“For some reason, it’s a lot easier to tell strangers what happened rather than my own parents.” ~Not Like Everyone Else
Not Like Everyone Else by Jennifer Leigh: 2/5 Stars
Ryan can’t seem to get her memories in order. When she breaks it off with her long-term boyfriend, Corey, she can’t help but feel free. But mysterious events keep Ryan asking “just what happened?” After her family moved to Ryton, after Carter goes missing, after Jacob is in the hospital. All of these afters, but Ryan can’t remember the befores. With Harper and Elliot by her side, Ryan can only hope that she does not forget… again. Will Ryan be able to recover her memory to figure out what happened when it all went dark?
Of course, this is gonna be another spoiler-free review. I hope y’all enjoy!
So, I won this book in a giveaway hosted by the lovely Jenifer. I am very grateful to have won this book and to have had the opportunity to read it. However, if you weren’t aware by my rating I didn’t love this book. I feel awful for giving this book a low rating because Jennifer is a total sweetheart and she was beyond nice to me. So, this review isn’t going to be easy, but I always give honest reviews.
Jennifer if you read this just know I think you’re amazing and by no means do I think you’re a bad author. Everything takes work and practice and God knows I could never write a book so I’m extremely happy for you since you have multiple books out! Keep following your dreams and doing amazing things! ❤
So, I guess we’ll just get started. I really wasn’t a fan of the characters. I just didn’t resonate with any of them at all. They all kind of got on my nerves in a way. I didn’t like that Elliot, Ryan’s boyfriend, got all defensive because he didn’t know that she used to be abused. Like that’s not really his business if she isn’t ready to tell him in the first place. Like Elliot annoyed me because he would get upset and make things about him and it was just kind of selfish of him. Harper was just your stereotypical annoying popular type haha. Always about gossip and all that jazz. Ryan was also kind of rude if we’re honest. She definitely seemed to care about herself a lot and was rude to others a lot and that just bothered me as well. I also kind of wished we got a little more backstory on her and Corey’s (her ex) relationship.
I thought the story idea was pretty interesting, but it just wasn’t done well. Like there definitely needed to be more backstory on some things and even though the plot of the story is kinda strange…it’s still different which I liked seeing. I don’t like when everyone makes books with the same general storyline. Sadly, the mystery/thriller aspect of this book just wasn’t there for me. It was obvious who the killer was, which for me is saying something. I also didn’t find myself on the edge of my seat ever. I basically knew how it would play out so I think that could have been done differently. Maybe by actually letting things build up rather than letting it build up and then be explained shortly afterward? I’m not a writer though so I’m not really sure?
I did not like the writing in this book. Grammatically it was fine but the other aspects of it left it kind of bland. Like the lack of description is probably what drove me craziest. Things were just described so blandly that I don’t even know if it really could be considered description. For example:
“The walls have a nice coat of beige paint offset by pops of blues and greens everywhere”
That’s how this one restaurant was described. Now, I’m not saying go all Stephen King on me and take 10 pages to describe one thing but a little more would have been nice. I mean I don’t even really know what “pops of blues and greens everywhere” entails. Is it literal dots on the walls? Is it pictures and picture frames? Decor? The tables and chairs?
” The upholstry has been modified to something out of a catalog, and to be honest, it looks amazing”
See what I mean? What exactly does upholstery out of a catalog look like? Is it a new catalog? A modern one? A rustic one? A sleek one? Not a clue. All I know is that it looks nice. I would have at least like a little something to actually help me picture what the place looks like more…catch my drift?
Also, somethings that were written contradicted themselves.
” Mom goes back to stirring whatever is in the pot on the stove. I see that the oven is on, and peek inside to see a nice lasagna becoming golden brown within. Mmmm. Yummy. I help Mom set the salad and garlic bread on the dinning room table while the lasagna sits on the counter to cool.”
What was in the pot on the stove then? See what I mean? I thought maybe it was like soup or something but the had salad and garlic bread with it. I just wanna know what was in the pot haha. Not really, but I just think she could leave some things like that out. Like just say “Mom goes back to the kitchen and starts cutting the lettuce for a salad” or whatever. It’s a simple and easy fix and unfortunately, I see these small contradictions throughout the book. Another example is that her friend Harper is being all weird when Ryan wants to go to an art gallery and Ryan figures out that Harper was trying to protect her and had been trying since the night before. Low and behold Corey is there, but then they both seem surprised about it…Like I could understand Ryan being surprised he worked there but Harper shouldn’t have since the whole time she was trying to talk Ryan out of it.
So, my main issues with this book were that there wasn’t enough description, not enough mystery/suspense, and the writing could have been better. The plot was interesting and something very different to any other thrillers I’ve read. The length of the book was also pretty good. It just needed a little more backstory/description to pull it all together. Does that make any sense? I don’t want anyone to think I’m special and would know how to write a book because I wouldn’t but I do know what I like in a book. I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought it was. However, I didn’t hate this book at all!! A low rating doesn’t equal hate! If I hate a book I make it clear and I didn’t hate this book.
Overall, I would recommend this book to someone who likes contemporary with drama. I wouldn’t really call it a thriller but hey give it a shot. I would encourage anyone to read this book to see what they think about it. 🙂