In Another Life by C. C. Hunter
352 pages | Published March 26th, 2019
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.
When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.
As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?
Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review, as well as an excerpt, to share with you ♡
I really needed this book in my life. You know when you read a book and you feel like it’s exactly what you needed at that time? That’s what I kept feeling as I was reading IN ANOTHER LIFE. I hadn’t read a (not so) fluffy contemporary romance in sooooo long, and I didn’t realize I missed it this much!
In this lovely book, we follow two main characters: Chloe and Cash. Chloe just moved to Joyful, Texas with her mom, after her parents divorced. Cash has been living with his foster parents for a few years in the same town. When they meet, Chloe is surprised to find out that Cash is convinced of the craziest thing she has ever heard: that Chloe is actually Emily, the lost daughter of his foster parents. She has known all her life that she’s adopted, but to be told she was kidnapped 15 years ago is something she is not sure she can handle – or even believe.
I’m not sure whether I’ve said this in a post before, but I’m a big fan of fluffy contemporary novels that feature deeper or more serious issues. Because life isn’t all fluff, is it? A good example of that is THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE AND BASH by Candace Ganger, where there is a terribly sad situation going on with both of the main characters’ families. And now I have another recommendation of the same kind of book. Similarly to Ganger’s debut, in C. C. Hunter’s newest novel, Chloe is dealing with her adoption and possible kidnapping issues, while Cash is still being haunted by his past and his monstrous father.
I devoured this book in no time. The mystery surrounding Chloe’s adoption and Cash’s past really adds to the story – and makes it a compulsive read. Allied to the contemporary high school setting, IN ANOTHER LIFE is as cute and realistic as a novel can be. Besides, the dialogue and commentary present in this story are really funny and witty, which I absolutely loved!
There was only one thing that threw me off at a certain point: Chloe can be a bit childish sometimes. I know she’s a teenager but like… she’s a senior in high school, yet sometimes she acts like she’s 13. And then other times she acts like she’s 38. And she gets into slut-shaming a couple of times, though only when talking about her father’s new girlfriend who, allegedly, dresses provocatively, therefore she’s a slut… honey, it’s 2019, we don’t do that anymore… I understand Chloe’s rage towards her, but that’s no valid argument and it annoyed me as I read that part.
There is awesome rep in this book, for those of you out there who are interested in representation. We have LGBT characters – though we don’t actually interact with them directly -, and also Hispanic characters, so this is a relatively diverse read as well.
But my favorite part of this was, without a doubt, the romance. Oh, how I missed a good literary couple! I had been craving romance without knowing it, and it felt so good when I finally got to read it 😍 Cutesy and cheesy things will always be my soft spot, I love reading about people who are in love, it melts my heart 🤭
Overall, IN ANOTHER LIFE is an adorable, addictive contemporary read that features a mystery and has a serious undertone. In case you’re looking for YA that features adoption and foster care issues, check this one out! And, of course, if you can, get your hands on this lovely book tomorrow when it releases – I really recommend it!
Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡