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Book: Carrie Hope Fletcher’s ‘On the Other Side’

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From the title, you can see that I am recommending Carrie Hope Fletcher’s On the Other Side. Spoiler alert. This book is remarkable and once you pick it up, you’re not going to be able to put it back down in a hurry.IMG_5064.PNG

I must preface today’s recommendation by stating how incredibly biased I am, due to the fact I was already a huge fan of the author before reading her debut fiction novel. Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, YouTuber, singer, songwriter and author. But even being biased in favour of Carrie, I only recommend things that I truly endorse or have enjoyed and I promise that this review is entirely honest.

I managed to get my hands on the book three days before the release date by going to Carrie’s first book signing for On the Other Side. This was held in Sheffield’s Orchard Square Waterstones (my closest Waterstones while I am at university). It was held here as Carrie is currently touring with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (in which she plays Truly Scrumptious) and as part of the tour she has been performing at Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre for the last three weeks.
Although I only got to meet Carrie briefly while she signed my copy of the book, she was so lovely and made the wait (and missing my train) so worthwhile.

On the Other Side is ‘a love story like no other’, excuse the cliché, but it’s true. Framed creatively within Evie Snow’s venture to lighten her soul after death so that she can pass through to heaven, the story is brilliantly beautiful.

IMG_5096.JPG‘Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .’

Now, it’s no secret that I am a sucker for a good love story or that I am a hopeless (or hopeful) romantic. The love story in this book filled my heart with so much joy (and wet my eyes occasionally) and the ending was perfect. For those that have read the book, I will leave my spoilerific list of eye-watering moments at the bottom of this post.

The book was so well written and I didn’t want to put it down. It took me two and a half days to read (which is good for me since I’m a slow reader) and I was sad, when I was finished, that I had no more pages to read.

This is a book I’m going to try to force my friends and family to read too because it’s just too beautiful and magical (and I mean really magical at parts) not to be read by everyone. I truly recommend you, yes you, to pick up a copy. Waterstones (not sponsored) are currently selling copies half price. Click here to go to their website.

I have never had a favourite book, not really, and especially not since being a child, but with finishing On the Other Side I can finally state that this is my favourite book and will be for a very very long time.

Thank you Carrie, I cannot wait for further novels from you! ❤

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SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ‘ON THE OTHER SIDE’.

MY SPOILERIFIC LIST OF EYE-WATERING MOMENTS FROM ‘ON THE OTHER SIDE’:

  • When Evie and Vincent parted ways for the last time (p205).
  • When Isla said her mother was the greatest artist that ever lived (p255).
  • When Lieffe thinks that Evie is brilliant (p261).
  • When Vincent says ‘Evie, you were my single greatest adventure’ (p302).
  • When Vincent says ‘Goodbye’ and lightning strikes the tree (p331).
  • The very end (p340).

Quote: Emma Watson

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‘I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about’.

‘I thought, if people are going to write about what I’m wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity’.

‘My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder’.

‘Yes, I will put it out there – I will work for anyone for free if they’re prepared to make their clothing Fair Trade and organic. It’s really hard to get people interested in it’.

‘I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything’.

‘If anyone else played Hermione, it would actually kill me’.

 ‘If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be a lot freer’.

‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’

‘For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that man and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes’.

‘Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals’.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: https://thehashtaggeneration.wordpress.com/tag/he-for-she/

YouTube: I Read Books In Nightclubs

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UntitledToday I’m recommending the YouTube channel, I Read Books In Nightclubs, belonging to none other than Jonny Vickers, an actor from Aberdeen. As a working West End actor, Jonny’s videos sometimes contain snipets of his working life via daily vlog style videos, but mainly, his videos are ‘devoted to books and his general musings’.

Jonny was a member of the cast during 4600247301The War of the Worlds Arena Tour, where he appeared as the NASA Controller. Starring alongside him was fellow YouTuber and working West End actress, Carrie Hope Fletcher, whom he became good friends with. Not long after did Jonny create his channel and it is actually thanks to Carrie and her videos that I was introduced to Jonny and his channel.

Jonny is such a warm, positive character who has buckets of charm. This makes his videos a joy to watch and it is for that reason alone, his channel is worth sharing and recommending. Additionally, his funny anecdotes, book related videos and general craziness makes his videos so interesting and entertaining.

Here are some examples of his videos:

Take a look and make sure you subscribe to him.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXCPhB8T81I and http://www.jonathanvickers.com/gallery/4580137071

Quote: Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey-Deschanel-Tommy-Hilfiger-Collection‘I’m a person who gets better with practice. Getting older is awesome – because you get more practice.’

‘One thing I love about Christmas music is that it has a tradition of warmth.’

‘I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, ‘I need to act like a man, or I need to tone it down to be successful.’ That’s a very good way to keep women down.’

‘I like old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes, and basically I’m an old-fashioned gal.’

‘True love that lasts forever… yes, I do believe in it. My parents have been married for 40 years and my grandparents were married for 70 years. I come from a long line of true loves.’

‘A lot of people work out to be skinny. That’s so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman.’

‘You can’t expect to make no effort. You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding.’

‘I’m into sincerity in music and sincerity in art. If it doesn’t feel true, I don’t want to do it. Things that are too dramatic scare me. I think that’s why I don’t always fit into the world of performing arts.’

‘If I’m going to be ‘too’ anything, ‘too cute’ is fine. I love puppies. So what? Who hates puppies?’

‘It’s nice that there are movies and songs about romance – it’s what motivates us as human beings. I’m all for being brainwashed by rom-coms.’

‘You don’t have to wear expensive clothes to look good.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.popsugar.com/Zooey-Deschanel

YouTube: Carrie, Tom and Gi Fletcher

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tomToday, I’m recommending three youtube channels at once. ‘Why?’ you ask… because these three channels are very similar and because the three people are related and between them conduct the series ‘Dear Tom, Dear Gi, Dear Carrie’.

Tom Fletcher is an English musician from the popular bands, and my favourite bands, McFly and McBusted. His sister is Carrie Hope Fletcher and carrieshe became a fairly popular YouTuber and so, following in her footsteps, Tom started to update his YouTube channel regularly. Soon to join the YouTube bandwagon was Giovanna Fletcher, a published author, Tom’s wife and Carrie’s sister-in-law.

The three of them, in their ‘Dear…’ series, each post a video once a week updating each other on the events of their lives in the past week or two while asking questions to the other person. Tom usually talks about McBusted and life in a giband, Carrie usually talks about her job and the wonderful opportunities she gets through being both a YouTuber and a cast member of Les Miserables in the West End and Gi usually talks about writing, or being a mother.

Now individually, their channels are brilliant. I genuinely love watching their videos so much. All three of them are so down-to-earth and get to do these amazing things.

Tom Fletcher. Musician. His videos are usually sit-down vlogs but he also has built lego, drawn disney characters, sung covers both with Gi and on his own as well as follow-me-around vlogs on video shoots and days out with his son Buzz. Tom is also known for his viral ‘Wedding Speech’ video.

Carrie Hope Fletcher. Musician. Writer. Actress. Blogger. Vlogger. YouTuber. A very talented young lady, Carrie is not only a very successful YouTuber, she also plays one of the lead roles in Les Miserables as Eponine as her day job. She also is currently touring around the UK on ‘The War of the Worlds’ tour. In 2015, she realises her first book. Her videos include; sit-down vlogs, follow-me-around vlogs, music covers, booktube videos and tag videos.

Lastly, Giovanna Fletcher. Actress. Writer. Gi, like Tom, trained as an actor. Although, she really enjoys acting she found her forte in writing and she now has two novels and a novella to her name.

Check out their channels and enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photos in this post, they are from: http://hopeful-family.tumblr.com/Carrie, http://emxxily.buzznet.com/user/journal/17464885/youtube-evolution-tom-fletcher/ and http://www.effierced.com/2014/08/giovanna-fletcher/.

Quote: Marilyn Monroe

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‘I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best’.

marilyn-monroe-quotes-4‘Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring’.

‘Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you’.

‘We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle’.

‘Fear is stupid. So are regrets’.

‘Love is rare. Life is strange. Nothing lasts and people change’.

‘We should all start to live before we get too old’.

‘A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself’.

‘One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel’.

‘A man is more frank and sincere with his emotions than a woman. We girls, I’m afraid, have a tendency to hide our feelings’.

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 Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.snappypixels.com/quotes/thoughtful-quotes-from-marilyn-monroe/

Quote: Sandra Bullock

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Sandra‘I’m a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it’s bad or good’.

‘I think most of us are raised with preconceived notions of the choices we’re supposed to make. We waste so much time making decisions based on someone else’s idea of our happiness – what will make you a good citizen or a good wife or daughter or actress. Nobody says, ‘Just be happy – go be a cobbler or go live with goats.’’

‘I’ve been on the floor and I’ve been heartbroken. I didn’t know how I was going to stand up. But I just gave it time’.

‘I’ve made peace with the fact that the things that I thought were weaknesses or flaws were just me. I like them’.

‘Uniqueness was something my mother pounded into me’.

‘I don’t think we spend enough time in silence, just realizing what’s floating around in our noggin’.

‘I have no desire to maintain a lifestyle. I am a horrible celebrity. If I am out in public I dress like a pig’.

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Disclaimer: I do not own the picture, it is from: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-style/news/sandra-bullocks-shiny-hair-secret-2011108