E-book, 342 Pages
Adult/ Contemporary/ Romance
By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
“Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don’t matter, that I’ll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do.”
I have read Reid’s Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and loved them because I think she is a brilliant author and probably the author who writes the most realistic characters at all! I wanted to experience one of her earlier works and so I decided to read this one as it sounded intriguing. I actually picked this one up because I thought it was a novella but I found out that I was wrong and that it is a full-length novel.
The book follows Hannah Martin who returns to her hometown and stays in her bestie’s house and one day they go to the bar and then they meet Ethan who is Hannah’s old boyfriend. It sounds like a very typical story so far but then we have two parallel timelines one in which Hannah decides to go back home with her friend and one in which she accepts her old boyfriend’s invitation for a ride.
I was hesitant at first because as much as this sounded interesting, I was afraid it was going to be confusing and it really wasn’t! The two timelines are different because there is a major event at the beginning of each which makes them very distinct. Now the parallel universes have been trending lately with stories like The Midnight Library, Again but better and Again Again. This book was released in 2015 so it preceded all of them and I think it may handled the subject in the best way!
“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.”
Stories like those tend to be preachy and till us that the life we have is the best one and that we should be thankful for what we have and I don’t disagree but I think it is a bit extreme and can e argued with. Reid’s take was more neutral and I loved how she wrapped both of those stories.
The writing is very good which is expected and the characters are also relatable. I did feel they were a bit minor to her two latest books but they were still very well written, it is just that Evelyn Hugo for example was on a whole different level and as I always say, I am grateful for the older works that pave the way for an authors future more successful releases.
Summary: Maybe in Another Life was a good read, meaningful without being preachy and the characters were also well written. If you like romance & also parallel verses then this is one of the best executed stories of its kind and I do recommend it.
What do you think of Parallel universes?