Publication: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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.
I think pretty much everyone at one time or another has thought about what would have happened if they had gotten the chance to do something. Or if they would’ve made a different decision or chosen a different path in their life. Maybe In Another Life let's us explore that through Hannah, the main character in the story.
29 year old nomad Hannah, is finally moving back home to Los Angeles after being away for more than 10 years. Temporarily staying with her best friend Gabby and husband Mark, she attempts to get her life in order and figure out what it is she wants to do with her life. Enter Ethan, her ex-boyfriend who she hasn’t gotten completely over. From that night on, we get to see what would have happened if she stayed and hung out with him or went home with Gabby and Mark.
Hannah was easy to connect and relate to. She is a strong woman. Stronger than she believes she is and I liked that. I especially enjoyed her friendship with Gabby. It’s nice to see two friends care about each other so much.
The story flowed really well. I didn’t get confused with going back and forth between the two alternate worlds. There is some romance for Hannah, but the romance isn’t the main part of the story. As far as the two worlds go, I did prefer one over the other, but overall I just wanted Hannah to be happy at the end of it all.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it would be a light cute read, but it turned out to be more than just a cute story. It was funny, a little emotional, and sweet. I ended up not wanting to put it down even though real life was calling my name. I loved the idea of rather or not fate really exists or if things just happen as a result of a single choice or multiple choices made. Who really knows? I would like to think it is a little bit of both. Maybe In Another Life was the perfect summer read. It wasn’t too heavy and it wasn’t super light. I would recommend anyone who likes contemporary romance and or modern alternate worlds to check this book out.
RATING: 4½ out of 5.
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.
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
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