by Megan Crane

October 2005
ISBN: 0-446-69433-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Trade Paperback

It was once said that you can’t go home again. Unfortunately for Meredith McKay, she’s about to discover that when one has to go home to help one’s father heal after a car accident, there’s no option to say no. So, despite the fact that her life is now in Atlanta, as she stresses to her brother and sister, Meredith finds herself heading home to New Jersey. It’s only for a while though…right?

But being back home brings up all kinds of painful memories Meredith would love to remain forgotten. There’s her ex-best friend, now fiancée to her brother Christian. There’s the discord and fighting between Christian and the youngest sibling Hope. Life with the McKay family is anything but normal and Meredith can’t wait to get back to her life in Atlanta, back to her boyfriend, and back to emotional safety. But being home, even for a bit, is slowly but surely reshaping Meredith’s images of the past, and her hopes for the future. Is it possible that coming home is really a blessing in disguise?

Everyone Else’s Girl is a smart and sharp tale of rediscovery by Megan Crane. Coming home and reevaluating the past is never easy as Meredith comes to find out. Misconceptions, new romances, old feelings, and new hurts are all part of Meredith’s life in New Jersey, a life she finds herself really enjoying despite her fear of actually exploring the past. Especially touching is Meredith’s new bond with her father, a man she starts to see as a friend for the first time in her life.

Megan Crane does not disappoint with this fresh and impressive story of life’s heartaches and happiness. Meredith is a vividly written character who leaps off the pages and into readers’ hearts.

Reviewed in March 2006 by Sarah.

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