July 10, 2015

Review - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

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.
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 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.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.



My 5 Star Review

Talk about a story just coming out of nowhere and hitting you in the feels, hello, this book! I devoured Maybe in Another Life in one sitting. I absolutely loved it!! I have a group of friends and when we are reading something remarkable we text each other. Well, I blew my friends up today with this one. I couldn’t stop sharing how much I loved this story.
“I have no idea what I want to be doing with my life, no idea what my purpose is, and no real sign of a life goal. And yet time has found me.” 

We first meet Hannah Martin. She is a wander, indecisive and always looking her place in the world. She has lived in numerous cities, made some questionable decisions, but is now ready to come home to Los Angeles. In her first night back in town she goes out with her best friend and some of her old classmates, including her high school boyfriend Ethan.

At the end of the night Ethan asks to take her home. We all know how one decision can alter your whole life and that’s what this story is about. The story continues with dual storylines to show the outcome of both choices.

I believe in soul mates, fate and destiny, so this story just blew my mind. I loved seeing the depth behind each decision. I loved seeing how everyone’s life was altered by this decision not just Hannah’s.

The idea that one decision can drastically shape your life is real to me. Seeing Hannah on both journeys broke my heart. Mainly, because I had a journey I preferred. In this story, Hannah may have had two great loves, but it’s my opinion Hannah only had one true soul mate.

This story explores the depth of friendship, forgiveness, and love. It shows that some things were just always meant to be.

I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing. Her messages are never easy to receive, but always heart felt and beautiful. Her writing always makes me think and feel.  Maybe in Another Life made me think about my own life and decisions; and I loved that. Married, single, dating, I think this story is for anyone who ever questioned why things happen. 

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Atria Books/Washington Square Press Paperback | 352 pages | ISBN:  9781476776880 | July 7, 2015 | $16.00

eBook: Atria Books/Washington Square Press | 352 pages | ISBN: 9781476776897 | July 7, 2015 | $11.99

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