Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Let’s talk about Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, a breathtaking 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.

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Maybe in Another Life
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Pages: 342
Released: 2015

Book Summary:

At twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six 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 returning to town, Hannah goes 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 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. These parallel universes quickly develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah and 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.

Patty’s Review:

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing continues to suck me right in. I did not want to put this book down. I just wanted to keep reading. 

Hannah Martin, the main character, has returned home to Los Angeles. She has no clue what to do with her life. Since graduating from college, she has lived in six different cities. At 29, she has had many meaningless jobs and is recovering from a difficult breakup. She’s hoping living with her high school best friend, Gabby, will help her find meaning in her life.

On her first night back, she and Gabby go to a bar to meet some high school friends. Her high school boyfriend, Ethan, is also there. Later that night, when Gabby wants to leave, Ethan offers to give her a ride if she wants to stay. In alternating chapters, we see Hannah’s life develop from two different perspectives- if she leaves with Gabby or lets Ethan take her home. 

This book gives readers a lot to think about. How much of our life is determined by chance? Is anything meant to be? Is there such a thing as a soulmate? What do you do if you meet your soulmate and are already committed to someone else?

I sympathized with Hannah. Not everything that happened to her was caused by her actions. I loved the friendship between Hannah and Gabby. We all need a friendship like theirs

I give Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid 5 out of 5 stars. 

Rating

3.8/5 Goodreads

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