I am taking part in a blog tour to celebrate the release of Jennifer Leigh’s new book, Not Like Everyone Else! For my post, I will be giving you a review of Jenn’s book, which you can read below, as well as a giveaway at the end of the post!
Ryan can’t seem to get her memories in order. When she breaks it off with her long-term boyfriend, Corey, she can’t help but feel free. But mysterious events keep Ryan asking “just what happened?” After her family moved to Ryton, after Carter goes missing, after Jacob is in the hospital. All of these afters, but Ryan can’t remember the befores. With Harper and Elliot by her side, Ryan can only hope that she does not forget… again. Will Ryan be able to recover her memory to figure out what happened when it all went dark?
As per usual, I am in two minds about this book. On the one hand, I adored the plot. It was such a great, inventive idea and in the latter half of the book I was racing through it because I wanted to know how it ended. However, the other half of me… well, the characters basically all just drove me a little bit mad. Sorry.
The plot is a kind of murder-mystery mixed with a mystery about the main character, and I loved it! I thought it was thoroughly inventive, and honestly I didn’t guess who the murderer was until about 10 pages before the characters knew. I was kept guessing and I really loved that Leigh drip-fed us through what the character was seeing.
The mystery about the main character is that she has amnesia, but to be honest I kept forgetting that she had it (oh, the irony). The reader kind of finds out things alongside Ryan which was really interesting, because we were kept in the dark like the main character. There were things that we would know that she would forget, which was fun because we got so many viewpoints of many characters.
However, the characters is where I felt really let down. I thought that there were some overreactions (maybe it’s just me!), and Ryan falls in love in like two weeks. TBH, I adored this relationship, but the only thought that crossed my mind was, “This is some Disney shit right here.”
A lot of the characters felt very one-dimensional – I felt like I kind of knew Ryan, and perhaps that was it. Also, I felt like there were some cultural differences – for example, Ryan goes on a date and automatically assumes that her (male) date will pay for everything. Like, that doesn’t really happen in England until the date says themselves! Maybe that’s just me, though?
Overall, I struggled to get through the first half of the book because I didn’t get along with basically any of the characters, but the second half blew me away. The plot was so engrossing, and I wish that Ryan’s parents and Elliot (omg yes what a guy) had been in the first half of the book, because the scenes with them were my absolute favourite!
Personal source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author & Mini Interview
Q: When did you start writing?
A: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I clearly remember loving when we’d have to write stories in school. Then I would go home and write on Notepad. It was a lot of fun and definitely shaped the reason I love to write today.
Q: Where is your favourite place to write?
A: I love writing in bed. It’s the easiest place to curl up with a blanket and some comfy pillows.
Q: What advice do you have for other authors/potential authors?
A: Follow your dreams. It’s easy to put aside writing for everyday life, but you should never give up if you truly want to be an author. It’s a lot of work,. Yes. But it’s all worth it when you get to see your cover for the first time and hold a physical copy of your book.
Thanks for answering these questions, Jenn! Find out more about Jenn below.
Jennifer Garey is a self-published young adult author and blogger that writes under the name Jennifer Leigh. She has participated in National Novel Writing Month where all of her thoughts come together and books are created. Jennifer has three published books: Incognito, In Plain Sight, and her new release Not Like Everyone Else. She also has published a short story, The Stranger I Knew. Her blog, Bound to Writing, focuses on young adult books and writing. She lives in New Jersey with her fiancé, two guinea pigs, cat.
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