Maybe in Another Life: A Novel

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Maybe in Another Life: A Novel

Maybe in Another Life: A Novel

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I didn’t feel the characters were well developed enough and therefore really didn’t care much what happened to them in one universe not to talk about the second. I suspected that I was, in fact, the other woman when we ran into a coworker of his at a restaurant in SoHo, and rather than introduce me to the man, Michael told me I had something in my teeth and that I should go to the bathroom to get it out.

In this one, it’s whether or not the main character stays at a bar with her high school ex-boyfriend after not seeing him for years and moving back to town. At first, I found myself almost expecting/wanting her to be with one specific guy but the more I read, the more I loved the two different options. It’s been more than ten years, and yet I am still floating from place to place, relying on the kindness of Gabby and her family. But even though a lot was happening, it was so well written that it was always gripping, never confusing, and loaded with feels.I love her flawed characters but I love how perfect are the friendships and the family relationships are. I’m blaming most of my discontent on Hannah (the annoyingly vapid main character), the author’s choppy writing style, and the repetition masked as ‘cute’ quirks. That a small part of me hates myself for relying on willful ignorance to justify what I suspected was wrong?

And then, one balmy August morning a week before the beginning of my senior year of high school, Ethan got into his parents’ car and left for Northern California. Whether or not you agree, the term “ a sliding doors moment” has entered the lexicon, meaning a moment in a character’s life where their seemingly innocuous decision has far-reaching impact on how their life plays out. An interesting concept, but unfortunately this didn't resonate with me the same way her other books ( The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and After I Do) have. I’ve really enjoyed all three books I’ve read by this US author and I was keen to see if this one would break my reading slump.Hannah was really not that bad, and through the story she had to go through some shit that broke my heart, but. I have always loved this trope, alongside the concept of the Butterfly Effect, where one tiny flap of a butterfly's wings can impact the whole world.

I love how Jenkins Reid ensures that the right people are in Hannah's life in both universes, at one point or another. I started of liking the premise of alternating chapters with the parallel events especially when each chapter started off with the same paragraph. if there really is such a person as “The One” then shouldn’t Hannah have finished up with the same guy in both scenarios like Gabby did? Her family moved to London while she was in high school because of her sister’s acceptance to a ballet school, so all Hannah has had was her best friend and best friend’s family. The first few chapters of the book felt fairly familiar - This could’ve easily been my college girlfriends and me (minus: one very poor decision) in our social routine.

I am convinced that this book was more about Gabby and Hannah’s friendship than the romances combined and don’t try to convince me other wise. One night Hannah decides to go out with her friend Gabby to a bar and it is there that fate brings her into the arms of her high school sweetheart, Ethan. Then when the storyline deviated I kind of spent the rest of the book trying to match each chapter with each other. I’m usually very apprehensive about these sorts of books as I am quite a rational reader, hence why I detest the fantasy genre. We follow two dramatic storylines with serious repercussions – two Hannah’s trying to stay afloat after something mind-shattering happens to them.

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