MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins ReidMaybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 7th 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Family Life, Romance, Contemporary, General, Thrillers, Suspense
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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.

Reading time 2 mins

Awwe! This story just made me so happy. I love the premise of Maybe in Another Life. I just want more books like this. I am so grateful to have read it, and so excited to tell you all about it!

Hannah has no real direction in her life. At 29 she has lived all over. She is at the tail end of an affair with a probably married man and living in New York City. She heads “home” to Los Angeles, where her best friend lives, to stay with her while she figures it out. Her first night back she sees an old flame and has to make a choice to stay late with him and try to see if they can still be together, or head home with her best friend and hope that maybe they will end up together some other way. The story splits time between both choices and we get to see where she ends up by making either choice.

This book was great entertainment. I love the idea that one choice can change your entirely life. Written in only Hannah’s POV, the story moves at a great pace. Both timelines kept my interest until the very end. I still don’t know which one I personally would have chosen. The great thing about this book is that we get to see how both choices played out. Her one single decision takes her into very different places but both of them made me smile and swoon. I just can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed reading this.

I don’t want to give too much away with this review. I just want to say that I highly recommend this story. The technical details of Hannah in one reality were about spot on, from what I know in my profession. Her ordeal was entirely plausible. I finished this book in one day and I was almost sad when it was over. Hannah is such a likeable girl, I could relate to her on so many levels. Her friends and family were fun to learn about. They have such a good influence on her in her life. They know that she needs more time than most to make a good decision and they stand by her. If you enjoy well written women’s fiction, you should definitely give this a read. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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About Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author, essayist, and TV writer from Acton, Massachusetts. Her debut novel, Forever, Interrupted, has been optioned with Dakota Johnson attached to star. Her second book, After I Do, was called a "must read" by Kirkus. Her most recent novel, Maybe In Another Life has been featured in People, Cosmo, Bustle, Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, USA Today and more.

In addition to her novels, Taylor's essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, xoJane, and a number of other blogs.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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