Title: Maybe in Another Life
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
welcome to my long overdue review of Maybe in Another Life, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I have to say that this author’s writing style is very akin to my taste, and it is able to speak to me do a deep level, even though her novels might be considered light. What I truly appreciate about her books is that they always portray raw reality, and it is very human and very relatable. If it was not for the cheesy ending (which unfortunately is a recurrent theme in her novels except for Evelyn Hugo), I would have given this book 5 stars.
- Plot: The plot was well crafted. I appreciated the way the author managed to provide two concurrent story lines that were very different from one another while also keeping the characterization of everyone in the book very sharp and clear. I did feel that the protagonist was herself all the time, no matter which story line I was reading. I think this is very difficult to do, and Reid managed it well. There were also a couple of plot twists that I was not expecting, and it kept on the edge of my seat the whole time.
- Characters: It is no surprise that Reid is great at characterization. I could relate so much to the main character, especially when I was reading about her relationship with her family. As a person living abroad myself, I could definitely understand the hurt and difficulty that comes with distance. I thought that was sensibly portrayed. I also thoroughly loved the friendship between the two main characters. Having a best friend myself, I could definitely see all the patterns of having such a great presence in my life. Overall, characterization was excellent.
- Writing: As I mentioned before, I really like Reid’s writing. It is very succinct and to the point, while very relatable and evocative. She is particularly good at describing human emotion and feeling, especially in relation to some great questions of life.
These are my thoughts about After I Do. It is a book that I would highly recommend for anyone who wants a light yet interesting read. It will make you laugh, cry, and think all at the same time.
Until next time,