Book Review: Maybe In Another Life, by Taylor

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.

I discovered this book by accident – I didn’t even know it existed until moments before it was undoubtedly mine. Having read ‘The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo’ by the same author, I went hunting for Malibu Rising in the bookshop, only to stumble accross this instead. I bought it on the spot and took it off on holiday with me.

I absolutely devoured it, and it was really difficult to put down at points. I was staying with my best friend at the time (much like Hannah in the book) and she was getting regular updates on the two different timelines as the unfolded. The places where the same thing happened either way, the places where she had completely different opinions about the same thing, and the different ways that everything played out for Hannah following on from what seems like a very small decision. Spoiler – it was not a small decision.

I adored the characters in the story, the relationship between Hannah and Gabby was especially heartwarming, probably heightened by reading it from my best friends sofa while cuddling her baby. The relationship Hannah has with Gabbys parents, as well as with her own parents, is something that the book looks at in both timelines, and I loved the different ways that both played out regarding those family relationships.

It’s really difficult to properly gush about this book without spoiling the ending, because the ending is one of my absolute favourite bits. I’ll just leave it there, and let you know that the book that talks about fate and soul mates in the blurb has some great insights into fate and soul mates in the last two chapters.

As always, please do enjoy


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