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.
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Date Published: July 7, 2015
Date Read: June 2015
No. of pages: 342
This one deserves a thousand cinnamon rolls!!!
Good god!! This book spoke to me in volumes. I could not even begin to tell you how this book hit all the rights spots. Too on point. And it was eerie that I’ve read this book when I am experiencing the same thing as what the main character has been going through. I don’t know about you, but books somehow find me, rather than me finding them. It wasn’t my plan to read this book, I just stumbled upon it, read the very first page and took it from there. Before I know it I am highlighting almost everything inside this book. I don’t know what sorcery is happening but man, this book definitely feels like it is written for me. I know it sounded so weird, and too impossible but that is what I felt.
Do you have that feeling when you loved a book so much you just want it for yourself? You don’t want anyone else loving it as much as you do because it would kind of ruin it for you, and you feel like they wouldn’t appreciate it as much as you did because they didn’t go through or never went through what the main character had been through? Like for once you want to be selfish, but at the same time you want to shove it down everybody else’s throat for them to read it and love it too? That’s me in a nutshell. This is madness. I can’t make a coherent statement for the life of me. But let me spew out words after another because if I delay writing this I might forget what Im supposed to say and I will be perpetually sad to feel there’s something left unsaid, so bear with me on this.
Gahhh this book. This book is everything and more. It is not your typical contemporary love story, it is not your typical girl who has been confused as to where her life is leading her, this is everything and beyond it. I loved that it offered alternative stories. You are definitely getting more out of a 342 page book. You are given an option which one you like best, and I am super okay with that. It’s like a 2 in 1 book, how often do you get an alternate ending? I bet not all the time, so this one is really unique. I love both of the stories, but I love the one with Henry more than that with Ethan. It was more realistic so to speak. I loved how the author was able to convey both stories in a different light, the stories were written in alternate chapters, at first I thought I would be confused and will not be able to follow where the story is leading me, but it was surprisingly easy to read and I really appreciate how the author made it so.
It was thought-provoking at best, it will make you juxtapose your life with that of Hannah’s and see things and your life in a bigger perspective. It is perfect for every twenty-somethings who is quite confused to where their lives are taking them, I sure have taken a lesson from it or two. If multiverse is true, then I’ll take refuge to the fact that somewhere, somehow, my other self is living the life she truly wanted.
Great book!! I cannot wait to read other books by this author. I have found a new favorite book and new favorite author. Yay!
“I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn’t end up with you.”
― Taylor Jenkins Reid, Maybe in Another Life