I have been reading the novels of Allison Winn Scotch since I started blogging and I have loved them all. Her latest The Theory of Opposites ranks as one of my favorites – I double loved this one! Life is all about choices, owning your choices, and the courage to write your own map of life and then go and live it!
Willa is living a good life. She’s got a good career and a great husband in Shawn to the point that they call themselves ‘Shilla’ because they are so inseparable. Needless to say when Shawn hits her with the news that he’d like to take a two month separation from their marriage she is shocked and devastated. He proposes that they go on with their lives for these two months as though they were single. All I can say to that is one should be careful what they wish for…
At first Willa is lost and only wants Shawn back but between and old boyfriend Theo and her best friend Vanessa, Willa’s outlook is slowing changing. Vanessa gets a job writing for the reality show Dare You! and manages to convince Willa to tackle a few dares of her own. She wants Willa to stop listening to the universe and accepting that things happen for a reason as her father has taught her and take some risks and maybe take a different path or two that could have the power to change her life.
I felt connected to Willa from the first pages of this book. She’s vulnerable and uncertain in her journey in life just like so many of us are. Her husband Shawn needed a kick to his patoot but her brother Ollie was great. He is a yoga instructor to the stars but manages to get himself in hot water with his family trying to get him out of it. Her sister Raina had me laughing more than once as she popped her Xanax and then kept handing one over to Willa. They were just great characters who I really enjoyed spending some time with.
I listened to the audiobook of The Theory of Opposites which is narrated by Christine Traister. I’ve never listened to her before but I wouldn’t hesitate to again. She was fantastic with her different voices and all the emotions she put into each character. Just wonderful!
I loved The Theory of Opposites and would recommend it in a heartbeat to readers who enjoy women’s fiction. As with all of Allison’s novels this one leaves you asking yourself if life really is the old adage of ‘everything happens for a reason’ or is it all about the choices you make and what you do to make things happen for yourself?
Source: Audiobook from my personal library.