Sunday, February 22, 2015

Monday Reviews - Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen. I was sent this book in exchange of an honest review by BookLook Bloggers.

As always, let's start with the synopsis:


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.


Ok, lets first talk about the concept of this book. I found it very intriguing. Clara is on the run, not from the law, just to get away from her family. Elias, who we discover quite quickly has a DID of some sort, which leads to his creation of new worlds.

This book was very much a finding yourself story and I loved that you never knew what was happening next, where they were headed.

I did have a little bit of a problem distinguishing the age of the characters. I found that Elias especially felt like a 13 year old boy. I don't know if its because of his playful lifestyle or the fact that the synopsis refers to him as a 'boy' in the sense that he is a lot younger than Clara.

Overall, I enjoyed it. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, but I liked that. I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.