Books || Maybe in another life – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Last year I tried to challenge myself when it comes to reading. Anyway, it was a challenge last year to start reading again, but since I’ve got that back on track, I also try to challenge myself in the books I choose. Where I was not a fan of reading series, I challenged myself to read the Valerie Lane series. While I sometimes find it difficult to read multiple books by the same author, I tried it this year. The last challenge I set myself for was to start reading in English again. Now it was actually more of a mistake because I saw a book at the library that I wanted to read but was only available in English. In principle, English is not a problem, but I find it a bit more difficult to read books again, but I did it anyway. I read “Maybe in another life” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I have now read two completely different books by her and yet I decided to read one more. Curious what I thought of “Maybe in another life”, read on quickly.

Maybe in another life – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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.

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My opinion

I thoroughly enjoyed “The Seven Husbands of Evelyne Hugo” and “The Party of the Century” written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Two books written in different time periods, both with their own kind of glitz and glamor, but also personal dramas that the main characters have shaped in their own way. I was therefore very curious about other books by this author and when I saw “Maybe in another life” at the library, I secretly had high expectations. Unfortunately I came home from a cold fair because I have never read such a confusing book and sometimes I really wondered what I was reading. It was extremely difficult to follow the line and especially to stay focused because it is written in two different visions. Every chapter you are in one of the two visions and things happen differently, but the events keep coming back. If I had read this book as the first book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I would never have read another book because I really, unfortunately, didn’t like this three times.

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