by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Just released: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Paperback: 352 pages
From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.
At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.
Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?
In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?
Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.
It's a good thing I booked an aisle seat, because I'm the last one on the plane. I knew I'd be late for my flight. I'm late for almost everything.
Interesting take on the possibilities of parallel existence. The author plays with the idea of what if different roads are taken during life's journey. So, you get a two-fer story in this book.
Light love and romance runs through the two stories. Each relationship worked about equally for me. Although, the issue on soulmates still has me questioning.
All characters are likable with their own life tweaks. So, subplots were just as interesting to follow.
Funny how certain loves, like cinnamon rolls (for the main character), carries over without fail.
About the author:
In addition to her novels, Taylor's essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, xoJane, and a number of other blogs.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit.
* added to my COYER challenge/scavenger hunt (details)
* review copy courtesy of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2015 (details). @booksparks #SRC2015
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