Book Review : Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

November 18, 2015 Book review 11 ★★★★★

You know the way when you read a 5 star book that you don’t have to think twice about the rating. It just is 5 stars! Well that’s how I feel about Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. From the very first few pages, I knew that I loved the flow of the book, the characters, the plot, everything and I was so excited about reading it that the rating was a done deal. 5 stars, no question about that.

Book Review : Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins ReidMaybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Washington Square Press on July 7th 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.


First Line of Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“It’s a good thing I booked an aisle seat, because I’m the last one on the plane.“

5 reasons I loved Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

heart iconHurricane Hannah! Hannah is the main character and it’s so easy to be on her side. She has messed up with some bad life decisions but she fully accepts responsibility for those life choices. She’s restless, more than a little lost but from page 1, she was a character that I wanted to spend more time with.

heart iconParallel Lives: After a night out, the book splits in to two different directions based on different decisions that Hannah made. It isn’t at all confusing, each parallel life is equally compelling and the switch between the different lives was seamless.

heart iconFate and Soul Mates: This book is just so thought-provoking. It makes you question if you have a soul mate or if there are a number of people that could be your soul mate and how fate can intervene in your life. Mind boggling but it makes you think WHAT IF and how that might relate to your own life.

heart iconFriendship goals: I loved Hannah and her best friend Gabby. They are very different but it was clear how much they loved each other and how no matter what they’ll be there for each other. I loved their plain speaking even when the truth was hard to say and harder to hear, their zany sense of humour and basically their friendship is the kind one that everyone deserves to have.

heart iconOverflow of Feels: In one story my heart soared, broke, soared and ditto in the other. I FELT connected to the romance(s!). They felt so genuine, so heartfelt, so damn romantic! I loved it.



Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid?

In a nutshell, I just adored this one. If you like contemporary fiction with well rounded characters, that feels refreshingly different and that flings the unexpected at you, then what are you waiting for? Go grab this one.


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11 Responses to “Book Review : Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Great review! I agree…it didn’t take me long to just know about how I would rate this one, either. I loved the premise: who doesn’t ask “what if?” many times during a lifetime? And chance seems to really have been a factor in my life many times. What if I hadn’t gone to that party in June 1970? What if my husband hadn’t taken that job in that desert town in 1971, and what if I hadn’t gone along with him on that journey?

    It all gives me the shivers, but I love thinking about it.
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    • trish

      I know when you start thinking that way, it’s a bit mind boggling and not really a road you want to go too far down. But this book proved how well other paths can turn out too! I loved Maybe in Another Life and I’m glad that you really enjoyed it too. Such a great theme and really well written too.

  2. Greg

    I agree. Very thought provoking, I was trying to decide which path I preferred for her and by the end, I wasn’t sure. It would be neat if we could check in to see what might have happened if we had done this or that differently- this book makes you imagine the zillions of potential changes and directions your life could go. You’re right, it is kind of mind boggling. 🙂
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  3. dawn obrien

    sounds very interesting…wasn’t there a film, sliding doors, along the same lines?

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