The girl I was
7 hours 43 minutes
Narrated by Hillary Hoover
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This book was a complete surprise. I laughed. I cried. (I cringed a few times.) It made me reflect on my life and re-evaluate them a bit. The Girl I Was is a fun book full of wit and a heart that resonates completely.
Alexis’ life has officially reached a low point. Nothing goes right … work, friends, man. So she drowns her grief in a bottle of vodka and faints in her bed (very empty). But when she wakes up, she finds herself in a fraternity house in 2002, where she has to face the 18-year-old version of herself. Alexis has long blamed Lexi, her young self, for the destructive path she finds herself in. But now that she can confront Lexi, will that create the change she is based on? And how will she get home?
I devoured this book. Rose’s writing style kept me going and wanting more. The transmission of messages and the development of the characters are also on point. I’m a little amazed at how Rose has created two completely unique characters who are also the exact same person. She showed the dichotomy between the different versions of the self (age, maturity, sensitivity) with skill.
The message of this book is what really made this book pull the thread of my heart. We all looked back on life and wondered about the decisions we made. What parts of life could have changed for the better? What parts are always meant to be? I really liked going back in time with Alexis and Lexi, and at the same time also bringing up memories from my past.
But no critique of this book is complete without mentioning all the nostalgia. I loved every part. From the low-rise jeans (with a one-inch zipper) to the Juicy Couture training suits. From MySpace to R.Kelly’s music (before we knew it was scum). The references to the pop culture of 2002 were on point. Perhaps the best part was being able to revisit all of these things while accessing my iPhone.
The audiobook is exceptionally well made, and adds another layer of depth to the characters and drama that has developed. Narrated by Hillary Hoover, her nuanced adaptation of the text makes this book a complete experience.
Thank you Jeneva Rose, Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.
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