First let’s begin with clarifying that In Some Other World, Maybe is not a YA novel. I’m not sure why it’s listed like that on some Goodreads lists, but I guess it’s because the book begins with the characters being high school students, but that’s only the first chapter. It’s very much about adults growing up, making mistakes along the way, and finding themselves.
I found it completely engrossing. Part of it had to do with seeing how these characters’ lives would cross each other’s in the two decades we get to know them and part was that I came to care about them. The writing was incredible. I loved that the story is mostly told in the third person, then out of nowhere, we get one of the character’s point of view in second. I would think this would throw me off but it was just really interesting and didn’t interrupt the flow at all.
The characters all have their flaws in this book and they all do some shitty things at some point along the way, but those only added to their authenticity. A lot of the time I was really sad for them. I kept wanting something good to happen and maybe that’s another reason it was such a page-turner for me. For some, the growth comes sooner than others, but they all do eventually find some contentment in their lives.
In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it’s a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he’s had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.
Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.