones I desperately look forward to. Some Other Now is no exception. Everett is a contemporary writer that I don't see mentioned enough, and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre. The characters steal the show in Some Other Now(let's be real though, Everett's characters always steal the show). I will read every single thing Sarah Everett writes and I will love it all ~~~ FULL REVIEW: Sarah Everett is just a genius. Her writing is consistently beautiful, and her books have become ones I desperately look forward to. Some Other Now is no exception. Everett is a contemporary writer that I don't see mentioned enough, and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre. The characters steal the show in Some Other Now(let's be real though, Everett's characters always steal the show). The way their stories are shown, the way it all unfolds, is heartbreaking and beautiful. Definitely have tissues handy for this one. It's not all sadness though. This book offers a beautiful portrayal of hope, of finding comfort and moving on from grief. If you haven't read a Sarah Everett book, please keep this one on your radar(and also pick up her other books. They're all incredible, trust me).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    TW: post-partum depression, cancer I received an ARC from Edelweiss 3.3 Jessi hasn't had the best childhood, with her barely function depressive mother and avoidant father, but she still had a family- The Cohens, a family that chose her. Watching Mel, the best maternal figure she has, slowly wither away had been the absolute hardest thing for her. But now, a year later, something even worse has come to pass. Torn between missing the people she once thought of as her family, and the guilt that k TW: post-partum depression, cancer I received an ARC from Edelweiss 3.3 Jessi hasn't had the best childhood, with her barely function depressive mother and avoidant father, but she still had a family- The Cohens, a family that chose her. Watching Mel, the best maternal figure she has, slowly wither away had been the absolute hardest thing for her. But now, a year later, something even worse has come to pass. Torn between missing the people she once thought of as her family, and the guilt that keeps her away from them, Jessi doesn't know how to react to Luke Cohen's, former crush and boyfriend who clearly hates her, request that she pretend they got back together. She'd do anything to make Mel happy, but can she really lie to her, when Mel doesn't even know the horrible thing she's done? I was excited about this book because I really loved Sarah Everett's other book, No One Here Is Lonely. In some ways this one is similar- another black protagonist (yay!) with a POC love interest, complicated relationships, and a lot of guilt- but it lacked the punch that the former book gave me. Comparing the two is probably unfair, but it's hard when the other cast such a shadow. For me, this book is good, but didn't work for me as well as I'd hoped. I think that the back and forth narrative works well here. Because we're not given all of the information at once, Jessi's narration works itself around the missing parts so they become stark and obvious. It's not a book where you're compelled to try to figure everything out, or solve any mysteries, but there's still enough of that fog of uncertainty and abstained truth that you follow the thread with your eyes open, waiting for answers. I feel for Jessi and her family. Jessi's main support in her life so far has been Mel, and her sons, Luke and Rowan. You can see, right from the beginning, how any distance from them makes her feel unhappy and full of uncertainty. In the "Now" sections, even after she's distanced herself from the Cohens and her mother's gotten help for her depression, she's still a damaged person with abandonment issues, and you can't blame her at all for that. Everett does a good job showing the ways Jessi's been shaped, and giving extra depth to her mother. However, where those character are well done, I don't feel that way about the rest of them- excluding, oddly enough, Mel's best friend, Naomi. Rowan is only ever really shown in a negative light, so I never got their connection or saw their friendship beyond his neediness/jealousy and her being annoyed at me. Luke is also mostly shown in his worst light, which made me completely unempathetic to him. In the rare moments where he's not being mean or awful, he's still not al that developed of a character. Mel is explained to be this wonderful person, but she seems to mostly repeat maternal platitudes and never felt like a full person for me. I like Willow, Jessi's friend, and I liked Ernie, but neither of those characters are given much room to do anything or change and grow. The main problem for me in this book was that I wasn't rooting for anything. I wasn't compelled to read because beyond figuring out the storyline for part of this book, there wasn't anything I was hoping for or waiting for. If I cared more about the characters and their relationships, I think this book would have worked better for me. I always enjoy Everett's writing style, but plot-wise, and due to some character work, I didn't love this book. I'll definitely be waiting on the next one, however, and I'm sure other people will enjoy this book more than I did.

  28. 4 out of 5

    paperbackfruit

    4.0 Thank you to Edelweiss and Unplugged Book Box for this ARC. In return, here is my honest review: The protagonist, Jessie, basically spent her entire childhood with the Cohen family. This is because her mother suffers from depression and was not present for eighteen years of her life. Rowan Cohen is Jessie’s best friend, while Luke Cohen is one year older, and is super smart and all. Mel, the Cohen brother’s mother, is like a mother to Jessie. However, Mel got cancer, Rowan is “gone”, and Luk 4.0 Thank you to Edelweiss and Unplugged Book Box for this ARC. In return, here is my honest review: The protagonist, Jessie, basically spent her entire childhood with the Cohen family. This is because her mother suffers from depression and was not present for eighteen years of her life. Rowan Cohen is Jessie’s best friend, while Luke Cohen is one year older, and is super smart and all. Mel, the Cohen brother’s mother, is like a mother to Jessie. However, Mel got cancer, Rowan is “gone”, and Luke “hates” Jessie. A year later, Luke asks Jessie for a favor and a lot of stuff happens. I really like the format of this book –– it alternates between the past and present, and it is actually well done. The writing style is alright, and the setting is believable. The characters are okay; they don’t make you love them, but you don’t hate them either. The plot is at a normal speed. It doesn’t drag, but it’s not fast either. Jessie always pushes people out of her life because she doesn’t want people to worry about her, which is ironic because she tells Ernie (this old man she sits for) not to push people out of his life. Yet, this part really struck out to me because it shows me that sometimes we do things without knowing, even though we tell others not to do it. We all are hypocrites, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get better, and this theme of never stop trying to improve is present throughout the book, which was nice. I really liked how Jessie’s mother realized her mental illness, got help, and slowly improved. That was a powerful message. Actually, there were a few powerful message throughout the book and I couldn’t stop highlighting them on my kindle! I don’t want to spoil it (but this is kinda obvious), but one of the main things I can’t get over is that during Mel’s funeral, Jessie and Luke were doing some not so appropriate things… Also, I feel like this issue is so ubiquitous this year –– the characters are all so extreme! Yes, I get that we all have issues and problems, and I get that some people might not want to accept help or the truth, but at least have a mix of both so the readers won’t feel uncomfortable or aggravated all the time. I do think that I learned a lot from this book (or basically books in general), but I kept on wishing for some characters to be less extreme. Though, most characters’ developments are all towards the end of the book (around 90% according to my kindle). But I really hoped that there would be more resolution (?). I wasn’t very satisfied with the ending; it felt a bit rushed. (Though some may disagree with me there). Themes: truth, family, loss, mental wellness, empowerment, staying true to your heart

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kiana

    This was my least favorite of Sarah Everett's three books to date. Although I liked the themes at play (coping with grief, found family, mental illness), it wallowed a little too much in soapy melodrama for my taste. The fake-dating aspect got really old really fast, and I found Luke's treatment of Jessi to be so manipulative and weird (at least in the "now") portion that it was hard to take him as a prospective romantic lead. There were several times that I was reminded of Jenny Han's "summer" This was my least favorite of Sarah Everett's three books to date. Although I liked the themes at play (coping with grief, found family, mental illness), it wallowed a little too much in soapy melodrama for my taste. The fake-dating aspect got really old really fast, and I found Luke's treatment of Jessi to be so manipulative and weird (at least in the "now") portion that it was hard to take him as a prospective romantic lead. There were several times that I was reminded of Jenny Han's "summer" trilogy here, with only slightly less ridiculousness. Some Other Now alternates between the present day and flashbacks, and while I initially understood why it made that choice, I think it eventually worked to the book's detriment. The novel spent too long dragging out the suspense behind what really happened, leaving readers with just a bunch of self-loathing and ominous comments from Jessi in the present chapters. Withholding the truth for so long seems like a cheap trick. Rather than keeping everything in the dark and tiptoeing around it in the other timeline, I would have preferred to see the characters in the present day actually reflect and work through their trauma and responses to tragedy. But for the sake of suspense, the "now" section of the book can't do this for 95% of the time, and once we at long last get to the reveal (which I suspect many readers will have guessed long in advance, anyway) Jessi and Co. only have about 25 pages to sort things out and create a (somewhat) neat ending. The standout to me was not the romantic drama, but the familial relationships. Jessi finds a surrogate mother in Mel and their interactions are super endearing and natural. Jessi's strained relationship with her own mother might actually be even better; the nuanced depiction of a depressed parent and the pain it causes Jessi was so impressive, and the fact that Jessi's parents eventually take a more central role in Jessi's life as Mel fades away was a welcome development. I'm so used to parent-child relationships in YA as being super stagnant, but this was a dynamic, ever-changing bond that illustrated how relationships can change and evolve, for better or for worse. All in all, I'm neither here nor there with Some Other Now. I like Everett's writing and some of the side relationships, but the central plot was clichéd and frustrating to me. This comment is pointless given the nature of YA fiction, but I believe if the romance was entirely removed (or at least greatly reduced), it would have been far better. But then you'd only have about 25% of the existing book. So I don't know. 3 stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tabassum Irin (whatirinreads)

    I am a huge fan of the show “This is Us”, so when I noticed that Some Other Now’s blurb read that it’s This Is Us for *teens*, I KNEW I HAD TO READ IT. Sadly, the book didn’t completely live up to my expectations, but it was a touching & thought-provoking book nevertheless. There were some parts that I loved, and some parts which I didn’t – that’s all. 😢 Things I loved : 1) The relationship between Jessi and Mel was my favorite thing about the book. ❤ I loved how they were always so “in-sync” with I am a huge fan of the show “This is Us”, so when I noticed that Some Other Now’s blurb read that it’s This Is Us for *teens*, I KNEW I HAD TO READ IT. Sadly, the book didn’t completely live up to my expectations, but it was a touching & thought-provoking book nevertheless. There were some parts that I loved, and some parts which I didn’t – that’s all. 😢 Things I loved : 1) The relationship between Jessi and Mel was my favorite thing about the book. ❤ I loved how they were always so “in-sync” with each other. Found family is one of my favorite tropes to read about, and Mel-Jessi’s bond made me fall in love with the theme even more. I looked forward to their conversations all the time while reading Some Other Now. :’) 😊 2) Another thing that I really appreciated about Some Other Now is how the author represented Jessi’s relationship with her parents. They were just “physically” present in her life for 18 years, without really being there for Jessi as parents should – so seeing the transition in their relationship with Jessi after a tragic incident occurred, was definitely one of the highlights for me. 3) The topic of depression and mental health issues were so thoughtfully written too! Grief is a major part of Some Other Now, and I loved how Jessi’s emotions were portrayed in the book. It made her character very real to me. 💕 Things I didn’t like : 1) Jessi’s self-loathing episodes were sometimes a bit too much for me. I did understand why she felt that way, but when a character is so hell-bent on making them seem like a bad person, it automatically becomes tough to like them too. So yeah, I struggled warming up to her. :))) The “tragic incident” and how it happened took a lot of time to be revealed, which is why the story felt a little flat in the beginning. 2) Jessi and Rowan’s friendship was just…. hollow? I never got to see how they were best friends, because Rowan was just absent from major incidents. Jessi did feel that something was off in their relationship, but she never went ahead and didn’t even try to fix it/talk it out – which just seemed odd. The word “best friend” was repeatedly thrown around, but it failed to gain meaning in terms of the plotline. 3) I WANTED TO LOVE LUKE SO BADLY.😭😭😭 He seemed like an amazing person in the “before” timeline, but the present timeline made me so annoyed with him. There were many unresolved communication issues between Luke and Jessi, which could have given the story the closure it needed, in my opinion. I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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