In Her Shoes is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've recently read about, and then tell what you would do in her stead, or what you've learned from her.
Featuring this week:
Emily/Liz from Until Next Time
Emily is an angel send down from heaven to continue on the life of Elisabeth aka Liz, because the girl actually had a special purpose on earth. Her warrior partner and soul mate Matt is also send down in the life of Liz's friend Daniel, but they won't recognize each other right away because the moment they enter their new lives they lose all the memories from heaven - until they return for some counseling while their earthly bodies sleep. Personally, I think this is already quite complicated in itself, but obviously Amy Lignor thought better of it and made a huge mess of things.
For one, Liz does recognize there is a special connection between her and Daniel, who has been in love with her for quite some time already, because they somehow connect via dreams/astral projection, but that connection was already there before they were replaced by Matt and Emily. As the reader has all alarm bells going off, Emily is still too overwhelmed by her new human emotions to actually care. Wtf? It was like she really had totally lost herself while Matt didn't take so long to find his own identity inside Daniel, although Liz is actually displaying not just a lot of sense but also a lot of faith. It kinda just didn't make sense to me, you with me? Anyways, bottom line is: not recognizing herself equals not recognizing Matt, and that means there is no soul mate to give preference to!
On to second (you probably already know what's coming): Liz falls for a total stranger seeking shelter in her pub during a storm. Hello? was my first thought on this one, but in the end it's actually explained that not Liz but in fact Emily and Jason have a special connection, so there was actually fate at work here. But it still weirded me out that Liz - or actually Emily? - felt more drawn to Jason than to Daniel. Maybe because Liz had already known Daniel for years, and never thought of him as more than a friend, and all of sudden her soul mate is stuffed into him. It's not like she'd all of a sudden say, "Hey, isn't there actually more between us?" That'd be too strange, I guess. But I still think it was overly weird up to the point where the Em/Jason background is revealed, and then... I don't know what to think exactly, leaves me utterly frustrated!, so I guess I can't judge Liz/Em for her confusion and -ultimately- her choices, hm?
Aside from her fate/relationship drama, which I just don't know what to make of, Emily is a very great character! She has a lot of common sense, is actually pretty wise, hardworking, has good gut instincts, her own mind and ways, a huge heart, and always tries to support the emotional with the rational. Plus, although she has quite a lot of faith in the good in people as well as in life, she is by no means a blindly follower or anything. For her, faith does not come from the heart alone, but from the mind as well, so she is doubting, questioning, struggling with that aspect of her life, and I guess that is why I liked her so much despite this being a "Christian story", because I think that faith into something like a God should not be educated, or literally beat into somebody, but established by everyone individually. Otherwise it just feels fake - and the 'practise what you preach' aspect would be kinda lost.
Whose shoes did you step into this week?
> read my review of Until Next Time