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Maybe in Another Life Audio CD – Unabridged, August 18, 2015
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About the Author
Earphones Award winner Julia Whelan grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but currently resides in Los Angeles. She is a former child actor, having appeared in multiple television shows, most notably ABC's "Once and Again." After receiving her college degree, she returned to acting and is pursuing a career in the film industry, as well as creative writing. Her audiobook credits include romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult and adult fiction.
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 9781681413600
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681413600
- Product Dimensions : 6.04 x 1.13 x 5.04 inches
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Publisher : Dreamscape Media; Unabridged Edition (August 18, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1681413604
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,388,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In life, we always have a choice resulting from more than one option. We always chose what we either want more or what we think is best. Who are we to know that that particualr decision, no matter how insignificant it seems, is the right one? Does every decision we make set off a separate chain of events... sending our lives into a completely different path?
This story is equally heartwarming and heartbreaking. You will find yourself so full of emotions, you won't know what is up and what is down. You may see up as down and down as up. The story is written with such great talent, you won't be able to decide which path was the correct path or incorrect path. Reid has such a talent for messing with your head and emotions, you will be equally mad and pleased with this book.
I was equally pleased and displeased with this book... I didn't know which story was the better of the two. One minute I was begging for the pain to stop, then the next minute I was smiling with a full heart. This is not like any other book you have read. It is so well written, there is no way you can't fall in love with this story. You will need a box of tissues and a stiff drink to make it through this one.
I really enjoyed all the characters in this novel. Hannah was a lost twenty something that just needed to get her life together. The plot all hinges on one night. What is Hannah's life like if she goes home with Gabby and her husband? Or what is her life like if she goes home with her ex? Taylor Jenkins Reid really brings these characters to life. You feel for them. You are even shouting at the book what you think Hannah should do.
I loved this book. I will say that I don't think TJR can do any wrong. Pick up this book! It is a super fast read. I read it basically in a day.
Hannah is a 29-year-old woman on a flight back to LA to live with her married, high-school best friend, Gabriel (AKA Gabby), after Hannah's affair with a married man ended terribly. Hannah has moved around a lot since she has gotten out of high-school, and hasn't really been able to call anywhere home. With no clear direction on her life, or where it is headed, she decides to get back in touch with her roots by moving back to LA. This begins like any of other contemporary, with best friends and parties. Gabby sets up welcome home party for Hannah at a local restaurant where she invites Hannah's high school sweetheart, Ethan. As the party wears on, there is a decision Hannah has to make: does she stay out with Ethan and dance the night away or does she go home with Gabby? This divergence create a parallel time line where we see both decisions made and played out long term, and are balanced by alternating chapters.
This book reminded me of a 1998 movie with Gwyneth Paltrow called Sliding Doors, where the overall concept is the same. The story is slightly different as Gwyneth's character's fate is decided for her after she makes the Subway home to her apartment in one reality, and misses it in another. This determines whether he catches her lying, cheating boyfriend in the act. The plot in this book is completely different, but the concept is exactly the same.
I am something of a romantic, and in romance I would like to believe that no matter what decision I make I will end up with the same person. To me, that is the definition of a soulmate. This book approaches this concept similarly within the context of each diverging story line; but as a reader, this really messes with my concept of what it means to be someone's soulmate as I see both versions of her differing realities play out.
This book would have been more enjoyable if I had approached it as a book about the long term effects one small decision can make on the rest of your life, instead of approaching it like a romance. While this book was well written with a very compelling concept, this was definitely not one of my favorite Taylor Jenkins Reid books.
In Hannah’s case she ended up with totally different endings. Both good but different none the less. I enjoyed this read. And more than anything it made me think that our decisions can be the difference between one universe or another.
This book will have a permanent home in my mind. I like that.
Top reviews from other countries
Maybe in Another Life not only questions what’s meant to be in this life and who we’re meant to be with, but it also makes you think about where and what home really is. It’s so easy to think that only the big decisions you make affect the course of your life, when in reality all the decisions you make have an effect — and you can’t simply just wish the bad away, because from the bad eventually comes good.
This book has everything to satisfy the romance reader; it certainly thrilled the hopeless romantic in me and left me feeling oddly nostalgic, hopeful, and very satisfied with the HEA!