Book Review: Maybe In Another Life By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Plot:

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.

Review:


Such a fun read! 💫

I listened to this audiobook and flew through it so fast. The main character, Hannah Martin travels everywhere (so lucky, I adore this) and we are at the point in her life where she returns to her hometown of LA. She’s 29 and confused what to do with her life. She stays at her BFF’s Gabby.

Oh My Gosh. Their friendship was so on point! BOTH of them where so supportive of each other. If you know, you know.

Gabby’s husband Mark was such a douche. I never liked him to begin with, especially with a fake fear of dogs. Like girl you can do a lot better. But she literally settled for him. The novel throughout shows how she was obsessed with one guy. But settles as the next one came along. He was a douche the entire time anyway.

After the welcome home party that Gabby throws, Hannah has two choices: spend the night getting to re-know her high-school boyfriend Ethan, or just go on home with Gabby and Mark. This is where the story begins.

This is a novel about what if’s. The decisions you make determine where you end up in life. Throughout both decisions and their consequences we see how her life unfolds and she has ended up happy either way. They are both a struggle to get to the happiness she deserves. People she has encountered in both life’s she will have met in the other what if scenario.

I loved the uniqueness of this novel. it made me smile throughout. It is hopeful and gripping. I couldn’t decide which ending I would have wanted for her as both are happy and each decision has happened to bring people into your life.

100% recommend read this now. 

5/5 Stars

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