MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE:
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, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.
It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.
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 surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: 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.
I think we have all had those times in our lives that we have asked our self what if? What if I had made a different choice, where would my life have taken me? It's a valid question. Do the things that happen to us in our life a result of fate? Were we fated to live that same life in some form or fashion? To love that same person?
Well Hannah's story is actually two stories. I honestly do not know which one happened. I think we can choose ourselves because in actuality it is two different Hannah's. This is two different versions of her life, all different based on one choice. I really do not want to say anything about the separate lives because then it will give too much away. It would be like spoiling the whole book to talk about the different lives. But in the end I think both Hannah's ended up where they were supposed to,
In life when you are faced with different choices you pick one and follow that path. That becomes the life you are supposed to live, but sometimes your choice takes you down a path you never expected.
I really, really liked this book a lot. This is my first time reading anything by this author and it will not be the last. I like her writing style. I loved the characters in both versions of Hannah's life. Some things in life really are a matter of fate.
About the Author:
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.
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