Title: Maybe in Another Life
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
352 pages, publish date July 7, 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
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.
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
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 love, love, LOVED this book!! It is hands down one of the best book I've read so far in 2015. What grabbed my attention right off the bat was how creative this storyline is--I haven't read anything like it. I LOVED the concept of alternate lives where one decision changes your entire life, and showing through the book how life would play out. That's so relatable in real life--how many times have we all wondered "what might've been" if we would've made a different choice? I often wonder things like what would've happened if I'd gone to a different college, or chosen a different major. But the decision that drastically changes Hannah's life is something as (seemingly) simple as leaving with Gabby or leaving with Ethan. What other lives have I had in a parallel universe? Mind. Blown.
As with After I Do, Reid's writing style is effortless and flawless. This book is simply brilliant. I couldn't devour it fast enough. I HAD to know how things ended and what she chose. I loved the characters--especially Henry. I don't want to elaborate on his character too much without giving anything away! Also, I feel in love with Hannah and Gabby's beautiful friendship. In both avenues of her parallel universe life, their amazing friendship didn't change. Everyone should be so lucky to have that type of friendship in their lives. It was beautiful!
I can't say enough good things about this book. It blew me away. This book NEEDS to be at the top of your summer reading list! I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it!
Overall rating for "Maybe in Another Life: 5 stars