Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Summary: From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Docomes 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.
So with Taylor Jenkins Reid, I read her 7 Husbands novel and feel in love so I was super worried that I would not like her other books because I would be comparing the to Evelyn Hugo. I have to say that wasn’t the case!
This book was so different from 7 Husbands, and it was really fun and sweet, I liked the characters a lot! The main character was so flighty at times, but she was also so relatable. She wasn’t set in her goals, she was really struggling with finding what she wanted and where her path was going to go along with her nitch, but you really related to her because in all honesty, not many people really know what they’re doing or what they want to do with life. Hannah was just so real to me, and I could see myself in her, and it really brought the story to life for me.
Seeing a main character just really struggle, and not have all the answers right away, was super refreshing. But I also liked seeing Hannah find herself, and ultimately be happy with who she is.
I think that the dual perspective was fun and a unique way to tell a story. It was a bit confusing at first, and I would have to orient myself and figure out which time line was which, but after a while you got into it and would find yourself really connecting with one perspective over another. I honestly really liked both, but I don’t want to mention much more…
Basically I liked the perspective where she leaves with Gabby! Thats my favorite perspective, but the other version was really good too!
I don’t want to mention much else outside of Hannah because I feel like its best if you read it for yourself, but the romance is so sweet in this book!
But overall I really liked this book, and thought that TJR did a fantastic job telling this story, and created really great, memorable characters! I was just happy with how this novel turned out, and I can’t wait to read more from her! If you’re looking for really good romance novels, highly recommend checking her out!