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(Audiobook) Maybe in another life by Taylor Jenkins Reads

 

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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

Maybe in another life is really unlike any book I’ve ever read. Taylor has a way of writing romance that isn’t typical romance. Your more caught up in the plot or structure of the entire story than the romance aspect.

Maybe in another life centers around Hannah. Hannah is 30 and has never really figured out what she wants to do with her life or much less where she wants to live.

You follow Hannah up till the night that she, her best friend gabby and mark (gabbys husband) go out to a bar. Hannah has to make a decision, stay here with Ethan or go home with gabby and mark.

From there you follow back and forth to see what happens with the decisions Hannah has made. You follow a story line of her deciding to go home with gabby and another story line she stays with Ethan.

I struggled with the first half of this book, but it quickly picked up and I was so immersed in seeing what happened in both timelines. Some scenes do repeat but not every little detail happens in both.

The book also made a point that maybe there’s more than one true love out there. Maybe there just the one that fits into your heart at the moment and it works. Maybe someone else comes along and you just have that feeling and it makes you do stupid things.

Overall this was mind blowing to see what would happen and to think about parallel universes. What would you yourself be doing right now in another universe? Would you be completely different than the person looking back at you in the mirror?

Taylor is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I can easily see why people pick up her books. I gave this 4.5 out 5 and I absolutely adored Henry so much (the feels)

 

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