It’s not often that I am surprised by a novel, or find something new, a story that I don’t think I’ve seen before. However, that was exactly the case when I got to my latest read.
While I was really into memoirs and other non-fiction last year, this year, I’ve fallen in love once again with fiction, and decided to pick up Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid after being intrigued by the synopsis. This novel tells the story of Hannah, a 29-year-old woman who moves back to her hometown of LA and is reunited with an old boyfriend, the guy she always considered the one who got away. On her first night back, she is faced with a choice: go home with her best friend, or stay out with him. The rest of the novel is composed of two stories existing in parallel universes that show what happens with each decision.
Reid has a beautiful way of writing that is comfortable, easy but also doesn’t lack any depth. It was an enjoyable read, something that I could easily get lost in, but also left me thinking a lot too. One part that really stuck with me, and I feel sums up the heart of the story is this: “It doesn’t matter if we don’t mean to do the things we do. It doesn’t matter if it was an accident or a mistake. It doesn’t even matter if we think this is all up to fate. Because regardless of our destiny, we still have to answer for our actions. We make choices, big and small, every day of our lives, and those choices have consequences.”
I’d love to see this novel as a movie or a TV series, I think it’s got the perfect rom-com recipe (with a twist) to be successful. If you love Emily Giffin or Sophie Kinsella, I would definitely recommend this one to you.
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