Title: Maybe In Another Life
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Publication date: July 7, 2015
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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 Liferaises 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.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So far in 2015, I’ve read 33 books. Maybe In Another Life is easily in the top few. In fact I labelled it on my official Goodreads shelf “Best Everrr“. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a unique author with magical qualities that totally take you away. Her best book yet!
“If there are an infinite number of universes, I don’t know how I got so lucky to end up in this one. Maybe there are other lives out there, but I can’t imagine being as happy in any of them as I am right now, today. I have to think that while I may exist in other universes, none is as good as this.”
Maybe In Another Life is the story of Hannah Martin. Not too far into the book she makes an ordinary decision that has an extraordinary “fork in the road” effect. In one life her choice leads her to go home with her old flame, Ethan, after a night at a bar. In another life she decides it’s best not to rush things and go home with her best friend Gabby.
“I no longer believe all is fair in love and war. Your actions in love are not an exception to who you are. They’re the very definition of who you are.”
Given the blurb for this book (if you haven’t read it, go back and read it) I somewhat expected a certain story to play out. But I have to get real now and say that it didn’t exactly play out that way. In almost every case Taylor spun a curve ball and *bam* another choice turned things and we were following a different storyline. I love Taylor’s style of books for these twists. They’re not Hollywood BANG! and yet they aren’t mundane. Her books feel like real life. You constantly as What If, not only in the story context, but there’s a ripple effect that has you asking What If to your own life.
“Maybe one day, we’ll get the timing right. Maybe this is the middle of a longer love story.”
I wish i were as good as writing as she is. Then I might be able to explain better why this book and her style of writing are both so freaking epic. In short you can expect to feel the whole spectrum of emotions while reading this story, but there’s a basal dosage of happiness going on. I loved how happy this book made me. It’s halfway between women’s fiction and contemporary romance. It’s with strong conviction that I announce this book is pretty darn close to perfect as one can get. There are no stupid decisions, no whiny female characters, no frustrating miscommunications — I suspect that this book took a great deal of effort because the end result is so effortless.
♡♡♡♡♡ – highly recommended!
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