On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher – REVIEW

9780751563146I read On The Other Side in a hardback edition. 

Genre: Magical Realism

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

Published: July 14th, 2016

Pages: 352

Audiobook length: Not yet published as an audiobook.



Synopsis by the publisher:

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .

Carrie Hope Fletcher
Carrie Hope Fletcher


The Review

“This story is one of romance and life choices, combined with beautiful and charming magic!”


Funny enough, I had never heard of Carrie Hope Fletcher until this book started make it’s round around BookTube. It started with just being a cover I was constantly seeing on my feed, and then BookTubers that I subscribe to started to review it and they all had wonderful things to say about it. So I was intrigued and ended up ordering the novel of Bookdepository. And BOY am I glad I did!

There are some books that I wish I’d gone into blindly and others that I’m glad I was prepared for before diving in. On the Other Side is one that I got to be prepared for and I think that was the best way to go about it. I knew that this was magical realism. I was prepared for the magic when it showed up and if I hadn’t been it might have put me off a bit. But because I was prepared for it, it made for such a wonderful experience.

This story is one of romance and life choices, combined with beautiful and charming magic!

I loved the characters and how they evolved throughout the story. They were so relatable and cute, but not in a cheesy way. I fell in love with their story and was very much invested in the whole story.

Did it make me cry? No, I wan’t that invested, but the story had me smiling and shamelessly giggling on the subway while reading it. It left me warm and fuzzy when I was done reading and I already miss spending time with the characters.

A truly wonderful read if you’re looking for something lighthearted, thoughtful, cute and romantic literature. Fletcher writes about life choices in a very charming and witty way that I absolutely got a major crush on. I can’t wait to see whatever she publishes next!


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Why I chose a job that pays less..

Grow up! Get an education! Get a job! Get a new job! Get a better job! Work your ass off! Get more pay! Get even higher pay! Then you have to work even harder! Etc. etc.

Does this sound familiar to anyone else but me? I’ve been working in retail since I was 17 years old. That’s 12 years of trying to work my way up, up and up to someday get a more comfortable everyday life.

For the past six months or so, I’ve been a store manager for a bookstore. It’s been very interesting and I’ve learned a lot from it, but when it was time to look for another job (because of my temporary position for a woman who was on maternity leave) I had to really take a long, hard look at my life to figure out where I wanted to go from  here.

I could go back to school, but as a single mom I really can’t afford it. So I started applying for similar jobs as the one I’ve been having for the last six months thinking that that was my only option. But I also applied for a couple of jobs that were not store manager positions, but sales personell. This however felt (at first) as somewhat of a setback.

So I went through the job interview process with two jobs. One store manager and one as a sales woman. I was offered both, but during that whole process I realized something.

I could choose a job with more responsibility, a little more pay and longer hours, or I could take a totally different approach to working. I could leave all the expectations from everyone else behind and I could go for a job that yes, it pays less, but instead it gives me more free time to work on all my personal projects. It will pay me enough to pay for our home, food and bills, but that’s pretty much it.

But when I looked at my dreams and my passions I had to ask myself how much I was willing to sacrifice to someday make that into my living. And you know what? Being able to someday do what I love for a living is way more important to me than being able to go out on the town once a month or buying that pretty dress.

So I chose the sales woman position at a store selling glasses. I chose to leave all the pressure of working my way up behind and redirecting my energy and time towards the people I love and my passion for writing and filmmaking.

Because in the end, the only one living my life is me, and why on earth would I want to use all my energy and time on something that doesn’t completely feed my love and passion?

This is it. A chapter is ending and a new one will soon begin.

I’m very excited!

Photo by Kirsti H. Backman