Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Washington Square Press on July 7th 2015
Page Count: 342
Genre(s): Adult, contemporary, romance, coming-of-age
Format: Paperback, purchased
Would I recommend? YES, YES, YESSSSSS. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone, especially someone who is at a difficult time in their life, is at the crossroads, and/or needs a good comfort read.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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 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.
A few days ago I finished the novel Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I absolutely loved it! Here is the link to my review if you’re interested.
Anyway, Maybe In Another Life was one of the most inspiring and thought-provoking books I’ve read in a long while. It was also beautifully written, and there were several quotes that particularly stuck out to me. I thought this “Now Quoting” post was the perfect opportunity to showcase my favorite quote from this book!
First of all, let’s just take a step back and recognize just how insanely adorable this quote is. Seriously, I want a husband/boyfriend like that!
In my review I talked a bit about how thought-provoking this book was, and quotes like this is one of the main reasons for this. This quote really made me think about how even the smallest of actions can make the biggest of differences. In Hannah’s case, her seemingly small decision of whether she wanted to get a ride home from Gabby or Ethan changed everything: her health, her home, her “soulmate.” And being able to watch this through Hannah’s perspective was such an amazing, enlightening experience.
Basically, this book seemed to give off a variety of different messages. And I think they were all extremely important, but the one message that really stood out to me the most is contained in this quote I decided to showcase. The message is this: life is messy, complicated, and full of an infinite number of decisions that shape our lives every day. We have to understand that “fate” will take us where we need to go one way or another, and that we shouldn’t dwell on the small things. Everything happens for a reason, and the quicker we grasp this concept, the quicker life will take us where we need to go.
Anyway, I highly recommend this novel to anyone who is in the mood for a good comfort read and/or is at a difficult time in their life and needs some inspiration.
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Have you read Maybe In Another Life? What did you think? Have you read any books lately that you’ve found particularly quotable? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!