- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Washington Square Press; 1st edition (July 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476776881
- ISBN-13: 978-1476776880
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 493 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Maybe in Another Life:
"Reid makes you think about love and destiny and then shows you the what could have been; I loved every word. A heartfelt, witty and scintillating journey from one parallel universe to another; Maybe in Another Life takes the concept of fate and makes it tangible and engrossing; I couldn't put this book down!"
"Readers looking for a romance with a twist won't be disappointed" (Library Journal)
"If you’re dying for a perfect beach read … Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid" (The Purist)
Praise for After I Do:
"Taylor Jenkins Reid offers an entirely fresh and new perspective on what can happen after the "happily ever after." With characters who feel like friends and a narrative that hooked me from the first page, After I Do takes an elegant and incisively emotional look at the endings and beginnings of love. Put this book at the top of your must read list!" (Jen Lancaster New York Times bestselling author)
“Written in a breezy, humorous style familiar to fans of Jane Green and Elin Hilderbrand, After I Do focuses on Lauren’s journey of self-discovery. The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story.” (Booklist)
"As uplifting as it is brutally honest—a must-read." (Kirkus on After I Do)
"Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel." (Publishers Weekly, starred review on Forever, Interrupted)
"Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it." (Sarah Jio New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March)
"Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with ruthless honesty, displaying an innate understanding of human emotion and creating characters and relationships so real I’m finding it impossible to let them go. After I Do is a raw, unflinching exploration of the realities of marriage, the delicate nature of love, and the enduring strength of family. Simultaneously funny and sad, heartbreaking and hopeful, Reid has crafted a story of love lost and found that is as timely as it is timeless." (Katja Millay author of The Sea of Tranquility)
About the Author
Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. To learn more, visit TaylorJenkinsReid.com.
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Maybe a teenager would enjoy this sophomoric storytelling, but I found myself skipping paragraphs, then whole chapters, and then finally flipped to the very end to see what all the fuss was about. The characters are boring and the plot is tiresome and totally contrived. Yes, I was lured into buying this based on the premise: two different decisions made on the same night leading to two different outcomes for Hannah, the story's protagonist. But, in the end, the lives contrasted are not all that different: Hannah remains dull, indecisive and not at all three-dimensional (for example, I was SO VERY TIRED of hearing about Hannah's love of cinnamon rolls that I did a search in my kindle for the word 'Cinnamon' and found the author mentions it eighty - yes, EIGHTY times - did this book not have an editor?) and I really didn't care who she settled down with in the end - the old boyfriend Ethan or the doltish male nurse Henry. And you won't either - so save your time and money and skip this one.
This is a story about 29 year old Hannah Martin who has recently moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles. During a night out with her best friend Gabby, she runs into her high school sweetheart, Ethan. Gabby is ready to head home, but Ethan offers to give Hannah a ride if she wants to hang out a little longer. So, does she go home or take up Ethan on his offer? In Maybe in Another Life, the story splits into two storylines and we get to see the aftermath of both decisions. I'm someone who usually thinks through every possible outcome of every decision I make, so I was totally sold as soon as I read the synopsis. I couldn't wait to see how the two parallel realities developed!
"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."
Hannah was a character that I quickly fell in love with. I could really relate to her in some ways. She was someone who didn't want to settle anywhere because it never felt like she fully belonged. She moved around the US quite a bit, changed jobs frequently, and dated more than Taylor Swift. She loved wearing her hair in a bun and spent her days daydreaming about heavily iced cinnamon rolls. <--- All of that basically describes me 2-3 years ago. (Hair buns and cinnamon rolls are still a must!) Slowly things started clicking into place for me, I found true happiness, and then I finally allowed myself to set down roots. Nothing was perfect about the way things fell into place for Hannah, but it was all fate when looking at the big picture.
Her friendship with Gabby was also something I totally loved. That friendship was a constant in both storylines and being able to see Gabby's life play out along with Hannah's was exciting! I was so happy that the author doesn't add any unnecessary cattiness between the two just to spice up the story. These girls share a genuine bond and that's always a big plus for me.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is a genius! This is the first book of hers I've read, but as soon as I closed it I jumped on Amazon to order her other two books Forever, Interrupted and After I do. There's just something about her writing. She doesn't overdo the dramatics or play up a plot twist just for shock value. As readers, we constantly find ourselves rooting for a specific outcome, but Reid is so brilliant that it allowed me to just trust her choices. I would've been perfectly fine with whatever ending she gave this book, but the one she chose was very fitting. The entire idea of the multiverse theory was fascinating! Some might be left with a sense of wonder; I was left with a sense of peace.
"My fate will find me." -Hanna
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In Maybe in Another Life, our main character Hannah has kind of drifted through life, never really putting down roots or committing to anything in particular. The more you get to know her you discover that her parents moved to London when she was a teenager while she stayed in L.A. and lived with her best friend's family and, since then, she has been trying to discover where and what "home" is for her. While I can't say I've experienced this same feeling or agree with all the choices she made by the time we meet her, she is charming and caring and a completely sympathetic character. She's the kind of girl I would want in my corner if I really needed someone to be there for me, good or bad, and tell me the truth when no one else would.
The story really takes flight when Hannah and her friends go out to celebrate her return to L.A. and we begin to see how one tiny decision - whether to go home with her best friend Gabby or her ex-boyfriend Ethan - can spiral into two very different, yet in some respects very similar, life paths. I'm not about to give away how either story progresses because that would spoil too many surprises for anyone who wants to read it, but I will say that neither life is a smooth path and both are filled with the many ups and downs of any life. This seemingly small choice will have far-reaching consequences for not only Hannah but many other characters, and it was fascinating to see how the various characters experienced many of the same elements - infidelity, pregnancy, feeling alone, finding love - in both storylines even while they were presented or experienced in different ways. This brings up the whole fate versus choice debate and my mind was spinning back and forth as I tried to see which way the cards would fall for each of them.
The end of the book presents a concept that I am completely in love with now and it is this: each choice we make fractures our life into alternative universes, and each of those alternate universes is another existence or life that we are living parallel to the one we are in now. With all the choices we make each and every day this gives us infinite, varied lives that we are living. There might be some similarities that remain across the universes but it would be impossible for them to be the same. I keep thinking about how, if I hadn't agreed to tag along with a friend one night in college, I might never have met my husband and might then never have had my son. However, it could be that we would have still met, just at a different time and under a different circumstance. Or, I could have met someone else and be living a whole different life. Who knows! I start getting emotional when I think about this too much as I don't really want to imagine my life any other way and I'm just glad I am living in this universe. What I end up coming away with each time is that, regardless of whether fate will have its way or not, we have to make the choices we think are right for us and let the world unravel the way it will.
Taylor Jenkins Reid's novels are smart women's fiction, novels that make you really think about your life and how much you can relate to her character's experiences and feelings. I've read all three she's written so far and I've loved each one more than the last. I can't recommend her enough for those looking for an emotional, thought-provoking book that tests what you think about love and relationships and leaves you longing for more.