Maybe in Another Life

Maybe in Another Life

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"Hannah Martin's life isn't shaping up into much of anything. Since graduating college eight years ago, she has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs ... She takes up residence in her best friend Gabby's guest room. Along with Gabby and Gabby's husband Mark, [she goes] out to a bar where they meet up with some of [their] old friends, including Hannah's high school boyfriend, Ethan. Shortly after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she's ready to go. But then 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? [This book] is told in two concurrent storylines following the consequences of each choice"--
Publisher: New York :, Washington Square Press,, 2015.
Edition: First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476776880
Branch Call Number: FICTION Reid Taylor 07/2015
Characteristics: 336 pages ;,21 cm.


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Emily turns to Taylor Jenkins Reid's novels as reminder of simpler times and Barbie dolls, evoking childhood speculation of how different choices would impact characters' lives.

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Aug 15, 2019

TJR certainly is an accomplished writer & this is a different approach. However, I found Hannah making bad/stupid choices in both scenarios & I couldn't take the tension -- that's just where I'm at right now. I gave up; will try again later.

I could not care less what happens to Hannah in either life choice. The literary device is clever but the characters are shallow and the novel is still pap.

Jul 03, 2017

This heartfelt, quick read follows Hannah, a 29-year-old who has to make a decision one night either to stay out at a bar with her high school boyfriend, or go home with her best friend. What follows is a moving story that, in alternating chapters, shows what could have happened if Hannah had stayed, or if she had left. Maybe in Another Life is a thoughtful look at soul mates, destiny, and making choices, and will have you thinking about those everyday decisions you make.

Apr 21, 2017

Hannah lives out the effects of two decisions in concurrent story lines.

Dec 12, 2016

I absolutely loved this book. Although it goes through 2 separate stories based on the characters decisions, it was not confusing and I couldn't put it down

shokolit Nov 06, 2016

Have you ever watched the movie "Sliding Doors"? Well, this story has the same idea at its core. It tells the story of one young women, but in 2 different versions: one, that happens because Hannah made a certain choice, and the other version of what would have happened if she wouldn't have made that choice. It is truly a beautiful story, unique, and very well told. Both versions of it :-)

Sep 05, 2016

Really interesting premise to this story. A look at how the results of a simple everyday decision can send your life down a different path. The story alternates between two possible parallel lives that unfold based on a decision that the main character makes about whether or not to go home with an old boyfriend she meets in a bar. This is lighter reading that deals with a contemplative topic. Good reading!

Jul 17, 2016

Much of the story focuses on the very close friendship between Hannah and Gabby. For some reason the author choose to make Gabby African American, but there isn't any further information to back this up. The subject of race never comes up, or what Gabby looks like. I really like the idea of two people of different races being the best of friends, but it didn't ring true. So now that I've said that, I will say that I began slowing up my reading because I was delaying the inevitable - getting to the end. I found the story quite compelling, and would definitely read more by this author.

Jun 22, 2016

How different would your life be if you'd made alternate choices?
A breezy, chick-lit novel that explores such a dilemma.
Told in alternating chapters of, "what if," we get a peek at what Hannah Martin's life might have been, or not, had she gone home with high school, ex-boyfriend, Ethan.
Almost a "choose your adventure story" for twentysomethings.
Great dialog and themes.
Not high literature, but enjoyable.
I'll be generous and give it 4 stars.

CMLReads_Kristin Feb 23, 2016

If the 1998 Gweneth Paltrow movie, Sliding Doors, was set in LA and novelized, this would be it. Of course, that movie is old enough now that the concept will be new and fresh to new-er adult readers! Adorable.

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