Did you ever wonder how your life would turn out if you had made just the tiniest decision change? Gone home instead of gone to that last bar? Well that is the premise of this work. Hannah goes home in one version of the story and in the other stays out at the bars. Each chapter flips between 'versions'. Gets a bit confusing. But it's a quick read, I cared about the characters and in both versions certain things are just meant to be.
The premise of the story started out interesting when you first meet the narrator, Hannah Martin. Though her life splits into parallel universes at a pretty random juncture: the choice to stay at a bar with an old flame, or to go on home.
The events that ensue from both choices tend to be pretty flat and predictable, particularly the ones that happened in both versions of Hannah's life, and I found myself bored at the halfway point. Hannah Martin herself wasn't all that interesting, I found her too shallow and emotionally immature to carry an entire book.
The story lost a lot of steam and didn't really make as much of the question of fate and destiny as it could have. It felt like a rather shallow treatment of what really was an excellent premise. Very different from AFTER I DO.
I give MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE a C+, but I'll definitely continue reading Taylor Jenkins Reid. I'm just glad this wasn't my first introduction to her, or I probably wouldn't want to read anymore.
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid is an easy to read, light hearted story, but one that explores philosophical questions. Are our lives determined by choice or chance? Which of our seemingly small decisions change the direction of our lives? The book is perfect for a casual, vacation read, but also has enough depth to make you think and leave you contemplating your own choices.
Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/07/maybe-in-another-life.html
Reviewed based on a publishers galley received through NetGalley