Book Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

cover60007-medium Title: Maybe in Another Life
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Published Date: July 2015
ISBN: 9781476776880


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.

My Review: I do not know why I never finish writing this review.  Maybe in Another Life was the favorite I read in 2015.  It is easier to write about what I dislike rather than why I love a book.

Let’s talk about why did I like it:

It is light, funny, and emotional.

Also, the plot is amazing.  The story is told in two different dimension worlds in parallel time.  The author showed how a little event can change your entire future.    It’s interesting to see how something were bound to happen and some might change.

The book is like two stories in one.  The concurrent story-lines happen in alternating chapters and they are easy to differentiate.  Readers can probably skip every other chapter and the book would still make perfect sense.  I cannot wait to read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new book, One True Loves.

5 out of 5 stars

Received a free digital copy from Booksparks via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.SRCMiAL


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