Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

Both of Me 

By: Jonathan Friesen
Published: December 23rd 2014 by Blink

It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.

When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two: the odd, paranoid, artistic, and often angry Elias she met on the plane, who lives in an imaginary world of his own making called Salem; and the kind, sweet, and soon irresistible Elias who greets her at the door, and who has no recollection of ever meeting Clara at all. As she learns of Elias’s dissociative identity disorder, and finds herself quickly entangled in both of Elias’s lives, Clara makes a decision that could change all of them forever. She is going to find out what the Salem Elias knows about her past, and how, even if it means playing along with his otherworldly quest. And she is going to find a way to keep the gentle Elias she’s beginning to love from ever disappearing again.

Both of Me is about a girl named Clara and a boy named Elias. Their bags are switched on the plane and now Clara must find her bag. They both are looking for something, but they don’t know what exactly—at least not yet. Clara finds out that Elias has two personalities—one who lives in this imaginary world, Salem, and one who’s just trying to be a normal guy. The one who lives in Salem is looking for something in the real world, and Clara is going to help him, if only to find herself out of this mess.
Overall, this novel was fantastic! I found that this book grabbed my attention from the very beginning, and the ending just made my rating for this book go up a notch. I ended up loving both characters, and was quite entertained by this novel. Although the plot was unique, I wish the story elaborated more on Salem, because I felt like it just sort of disappeared in the end. Nonetheless, it dealt with real life situations, while leaving the reader with feelings of love, anguish, and hope till the very end. I recommend this book to everyone who has not read it yet:)


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