* I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours to facilitate my review. I was not compensated for this post, nor will I be. All expressed opinions are strictly my own. *
The Original 1982 is an interesting novel.
The primary character walks us through her life as if she had made a different choice in a critical turning point which changes EVERYTHING. She speaks as though the new 1982 is the way of her world today. But she reflects back to the "original 1982" often, so we can compare the two choices.
It becomes so realistic as we read that I, personally, forgot that the new choice was not the REAL choice. Although I think that is part of the point of the book. That we can sometimes live in a choice we've made and dream of the way things could have been - all the time.
Something in the Amazon review of this book states:
"She loves differently - yet some things remain the same.'
SO true. So many things are the same. The things she does, who she sees, knows, loves. It's all there. It's just her - her world - her life - that has changed.
This was a really easy read. I wouldn't say it was the best book I've ever read, but I enjoyed it and it was simple enough to fly through, all the while making me think just a little bit. Honestly, I think I'm thinking more as I reflect than I did while I was reading.
Do you have that one choice? Would you want to change just ONE thing in your life that you can't go back and adjust? How different would your life be now if you had made the other choice? Done things differently?
Our main character lets us know how her world and life would have been. Honestly, for her, I feel sad. I think she aches over her choice. In real life it's easy to say no regrets. It's easy to say I'd never not make the mistakes I have made, because they're what makes me me. But in a novel - in a book like this? It's easy to see what sort of mistakes she's made and what she wishes she could do over, and in doing so we see a whole other world. It's interesting.
That was a really heavy closing to this review. The book is NOT that heavy. I promise you that.