What an intriguing novella! I had such a hard time rating this one. Parts of it made me want to rate it 4-4.5 stars but other parts, namely the ending for me, made me ultimately give it 3-3.5 stars. It truly is very interesting and engaging and a heartbreaking look at the struggles to just get by that two people share.
Max Smirnov is a young Russian trying to live out the American dream in New York. Unfortunately, it is not going too well for him right now. With nowhere to live and a recent breakup that has devastated him, he goes searching for somewhere to call home.
This brings him to meet Giordana Gatti, an Italian woman whose desperation to get by has led her to rent out a room of her house. She is a very deep, almost philosophical, and passionate woman that has become bitter after a life of failed relationships.
Max and Gio are very different and have so much going on in their lives. This makes it hard for them to connect initially but they quickly realize that they may have more in common than they thought. Gio begins to open up about the relationships that have left her bitter. Her story of switching from being the girl to being the other girl seems to open Max’s eyes on life.
The Other Girl was so interesting and different from what I’ve been reading lately. I love mixing things up. I also enjoyed the fact that I never was able to guess what was coming next. This kept me hooked until the end. I personally like endings that have some closure and I just didn’t feel that I got the closure that I wanted. It kind of ended abruptly for me and I wanted so much more. I would recommend this novella, especially if your looking for something short and completely original.
And now for a giveaway:
Alexandra is kind enough to gift an e-copy of The Other Girl to a reader of Madison Says! Just subscribe to receive email updates, and comment here that you’ve done so and you’re entered! :) Winners will be chosen tomorrow night!