Welcome to my stop for the Maybe in Another Life tour by Taylor Jenkins Reid! I had so much fun with this book so I'm excited to be a part of this tour. I hope you take a look and consider adding this one to your TBR pile because, it really was a lot of fun and perfect for summer.
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published By: Washington Square Press (July 7, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
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.
About the Author:
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the "11 Debuts We Love" by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit.
It is so nice when you find an author that both knows how to write a truly interesting story that is also so well written and engaging. One that while maybe has been done before, hasn't been done in exactly the same way so it looks completely new and fresh.
Parallel universes are nothing new yet Reid put just enough originality and twists into it that it felt like a breath of fresh air and the best part about it, is that both realities, both lives Hannah lived, were endearing and great. Both had their ups and downs but they connected all the same. Different but one. And both guys she ended up with, were some how both perfect.
I don't want to go into too much detail because this really is something you should just experience for yourself but I will say this, I had a hard time putting this down. It held my attention from page one to the end and it also made me a fan of this author's writing. I can't wait to read more from her in the future. I'm so glad I took a chance, tried this, and ended up really enjoying it.
I love parrallel universes mainly when it's so well done like that. I didn't know about this one I confess.ReplyDelete
You will really like this one I think then Deliah. :DDelete
The fact that this book features a second chance romance is enough to tempt me but I find that parallel universe stories just don't work for me the same way they work for other people. I've read only a handful but they never really left me feeling satisfied so I tend to avoid stories featuring parallel universes.ReplyDelete
I am glad though you liked this one and I will definitely have to go check it out because I am a weakling when it comes to second chance romances.
Lovely review, Ali!! :)
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I think even if you didn't love that aspect you would still like this because of the whole second chance thing. ;)Delete
I get utterly confused with parallel universes at times, but I'm glad this one worked out for you, Ali!ReplyDelete
This wasn't confusing at all, I think you would really like it. :DDelete
I love these types of stories...a sort of "Choose Your Own Adventure" book played out as parallel storylines!ReplyDelete
They can be really fun, I agree!Delete
I just added this to my TBR yesterday after reading another great review. I look forward to reading it myself. Thanks for holding back on the details.ReplyDelete
Of course and I'm so glad you added it already, I really hope you like ti just as much as we did. :DDelete
I adored this book! She's a new favorite author of mine. Great review!ReplyDelete
Yay! So glad you loved it as well!Delete
I've had my eyes on this book for a while now. Another blogger, Grace, really loved it as well and I added it to my TBR. The writing and the story sound so engaging, I know I'll love it as much as you did.ReplyDelete
Lovely review, Ali!
Yay! Can't wait for you to read it Nick!Delete
Yes to parallel universes Ali!!! I never tire of stories that deal with different lives for the same person, and this sound absolutely fantastic. Adding it to my list for sure:)ReplyDelete
I loved this book!I hadn't read parrallel universe book before this one but I thought it was done well. I agree that it held my attention and made me want to read more for from the author - Great review!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Grace and I'm so excited you liked this too. I definitely want more from this author!Delete
You got my attention with alternate realities, fate and true love! I'm happy to hear the author wrote such an well written story that held your attention, making you want to read more.ReplyDelete
Lovely review, Ali! Hope you have a fabulous weekend - Happy Friday :)
Thanks so much Kim! Happy Friday!Delete
It's all about the writing, I agree, especially if the topic is a little technical like parallel universes. Reminds me of that movie, Sliding Doors.ReplyDelete
A little bit like the movie definitely. ;)Delete
Yay, another parallel universes story! Quite the popular topic recently :) An excellent review - and thanks for putting this on my radar! Wishing you a lovely weekend <3ReplyDelete
I think they might be right now Ramona since this is the second book in the last few months I've read LOL!Delete
Have a wonderful weekend too!
Wow what a fantastic premise Ali. Great review I'm adding it to my pileReplyDelete
Good to hear that Debbie, hope you like it too!Delete
Love books that you don't want to put down! They don't even have to be amazingly written or whatever; they are just really fun or interesting. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
So very true and I couldn't agree more! For me it is all about the entertainment.Delete
Parallel universe? Also sounds like it was successfully done as well. This sounds like something I need to check out!ReplyDelete
This really did surprise me with how much I enjoyed it, especially since I was completely new to the author.Delete
Great review. This book sounds great! Have a wonderful weekend Ali!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Becca and you too!Delete
I love the idea of alternate paths. I have loved every parallel universe books I have read so far.ReplyDelete
I really think you will like this one as well. ;)Delete
Nice review. I love parallel universe stories, so will definitely have to keep an eye out for this one.ReplyDelete
Lovely review, I do enjoy these parallel universe stories and I am glad to see this was done well and the author put her own mark on itReplyDelete
It was definitely done well and a fun story too. I think you would like this one too Kim.Delete