The Other Side by Harlow Paige
Purchased: Kindle – $.99 [Received ARC received from author in exchange for honest review]
My Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
What’s It All About:
“True or False:
From the outside looking in, you can be more objective to someone’s situation.
People only see what you have, thinking your life and marriage are sheer perfection based on your tax bracket. If only they could step inside long enough to see how cracked the foundation truly is.
True or False:
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
I firmly believe the only people who speak this nonsense are the ones living a life of contentment. They use this cliche to persuade you from searching for more out of life.
True or False:
If momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.
This momma hasn’t been happy for a long time, and I plan on changing that.
The grass may not be greener on the other side, but if I’m the one mowing the lawn, who the hell cares?!”
Description taken from Amazon.
The Best Parts:
I truly don’t know if I could say anything good about this story… I know that sounds horrible, but this sin’t the book I thought I was going to read. I thought I was going to get a fun let’s see what is greener on the other side story, but what I got was a therapy session of venting on how one woman thinks her husband and life sucks and wants to go out and live the life of a romance author who is basically addicted to porn.
The Worst Parts:
The writing style for this book is odd. It is all over the place with going back and forth from past tense to present and too much text/messaging. You are only getting the one perspective from Harlow and it’s subjective with a hint of objective. We are told what is happening and get these conversations form friends of Harlow with are objective to Harlow because they only get her side of the story.
It left a bad taste in my mouth for what women are doing out there in the world. Iv’e only been married for 2 1/2 years, but I would NEVER think of doing half of the stuff that goes on in this book. She wants a divorce after a strip club incident, which wasn’t even the real problem it was the lying and then she goes on a Tinder bender.
The way that Harlow treats Tony is bullshit. He is your husband. This novel is all about asking to be treated well and like a princess and being fawned over. Well that’s a two way street! You can’t expect to be treated well when you don’t treat your other that way either. You complain and then don’t want sex so that you can go write or talk to other people. Not cool. Your husband is into you, be into him and if you aren’t then divorce him.
It seems that Harlow goes from one obsession to another, first it is the porn and then the social media and then the men she meets on her social media. I just couldn’t take her seriously, and if this story is anything from personal experience, the lesson that should be learned is that the grass isn’t greener, just full of weeds, so it’s misleading.
This is not a series I will be continuing and I know this review is harsh but this book was just not good. It may call to those women out there who reads romance novels and are having a shitty marriage, but please don’t ever do what harlow does. Go to therapy, talk to your partner, or simply get a divorce THEN go searching for someone new.