Imagining Elsewhere by Sara Hosey
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Paranormal
Publishing Date: June 28, 2022
Being a better person can be a lot harder than it looks.
It’s 1988, and former bully Astrid is forced to move from Queens to the small town of Elsewhere. Although this town is totally weird, Astrid sees the move as a way to reinvent herself. That is, until Candi—the teenage tyrant with supernatural powers who rules Elsewhere—decides she wants Astrid to be her new bestie.
Having to choose between the perks and safety of being the Queen B’s best friend and the desire to be a better person could literally cost Astrid her life. As Astrid and her new friends begin to dig into the dark history of Elsewhere and the source of Candi’s powers, they form a dangerous plan to resist Candi’s compulsion and to escape Elsewhere, or else be doomed to live under Candi’s rule forever.
About the Author:
Queens native Sara Hosey is the author of a novel, Iphigenia Murphy, and a novella, Great Expectations, as well as short fiction appearing in publications including Cordella Magazine and Casino Literary. Sara has also written an academic book about popular culture: Home is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers.
Sara has held many jobs—she’s been a nanny, a home health aide, a chaperone for exchange students visiting the United States, a relay operator for the hearing impaired, and a security guard at the US Open in Flushing. She has worked in retail and in restaurants, in theaters and on screen as an extra in an educational film. These days, however, she mainly teaches English at a community college and writes. When she’s not working, she likes to spend time with her family and pets in upstate New York.
Now I know you are not meant to judge a book by it's cover but I did when I saw Imagining Elsewhere as it really gave me the feeling of the supernatural and then when I read the synopsis I was like sign me up.
I am not going to say what happened in the book as I don't do spoilers but I will say it gave me the vibes of Mean Girls, Heathers, Stepford Films and The Craft added together with the book being set in 1988 and everything 80s by the truck load scattered throughout and I ate it all up. I really think Sara did a fantastic job and I am hoping for a sequel hint hint. So I had to give it 5 stars