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To Get to the Other Side

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This book was a cute romance but I didn’t feel any real connection to any of the characters and I couldn’t stand Trixie. Her personality made this book a struggle for me.

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This book was good but had to make myself see it through because I wasn't the most intrigued by it. It would make a great audiobook to listen to on the way to & from work!

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DNF at 40%
I was really not in the mood for this kinda story. I didn't vibe with the main character, and it really dragged for me. Definitely not a terrible book and it could be great for someone else, but unfortunately not for me.

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Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.

"To Get to the Other Side" starts with a promising concept, Trixie and Bear, living together taking care of a chicken. The story had a lot of potential to be a cute romcom, but the execution didn't meet my expectations. First things first, the things I did enjoy. I liked Trixies friend Lindsey. I liked the baseball game chapters. And I liked Bear’s family. They were a little extreme every now and then, but these were the reasons I was able to push through and finish this book.

One of the things that I found challenging about this book was the lack of adults being actual adults. They were all very immature, which made it hard to read. They are adults, they should act more like it.
The characters seemed flat and their only personality traits seemed to be trauma that wasn't fleshed out well enough.

The lack of chemistry between the characters was another issue. Despite the attempts to create romantic tension, it felt unnatural. The instalove made it hard to root for them. The focus on his physical attraction to her was also too much, it didn't add anything to the story. And I couldn't stand how the gaslighting was never adressed and even a little romanticized.

Lastly, the use of custom curse words was unnecessary. It would have been better for Trixie to just not cuss at all, rather than constantly using silly phrases. Bear on the other hand cussed too much.

Overall, while this book had some interesting ideas, the execution fell short. The adults behaved like children, the lack of chemistry between the main characters made it hard to connect with the romance. The excessive focus on physical attraction and the gaslighting behavior were very concerning and never adressed. While some of the character quirks were unique, it was not enough for me to enjoy this book. This is why I rated it 2 stars

Thank you again NetGalley for letting me read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have shared a detailed spoiler review on my Goodreads account.

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Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this.

Cute read, however not what I was expecting. The story was overall an OK read, but not my favourite read. I would still recommend this book to others.

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Really cute book but really nothing more than that. I was expecting to love it completely but it was just okay. Not a bad read but I had high expectations that weren't meet. It's still a book I recommend. A quick read with good writing and some amazing characters!

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This book was very cute. Any book that revolves around an animal is a-okay with me, and the fact that it was a chicken made it that much better. There were some issues I had towards the end in regards to the main female character, but I loved the male and his sisters. Overall it was a fun and cute read.

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I really love the cover of this book and the ridiculousness that it is. This is a wonderful book about finding yourself even though you're a hot mess and making your life just the way you want it to be.

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Cute rom-com about roommates Trixie and Bear. I liked the storyline and thought the story was charming. And how can there not be anything funny when chickens are involved.

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I don’t think I’ve ever read so much about a chicken in my life. 🤨 This one didn’t click with me and I had a hard time not DNFing but after I finished it, I was so underwhelmed. Trixie was an interesting character. I couldn’t figure out why on earth she would spend $900+ on a CHICKEN(!!!) when she couldn’t even afford her regular living. And the comments/thoughts the author had her use. “Oh fishsticks” right after sex and “anti UTI restroom run”. Like I just couldn’t with some of these. Also it felt like nothing actually happened in the book. Bear was thinking about buying his moms flower shop, Trixie was trying to get out of debt (even though she could easily get rid of this chicken and lose a lot of bills from that alone). I’m hoping I forget this book sooner than later. 😬🫣

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This book was difficult to read. The plot just dragged on and on and nothing really happened. Chemistry between main characters was nonexistent and their personalities weren't believable. I really wanted to like this book, because the idea of the book sounded fun. It was just poorly executed.

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I thought this book was fun and made me laugh. I enjoyed the characters and how quirky she was. The situations she finds herself in. It's a little too quick on the events that makes it seem a bit unbelievable but it is fun

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This was a cute and fun read. I think my favorite part of the book was how close Bear was with his family and sisters. My major complaint with this one is that both main characters had the same conflict -- they were hiding their real personalities from the world due to something that happened to them -- and the book mentioned it over and over and over. It made them both feel one dimensional. They were only driven by this one thing, and I got so tired of hearing about it. I didn't need the author to explain every time, for example, that the actions Trixie took were because of the betrayal of her best friend and her parents' crazy attitudes to her childhood dance career. I could draw that conclusion on my own.

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This one just wasn't for me, slow burn, I didn't like the characters much. It was a quick an easy read.

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The start of the book is nice but it further goes downhill. The charcters turn bland making the story boring and monotonous.

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Who knew a chicken could bring two people together…Trixie picks up Chick Chick on the side of a busy Chicago road and takes her in. Her landlord is not so found of the idea so enter Bear. Who unknowingly had an ad placed in the newspaper claiming he needed a roommate. And pets were welcome. This was a cute story with laugh out loud moments with a man names Bear, a chicken named Chick Chick and a FMC named Trixie.

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I really, REALLY loved this book. The general idea of it being a guy, Bear, being set up by his sisters to get a roommate is so close to one of my favourite books that I immediately liked it from the beginning.

Bear’s character was like a warm hug to me. He had patience and kindness. And Trixie? Well she was loveable, quirky, and such a joy. Both of these characters had true complexities to them both which made me love them more.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable and quite sweet read for me.

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This is a very cute romcom and I like it. Not particularly unforgettable, by the way, but cute and even funny in some point.
I expected something more original, if I have to be completely honest. Maybe because of the chicken on the cover. But this book is cute, anyway!

Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the arc!

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As someone who really loves animals, having a chicken as a pet makes my heart flutter. Trixie's energy is contagious! Bear's lustful thoughts about Trixie is a bit off to me. Despite hoping to see more character development, i enjoyed reading this book in general. Ms. Ohlert has a great potential that I am looking forward for her future releases.
Thank you again Netgalley and Alcove Press for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.

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This was a fun, clean, low angst novel. I usually need a little more in a book to pull me in an this barely had it. I will say the mental health representation was appreciated and I did love the witty banter. Tragically the love story and chemistry feel short. Even with that I would still recommend this book but for someone that wants a light easy read.

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