The Opposite of Everyone, by Joshilyn Jackson, is a story of love, betrayal, and family.
Paula Vauss is an independent divorce lawyer, in a successful practice in Atlanta, whose life revolves around shattered relationships. Born in Alabama, she lived half of her life on the road with her free-spirited, hippie mother, Kai. While constantly on the road, Kai told stories of Hindu mythology to reinvent her history with Paula. It all changed, however, along with Paula’s birth name, Kali Jai, when Paula tells a story of her own—a story which lands her mother in jail and Paula in foster care.
Fifteen years have passed and the only contact Paula has with her mother involves her mother cashing Paula’s checks every month, checks which pay off the karmic debt Paula owes. But that changes when Paula’s most recent check is returned, along with a note: “I am going on a journey, Kali. I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. You will be the end. We will meet again, and there will be new stories. You know how Karma works.”
Just when she least expects it, Paula is surprised with one of her mother’s most treasured secrets, transforming Paula’s life from only child to big sister. Desperate for more answers, Paula sets off on a journey to find her estranged mother and a journey that leads her back into her past. With the help of her ex-lover, Birdwine, an emotionally unstable private detective, Paula must go from being an expert on shattering families to putting one back together again.
Even though I wasn’t too crazy about this story, I liked the narration. Paula is definitely a fierce person, almost like a character you’d love to hate, in my opinion. She’s emotionally unavailable, distant, yet she knows how to go after what she wants. I also liked that the relationship with Paula and Birdwine wasn’t so predictable. I was hoping for more toward the end of the story, however. Honestly, I didn’t really care for the story’s constantly going back and forth with the past to present. Aside from that, though, the idea of the story was good, so I encourage you to check it out. I’d give it, at least, three stars.
The Opposite of Everyone will be available on February 16, 2016.
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*I received this Advance Reader’s Edition from William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, for an honest review.