On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Publication Date: July 14, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
3 out of 5 stars
At 82, Evie Snow passes away peacefully, surrounded by her family, and finds herself in heaven’s waiting room. She cannot pass through to the door to her own personal heaven, because her soul is too heavy. In order to move on, Evie must let go of the secrets that have weighed her down her whole life. On The Other Side takes readers on Evie’s journey to lighten her soul.
I really wanted to love this book. I mean, look at that blurb. That’s such a fascinating idea — that the secrets that weigh down on your soul could keep you from moving on in the after life. There was so much potential with this story. And often times, this book did live up to its potential.
I still love Carrie’s writing. I love the way her brain works, and the way she turns a phrase. But this story was a little heavy on the cheddar. That’s right folks, if you’re a fan of sappy, cheesy stories, this one is for you. I found it all too saccharine. Honestly, my teeth were hurting for so much of this.
I also felt that this story could have benefited from a heavier hand in the editing. Whether someone to give the writing a more delicate subtlety, or add some salt or spice to the unending sweetness.
Let me add, without spoiling it, that the ending really bothered me. So much so, that it kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. Like when you brush your teeth too soon after eating an orange, boiled sweet.
On The Other Side was an imaginative book with a wonderful concept. In execution, however, it was a bit of a heavy handed cheese-fest. If you’re a fan of fluffy, sticky-sweet stories, definitely pick this one up.