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The Other Place – Book Review + Giveaway

The Other Place

Book details:

The Other Place by Elizabeth Roderick
Publication date: July 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
My Thoughts: 
What I liked most about this book was that the main character is not the usual main character; not the expected personality of a main character. Justin is a guy that the majority of the population won’t relate to directly. There are parts of his character I could relate to and there were parts that I had to try to understand in order to really get into the book. That necessity for me to try to understand him was part of what drew me into the book.
The story line kept moving, I never really felt like I was reading a chapter where nothing happened or a chapter that didn’t move the story along. I wanted to know what would come next and I wasn’t always able to anticipate what was going to be on the next page. Definitely a positive thing in my book. If I can anticipate everything that is going to happen I get bored very quickly. Kudos to the author for keeping me interested!
For me a five-star book is one that I would read again and this book doesn’t really meet that criteria, but I would give it 4 stars.  I’m having a hard time writing this review because I don’t really want to give away anything that isn’t stated in the synopsis that follows. Personally I hate book reviews that have spoilers. That being said, I don’t know what else to write that won’t ruin it for a potential reader so I will end it here.
Even if you don’t think it sounds like your cup of tea I encourage you to at least give it a shot!
Synopsis:

Living in Justin Flaherty’s mind has never been easy. Unfortunately, things are about to get much worse…

At eighteen years old, most guys are chasing girls or dreams. Justin, on the other hand, wants to draw and be left alone. He’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but it’s more than that. He’s in tune with the Dark Energy that surrounds us all, and can see how it controls people’s actions. Sometimes, the Dark Energy will give him visions, to help him on the road to enlightenment.

When his mother hooks up with a Baptist preacher named David who believes Justin’s schizophrenia can be cured with prayer, Justin knows he has to get out—or risk involuntary commitment in a religious facility.

After a brush with incarceration, Justin takes off to San Francisco, where his drawings are not just noticed, but admired…

Justin’s bizarre and beautiful drawings create a stir in the art world. Meanwhile, he’s homeless, couch surfing, and trapped in a continuous battle with his mental illness. His salvation is a girl named Liria Czetski with a shady past. They’d met a year ago, and she’s appeared in his visions ever since. It turns out Liria has been sharing those visions, something that is a surprise to everyone but Justin…

When secrets surface, Justin is forced to realize that being a genius has a downside. Surrounded by people who want to exploit his talent, he must fight not only for his career and freedom, but perhaps for his life…

 
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AUTHOR BIO:

ELIZABETH RODERICK grew up as a barefoot ruffian on a fruit orchard near Yakima, in the eastern part of Washington State. After weathering the grunge revolution and devolution in Olympia, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Seattle, she recently moved to a small cluster of houses amidst the vineyards of California’s Central Coast.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and worked for many years as a paralegal and translator. She is a musician and songwriter, and has played in many bands, rocking some instruments she doesn’t even know the real names for, but mostly guitar, bass and keyboards.

Elizabeth writes novels for young adults and adults; short stories; and memoir which is way more interesting than it should be. Her stories are about love, death, gang warfare, and madness; her characters tend to be of the type that society generally shuns: addicts, convicts, and the mentally ill. She believes if people get to know these characters in stories and in real life, they’ll find them more likeable than they originally thought.

She applies Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo method to fiction writing. It often gets a little heavier than what she had in mind, but she chalks it up to forced consciousness expansion.

 

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