It wouldn’t be summer without a reading challenge, and I’m so excited to once again be doing the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge! This summer’s theme is travel, so the challenge has books set allover the world. Now, it’s time to crack open a book, and see where the words take you…
Location: Los Angeles
First Line Teaser: It’s a good thing I booked an aisle seat, because I’m the last one on the plane.
As a perpetual what if-er, I found the concept of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe in Another Life fascinating. The novel explores Hannah Martin’s life based on a decision she makes at a party her first night back in L.A. What happens if she leaves the party with her best friend, Gabby? What happens if she stays at the party with her ex, Ethan?
In concurrent storylines, the reader follows Hannah as she deals with the consequences of her choice. The two stories quickly become distinct as events unfold in wildly different ways. I can’t say too much about what happens, but this is definitely a story that makes you question the idea of what counts as a good or as a bad choice. Can life ever be so simple?
I enjoyed the way the novel explores the choices we make and how even a seemingly simple decision can have major consequences. No surprise, Maybe in Another Life reminds me of the movie Sliding Doors, where a woman’s life unfolds two different ways based on her making it onto a train. While I at first feared the novel’s parallel universes might be hard to keep straight, that was not the case. The chapters alternate stories, and Hannah’s life develops so differently that I was only lost in the sense of being lost in a good book.
If you are looking for a good book that explores the idea of fate and the decisions we make, I recommend picking up Maybe in Another Life.
This book was sent to me for review and is part of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.
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