I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Atria, Washington Square Press on 7/7/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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Also by this author: After I Do, One True Loves: A Novel
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.
I was immediately drawn into Maybe in Another Life. Reid shows us the different paths we can take due to our choices.
I absolutely loved Hannah. She may seem flighty at the beginning but certain events help shape who she is. She’s never really felt like she belonged anywhere until she moved back to L.A. with her friend Gabby. What I love the most is the friendship Hannah and Gabby have. No matter the choices made, or what happens, they are there for each other 100%. Gabby is the one constant in Hannah’s life, and she begins to realize that maybe home is where her friend is.
Hannah has a choice, does she go home with her high school sweetheart, Ethan, or does she go home with Gabby. We see how each story unfolds based on both decisions. I loved the parallel lives between the two choices. In both circumstances she can run from her mistakes, or she can own them and try to be better for herself. With each decision Hannah faces hardships and some unthinkable situations.
I love Reid’s writing. It’s beautiful and pulls you into the story. Her characters are believable, and you feel their emotions right along with them. There are moments of happiness, sadness, and despair. But you cheer for Hannah the entire way. One thing is for sure, family isn’t necessarily who you’re related to by blood. Family is based on those you surround yourself with, and who have your back through thick and thin.
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