Maybe in Another Life {Review}


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Published: July 7th 2015 by Washington Square Press

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 Liferaises 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.


My Review:

There’s something about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing that is so brilliant and REAL that I’m left questioning life after finishing one of her books. She became one of my favorite authors after I read After I Do, which was such a fantastic novel that it has stayed with me months later. I couldn’t wait to read her newest release, and it was equally amazing.

In Maybe in Another Life, we meet Hannah, a 29 year old who has no clue what she wants out of life, and decides to move back to her hometown of LA. She moves in with her best friend, and one night they decide to go out to the bar where Hannah meets up with her ex boyfriend.

On this night, Hannah is faced with a decision – go home with her best friend or go home with the ex. Many people would admit they’ve wondered how their lives would have played out had they made different choices along the way. The author offers both perspectives in alternating chapters, showing us how Hannah’s life would have gone if she had picked one scenario over the other. And by the end of the book, I was on edge praying that Hannah chose the scenario that I loved most.

Such a unique and brilliant story line – it almost felt like I was reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book. I didn’t want to put the book down because I had to know how things really worked out for Hannah – which decision did she ultimately choose, and was it the one I was hoping for.

TJR’s characters are flawed and real and I always connect to them immediately when reading her books. I loved every minute of reading this one and look forward to more by this author!

ARC kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can see my Goodreads review here.

5 Stars



21 thoughts on “Maybe in Another Life {Review}

  1. Running 'N' Reading says:

    I feel kind of old saying this (um, because I am – ha!), but I totally thought about the old choose-your-own-adventure books of the 80s when I got into this one; this is so much better, though! She just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t she? LOVED this book! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, too; great post, Brandie!

  2. Kathryn says:

    Sounds really interesting, I was a bit hesitant when I say the two possible plot lines, but you got really into it, so I expect I would too if I read it.

  3. Kathy says:

    Argh! I want this book and pre-ordered it, but it didn’t come in my mail today! Amazon’s estimate is NEXT WEEK! I’m so glad to see it was 5 stars, so I’m pretty sure I’ll love it…whenever it’s delivered. lol

  4. Suzi Q., The Book Dame says:

    Ah, a life changer! I am not familiar with this author, but will most definitely try her writing now. I love the idea of seeing the path that either decision leads. What in interesting premise! Great review.
    Hope you had a great vacay!

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