Book Review: Maybe in Another Life

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Review:
This book was such a fun read. Hannah moves back to L.A. after city-hopping for many years. Her best friend Gabby throws her a welcome home party, and her ex-boyfriend Ethan attends. They broke up when he went to college, and she was still in high school, and they always knew the timing just wasn’t right. What will happen if Hannah leaves the party with him?

This is where the book splits. In one path, Hannah goes home with Ethan. In the other, she goes home with Gabby and her husband, Mark. The stories unfold then in alternating chapters. I thought it might be confusing to read, but it wasn’t at all. I love seeing how things turn out for Hannah in each scenario.

I loved the parallels between the stories, down to the small details and things that are discussed between characters in each path. It was so well thought out, and very well executed. The writing was light and easy to read despite the sometimes heavy content.

I really enjoyed this book!

My Rating: 4 stars
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