Maybe in Another Lifeby Taylor Jenkins Reid Published 07 Jul 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 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.
"Maybe in Another Life" Reviews
An interesting concept, but unfortunately this didn't resonate with me the same way her other books (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and After I Do) have. The alternate timelines mimic one another even down to the same sentences being repeated, which obviously became repetitive. Though, of course, this is a TJR book so I couldn't put the book down! This was one of her first novels, so it's great to see how her writing has improved.
This is probably a 4 Star read. Then why did I give it 5 Stars? Because this book MADE ME FEEL! And why do so many of us love books? It's for the feels!
I listened to the audio version. Julia Whelan's narration is nothing less than amazing! If you are looking for a good audio book look no further! This one is fantastic!
Hannah Martin is a twenty maybe early thirty something living in New York City. She's moved around for many years, making bad choices and not laying down roots. Until everything changes when she goes back to the city she is from, LA. One night Hannah is at a bar with her friend Gabby and then something happens and the book splits off into a parallel universe. This novel smoothly goes from one life to the other life during the same time frame. Hannah is a very likeable character. She is human and makes some poor choices, but isn't that what life is all about?
This book truly made me think what would my life be like if I made a different choice or went to a different place or moved to a different city. I thought about this book all last weekend because I didn't have time to listen to it. I also thought about this book pretty much the entire time that I was listening to it and I have a feeling Hannah will stay with me for a very long time!
This concept is not new. In 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow was in a British film called Sliding Doors that was quite similar. This is like it's American cousin but I thought this was better.
For starters, this isn’t YA and I can’t remember the last time I’ve read (really read) a non-YA contemporary. I feel like I deserve a reward! Lol. But honestly, it already feels rewarding to read about people my age for a change (hey, that rhymed!) and to have that close feeling of connection to their life experiences.
Somewhere out there, in a parallel universe, there is a version of me that chose to read another YA novel that might have ended up in a mess and that might have caused me days of reading slump. That thought makes me very happy and satisfied that I chose this book in this universe I’m sharing with my awesome GR friends. Lol.
The paragraph above, my friends, is sort of the premise of this story.
“The world is splitting further and further into an infinite number of parallel universes where everything that could happen is happening...there is a version of us out there somewhere who made a different choice."
There is just something about the author’s writing that kept me reading. Maybe it has something to do with the easy, relatable conversations between the characters, the admirable friendship between Hannah and Gabby and the fact that these two women are highly commendable for their head-on approach to solving their problems, the whoa inducing moments that mark the end of a chapter and that will certainly compel you to read chapter after chapter.
It also probably has something to do with this easy humor that constantly colored the story and the two swoony characters (Henry and Ethan though I like Henry more. Lol.) Best of all, the abundant lines that you can’t help but quote. Actually, I’d like to own a physical copy of this book and highlight the quotes with a neon-green ink. The pages will probably become unreadable because of too much neon green.
* "People who don’t haggle are suckers. "
* “I’ll get there eventually.”
* “Being in love does not absolve you of anything… Your actions in love are not an exception of who you are. They are in fact, the very definition of who you are.”
* “Fate or not, our lives are still the results of our choices.”
* "I may be broken and scared but I'm alive."
* “Sitting helps sad people.”
See? This book should be stacked among those inspirational/”how to” shelves.
One thing that struck me more is the idea about how people seem to accomplish the hardest/the best things in our lives when we feel stupid enough to do so. It makes me think that foolishness is actually courage in a lousy disguise.^^
The reason I gave this four stars is mainly because of the conclusion which I feel was too rushed and not entirely satisfying. Don’t get me wrong. I liked it enough but there are still questions in my mind left unanswered.
I’m also questioning why Hannah had different endings in the two parallel worlds while Gabby had the same ending. I was kind of hoping there was just one for Hannah too.
I’m loving the idea that she would still end up with the same person regardless of the world she’s in. That’s what I would have wanted for myself. I mean, I want that every version of me in every parallel universe that exists would end up with my husband. <3 <3 <3
Yep, I’m cheesy romantic that way. Lol.
For more awesome reviews, check out the ff:
1. Fai’s review
2. Alex’s review
5 “Cinnamon Bun” STARS
I had one book left to read by this author and little did I know that it would be my FAVORITE of her releases. I adored this story and simply every page, every line of this book. It is such a good read having all the components that go into making a story special to me.
The story was so well written while being witting and enchanting. The humor is spot on, the fantastic friendship with Gabby is beautiful, the loss and the love just epic!
”I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn't end up with you.”
I'm going to enjoy the high of this story for days to come!
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"There is a larger plan out there. Everything happens for a reason. Isn't that what they say?"
Rating this book was tough for me. I devoured it entirely in one sitting and I absolutely love the way this author writes, but that ending man. There's a few things I cannot get past.
Last year I read this author's marvelous book After I Do and fell in love with it. It was a top book of 2014 for me I (so if you haven't read it, please go do so right this minute). So when a friend told me that this book was up on Netgalley I HAD to grab it. And I'm so glad I did.
After traveling constantly the past decade or so, Hannah Martin has finally returned to her home town of Los Angeles after a disastrous attempt at living in New York. She moves in with her best friend Gabby, who takes her out to celebrate at a bar where she meets her ex-boyfriend Ethan. When Hannah goes to leave for the night she has an offer from Gabby and Ethan for a ride home. Here the story splits into two versions: one in which she leaves with Gabby, the other in which she leaves with Ethan. Both choices have the power to shape her life differently, bringing into question our fate.
"As long as you're happy and you're doing something good with your life, it really doesn't matter whether you went out and found the perfect thing or you chose what you knew you could make work for you."
One thing I find extremely special about Taylor Jenkins Reid is she makes the reader think. What if? And while that question has been present in both books I've read by her, it is the central theme of this book. This isn't your typical romance novel for more than the obvious reasons, but because it makes the reader think about more than one outcome for the characters in the book. And the author made it difficult to interpret what the "right" decision was. (Brave Ms. Reid, bravo).
As I mentioned before I could not put this book down. I was enthralled from page one and kept reading until the final one. I will say I have a giant craving for cinnamon buns now and will promptly buy one as soon as I can. And I'm not the biggest fan of that type of pastry.
The idea of the parallel universes made by our choices is fascinating. I'm going to digress here, but there was a television show on the Disney channel I watched as a kid called So Weird, and in an episode one of the character went through the same dilemma, although her alternate self was evil or something dramatic. There are so many possibilities to work with when one includes the parallel universe. But what was most interesting to me as a reader, was to see what remained the same. The things in life that are a constant like unconditional love, determination, finding one's own place or calling in life. Life may be about choices, but it's also about the things and people in life you can depend on.
I will say the end of this book left me with an overwhelming feeling of sadness. I'm not saying there isn't an HEA, but with the parallel universes come the choices never made or the missed opportunities. [spoilers removed].
I really enjoyed this book. It's not a typical romance but it's a story that you'll be thinking about days and weeks after you've read it.
"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."
ARC provided by Atria Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
“We don’t know what would have happened. But whatever would have happened wasn’t supposed to happen.”“You really believe that?” Ethan says. “I think I have to”
Hannah is facing with a dilemma to go home with her best friend or go home with the ex boyfriend.In this story we can see both decisions and how Hanna's life would have been if she had picked one of the two choices.
How can a decision change your life?
Such a wonderful,unique,brilliant and sweet story.First book from this author but I have heard so many good things about her so I couldn't resist this book!!I had it pre-ordered and I couldn't wait to find time and finally read it!At beginning I had some difficulties because I was a little confused but when I understood what was really happening I wanted to read more and more to see what will happen!The story is really interesting,the parallel universe concept is so brilliant and original!The author managed to weaved the two story lines together so perfectly! I adored Hanna,she is such a lovable character!I could relate with her!Gabby is the perfect best friend whom anyone could have!I loved their relationship!
I'm not sure yet how I felt about the ending,I liked it but I felt like something was missing.But I really liked the book,it held my interesting till the end!I believe this story is one of them that you should definitely read! I'm sure you will like it and I think it's perfect for summer!