Maybe in Another Life

Maybe in Another Life

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A young woman's fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame.

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ISBN-13: 9781681413600
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit.

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.

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Maybe in Another Life: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read and very intersting. I did enjoy it. It was thought provoking and fun. Did get annoyed at times with the main character. She said she was 29 and sometimes I seemed in her teens as clueless as she could be. Anyhoo,I have read 3 of these authors books and enjoyed them. The first one probably most. I will continue to read her work.
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feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
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 I found on youtube 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.”
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book was such a fun read. Hannah moves back to L.A. after city-hopping for many years. Her best friend Gabby throws her a welcome home party, and her ex-boyfriend Ethan attends. They broke up when he went to college, and she was still in high school, and they always knew the timing just wasn't right. What will happen if Hannah leaves the party with him? This is where the book splits. In one path, Hannah goes home with Ethan. In the other, she goes home with Gabby and her husband, Mark. The stories unfold then in alternating chapters. I thought it might be confusing to read, but it wasn't at all. I love seeing how things turn out for Hannah in each scenario. I loved the parallels between the stories, down to the small details and things that are discussed between characters in each path. It was so well thought out, and very well executed. The writing was light and easy to read despite the sometimes heavy content. I really enjoyed this book!
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
Maybe in Another Life is a story like no other. I love how TJR leaves you reeling when you finish reading her books. This book is packed with so many emotions and you can’t help but to become reflective about your life once you have finished it. Is there really a right or wrong choice in life? What could have happened if perhaps you had made different decisions along the way in life? This is one of my top reads of 2016 so far and I highly recommend it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly the perfect "beach read" or "fireplace read". Such a darling story and although I was worried about the dual story line of what would happen if Hannah made one decision differently, I actually really enjoyed it. You don't have to think too hard, you'll laugh and smile and love all of the characters. Such a great, easy, fun read.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Taylor Jenkins Reid is by far an entertaining author, I don't know how she does it, but I can read her books in just two sittings and regret flying through them every time! The main character Hannah Martin returns to her home town of LA to regroup and try to find her home as she has spent the last few years hoping from city to city and never feeling settled. Her first night home she goes out with friends and she has to make a decision - go home with her best friend or stay at the bar with an ex boyfriend/best friend. This book lets the reader see what would happen in each of these scenarios and I loved it! I love thinking about the small decisions that you make EACH day and how if you made a very small change to that decision and went the other way your life could go down a completely different path and it could still be a good life, but it would be a different life. The book alternated chapters with one path and the other and the first few switches were hard, but as her two paths start going down very different roads it was easy to switch back and forth. I loved how you can see not only how her decision affected her own life, but the lives around her.
megankylene More than 1 year ago
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. 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? 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. 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 loved knowing little things existed and seeing how (or if) they appeared and how (if) it would affect the outcome(s). I really loved 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. 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 in exchange for an honest review.
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AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Taylor Jenkins Reid writes another wonderful chick lit novel! Unique! She writes about Hannah Martin being given two choices. Then, we are taken on the journey of each choice. It reminded me of when I was younger and there were books where you would “make a choice” and that “choice” would tell you to go to a specific page. I was always so enamored with these stories, so this story was super cool to me. This story also resonated with me because I was also living the life of a gypsy, moving from one town to the next, taking new jobs…never ready to settle down, until I came back home. I always enjoy a story that hits home in some way. Hannah graduated from college and moved and changed jobs for about a decade. At age 29, she decides to return home to Los Angeles and move in with her best friend, Gabby. On Hannah’s first night home, she and Gabby go to a local bar to hang out with friends. She meets up with her High School boyfriend, Ethan. At the end of the night, she can either go home with Gabby or stay with Ethan and have him drive her home. I loved that this story took us on a journey for each decision. Don’t we all look back and wonder “what if?” about certain choices? Would we all still be in the same place? This was just so entertaining…I loved the characters and the magnitudes of each choice. I believe this book will be enjoyed by many.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! Although this was my very first Taylor Jenkins Reid book, I’ve heard really great things about her writing. So it’s fair to say I was pretty excited about reading this. I saw positive rating after positive rating for this book. I purposely avoided all detailed reviews, as I normally do, this I prefer to go into almost every book I read completely blind. And I knew this was no exception. Especially since I remembered from the synopsis that there was some sort of parallel universe story line in this book, and that was plenty for me to know. I’m going to keep this extremely vague on purpose, since I think anyone who plans to read this can benefit by going in with little to no knowledge regarding this beautiful story. “In general, I find that when you are doing something you are not supposed to be doing, the best course of action is to act as if you are absolutely supposed to be doing it.” Hannah can’t seem to find a place to call home. She’s been bouncing from place to place over the last several years, and ends up returning to her hometown of Los Angeles where she will live in her best friend’s guest room until she’s able to get on her feet. Her BFF, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar her first night back home in order to celebrate, which she reconnects with several old friends, meets a few new ones, and most importantly, gets to see Ethan again. Ethan, the guy who she dated when she was younger. Ethan, the guy who broke her heart when they mutually decided that the timing wasn’t right once he went away to college. Ethan, the guy she is still quite drawn to and realizes she still may have feelings for. This entire story is from that very night forward. At the end of the night, Hannah has a choice of whether to go home with Ethan or Gabby. The choice isn’t easy, and that one choice will forever change how her life turns out. “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.” I loved the parallel universes aspect, which I can’t say is typical for me. I’ve read other books with a similar premises and wasn’t really a fan. But the way TJR pulls it all together and explains the entire theory is phenomenal. This story has so much going for it. It was emotional, heartwarming, happy and sad, devastating and hopeful, intense and engaging. I was immediately drawn into the story, both parallels, which were extremely easy to follow. I never felt lost or unsure what was happen. The flow of this story was flawless. “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.” This is a book that I’ve already been recommending to others. It’s such a strong story with incredible writing, and I was left with a hopeful, though a little sad, feeling when I finished it. I have found a new author that I’m very interested in reading more from. If you’re a romance fan and looking for something a little different, this is a book you will want to read. Though the idea of parallel universes has been done before, I have yet to see it done so beautifully. A unique story that you will find yourself thinking about long after you’ve finished it. (Thanks to Atria Books for the review copy!)
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Hannah is ready to start over. After a bit of a toxic relationship, Hannah is heading back home to LA. On a fun night out, she reconnects with her high school boyfriend Ethan. At the end of the night, Hannah is faced with a choice-go home with Ethan or stay at the bar. In this intriguing book, we get to see the results of both choices. Staying or going. Both mean vastly different outcomes for Hannah, but which is better? Is happiness dependent on our choices or our outlook? I was so interested n this book, and it did not let me down. I was afraid it might be hard to follow two completely different storylines, but this wasn't the case. Each story switched off from chapter to chapter, but the author did an amazing job of make the book still flow very well. Everything made sense and was not too difficult to keep up with. That's a pretty fantastic feat in a story that is set up this way. I was curious if I would prefer one storyline to the other, and I kind of did. However, I was drawn to the questions asked in this book. Are we happy as a result of the choices we make, or do we make an active decision to be happy? Could we be happy with any number of people and results in our life? I won't tell you how either story ends, but I will say that I found the conclusions to be very satisfying. This book will both entertain and make you think at the same time, which is a hard balance sometimes. It was definitely a lot of fun to read though. Book provided for review.
KarenforBookCrush More than 1 year ago
Maybe In Another Life takes us on Hannah Martin’s journey of two parallel lives playing out concurrently based on a decision made at a moment. This pivotal moment allows us to experience how Hannah’s life is affected by that brief moment and seemingly inconsequential decision. This book felt like such a real life experience that was an event to live through more than just a fictional story to read. The concurrent storyline had me worried that I would just be reading a repetitive telling of the same story with minor changes. The drastically different outcomes in this story, where in the end it seemed everything turned out as it was meant to be, were moving and provocative. This story was refreshing, thought-provoking, unique and addictive. There is a line in the blurb that absolutely twists my heart and left me breathless. Is there such a thing as a soul mate? Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him. This possibility and how this unfolds is just fantastic. The writing is effortless. If you want a story that is unlike any other and will make you feel every page, then Maybe In Another Life is a MUST read! 5.0 Everything as it is meant to be! Stars “…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 version of me that didn’t end up with you.”
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Maybe in Another Life' is a thought-provoking novel that blends the concepts of parallel universes and soul mates with contemporary women's fiction and romance. The story follows our main character, Hannah, as her life takes an unexpected turn after a night out with her best friend Gabby. Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she's ready to leave, while her high school boyfriend - Ethan - that they coincidentally ran into at the bar, quickly offers her a ride home later if she'd like to stay a bit longer. At that moment, Hannah must make the decision between leaving with her best friend or staying for a bit and then leaving with Ethan. She's doesn't know what will happen in either scenario - and this is where the book splits into two separate worlds. One in which Hannah left the bar with Gabby and the other where she stayed and later left with Ethan. In each of these lives, Hannah lives the the decision she made that night and all of the consequences that come along with it. Before long, these two seemingly parallel lives go in two very different directions - but which one would have been the right choice for her in the end? Although this seems like a fun and easy book, which it certainly is, there are much deeper topics discussed throughout the story that will make the reader stop and think for awhile. Concepts such as fate, soul mates, pre-determination, and parallel universes are talked about continuously through the novel - even if it's underneath the surface of the main storyline. The author did a fantastic job of combining the two - the blend of women's fiction/chick lit and the serious subject matter of some very deep ideas - and she did it so seamlessly and gracefully that the reader doesn't really understand what they're reading. It's not until after finishing the story that the reader is able to step back and realize all the levels the book had to offer while under the guise of a contemporary women's fiction novel. Everything about this book was very well done. The characters were all well rounded and had distinct qualities and personalities. Of course, Hannah gets the most attention to detail since she's the main character, and by the end of the story I felt like I had been alongside Hannah during everything that happened (in both lives). The story is told in the first person point of view - that of Hannah's perspective. I'm a firm believer that point of view plays a large role in a book, and has the ability to make it a true experience for the reader if done in the right way. My favorite writing style is the first person POV, by far. I feel like a broken record when I say that this style allows the reader to truly know and understand the main character or narrator. We're privy to things that wouldn't be open to us as readers in any other POV. In this case, we get to see into Hannah's inner thoughts along with her emotions, fears, dreams, hopes, and so much more. The fact that the story splits into two alternative lives for Hannah makes this writing style all the more effective at pulling the reader into the story and empathizing with Hannah. I loved being able to see everything that happens in both parallel lives through Hannah's eyes along with how she reacts to it all. In my opinion, this choice of writing style made all the difference in this novel, and gave the story a depth that couldn't have happened any other way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy and light reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should not have read this book because I do not like "romance" themes; however, I saw the high review in People magazine and on reader sites, so I gave it a whirl. The author did do a good job of switching between two outcomes of a story but short of that this book was a let down.