Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review: Maybe in Another Life: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1726 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (July 7 2015)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00P42X1P0

Book Description

 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.

About the Author

 Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the "11 Debuts We Love" by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @tjenkinsreid.




My Review

 Like many of us, Hannah Martin has no idea what to do with her life! Maybe in Another Life is a delightful read. It is a different type of read because there are two concurrent story lines going on throughout.

Do we have a soulmate? Is life preordained? Does everything happen by chance? Do our decisions, minor or major, transform our lives in different ways? I keep thinking of the song....Do I stay or do I go....

Mind-boggling, fascinating tale. Chick lit at its finest. You'll love it!

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