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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Maybe in Another Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    I have no apartment and no job. I have no steady relationship or even a city to call home. I have no idea what I want to be doing with my life, no idea what my purpose is, and no real sign of a life goal. And yet time has found me. The years I’ve spent dilly-dallying around at different jobs in different cities show on my face. I have wrinkles. My life may be a little bit of a disaster. I may not make the best decisions sometimes. But I am not going to lie here and stare at the ceiling, worrying I have no apartment and no job. I have no steady relationship or even a city to call home. I have no idea what I want to be doing with my life, no idea what my purpose is, and no real sign of a life goal. And yet time has found me. The years I’ve spent dilly-dallying around at different jobs in different cities show on my face. I have wrinkles. My life may be a little bit of a disaster. I may not make the best decisions sometimes. But I am not going to lie here and stare at the ceiling, worrying the night away. Instead, I go to sleep soundly, believing I will do better tomorrow. Things will be better tomorrow. I’ll figure this all out tomorrow. Tomorrow is, for me, a brand-new day. This was an incredibly heartfelt and sweet coming-of-age story, a rather unusual fact given that our protagonist is technically an adult at 29 years of age. As we all know, age means very little in terms of wisdom, maturity, and growth. Children have all sorts of beliefs about adulthood, mostly that one will eventually settle down. Life doesn't always work out that way, and some of us take longer to reach a final destination. As such, Hannah Martin's story and growth is one that I think is something to which most of us 20 and 30-somethings can closely relate. It's an understatement to say that Hannah can't settle down. Since college, she has moved countless times, switched jobs (and boyfriends) relentlessly). She hasn't grown up, her haphazard lifestyle supported by a wealthy family. Why the wanderlust? Hannah doesn't even know herself. I don’t move from place to place on purpose. It’s not a conscious choice to be a nomad. Although I can see that each move is my own decision, predicated on nothing but my ever-growing sense that I don’t belong where I am, fueled by the hope that maybe there is, in fact, a place I do belong, a place just off in the future. It’s hard to put into words, especially to someone I barely know. But then I open my mouth, and out it comes. “No place has felt like home.” “Sometimes I worry I’ll never find a place to call home.” After the latest incident in which Hannah ends up sleeping with a married man---and actually contemplating a future with him---Hannah decides that maybe it's time to go home. “Look, I don’t even know that he’s married,” I said. But I did. I did know it. And because I knew it, I had to run as far away from it as I could. So I said, “You know, Gabby, even if he is married, that doesn’t mean I’m not better for him than this other person. All’s fair in love and war.” Two weeks later, his wife found out about me and called me screaming. He’d done this before. She’d found two others. And did I know they had two children? I did not know that. It’s very easy to rationalize what you’re doing when you don’t know the faces and the names of the people you might hurt. It’s very easy to choose yourself over someone else when it’s an abstract. And I think that’s why I kept everything abstract. Home being Los Angeles, California. (Or as a Southern California resident like me, calls it, Hell-A). Back where she started, living with her best friend (an awesome black woman and her handsome husband, Mark! DIVERSITY, FUCK YEAH!), Hannah runs into a long, lost high school love, Ethan. High school sweethearts, first loves, broken up, as so many other couples are, when the inevitability of distance and circumstance separated them in college. Their reunion is bittersweet, full of questions for which there is no good answer. “Something I’ve been wanting to ask you for a while,” he says. “Why did we break up?” I look at him and feel my head cock to the side ever so slightly. I’m genuinely surprised by the question. I laugh gently. “Well,” I say, “I think that’s what eighteen-year-olds do. They break up.” The tension doesn’t dissipate. “I know,” he says. “But did we have a good reason?” I look at him and smile. “Did we have a good reason?” I say, repeating his question. “I don’t know. Teenagers don’t really have to have good reasons.” The book almost feels like a choose your own adventure as two different timelines, two different possibilities unfold. That night splits, and Hannah's story unfolds in ways one would not expect. But in this universe of infinite potentials, in the string theory of love (cheesy, I know! Pun intended) anything is possible. "There is another version of you out there, created the second the quarter flipped, who saw it come up tails. This is happening every second of every day. The world is splitting further and further into an infinite number of parallel universes where everything that could happen is happening. This is completely plausible, by the way. It’s a legitimate interpretation of quantum mechanics. It’s entirely possible that every time we make a decision, there is a version of us out there somewhere who made a different choice. An infinite number of versions of ourselves are living out the consequences of every single possibility in our lives. What I’m getting at here is that I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices that led me somewhere else, led me to someone else.” “And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn’t end up with you.” This was a great book, with great writing and characterization. You think you know the ending? Just wait.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    ::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: 5 STARS!!! WOW. WOW. WOW!!! Refreshing, thought-provoking, and highly addictive, this was easily one of the best books I’ve read this year! The story was unlike any other I’ve read, the writing was amazing, and it kept me glued to the page. Everything about this book was totally unconventional and gave a unique perspective on finding your soul mate and one true love. I cried, I laughed, my heart felt like it was bursting with emotions. I LOVED IT!!! The story is ::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: 5 STARS!!! WOW. WOW. WOW!!! Refreshing, thought-provoking, and highly addictive, this was easily one of the best books I’ve read this year! The story was unlike any other I’ve read, the writing was amazing, and it kept me glued to the page. Everything about this book was totally unconventional and gave a unique perspective on finding your soul mate and one true love. I cried, I laughed, my heart felt like it was bursting with emotions. I LOVED IT!!! The story is about Hannah who is twenty-nine years old with no idea what she wants to do with her life. She’s willing to work hard, but just feels directionless. After a string of bad luck, she decides to move back to her hometown of LA where she stays with at her best friend Gabby’s house while she gets on her feet and sorts out her life. But going back to LA means being back in the same town as Ethan, her high school boyfriend. Even though they loved each other, after high school, life just took them in separate directions and they’d drifted apart. It was just the wrong time, the wrong age, too much of one thing, too little of another, and they were pulled apart by life and decisions they’d each made… and even though they’d both numbed the pain and convinced themselves they were happy, they’d never truly gotten over each other. I actually love the way the blurb sets up the rest of the story, so I’m just going to quote it: 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. ________________ Ahhhhhhh!!!! I just love that line!! “And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.” <—– *shivers* !!! And as you read the book, you’ll see exactly how that possibility unfolds and let me tell you, it kept my heart RACING!!!!! To clarify: this is not paranormal. It’s completely real-world. The parallel storylines are showing you two possibilities of her life and there’s an explanation at the end that I’m sure will fully satisfy readers. And seriously, the way this storyline unfolded was incredibly well done! Starting from that moment when they left the bar and Gabby asks Hannah to leave with her, but Ethan offers that she come with him, the rest of the book is told in alternating chapters — one beginning with her leaving with Gabby, the other beginning with her leaving with Ethan. Each chapter after that would just switch between these two parallel realities and, because you only got one chapter at a time, it really kept you eager to keep reading because you’d always be left hanging on the brink of wanting ‘more’ from each of these realities. Gah, and there were times when it got intense because even though these two realities were vastly different in many ways, there were key elements that were fundamentally the same and it was so interesting to see the ways this one small thing could impact two potential lives SO differently! OMG. It was unputdownable! He still, all these years later, shines brighter to me than other people. Even after I got over him, I was never able to extinguish the fire completely, as if it’s a pilot light that will always remain small and controlled but very much alive. It was such an honest portrayal of life — there were hardships and victories, love and loss, laughter and tears, hard choices and lucky breaks. It was incredibly real and honest and this author’s writing made the characters so relatable, believable, and understandable. It felt like I knew them and was experiencing what they experienced. It was just so well balanced and written in a way that begged me to keep reading. “Something I’ve been wanting to ask you for a while,” he says. “OK,” I say. “Why did we break up?” “When you left, I smelled your old T-shirts,” I say. “I used to sleep in them.” He listens to me. He takes my words, my metaphors, and he spits them back out into facts. “You loved me,” he says. “Yeah,” I say. “I did. I loved you so much it sometimes burned in my chest.” While this is absolutely a romance, it’s also just as much about friendship and family and finding yourself. The story deals with a lot of themes and many different senarios. Some of them were so powerful that I would find myself suddenly reading with tears in my eyes (even if it wasn’t sad). The two realities shown are quite complex — as life naturally is — so there’s a lot going on in this book. Honestly, it was fascinating and there was just never a dull moment. But even though a lot was happening, it was so well written that it was always gripping, never confusing, and loaded with feels. Seriously… THE FEELS!!!!!!!! Equal parts heart-breaking and heart-warming, this story really snuck up on me because out of nowhere, I’d suddenly just find myself overwhelmed with emotions. So much of my book is highlighted! He calls my name. I turn around… “I love you,” he says. “I don’t think I ever really stopped.” … “And now?” I say… “I still love you,” he says. “I’ve always loved you. I might never stop.” This isn’t a perfect fairy tale. In many ways, it feels very REAL and it’s told in such a way that it feels real. In real life, things don’t always work out the way you expect them. Things don’t even always work out, not even after you meet the love of your life. Even though two people may be in love, it doesn’t mean that life naturally leads straight-away to their happily-ever-after. Sometimes that road takes unexpected twists and turns, but the beauty of it is that sometimes you end up in a better place than you could have dreamed. While some people might say that this is a love triangle, I would actually disagree. It’s not a triangle per se, but there are two different guys because… in each reality, the guy she’s meant to be with is different. At first, I found myself almost expecting/wanting her to be with one specific guy but the more I read, the more I loved the two different options. It’s just quite a “different” situation than most books. In each life, she’s found her soul mate, but she doesn’t know about the ‘other’ life so she’s completely unaware of even the potential of there being anything different than the reality she knows and the man she loves. Ohhhhhh and OMG at 90%, there’s this scene where I literally highlighted EVERY word on the page!! The way this portrayed that sometimes a seemingly wrong decision can lead you down a path that actually might lead you to a better future than you ever thought possible… and no matter what road you go down, it’s possible to still find happiness is comforting and inspiring. It begs you to look at the big picture of life. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVED the ending. Totally loved it! Oh gosh, my heart was overflowing with emotions. I was feeling so much! There are two epilogues and I think I must have read them both three times each before I finally put the book down for good because I loved them that much!! Maybe In Another Life was a refreshingly original, uplifting, and captivating story that made my heart race, kept me glued to the page, and left me overflowing with feels. I highly recommend it!! Rating: 5 STARS!! 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  3. 4 out of 5

    Zoë

    An interesting concept, but unfortunately this didn't resonate with me the same way her other books (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and After I Do) have. The alternate timelines mimic one another even down to the same sentences being repeated, which obviously became repetitive. Though, of course, this is a TJR book so I couldn't put the book down! This was one of her first novels, so it's great to see how her writing has improved.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    5 stars “Fate or not, our lives are still the results of our choices.” Thought provoking, completely unique, brilliant and beautifully written. Maybe in Another Life is unlike any book I’ve ever read before. It’s my first Reid novel, and after reading, I want to go and gobble them all up. It was SO GOOD! Hannah Martin is almost thirty and doesn’t quite know what she wants in life. She’s traveled a lot, but she’s back to LA where her best friend, Gabby lives. Her first night back, Hannah goe 5 stars “Fate or not, our lives are still the results of our choices.” Thought provoking, completely unique, brilliant and beautifully written. Maybe in Another Life is unlike any book I’ve ever read before. It’s my first Reid novel, and after reading, I want to go and gobble them all up. It was SO GOOD! Hannah Martin is almost thirty and doesn’t quite know what she wants in life. She’s traveled a lot, but she’s back to LA where her best friend, Gabby lives. Her first night back, Hannah goes out to a party with Gabby and Gabby’s husband, Mark. Hannah sees Ethan there. Her boyfriend from the past. One she never 100% got over. Hannah decides that night whether or not to go home with Ethan. And just that one choice changes the direction of her life drastically. I thought the concept of this book was so clever. When Hannah doesn’t go home with Ethan, something big happens to her that makes her meet a night nurse named Henry. Henry just might be the one for her. But then there is this parallel universe where she did go home with Ethan. And she ends up with him. But it’s not only the men that change in the universe, there are SO MANY other factors! I am so concerned about what happened to that little dog in one of the ‘universes’. Like, who found baby Charlemagne and took care of her if Hannah never did? I feel a little crazy worrying about a fictional dog, but it was a big deal to me! One of my favorite parts of this book was the consistent ONE THING that never changed in Hannah’s life and the directions it took. And that one thing is Gabby, her best friend. No matter what universe or path Hannah is in/on, Gabby is right by her side. I have a bestie like that and I love that Hannah does, too! If you’re looking for a book that is original, well-written, will make you think and make you feel, this is one I would recommend. I loved it! I also listened to the audio version and I thought the narration was great.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was my third Taylor Jenkins Reid novel and the final nail in the coffin. MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE convinced me it’s time to cut ties with her writing and never look back. Despite the glowing and infectious declarations of adoration from other readers and friends, the promises of emotional and heart-wrenching storylines her blurbs tend to toss out and the often unique look at relationships she strives to deliver, I’m bailing. I’m done trying to convince myself that I should like her writing whe This was my third Taylor Jenkins Reid novel and the final nail in the coffin. MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE convinced me it’s time to cut ties with her writing and never look back. Despite the glowing and infectious declarations of adoration from other readers and friends, the promises of emotional and heart-wrenching storylines her blurbs tend to toss out and the often unique look at relationships she strives to deliver, I’m bailing. I’m done trying to convince myself that I should like her writing when it doesn’t wow me. The whole notion behind the story, the thought that our lives are shaped by the choices we make, instantly spoke to my optimistic heart. Through alternating chapters, the author explores what Hannah’s life would be like on both sides of the coin. What happens when she makes the choice to go home with her ex-boyfriend and when she opts to pass, instead. While I thought the idea behind it all was compelling, the execution was way off. I’m blaming most of my discontent on Hannah (the annoyingly vapid main character), the author’s choppy writing style, and the repetition masked as ‘cute’ quirks. How many times do we have to hear about Hannah’s high bun and cinnamon roll obsession?! I’ll tell you . . . eighty times! Cinnamon rolls are mentioned 80 times in this 333 page book. I get the author was trying to be witty, but at a point it becomes excessive. Overkill. Eye-roll inducing. Reading, much like everything else, is subjective. So take this for what it is - my opinion. Not every reader connects with every author and this just happens to be one of those times. #movingon *Thank you to Atria and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Masterson

    This is probably a 4 Star read. Then why did I give it 5 Stars? Because this book MADE ME FEEL! And why do so many of us love books? It's for the feels! I listened to the audio version. Julia Whelan's narration is nothing less than amazing! If you are looking for a good audio book look no further! This one is fantastic! Hannah Martin is a twenty maybe early thirty something living in New York City. She's moved around for many years, making bad choices and not laying down roots. Until everything c This is probably a 4 Star read. Then why did I give it 5 Stars? Because this book MADE ME FEEL! And why do so many of us love books? It's for the feels! I listened to the audio version. Julia Whelan's narration is nothing less than amazing! If you are looking for a good audio book look no further! This one is fantastic! Hannah Martin is a twenty maybe early thirty something living in New York City. She's moved around for many years, making bad choices and not laying down roots. Until everything changes when she goes back to the city she is from, LA. One night Hannah is at a bar with her friend Gabby and then something happens and the book splits off into a parallel universe. This novel smoothly goes from one life to the other life during the same time frame. Hannah is a very likeable character. She is human and makes some poor choices, but isn't that what life is all about? This book truly made me think what would my life be like if I made a different choice or went to a different place or moved to a different city. I thought about this book all last weekend because I didn't have time to listen to it. I also thought about this book pretty much the entire time that I was listening to it and I have a feeling Hannah will stay with me for a very long time! This concept is not new. In 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow was in a British film called Sliding Doors that was quite similar. This is like it's American cousin but I thought this was better. Highly recommended!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    So I’m having a difficult time reviewing this book because until now, I’m still grappling with that ending. I finished it in one sitting, which is always a plus but the ending left me wanting more. Maybe because I’m a romance reader at heart and the ending, while it can be considered HEA, it wasn’t the ending that I really liked. It’s hard to explain without really spoiling a lot of things and I’d rather not spoil the ending or the whole plot really. But if you’ve watched that movie Sliding Door So I’m having a difficult time reviewing this book because until now, I’m still grappling with that ending. I finished it in one sitting, which is always a plus but the ending left me wanting more. Maybe because I’m a romance reader at heart and the ending, while it can be considered HEA, it wasn’t the ending that I really liked. It’s hard to explain without really spoiling a lot of things and I’d rather not spoil the ending or the whole plot really. But if you’ve watched that movie Sliding Doors, then you already have an idea what this book is about more or less. It is similar to the movie in a way but not really. The book starts out with Hannah moving back to Los Angeles after a disastrous break up. She’s 29 years old and feeling as lost as ever. She moves in with her best friend Gabby and her husband. That night, Hannah reconnects with her old high school boyfriend AKA the she never got over. At the end of the night she had to make a decision, go back home with Gabby or go with Ethan? The book then takes the reader through two journeys: one where Hannah went back with Gabby and the other where she stayed with Ethan. Each of decision has a different outcome and affected Hannah and the people around her differently. The story itself was interesting. It kept me up all night, flipping the pages eager to see where both Hannah’s choices would take her. Hannah herself was very indecisive. She’s very flawed and I had a hard time relating to her character. I couldn’t quite put my finger to why this was the case. She was a bit bland to me and I actually found Gabby a lot more interesting. And yet her character made sense and her characterization fit with the overall story. As for the ending, it was a surprise. I was expecting a more romantic ending to be honest, and until now, I still don’t know what to make of it. In a way, it made sense and I agree with it but the romance reader in me wanted more. Let me be clear, there is a happily ever after ending here, but it’s different. This book isn’t really romance, which is why I hesitate recommending this book to hardcore romance readers. This is more about Hannah’s choices and the consequences of those choices she made. But the premise is very unique and the ending was quite surprising that I can’t help but encourage romance readers to give this book a chance. So while there is a love story here, it’s not the main focus, so in a way, like I said, the ending made sense. It’s realistic and surprising, which is why I give this one 4 stars. Plus, TJR’s writing is stellar as always. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    For starters, this isn’t YA and I can’t remember the last time I’ve read (really read) a non-YA contemporary. I feel like I deserve a reward! Lol. But honestly, it already feels rewarding to read about people my age for a change (hey, that rhymed!) and to have that close feeling of connection to their life experiences. Somewhere out there, in a parallel universe, there is a version of me that chose to read another YA novel that might have ended up in a mess and that might have caused me days of For starters, this isn’t YA and I can’t remember the last time I’ve read (really read) a non-YA contemporary. I feel like I deserve a reward! Lol. But honestly, it already feels rewarding to read about people my age for a change (hey, that rhymed!) and to have that close feeling of connection to their life experiences. Somewhere out there, in a parallel universe, there is a version of me that chose to read another YA novel that might have ended up in a mess and that might have caused me days of reading slump. That thought makes me very happy and satisfied that I chose this book in this universe I’m sharing with my awesome GR friends. Lol. The paragraph above, my friends, is sort of the premise of this story. “The world is splitting further and further into an infinite number of parallel universes where everything that could happen is happening...there is a version of us out there somewhere who made a different choice." There is just something about the author’s writing that kept me reading. Maybe it has something to do with the easy, relatable conversations between the characters, the admirable friendship between Hannah and Gabby and the fact that these two women are highly commendable for their head-on approach to solving their problems, the whoa inducing moments that mark the end of a chapter and that will certainly compel you to read chapter after chapter. It also probably has something to do with this easy humor that constantly colored the story and the two swoony characters (Henry and Ethan though I like Henry more. Lol.) Best of all, the abundant lines that you can’t help but quote. Actually, I’d like to own a physical copy of this book and highlight the quotes with a neon-green ink. The pages will probably become unreadable because of too much neon green. * "People who don’t haggle are suckers. " * “I’ll get there eventually.” * “Being in love does not absolve you of anything… Your actions in love are not an exception of who you are. They are in fact, the very definition of who you are.” * “Fate or not, our lives are still the results of our choices.” * "I may be broken and scared but I'm alive." * “Sitting helps sad people.” See? This book should be stacked among those inspirational/”how to” shelves. One thing that struck me more is the idea about how people seem to accomplish the hardest/the best things in our lives when we feel stupid enough to do so. It makes me think that foolishness is actually courage in a lousy disguise.^^ The reason I gave this four stars is mainly because of the conclusion which I feel was too rushed and not entirely satisfying. Don’t get me wrong. I liked it enough but there are still questions in my mind left unanswered. I’m also questioning why Hannah had different endings in the two parallel worlds while Gabby had the same ending. I was kind of hoping there was just one for Hannah too. I’m loving the idea that she would still end up with the same person regardless of the world she’s in. That’s what I would have wanted for myself. I mean, I want that every version of me in every parallel universe that exists would end up with my husband. <3 <3 <3 Yep, I’m cheesy romantic that way. Lol. For more awesome reviews, check out the ff: 1. Fai’s review 2. Alex’s review

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    5 “Cinnamon Bun” STARS I had one book left to read by this author and little did I know that it would be my FAVORITE of her releases. I adored this story and simply every page, every line of this book. It is such a good read having all the components that go into making a story special to me. The story was so well written while being witting and enchanting. The humor is spot on, the fantastic friendship with Gabby is beautiful, the loss and the love just epic! ”I know there may be universes out 5 “Cinnamon Bun” STARS I had one book left to read by this author and little did I know that it would be my FAVORITE of her releases. I adored this story and simply every page, every line of this book. It is such a good read having all the components that go into making a story special to me. The story was so well written while being witting and enchanting. The humor is spot on, the fantastic friendship with Gabby is beautiful, the loss and the love just epic! ”I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn't end up with you.” I'm going to enjoy the high of this story for days to come!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    Now available!! http://amzn.to/1Ma6V00 4 stars! "There is a larger plan out there. Everything happens for a reason. Isn't that what they say?" Rating this book was tough for me. I devoured it entirely in one sitting and I absolutely love the way this author writes, but that ending man. There's a few things I cannot get past. Last year I read this author's marvelous book After I Do and fell in love with it. It was a top book of 2014 for me I (so if you haven't read it, please go do so right Now available!! http://amzn.to/1Ma6V00 4 stars! "There is a larger plan out there. Everything happens for a reason. Isn't that what they say?" Rating this book was tough for me. I devoured it entirely in one sitting and I absolutely love the way this author writes, but that ending man. There's a few things I cannot get past. Last year I read this author's marvelous book After I Do and fell in love with it. It was a top book of 2014 for me I (so if you haven't read it, please go do so right this minute). So when a friend told me that this book was up on Netgalley I HAD to grab it. And I'm so glad I did. After traveling constantly the past decade or so, Hannah Martin has finally returned to her home town of Los Angeles after a disastrous attempt at living in New York. She moves in with her best friend Gabby, who takes her out to celebrate at a bar where she meets her ex-boyfriend Ethan. When Hannah goes to leave for the night she has an offer from Gabby and Ethan for a ride home. Here the story splits into two versions: one in which she leaves with Gabby, the other in which she leaves with Ethan. Both choices have the power to shape her life differently, bringing into question our fate. "As long as you're happy and you're doing something good with your life, it really doesn't matter whether you went out and found the perfect thing or you chose what you knew you could make work for you." One thing I find extremely special about Taylor Jenkins Reid is she makes the reader think. What if? And while that question has been present in both books I've read by her, it is the central theme of this book. This isn't your typical romance novel for more than the obvious reasons, but because it makes the reader think about more than one outcome for the characters in the book. And the author made it difficult to interpret what the "right" decision was. (Brave Ms. Reid, bravo). As I mentioned before I could not put this book down. I was enthralled from page one and kept reading until the final one. I will say I have a giant craving for cinnamon buns now and will promptly buy one as soon as I can. And I'm not the biggest fan of that type of pastry. The idea of the parallel universes made by our choices is fascinating. I'm going to digress here, but there was a television show on the Disney channel I watched as a kid called So Weird, and in an episode one of the character went through the same dilemma, although her alternate self was evil or something dramatic. There are so many possibilities to work with when one includes the parallel universe. But what was most interesting to me as a reader, was to see what remained the same. The things in life that are a constant like unconditional love, determination, finding one's own place or calling in life. Life may be about choices, but it's also about the things and people in life you can depend on. I will say the end of this book left me with an overwhelming feeling of sadness. I'm not saying there isn't an HEA, but with the parallel universes come the choices never made or the missed opportunities. (view spoiler)[ I for one started crying like an idiot when I realized in one of the universes Charlemagne the rescue dog never got a happy home and might have still been abandoned on the streets. I was upset that in one universe Ethan didn't get his soulmate, while in the other universe Henry didn't get his. Little things mind you, but it was just really depressing to me. (hide spoiler)] . I really enjoyed this book. It's not a typical romance but it's a story that you'll be thinking about days and weeks after you've read it. "If there are an infinite number of universes, I don't know how I got so lucky to end up in this one. Maybe there are other lives out there, but I can't imagine being as happy in any of them as I am right now, today. I have to think that while I may exist in other universes, none is as good as this." ARC provided by Atria Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4 STARS “We don’t know what would have happened. But whatever would have happened wasn’t supposed to happen.”“You really believe that?” Ethan says. “I think I have to” Hannah is facing with a dilemma to go home with her best friend or go home with the ex boyfriend.In this story we can see both decisions and how Hanna's life would have been if she had picked one of the two choices. How can a decision change your life? Such a wonderful,unique,brilliant and sweet story.First book from this author but 4 STARS “We don’t know what would have happened. But whatever would have happened wasn’t supposed to happen.”“You really believe that?” Ethan says. “I think I have to” Hannah is facing with a dilemma to go home with her best friend or go home with the ex boyfriend.In this story we can see both decisions and how Hanna's life would have been if she had picked one of the two choices. How can a decision change your life? Such a wonderful,unique,brilliant and sweet story.First book from this author but I have heard so many good things about her so I couldn't resist this book!!I had it pre-ordered and I couldn't wait to find time and finally read it!At beginning I had some difficulties because I was a little confused but when I understood what was really happening I wanted to read more and more to see what will happen!The story is really interesting,the parallel universe concept is so brilliant and original!The author managed to weaved the two story lines together so perfectly! I adored Hanna,she is such a lovable character!I could relate with her!Gabby is the perfect best friend whom anyone could have!I loved their relationship! I'm not sure yet how I felt about the ending,I liked it but I felt like something was missing.But I really liked the book,it held my interesting till the end!I believe this story is one of them that you should definitely read! I'm sure you will like it and I think it's perfect for summer!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I really enjoyed this one, such a unique story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    destini mia

    . . . My fate will find me. So I decide to . . . Well, this was certainly different. Almost like two books in one. I really enjoyed how Maybe in Another Life explored the idea of alternate universes. While it only focused on two, you really understand how one decision can take you anywhere. After living day by day, and ending up unhappy with the results, Hannah decides to take control of her life. She doesn't have it all figured out yet, but her first step is to hightail out of a toxic relationshi . . . My fate will find me. So I decide to . . . Well, this was certainly different. Almost like two books in one. I really enjoyed how Maybe in Another Life explored the idea of alternate universes. While it only focused on two, you really understand how one decision can take you anywhere. After living day by day, and ending up unhappy with the results, Hannah decides to take control of her life. She doesn't have it all figured out yet, but her first step is to hightail out of a toxic relationship and move back home. This reunites her with friends, family, and her high-school boyfriend, Ethan. So while enjoying his company at a bar, she has a second to make a split decision. Go home with her friend/roommate Gabby, or stay and spend more time with Ethan. So I decide to go home with Gabby. *** So I decide to stay out with Ethan. That decision takes her along two different paths. Neither choice is without its faults and hardships. Some choices intersect and others lead her and those around her into completely different paths. What is detailed in this book is something we, ourselves, question. "We should have . . . we should have done this all differently. The what ifs. Small things like, what if I ate a salad instead of the seven cookies I scarfed down (a true story written by Destini herself). Or big things like, deciding whether to go home with your friend or take a chance and stay out with a guy. "Hey, Hannah," he says. "Yeah?" "I'm glad you decided to come home." I laugh. "Well I was running out of cities." "I don't know," he says. "I like to think you've just come to your senses." The choice she makes not only changes her future, but who she is as well. Both stories run parallel to each other, so while one's happening so is the other and you can really see the difference in who she is. The choices we make define us, and as fortune cookie-ish as that sounds, it's incredibly true here. "Maybe one day, we'll get the timing right. Maybe this is the middle of a longer love story." As a fulltime hater of love triangles, I feel I should warn you that Maybe in Another Life gets a little love triangley. It is a love triangle, but kind of not a love triangle, if that makes any sense. And to be honest, it didn't bother me that much. It just goes to show that any decision we make can lead us into a direction that may not be what we see coming, but make us happy nonetheless. The writing was a little awkward in the beginning and in some points during the story. At first, it seemed like the author was trying to catch us up on the backstory quickly, as to get the ball rolling on the plot. This gave me the impression of verbal/mental diarrhea coming from Hannah. Some of the dialogue was awkward, as well, but it was easy to overlook because I was enjoying the story so much. So after reading Maybe in Another Life, I've been convinced to take control of the universe I'm living in now . . . which means I ate the seven cookies and the salad. I'm feeling great already. While the conclusion doesn't give us a definitive answer, the beauty is the author leaves the decision to us. Whether you want to favor one alternate scenario over the other or accept all scenarios for what they are. "Well, I'm sure I'll be seeing you," I say. "Some way or another." "Yeah," he says. "Or maybe in another life." *** "Maybe." He lifts his pie as if to make a toast. I lift my cheesecake to meet it. "Maybe in another life," he says.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    Maybe my expectations were too high. It was a good enough read. Hannah annoyed me. I found her to be immature ... I actually found all the characters immature. The concept of the story was original, I guess but overall, it was not a 4 or 5 star read for me. Here is where I wish Goodreads had half stars ... 2.5 stars but will bump it up to 3. And if I had to read about a "cinnamon roll" one more time ... Will I read this author again? Maybe. Not sure. I have stopped and started about 5 books in the Maybe my expectations were too high. It was a good enough read. Hannah annoyed me. I found her to be immature ... I actually found all the characters immature. The concept of the story was original, I guess but overall, it was not a 4 or 5 star read for me. Here is where I wish Goodreads had half stars ... 2.5 stars but will bump it up to 3. And if I had to read about a "cinnamon roll" one more time ... Will I read this author again? Maybe. Not sure. I have stopped and started about 5 books in the last week. Going through a bit of a book slump at the moment so maybe another day, another time, this would have worked better for me

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Omg. THE FEEEEELS.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Talk about a story just coming out of nowhere and hitting you in the feels, hello, this book! I devoured Maybe in Another Life in one sitting. I absolutely loved it!! I have a group of friends and when we are reading something remarkable we text each other. Well, I blew my friends up today with this one. I couldn’t stop sharing how much I loved this story. “I have no idea what I want to be doing with my life, no idea what my purpose is, and no real sign of a life goal. And yet time has found me Talk about a story just coming out of nowhere and hitting you in the feels, hello, this book! I devoured Maybe in Another Life in one sitting. I absolutely loved it!! I have a group of friends and when we are reading something remarkable we text each other. Well, I blew my friends up today with this one. I couldn’t stop sharing how much I loved this story. “I have no idea what I want to be doing with my life, no idea what my purpose is, and no real sign of a life goal. And yet time has found me.” We first meet Hannah Martin. She is a wander, indecisive and always looking her place in the world. She has lived in numerous cities, made some questionable decisions, but is now ready to come home to Los Angeles. In her first night back in town she goes out with her best friend and some of her old classmates, including her high school boyfriend Ethan. At the end of the night Ethan asks to take her home. We all know how one decision can alter your whole life and that’s what this story is about. The story continues with dual storylines to show the outcome of both choices. I believe in soul mates, fate and destiny, so this story just blew my mind. I loved seeing the depth behind each decision. I loved seeing how everyone’s life was altered by this decision not just Hannah’s. The idea that one decision can drastically shape your life is real to me. Seeing Hannah on both journeys broke my heart. Mainly, because I had a journey I preferred. In this story, Hannah may have had two great loves, but it’s my opinion Hannah only had one true soul mate. This story explores the depth of friendship, forgiveness, and love. It shows that some things were just always meant to be. I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing. Her messages are never easy to receive, but always heart felt and beautiful. Her writing always makes me think and feel. Maybe in Another Life made me think about my own life and decisions; and I loved that. Married, single, dating, I think this story is for anyone who ever questioned why things happen. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    SO GOOD

  18. 4 out of 5

    snowplum

    (This is a relatively spoiler-ish review. You probably should skip it if you don't want any spoilers whatsoever, because there are lots of them littered about. Sorry, I just can't talk about this one without giving away plot points. Ye have been warned.) This book was a quick read that periodically charmed but more frequently annoyed me. First of all, the movie Sliding Doors already exists. And given that it stars Gwyneth Paltrow (prior to her sometimes-hilarious but often-frightening insanity di (This is a relatively spoiler-ish review. You probably should skip it if you don't want any spoilers whatsoever, because there are lots of them littered about. Sorry, I just can't talk about this one without giving away plot points. Ye have been warned.) This book was a quick read that periodically charmed but more frequently annoyed me. First of all, the movie Sliding Doors already exists. And given that it stars Gwyneth Paltrow (prior to her sometimes-hilarious but often-frightening insanity diminishing her popularity), a lot of people have seen it. I realize that there are infinitely many stories about possible parallel realities (and given that they all nod to quantum physics, that would mean there truly are infinite stories of parallel realities that exist in all the parallel worlds where people write their various stories about parallel realities), so you can't say someone ripped off a story just because she uses the concept and then discusses two possible futures. But the resemblance to Sliding Doors is not just in concept! In Reality 1, it seems like everything goes wrong. Hannah is hit by a car, her supposed soul mate goes home with another girl, and everything is dreadful. In Reality 2, Hannah goes home with her supposed soul mate, they instantly declare their love for each other, she gets a new car and a new job, and the universe smiles benevolently upon her. BUT THEN! In the reality with the car accident where everything started out dire, things get better! And in the reality where everything started out amazing, things start going wrong! At this point, it would exactly = Sliding Doors, but then our author, Taylor Jenkins Reid, goes off script to say "Psych! -- both endings are Happily Ever After!" So put your finished book in your beach bag, have another daiquiri, and go get some mani-pedis with your bestie. Yey. I promise I'm not just being snarky because this book has a super happy beach read ending. I like the beach (minus the people) and I like being happy (as long as I occasionally get to be angsty for the fun of it and dark for the sake of my art). I have some actual criticism of the book, even within the category of happy chick lit beach reads (for which I'm sure we all agree we are not setting the bar at the level of Great Classic; but when we are promised "breathtaking," some of us do set the bar... somewhere in higher altitudes). My least favorite thing about this book is how little time passes. We don't even spend months in the story (aside from the final chapters that jump ahead three years, epilogue style.) Everything happens within a couple of weeks. It's not that I don't believe that a person occasionally has a span of a few weeks in life where 10,000% more stuff happens than happens in a typical year.... and what better to write a book about than such an intense period of time when if feels like everything is shifting, and (if you are of a fanciful nature) becoming what it was Meant to Be? Yet I finished this book so unsatisfied largely because it felt like I breezed through some appetizers and never had an entree. Or maybe the better metaphor would be tapas. All this material is supposed to add up to the equivalent of an entree; but if you like something, there's not much of it, and if you really want to sink into something, you're out of luck. The second thing I don't like much is how flat both of the male leads are. Hannah manages to have two (differently) perfect guys fall in love with her in a matter of minutes in their respective realities. But they're only "perfect" because Reid doesn't have to tell you any of the details about them that make them imperfect-but-real -- due both to the short time-line of the story and the brevity of the content about the men. Some readers may like this, and just pin their own personal fantasies and specific thoughts onto Ethan or Henry; but I just found the characterization shallow and trivial, not enough to pin much of anything on other than a fluffy little fleeting thought or two. I think a large part of why I put off writing this review for a while is that there is a plot point that really frustrates and bothers me and I feel like I ought to mention it, yet I emphatically desire not to be drawn into any discussion about it that goes in a moral direction (for reasons that I expect many of you will understand once I get around to ending this disclaimer and explaining said plot point). Well, here it is: Hannah gets pregnant while having an affair with a married man. And in one of the realities, she loses the baby (and is ultimately grateful that she lost it because she is not ready to be a mother, and it is not exactly awesome in several ways to have an unplanned baby from a relationship that you regret with a married man you moved across the country to get away from when you have no money, no job, and no security of your own....) But in the other reality, Hannah does not lose the baby through divine intervention, and decides to keep it. I dunno, Internet Strangers Who Are Prone to Judge. I realize any number of you would contend that it's possible to be glad to have your baby and be a very good mother regardless of such circumstances. And I don't think it's not possible! I just never managed to get enthusiastic about the fact that the decision to have the baby instead of taking any other alternative seriously gets treated with less depth than Hannah's passion for cinnamon rolls. (This is not an exaggeration. We hear a fair amount about cinnamon rolls. We only discover in about three sentences that Hannah believes in a woman's right to choose, and presumably she knows that adoption is a thing that exists, but nope, she's having this baby. Come what may.) I am probably talking way too much about that given that I meant it when I said I don't think we need to get into any sort of moral debate here. The point I'm trying to make as a reviewer is that I don't like the way Reid wrote about Hannah's thought process, which I feel I have much more right and reason to critique than I do her decision. I think some of you who generally get where I'm coming from would likely agree. (And if Reid glossed over this content because she felt backed into a corner by the difficulties of taking on a Serious Topic in a light summer beach read, then she should have amended the story, not glossed over it and hoped that most readers would just think it's nice that Hannah gets to keep her baby and be happy.) As for it being possible to be blissfully happy in some very different ways... it is a nice thought. If you are in a state of sadness because you feel like you possibly missed out on a love connection with your Soul Mate, this book might cheer you up nicely. And hey, if you think you are questing for or even currently happily settled with a Soul Mate, this book isn't going to hurt your feelings by aggressively invalidating your delusions, so go ahead and read it if you want a light summer read. Just never tell anyone Snowplum told you this book deserved the hype.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    3.5 STARS This book kept me glued to the pages until the very end. I really enjoyed this story about parallel universes. UPDATE: (view spoiler)[I only wish that there was another parallel universe added to this story - the one in which she decides to go live to London with her parents and meets charismatic British gentleman to steal her heart ;) (hide spoiler)]

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Loving these audiobooks! I downloaded "Maybe In Another Day", onto my overdrive app from my library ...and was immediately entertained. Storytime and walking... Storytime while in the sauna.... Storytime while doing laundry.....Storytime while cleaning the bird cage! Love it! I didn't think it was possible to become so involve with characters choices - thoughts- and feelings in a fiction audiobook book as much as if I were to read it physically myself... but I sure can vouch for this novel. The v Loving these audiobooks! I downloaded "Maybe In Another Day", onto my overdrive app from my library ...and was immediately entertained. Storytime and walking... Storytime while in the sauna.... Storytime while doing laundry.....Storytime while cleaning the bird cage! Love it! I didn't think it was possible to become so involve with characters choices - thoughts- and feelings in a fiction audiobook book as much as if I were to read it physically myself... but I sure can vouch for this novel. The voices - and emotions were so good - I felt like I was in the same room ...(as another character in the story myself). This story is well crafted as duel storylines. It's a story about choices we make in life - and raising questions about how much is just left to chance. Do we really choose? Or does choice choose us? Is a decision simply a decision? It's that 'what if' question we've all asked ourselves at one time or another... What if I had gone into the Ph.D. program instead of going off to Europe? What if I had marry Scotty or Susan...instead of Paul or Elyse? In this story we get involved in Hannah's life choices. One night while at a bar... she will either go home with her best friend and husband, or take a ride with an old boyfriend? MAYBE in another life....we get to see what might happen - depending on what Hannah chooses. It's great engaging fun for our curious mind on many levels. The characters themselves are interesting, and each choice is not perfect. Do the choices we make - really define us? Do our goals - purpose - achievements - define us?....are questions to ponder. We're blessed in that in 'this story', unlike in our personal lives, we get to see the end results from two different directions-decisions-choices made. Depending on your thoughts about fate- soul mates- and destiny- (these universal topics), ...could influence how much you like this book. Loving looking at 'love' won't hurt ... if considering reading this.... and if you've ever enjoyed a cinnamon roll - (before sugar & gluten were a sin), this novel will will charm and move you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    "Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don't matter, that I'll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do. My fate will find me." Damn, this book was so so so good. Yes, this is a love story, but more importantly this story is about friendship and fate and how unpredictable life can be. This book is so unpredictable and so unique, I've never read anything like this. This is my second time reading a book from Taylor Jenkins Reid and sh "Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don't matter, that I'll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do. My fate will find me." ​Damn, this book was so so so good. Yes, this is a love story, but more importantly this story is about friendship and fate and how unpredictable life can be. This book is so unpredictable and so unique, I've never read anything like this. This is my second time reading a book from Taylor Jenkins Reid and she has quickly climbed to the top of my favorite authors list. This book follows Hannah, a girl who has moved from city to city and decides at the age of twenty nine to move back home to Los Angeles, where her best friend Gabby and her husband Mark are currently living. On the night she moves back she runs into her first love Ethan, the one that got away basically, and she decides whether or not she should leave the party with him or go back home with Gabby and Mark. So we get to see both of Hannah's decisions play out in alternate universes, one where she goes home with Gabby and Mark, and one where she decides to stay out with Ethan, and each universe is playe dout in alternating chapters. It might sound a bit confusing, but it's really easy to tell which universe is which and it's such a fast-paced and easy-to-read writing style. There are so many wonderful things about this book, it's almost overhwleming to try and capture it all in this review. For starters, I loved Hannah as a main character. She was completely relatable in the sense that she has no idea what she wants to do with her life. I love this quote she says in the very beginning of the book: "I'm not scared of flying. I'm scared of sharks, hurricanes, and false imprisonment. I'm scared that I will never do anything of value with my life. But I'm not scared of flying." I feel like once I reach twenty nine I might feel the same exact way and it was comforting to read about a character who is so relatable in that way. Now, let me talk about my favorite character in this book: Gabby. (And no I'm not biased because I share her name haha). Gabby and Hannah's friendship is the highlight of this book. They are actual friendship goals and probbaly the most beautiful friendship I have ever read about in a book. Gabby is a strong, and loyal friend and she also happens to be black so bonus points for diversity. Gabby and Hannah are their for each other through absolutely everything and it's honestly SO REFRESHING to read about a strong friendship like this. They never allow the shitty aspects of life to ruin their friendship and they are there for each other through EVERYTHING. It's amazing. As for the love interest, Ethan: I personally thought he was just okay. Maybe I would feel more attached to him if I knew more about his back story and their back story together, but it felt like one of those relationships where they have a lot of history together but we never actually get to see any of that history. I thought Ethan and Hannah were cute, but they definitely weren't a couple I shipped and I didn't necessarily care if they ended up together or not. However, Henry is my favorite male character in this book. I love everything about him, and I can't talk much about his character without spoilers but omg I love him. (view spoiler)[I love the fact that he's a nurse and he's always wearing navy blue scrubs (my favorite color) and his tattoo for his sister who died, and the way he would take care of her in the hospital, and he would bring her pudding and talk about how for the sake of a converstaion it's important to chose one thing as your favorite thing. They were just so cute and I was crushing so HARD on Henry in this book. I wanted them together so badly. (hide spoiler)] The main reason I loved this book though wasn't because of the characters but the idea of fate is so thought provoking and interesting to me. It leaves me questioning: do we have any control over our own fate, or are some things just bound to happen to us no matter what? Is fate really inevitable or is it something we can change just by making certain decisions? Can one single decision really drastically change our lives so much that if we hadn't made that one decision we woulddn't even be who we are today? It's shit like this that I love and that I think about often, and this book is just so beautifully written. This book is so eye-opening and really shows you how every single decision you make - big or small - can change your life forever. But it also shows you how some things are inevitable and are meant to be and are going to happen to you at one point or anothing in your life. Every single minute we are making decisions that have the power to completely change our lives, and maybe there's a version of us out there who is living the life of the decision we didn't make. It's so powerful to believe that we might have control over our own fate, but that maybe there's some things that will happen to us no matter what we do. I absolutely love that no matter what happens in Hannah's life, her one constant is Gabby throughout everything. Gabby is the only person in her life who never leaves and is always there, no matter where Hannah's decisions lead her. It's so beuatiful and hopeful. "I was really taken with this one theory that states that everything that is possible happens. That means that when you flip a quarter, it doens't come down heads or tails. It comes up heads and tails. Every time you flip a coin and it comes up heads you are merely in the universe where the coin came up heads. There is another version of you out there, created the second the quarter flipped, who saw it come up tails. This is happening every second of every day. The world is splitting further and further into an infinite number of parallel universes where everything that could happen is happening. This is completely plausible, by the way. It’s a legitimate interpretation of quantum mechanics. It’s entirely possible that every time we make a decision, there is a version of us out there somewhere who made a different choice. An infinite number of versions of ourselves are living out the consequences of every single possibility in our lives. What I’m getting at here is that I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices that led me somewhere else, led me to someone else.” “And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn’t end up with you.” It's passages like that one that made me love this book. I am so fascinated by this idea and I feel like this book is executed so well. It was heartfelt and emotional (seriously, I was crying like a baby at the end) and it was just written so beautiful. The only reason I knocked off half a star is because I wasn't a huge fan of the romance between Hannah and Ethan. I guess I just never really warmed up to Ethan. This story is written so fast pcaed though and it was unpredictable and I love that there were so many plot twists that I didn't see coming. (view spoiler)[Like Hannah getting hit by the car and ending up in the hospital, and losing a baby she didn't even know she had and meeting Henry, the sexy nurse and Mark cheating on Gabby and wanting a divorce, and then in the alternate universe she's with Ethan and finds out she's pregnant with another man's baby and decides to keep it and they discover Mark is cheating on Gabby and she ends up meeting Henry later in life. It's all so interetsing to see it all come full circle. Like Hannah was always meant to meet Henry at some point in her life. And Mark was always gonna cheat on Gabby, no matter the circumstances. And Hannah was always going to have a baby whether it was with Ethan or with Henry. That was so beautiful how when she' with Ethan she named the baby Gabrielle after Gabby (I cried) and when she was with Henry in the othe runiverse she named the baby Isabella after his sister who died (I cried even harder). I love how those last two chapters take place years later and they are almost completely identical final chapters. She ends both chapters with: "So I have to think that while I may exist in other universes, none of them are as sweet as this. (hide spoiler)] The overall mesage of this book gives me so much hope, because no matter where we end up, we have to find happiness with what we've been given in life. Our decisions make us who we are and we have to embrace it. We might have some control over what happens to us but there is so much more that isn't up to us and is inevitably going to happen and we have to embrace it and find the happiness in the little things. I was surprised by how touched and emotional I felt over the ending of this book but it was absolutely beautfiul and I knew I had found a new favorite book. I just read One True Loves last month and loved it and I cosider it a new favorite of mine, so I was shocked to discover that I love this book even more than that one. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a phenomenal writer and I love the way she writes about love and fate and the way every single decision we make changes our lives. Her writing is so inspiring and thought provking and the situations she puts her characters in are so unique and I love it. I can't wait to read more from her in the future. Do yourself a favor and read this wonderufl book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    4 - 4.5 ★'s After I read After I Do by the author, I knew that I would have to give another book of hers a chance. And after I read the blurb, I knew I would definitely read this. I'm so glad I did. Hannah has basically been on her own since she was sixteen years old and has moved from place to place looking for a "home", not realizing she's had one all along. Moving back to where she grew up in LA, her best friend, Gabby, invites some of their friends to a welcome back party at a bar. When thin 4 - 4.5 ★'s After I read After I Do by the author, I knew that I would have to give another book of hers a chance. And after I read the blurb, I knew I would definitely read this. I'm so glad I did. Hannah has basically been on her own since she was sixteen years old and has moved from place to place looking for a "home", not realizing she's had one all along. Moving back to where she grew up in LA, her best friend, Gabby, invites some of their friends to a welcome back party at a bar. When things wind down, Hannah is at a crossroads. Should she go home with Gabby or stay and see what happens with Ethan, her high school boyfriend? This is where the story splits, essentially giving us two stories in one. At first it's a little disconcerting with the story alternating back and forth but soon you get the hang on it. My main complaint is that I loved both stories and definitely wanted more! And it bothered me how in one version I could love a character and hate him or her in the other! I think it would have helped to have some other POVs but then again, I liked seeing it through Hannah's. But I loved both versions. I thought I might be pro one or the other but I seriously was happy with how they both turned out and I think the author was right to make this a standalone. There are some events that happen in both versions and some events that are addressed in one but not the other. However, it flowed well and it definitely made you think. It does get a little "deep" with the various "lives" but for the most part it doesn't weigh things down. The only time it seemed a bit much was when a character was talking about it towards the end. Again, I'm glad I read it and I couldn't put it down. I will definitely be checking out this author other and future works! Favorite quote: ♥ "All the cinnamon roll joints in all the world, and you had to walk into mine."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daryl Altman

    What a great concept! Parallel universes, parallel life stories, diverging at a single decision! Unfortunately, the characters were boring and unidimensional, the plot(s) were puerile and passé, and the dialog was redundant, even within the single stories. How many times must I read about the "high bun" hairdo or the friend's "eye rolling"? How much vomiting--oh, wait, "puking"--must a careless, sexually active woman have before suspecting a pregnancy? And is finding the right man still the drivi What a great concept! Parallel universes, parallel life stories, diverging at a single decision! Unfortunately, the characters were boring and unidimensional, the plot(s) were puerile and passé, and the dialog was redundant, even within the single stories. How many times must I read about the "high bun" hairdo or the friend's "eye rolling"? How much vomiting--oh, wait, "puking"--must a careless, sexually active woman have before suspecting a pregnancy? And is finding the right man still the driving force in a woman's life--or was I transported to 1943, reading "Cherry Ames, Student Nurse"? Great concept, very poorly executed. Don't...just don't.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    "Fate or not, our lives are still the results of our choices. I'm starting to think that when we don't own them, we don't own ourselves." This book will make you think and then make you think some more. What if you had made one slightly different, even seemingly insignificant decision? Would your life look totally different today because of it? Maybe in Another Life is a story about Hannah, and the two different paths her life could have gone in based on a decision she made one night on her return "Fate or not, our lives are still the results of our choices. I'm starting to think that when we don't own them, we don't own ourselves." This book will make you think and then make you think some more. What if you had made one slightly different, even seemingly insignificant decision? Would your life look totally different today because of it? Maybe in Another Life is a story about Hannah, and the two different paths her life could have gone in based on a decision she made one night on her return to LA. A story of parallel, alternate universes. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master at writing about human relationships - she develops authentic, organic connections with her great writing and witty, hilarious dialogue. Really looking forward to reading other books by this author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joce (squibblesreads)

    Not my fave TJR but this is one of her earlier books and I can see so much growth over the course of her writing. It was fun and I finished it in a day between the audio and physical.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

    "What I'm getting at here is that I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn't end up with you." I just loved the ending (or maybe I should say endings) to Maybe in Another Life. This book was such a unique reading experience. Once again, Taylor Jenkins Reid takes readers on an emotional journey with characters that left me with a smile on my face. Hanna "What I'm getting at here is that I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn't end up with you." I just loved the ending (or maybe I should say endings) to Maybe in Another Life. This book was such a unique reading experience. Once again, Taylor Jenkins Reid takes readers on an emotional journey with characters that left me with a smile on my face. Hannah Martin just moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles from New York. For the last several years she has moved from city to city working random jobs. But none of the places have felt like the place she could call home. Nothing was the right fit. She moves in with her best friend, Gabby and her husband Mark who seem to have it all together. The perfect house, the perfect marriage, stable jobs. They have everything Hannah doesn't have. "My life may be a little bit of a disaster. I may not make the best decisions sometimes. But I am not going to lie here and stare at the ceiling worrying the night away. Instead, I go to sleep soundly, believing I will do better tomorrow. Things will be better tomorrow. I'll figure this all out tomorrow. Tomorrow is, for me, a brand-new day." Hannah's flightiness and indecisive nature has led her to this point in her life. A metamorphosis from the old Hannah to this new person. She wants a car, a job, and an apartment. She wants to make roots. To celebrate her homecoming, she goes out with Gabby where she runs into Ethan, her high school boyfriend. At one point in her life, he thought Ethan was the one. At the end of the night, she has a choice: go home with him or go home with Gabby. At that moment, the book splits in two parts leading readers down two different paths in Hannah's life. This book was a lot of fun to read mostly because I haven't read anything like it. Reid's novels always have a message woven into the characters and the pages. In Maybe in Another Life, the message I took away is that you are the captain of your life, the choice chooser. You are in full control of your own choices. There may be certain moments in your life that will happen no matter what choices you make. With Hannah, the moment that changed the course of her life was a simple yes or no question, which led me to wonder how many simple question could be a dividing line in my own life. What if I had chosen differently? What things would be different and what things would stay the same? "The difference between life and death could be as simple and as uncomfortably slight as a step you take in either direction." I had so many thoughts while reading this book: Geez, Hannah's parents are kind of jerks. Who leaves their teenage daughter in L.A. and moves to London for their other daughter? Gabby's husband Mark is a little too straight-laced for her. Ethan is so freaking adorable. Oh crap, Henry is freaking adorable too. OH MY GAWD, which life do I love more? Everyone needs a Gabby. Charlemagne is such a cute name for a little dog! One thing about Reid's characters in her books: they are so relatable. They are real, everyday people who make mistakes, bad choices, have bad thoughts, and imperfections. They are not glamorized or beautified to a point of unbelievability. They are weak in some moments and surprising strong in others. And I think that's what makes her books so appealing to me as a reader. I can see bits of myself in her characters and can identify with them. This book is different emotionally from her other books.  With Forever, Interrupted, we met a widow who, after a whirlwind romance, lost her husband of merely a week. In After I Do, it was a married couple on the brink of divorce who decides to take a year off from one another with no communication allowed. In Maybe in Another Life, we meet a girl ready to get her life on track, to find the right fit for her and the reader gets to see two results of one of her choices. The subject matter in her latest novel lends itself to a quieter story, one that didn't leave me bawling into my pillow or with knots in my stomach. While I did enjoy this book, I didn't have the sort of visceral reaction I had to her previous two novels. While this book didn't deal with super heavy subject matter like Reid's other novels, there were still so many moments that left me anxious and nervous. Due to the parallel storylines, certain things were revealed in one story before being revealed in another. AND IT MADE ME SUPER ANTSY. I enjoyed knowing little things existed and seeing how (or if) they appeared and how (if) it would affect the outcome(s). I liked the whole concept behind this book. The idea that somewhere in a countless number of universes there is an infinite number of us living out every possible choice we have ever had. Living an innumerable number of lives. What if I had chosen to play soccer instead of picking up the clarinet in seventh grade? What if went to prom my junior year of high school? What if I didn't go to Hawaii in college? How cool would it be to have a glimpse at some of those outcomes like we had with Hannah!! The idea that the universe has its way of working itself out is something I have always believed in. That certain points in your life are a will happen and everything else is left to chance and free-will. There were moments in Hannah and Gabby's lives that stuck regardless of whether Hannah said yes or no to Ethan. And you'll just have to read to see what they are. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ____________________________________________ ★ Check out my list of UPCOMING BOOK RELEASES!! ____________________________________________ Find more of my reviews & other bookish things here: ✥ Read this review on the blog! ✥ My blog Reading Books Like a Boss ✥ Like on Facebook ✥ Follow on Twitter ✥ Pin with me on Pinterest ✥ Follow on Instagram ✥ Subscribe by Email

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Maybe in Another Life screams Sliding Doors. If you've never watched Sliding Doors, it's a 1998 movie about a girl who's life takes two very different paths depending on one happenstance: She catches the train or the train doors shut a second too soon and she misses it. Maybe in Another Life also follows a character who's life alternates between two parallel universes based on one choice. I found this book to be sweet, funny, but also surprisingly stressful at times. As is true in real life, our Maybe in Another Life screams Sliding Doors. If you've never watched Sliding Doors, it's a 1998 movie about a girl who's life takes two very different paths depending on one happenstance: She catches the train or the train doors shut a second too soon and she misses it. Maybe in Another Life also follows a character who's life alternates between two parallel universes based on one choice. I found this book to be sweet, funny, but also surprisingly stressful at times. As is true in real life, our heroine had some curve-balls thrown at her that she was totally unprepared for. They hurt and it was sad to see such a likable heroine suffer, but all the cinnamon rolls made up for it I guess! According to an online interview with the author Taylor Jenkins Reid, fate, chance, and soul mates are this story's most important themes...and it was no surprise to learn that Sliding Doors was indeed a strong inspiration for this book. I enjoyed Maybe in Another Life very much. I liked how Ms. Reid used this novel to stress that despite the endless number of decisions we will make in our lifetime, it will all work out the way it's supposed to. This theme instantly made me think of a motivational clip found here of Oprah discussing destiny. She talks about how there are no mistakes, there are no wrong paths, everything leads to the place you are meant to be. Gives me chills every time. So...relax. It's going to be OK :) My favorite quote: “When you sit there and wish things had happened differently, you can’t just wish away the bad stuff. You have to think about all the good stuff you might lose, too. Better just to stay in the now and focus on what you can do better in the future.” Note: Here is an image of Sliding Doors if you are interested in watching it. It's a great film!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brandie

    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 has stayed with me months later. I couldn't wait to read her newest release, and it was fantastic. 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 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 has stayed with me months later. I couldn't wait to read her newest release, and it was fantastic. 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 difference 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!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Light, fluffy, easy to listen to audible book. This is a story about a young woman at a critical transition point in her life and how a small decision can lead to two different outcomes in her life. She is in her late twenties, has just ended a relationship with a married man, is pregnant unbeknownst to her, and has just moved back to Los Angeles from the east coast. It is the ‘Sliding Doors’ concept of following the characters past this one decision through two alternate realities. Comparing th Light, fluffy, easy to listen to audible book. This is a story about a young woman at a critical transition point in her life and how a small decision can lead to two different outcomes in her life. She is in her late twenties, has just ended a relationship with a married man, is pregnant unbeknownst to her, and has just moved back to Los Angeles from the east coast. It is the ‘Sliding Doors’ concept of following the characters past this one decision through two alternate realities. Comparing the two realities, some things turn out differently, others the same. In fact there are some parts that are repeated verbatim from one chapter to the next adding an element of redundancy. There are serious life events and crises that occur within this novel, however, I did not feel like I really got to know the characters well. Hannah, the main character, wears a high bun and loves cinnamon rolls. These two descriptors seem to be who and what Hannah is, as they are repeated so often. Despite the potentiality of depth given the crises that occur, it remained superficial. The characters were G rated, lacking edginess or darkness to round them out or create intrigue for me. Even the cheaters who hurt the main characters seem to be easily forgiven and possibly even understood by Hannah and her best friend, Gabby. Gabby is more to Hannah than even Hannah’s family is, as Hannah’s family ran off to London while Hannah was still in high school to support Hannah’s younger sister’s dancing career. Hannah lived with Gabby and her parents for the rest of high school. The friendship between Gabby and Hannah is great. It is supportive and understanding, lacking drama (in a good way). Gabby is very concerned with wording. She wants those around her to be politically correct and not be image conscious, to understand what really matters. This is the part of Gabby that is especially emphasized throughout the novel. It also contrasted sharply with Hannah repeatedly referring to herself as fat when she was pregnant. I have to say that drove me crazy. In all, I think the concept was wonderful, however the execution was lacking. If you feel like a super easy, no need to think much, beach read, then maybe pick this one up. Otherwise, I’d recommend skipping it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lucie

    Have you ever wondered what would've happened if you'd only made a different choice? This book takes you down those two separate wormholes, the two possible outcomes stemming from a single decision made at a single point in time. The chapters trade back and forth, continuously depicting one resulting life versus another. What if Hannah had left the party that night with her old flame Ethan? What if she'd left with her best friend Gabby? This book is very similar in its theme and presentation to "S Have you ever wondered what would've happened if you'd only made a different choice? This book takes you down those two separate wormholes, the two possible outcomes stemming from a single decision made at a single point in time. The chapters trade back and forth, continuously depicting one resulting life versus another. What if Hannah had left the party that night with her old flame Ethan? What if she'd left with her best friend Gabby? This book is very similar in its theme and presentation to "Sliding Doors." Extremely well-written and hard to put down. A very entertaining and thought-provoking read.

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