Sunday, October 28, 2018

*Review* Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Chick-Lit
Published: July 7, 2015
Pages: 342

From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Docomes 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.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book. It's been a while since I did so, so I don't remember the narration perfectly, but I don't remember having an issue with the opposite gendered voices, and that is typically my biggest issue with audiobooks. So this one was definitely enjoyable to listen to.

It took me a while to figure out what was going on with the story (because I didn't read the blurb before starting to listen to the book). I seriously thought that there were some major mistakes with the storyline getting mixed up or time jumping with no reasonable explanation going on. Once I figured out what was actually going on in the book, I started to really enjoy the way the two timelines were woven together.

It's hard to decide which timeline I liked better because they both had their pros and cons, and I was really kind of rooting for certain things from each one to come true for Hannah. It was a really interesting look into the way our small choices may have big affects on our lives.

Overall I give Maybe in Another Life 3.487 stars because it took me a while to figure out what was going on with the story. - Katie 

Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo as well as One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and more. Her novels have been named best books of summer by People, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, PopSugar, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, and others.

You can follow her on Twitter @tjenkinsreid.

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