Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins ReidMaybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Washington Square Press
Pub Date: July 7th 2015
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women's Fiction
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5 Stars

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.

This is a story about 29 year old Hannah Martin who has recently moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles. During a night out with her best friend Gabby, she runs into her high school sweetheart, Ethan. Gabby is ready to head home, but Ethan offers to give Hannah a ride if she wants to hang out a little longer. So, does she go home or take up Ethan on his offer? In Maybe in Another Life, the story splits into two storylines and we get to see the aftermath of both decisions. I’m someone who usually thinks through every possible outcome of every decision I make, so I was totally sold as soon as I read the synopsis. I couldn’t wait to see how the two parallel realities developed!

“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.”

Hannah was a character that I quickly fell in love with. I could really relate to her in some ways. She was someone who didn’t want to settle anywhere because it never felt like she fully belonged. She moved around the US quite a bit, changed jobs frequently, and dated more than Taylor Swift. She loved wearing her hair in a bun and spent her days daydreaming about heavily iced cinnamon rolls. <— All of that basically describes me 2-3 years ago. (Hair buns and cinnamon rolls are still a must!) Slowly things started clicking into place for me, I found true happiness, and then I finally allowed myself to set down roots. Nothing was perfect about the way things fell into place for Hannah, but it was all fate when looking at the big picture.

Her friendship with Gabby was also something I totally loved. That friendship was a constant in both storylines and being able to see Gabby’s life play out along with Hannah’s was exciting! I was so happy that the author doesn’t add any unnecessary cattiness between the two just to spice up the story. These girls share a genuine bond and that’s always a big plus for me.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a genius! This is the first book of hers I’ve read, but as soon as I closed it I jumped on Amazon to order her other two books Forever, Interrupted and After I do. There’s just something about her writing. She doesn’t overdo the dramatics or play up a plot twist just for shock value. As readers, we constantly find ourselves rooting for a specific outcome, but Reid is so brilliant that it allowed me to just trust her choices. I would’ve been perfectly fine with whatever ending she gave this book, but the one she chose was very fitting. The entire idea of the multiverse theory was fascinating!  Some might be left with a sense of wonder; I was left with a sense of peace.

“My fate will find me.” -Hannah

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book before and what you thought of it! Also, look out for reviews on her other two books soon!

 

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8 Responses to “Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I do love those “what if” storylines, and this one appealed to me enough to add it to my Kindle. Now I want to read it sooner, rather than later.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Alexa S.

    I’m so happy that reading MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE inspired you to pick up her other novels! Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite adult contemporary writers, and I’m confident you’ll love her other books too. I loved your thoughts on MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE! Just being able to read about these two parallel lives was super cool, and I think it was so well done.

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  3. Catherine

    I don’t normally read contemporary but your review and this concept has me curious. I think I’m going to make an exception. This is going onto my tbr list. Great review. :)

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