To Get to the Other Side by Kelly Ohlert

“My life summed up on the wall of a tub: girl hair and chicken feathers.”

Plot Summary

Trixie isn’t exactly sure what she was thinking when she stopped her car in the middle of downtown Chicago, scooped up a chicken struggling to cross the road, and drove off… but she does know that she has to find a new home for herself and her new feathered friend. The landlord at her apartment doesn’t allow pets and has caught Trixie in one too many pet-smuggling attempts in the past.

Bear likes his quiet life with his close-knit family, who own a flower business, but he’s in for a rude awakening when his meddlesome sisters post an ad to rent the spare room in his simple home, without asking his permission. Still, when Trixie responds to the ad, he agrees to let her move in, despite immediate worries about keeping things platonic.

Determined to keep her new room, befriend Bear, and give her rescue chicken the care she deserves, Trixie fights to keep her walls up and resist her romantic feelings for Bear. However, it’s not long before the pair’s proximity and chicken parenting ignite flames that have Trixie and Bear testing the boundaries of their platonic ground rules. They have to figure out how to save a family business, pay for mounting vet bills, and navigate their own emotional baggage if they want to find the love that they all deserve.

My Review

This book follows the story of Trixie, who works in an animal shelter. After encountering a wounded chicken in the middle of a busy street and being helped by a mysterious and gorgeous man, Trixie decides to take care of the chicken. The problem is her landlord doesn’t allow pets. And here enters Bear, a man with financial problems and with deep love for his family, Grey’s Anatomy and pancakes. His sisters put on an ad for a roommate in order for him to share the lot expenses. Little does he know his new roommate is the sexy woman he met rescuing a chicken.

The cover of this book caught my attention. Girl running after a chicken in the middle of a business street meets a hot guy? Seemed like something I had to read. 

The story started out strong but soon I found myself getting bored. The characters lacked depth. There was no chemistry between Trixie and Bear. Sometimes I felt the author was trying the ‘grumpy and sunshine’ trope but Bear didn’t qualify as such.  The writing wasn’t able to convey the emotions of the scenes,it sounded too mechanical and I couldn’t feel connected with the characters. 

Despite this, there were various funny scenes and the story is well structured. It’s a cute summer read if you want to be entertained.

Highlight Moments

– Bear receiving endless phone calls and people at the door for the add when he was only in a towel

– Bear stuck in Trixie’s window and getting caught

– Trixie sneaking through the house to avoid Bear

– “The attack” of the dogs

PLOT: ★★★
COVER: ★★★★
OVERALL: ★★★ (2.5)

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* I want to thank Netgalley and Alcove Press for giving me a free eArc of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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