Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Book Review : Somewhere In Between by Katie Li


About The Author

Katie Li writes fiction and narrative non-fiction about personal transformation and unlikely possibilities. Her work has appeared in The Huffington PostBitch Flicks, and Xenith. She is a co-organizer of Social Artists and Writers, assistant editor of Novella-T, and curator of the e-zine The Beautiful Worst. Somewhere In Between is her first book.

* A copy was given to me by the author *
Thank you KATIE! 

SYNOPSIS
Two friends find a portal to another dimension and use this “in-between place” to avoid the stress of their everyday lives. What they don’t realize is that every time they enter, they alter reality.

Pseudo-punk Magnolia and underachieving gamer-geek Rom are two unlikely friends who only hang out during their walks home together after school. When they find the a portal that leads to different worlds, they use the “in-between place” as an escape from their lives in high school, then later, after college.

Their visits through the portal bring them teetering along a tight-rope of fantasy and reality, where they don't always believe what is in front of them, not even their feelings for each other.

The book is about changes—the ones that you can control, and the ones that you can’t. It’s about commitment and friendship. It’s about the stages in between where you have nothing but the unknown ahead of you.

Inspired by the work of Haruki Murakami and films like Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind, Somewhere In Between is metaphysical coming-of-age story about defining love and finding yourself.
 


MY REVIEW

" Do you want to go back to the in-between place? "

I was torn between giving this 3.5 stars or 4 stars, and eventually I decided on 3.5.

THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.

IF YOU ARE THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO ASKS QUESTIONS LIKE :
What happened to the main characters? Where did they come from? 
How did this happen? Did they die? Who? What? WHY THIS AND WHY THAT AND BLABLABLA... THEN THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR YOU.
Katie  Li's writing in this book is metaphorical. Everything is not explained thoroughly to please your mind. I'm still processing some of it even after I have finished reading. 

This is not a straightforward book. Every word is important. Every sentence means something. You need to read each and every word slowly. I THOUGHT A LOT ABOUT THE STORY, and constantly tried to make connections between events. This book is about learning to stand on your own and finding your own path. I have to admit I did not totally understand it. I could see how someone got frustrated with this book. 

WHAT I LIKED THE MOST ABOUT THIS BOOK : The characters 
They were beautifully developed. They are lonely people who create their own realities to survive on their own. I really enjoyed and appreciated the characters of ROM and MAGNOLIA.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK : It is an incredibly short book, lacked detail. I wish that there had been more detail to really show the plot. This book could be so much more!

THE BOOK IS WEIRD and it would not be everyone's cup of tea, but even so, I would still recommend that people give this book a try. If you don't mind finding the answers to all the unanswered questions left at the end, you will enjoy the book. I will consider reading this author again. I want to explore more of her works.


xoxo