The Opposite of Everyone is a novel by author Joshilyn Jackson. The story revolves around the powerful emotion of love and the power stories have to shape and transform our lives. Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent her first decade on the road with her free-spirited mother Kai. The secrets of the Paula Vauss family will be like, invite you to watch the next development of this beautiful story.
Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.
Review 1: The Opposite of Everyone A Novel audiobook by Janice
Goddess of destruction and rebirth
I hesitated to select this story because its main character was a supporting (and largely unappealing) character in Jackson’s last book (Someone Else’s Love Story) which was not one of my favorites, although not bad. But the reviews have been good and I am fan of JJ’s, so I took the gamble – and it’s a winner.
Much in the way Fredrik Backman made us understand Britt-Marie, Jackson has pulled back the curtain and revealed the source of Paula’s steel edge and high wall against the world. With an unerring comprehension for navigating the stormy rapids of the mother-daughter relationship, Jackson gets to the heart of the emotionally devastating rift between Paula and her mother (Kai) and how that has shaped both their lives for 15 years of yearning silence. Although Paula has built a prosperous and independent life for herself, a sad little girl still whispers inside her, and when Kai swings a wrecking ball, Paula’s inner child finds full voice, setting her on a new life journey with two very different companions who both love her in very different ways, and have much to teach her about the meaning of family.
As with all of JJ’s books, there is quirkiness, humor, serious reflection, and tears of sadness and of joy. In other words, there is life. This is probably my favorite of JJ’s since A Grown Up Kind of Pretty.
Review 2: The Opposite of Everyone A Novel audiobook by Melissa YoYo
Narration was rough
I liked the general story, despite being somewhat overwrought. However, the narration was the real issue for me. All of the adult characters sounded about 14, and everything was spoken in such a dramatic tone like every flick of a wrist was a pivotal moment in the plot. I really tried to appreciate it, knowing it was the author reading it, but it was too much.
Review 3: The Opposite of Everyone A Novel audiobook by Amazon Customer
Not her best
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I am about 3/4 of the way through this one and I am having problems even wanting to finish it. The story is good but getting to the story through all the flowery descriptions that to me were off the track and the going back and forth from past to present makes it hard to stay focused. I have had to go back and listen to parts of it again because my mind wandered since it did not hold my attention. I have loved all her other books, would give most of them 5 stars, but I just couldn’t get into this one. It was like a movie that you come out of and say they could have cut 30 boring minutes from it if they just cut to the chase. It had a lot of extra “stuff” that didn’t make sense to me and had nothing to do with the story itself. I noticed from other revie
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