G. Bianco, 2019
New York Times bestselling author David Arnold returns to the YA world with a story of grief, healing, and music. Set to be released on October 10th, I Loved You in Another Life is truly the unique book you need to add to your TBR this year.
Evan Taft has plans. Take a gap year in Alaska, make sure his little brother and single mother are taken care of, and continue therapy to process his father’s departure. But after his mom’s unexpected diagnosis, as Evan’s plans begin to fade, he hears something: a song no one else can hear, the voice of a mysterious singer… Shosh Bell has dreams. A high school theater legend, she’s headed to performing arts college in LA, a star on the rise. But when a drunk driver takes her sister’s life, that star fades to black. All that remains is a void—and a soft voice singing in her ear… Over it all, transcending time and space, a celestial bird brings strangers together: from an escaped murderer in 19th century Paris, to a Norwegian kosmonaut in low-earth orbit, something is happening that began long ago, and will long outlast Evan and Shosh. With lyrical prose and original songs (written and recorded by the author), I Loved You in Another Life explores the history of love, and how some souls are meant for each other—yesterday, today, forever.
This book was so engaging and had me following the plot lines as they threaded into one another. I loved the way everything in this novel connects to one another and how you don’t even realize I’m the connections until the chapters are over.
I also loved the character development of Evan and Shosh. They are both grappling with losses and big life events in their own way, but the way the universe or some cosmic being brings them together to heal and grow is beautiful to see.
Aside from Evan and Shosh’s relationship, I also loved the different relationships shown in this story: Evan’s relationship with his brother, Will; Evan’s friendships, Shosh’s relationship with her teacher Ms. Clark; Shosh’s friendship with Ruth; all of these show just how much the people we surround ourselves with impact our lives, no matter how big or small, and it’s a beautiful thing to see.
The poetic and lyrical way this book is written and how the timelines and storylines mirror and overlap with one another makes this a truly unique book. I cannot recommend it enough.
*I received an ARC from Penguin Teen in exchange for my honest opinion.
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