Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Atria Books, Simon & Schuster on July 7, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Women's Fiction
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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, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.
It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.
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 surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: 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.
Books like this are so hard to review. Especially when all you want to do is discuss every single thing that happened. But you can’t because stories like this need to be experienced. So please do yourself a favor and stay away from all spoilers.
Maybe in Another Life is about you and it’s about me. It’s about life and what we do or don’t make of it. It’s about all the endless possibilities and what ifs. It’s about taking chances, about taking responsibility, its about forgiving yourself and those around you. It’s about learning who you are and realizing that in this great big universe that are multiple different outcomes that could happen. That every action and decision changes the course of not only our lives but everyone we touch. Somethings will happen no matter what we do, some will entirely change our timelines.
Hannah Martin is unique. I think we’ve all been in her shoes and some point. She’s 29 and still trying to find her path in life. A late bloomer if you will. There are lessons and life experiences she needs to learn before finding her place in this world. I thought Taylor Jenkins Reid showed us all the what ifs and she did it quite well. Hannah finds herself at an interesting crossroads and we’re given both storylines. Friendships that will stand the test of time like Hannah and Gabby’s. Parents who love us unconditionally and whom we accept aren’t perfect or maybe even traditional. And even lovers that come, go, and maybe come back again. Decisions that you resign yourself to or those that come easily. No matter the outcome you’ll be thinking about Maybe in Another Life for a long time.
I really enjoyed the two timelines. I found myself preferring one over the other but I wasn’t disappointed at all with how it ended. I still found myself preferring the one over the other though. Both storylines are unique, different, yet the same
I did feel like the story would have benefited by the use of some contractions. I also would have preferred more description and less telling. I want to feel like I’m in the room with the characters.. I want a picture painted in my mind. I don’t want to be told what’s happening in simple terms. This in no way takes away from the story. It’s just my preference for my reading experience.
I very much look forward to reading more Taylor Jenkins Reid books!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*