A reader always has those authors that they love because their books draw you in and don’t let go. You love their characters and their stories. Even more you love the way their books make you feel. Joshilyn Jackson is one of those authors for me. The Opposite of Everyone has all of these qualities and more. I devoured this book in a day and now find myself missing the characters and their lives. The Opposite of Everyone is a moving story of life, love, and family. Utterly fantastic!
Paula Vauss, our main character, is now a tough and successful divorce attorney but as a young girl she was named Kali Jai by her hippy mom and she led anything but a stable life. Her mother had a tendency to move around when the situation warranted it whether Paula wanted to or not. This made Paula angry and more than a little rebellious. Feeling overwhelmed with what seems to be yet another move Paula does something that changes all of their lives forever.
Years and years go by without Paula and her mother having any contact other than the check Paula sends her every month. Paula feels that she ruined her mother’s life and that’s why there is no contact yet the checks are cashed every month until one isn’t and Paula learns that her mother is dying. Paula is full of mixed emotions that only become even more complicated as several events occur that make her reevaluate everything she ever knew about her mother and herself.
In present Paula is a fiercely independent woman who plans on staying that way. Yet she still feels so much for Birdwine who is her private investigator and past lover. He agrees to help her and as they work together old feelings come to light once again. As the story goes from Paula’s past to present we learn how Paula came to be who she is and how her free spirited young life made her the woman she became.
I listened to the audiobook of The Opposite of Everyone which is narrated by Joshilyn Jackson herself. She is a fantastic as a narrator. I love her voice in which you can just feel her personality pouring out. She really makes a story seem like you, as the reader, are living within it and I love that.
For lovers of women’s fiction The Opposite of Everyone comes highly recommended. I loved it!