From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.
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 Liferaises 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?
What do you get when you cross the multiverse theory with a contemporary/romance novel? You get a pretty freaking cool book. For those of you who don’t know, the multiverse theory is a theory where “everything that is possible happens” (p. 329). For every decision you make, another version of you from another universe makes the other decision, creating an infinite number of universes. Maybe in Another Life plays with this theory by having the main character, Hannah make a decision to either go home from a party with her best friend or her high school ex-boyfriend. The book then alternates chapters playing out how Hannah’s life would turn out if she made either of those two decisions. The differences in her two lives are both very different and strangely similar – you have to read it to the end to know what I mean.
I found this concept to make for a really fun to read. I kept going back and fourth as to which decision was the the right one for Hannah to make as both her lives spiral in different ways. In all honesty, this book would have been decent without the parallel stories, but the multiverse concept completely enhanced the reading experience by causing me to have more concern and anxiety over Hannah’s lives.
I even loved the individual story lines because of all the twists, drama, and “I can’t believe I didn’t see that coming” moments. Both of Hannah’s lives seem so authentic that I can’t help but have such concern for her – It all feels so real!
There are two reasons why this book didn’t get a full five stars from me. Firstly, because of the overkill with the cinnamon rolls. I know they were a big part of the story, but their appearances were incessant! Also, I call them ‘cinnamon rolls’, not ‘cinnamon buns’, which was slightly irritating for me to read. The second reason is that there were too many times when I would forget that Hannah is 29 years old since she has a bad habit of acting like a child. This occur often, but when it did, I was annoyed.
Generally speaking though, this was an awesome and unique read that I would suggest to anyone. It would be especially great for anyone in their 20’s to read as it’s much more relatable to be close the the main character’s age.