MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Atria Books/Washington Square Press Paperback | 352 pages |
ISBN: 9781476776880 | July 7, 2015 | $16.00
eBook: Atria Books/Washington Square Press | 352 pages |
ISBN: 9781476776897 | July 7, 2015 | $11.99
ABOUT MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE
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, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.
It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.
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 surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: 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.
WHITNEY’S FIVE STAR REVIEW
A unique story about how the decisions we make can alter our path, Maybe In Another Life is emotionally powerful, yet fun.
This story follows one young woman and the consequences of what seems like a simple decision… to go home from the bar with her ex-boyfriend after years apart or to return home with her best friend.
The novel is told by alternating chapters. One chapter with what her life is like if she goes home with her ex and the next chapter with her life if she goes home with her friend. Since the timeline stays the same, it’s very easy to follow and flows well.
What I really appreciated about this book is that none of it follows a cookie cutter happy path. With each decision, I found myself smiling in some areas, wanting to break my Kindle with others and tears were definitely shed. I loved and hated every character at some point. Hannah is a realistic portrayal of a 29 year old woman who hasn’t quite found herself and you can’t help but root for her to find happiness in each of her character’s storylines.
No spoilers here but I urge you to try this book for it’s unique spin on romance and how each decision we make can affect our lives. I am still conflicted about the ending. It was not perfect but at the same time, it felt real.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.
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