Today is release day for How to be Someone Else by Rachel Del! This is a new adult romance novel with characters so real I know you will see yourself in them. Check out my review below and support Rachel by purchasing a copy!
Title: How to be Someone Else
Author: Rachel Del
Publication Date: October 20, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Romance
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Sometimes it is the one who knows you best who can love you best.
Penny has lived her life letting others take the reins, leaving her to simply follow in line. After completing her senior year of College she’ll join her father’s marketing firm, get married and start a family.
When her parents drop a bomb on her — that they are getting divorced — Penny decides it’s time to start living by her own rules. And when she meets mysterious P.J. Hawthorne, a published writer who seems to know much more about Penny than she lets on, she knows this is her chance to finally get her life moving in the right direction.
But as questions about her new life overwhelm her, so do thoughts of sweet and gorgeous Alex — who just so happens to be her best friend.
What follows is a series of poor decisions, each one more worrisome than the last, forcing Penny further and further away from not only Alex, but from becoming the woman she’s sure she’s meant to be.
My Thoughts on How to be Someone Else
This book really resonated with me. I haven’t been in any of the situations Penny finds herself in, but I still saw myself in her somehow. Penny is a thinker and an achiever who hasn’t taken control of her life. When her parents announce their divorce she realizes that she hasn’t ever done anything in her life and sets out to change that. She makes poor decisions (what 21 year old hasn’t) but eventually realizes what she really wants in life.
Alex is Penny’s best friend. He is four years older than her and in a career that he finds unfulfilling. He tries to be there for Penny but she pushes him away.
The connection between Alex and Penny is so sweet. Alex really cares for her and tries to help her and save her from herself. From the first page of the book, I found myself rooting for them to get together, even though they both made decisions at times that had me screaming “stop, you idiot!”
I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in one day. The overarching story is a romance but there is a hint of a mystery with the character of P.J. I wondered from the moment Penny met her what her story was and how it would turn out. I was not disappointed! I recommend this book for adults 18+ who are looking for a sweet and easy read that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
About the Author
Rachel Del is a head-in-the-clouds introvert, homebody and thirty-something writer currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and three-year-old son. Originally from Ontario, Canada she works in book publishing, and spends her free reading and writing contemporary romance novels. She drinks far too much black coffee and could eat sushi every day.