REVIEW: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Blurb: 

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.

 

Review:

“Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don’t matter, that I’ll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do.”

Okay so this one was a different read for me! It was wonderful! After a slew of disappointing books, this one kept me enthralled throughout.

The book is about Hannah Martin, a 20-something woman who has no real direction in her life as of late and has moved around more times than she can count. Her relationship with an unsuitable man has ended and she has lost her job in New York. This is when her best friend convinces her that maybe it is time to come home to Los Angeles.

Hannah’s only just arrived in LA when she is contacted by her first love, Ethan. They went there separate ways when they were 18 and her welcome home gathering is the perfect place to connect.

This is where the story gets very interesting! Her friends are leaving her party and Ethan asks the question ‘Stay out with me?’. Hannah has to make a decision. The story then splits into two parts. One in which she leaves the party with her best friend Gabby and her husband and one where she stays at the pub with Ethan. The story splinters into a Sliding Doors type situation, showing Hannah on different paths and where they lead her.

This story at it’s heart is about love, friendship and all the ‘what if’s’ we ask ourselves. It has a lot of heart and even though i would have liked a more complete ending, i was actually satisfied with it.


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