Fate, destiny, soul mates, what if?… These are all concepts I have thought extensively about throughout my life. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of parallel universes where another me is living a life I have only dreamed of having. Any book or movie that covers any of these topics makes it high up on my list of things to read or watch. I’ve often felt that movies are a better medium for parallel universe type stories, but Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid brilliantly handles this tricky concept.
If ever there was a book similar to Sliding Doors, this would be the one. And while Sliding Doors had one man that was inarguably superior over the other, the heroine of Maybe in Another Life, Hannah Martin, is presented with two wonderful men. At the beginning of the novel, Hannah’s life is a mess. She has just broken things off with her married boyfriend and is unsure of what she will do next. Her best friend, Gabby, takes her in, she reconnects with her first love, Ethan, and begins to plan for a career and a stable future. But her alternate path takes her in another direction, one that begins with a tragedy.
The alternate storylines branch off when Hannah makes a seemingly inconsequential decision of whether or not she should go home with Ethan, the ex she has always believed she was meant to be with, if only the timing were right. How many decisions does a person make in one day? Thousands, I’d imagine. And each one of those decisions plays a part in determining how the rest of our day plays out. In more dire situations, it can play a role in whether a person lives or dies. And, as Hannah finds out, decisions she makes also affect those closest to her, mainly her best friend, Gabby.
Maybe in Another Life is the first book I’ve read from Taylor Reid Jenkins. If her other books are as charming and thought-provoking as this one, then I will definitely have a new author to add to my must-read list.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
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