Contemporary, Fiction

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This novel is definitely on the lighter side for me. It doesn’t have any death or psychological thrills. I’ve noticed that I mostly go for books with a thrill factor and haven’t really explored my realistic fiction side. Growing up, I used to love teen realistic fiction about “real” problems. This novel seemed quite relevant to my life at this point so I decided to give it a shot!

Hannah Martin has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in multiple cities and has done various random jobs since graduating from college with a degree that she considers pretty much meaningless. When a romance goes awry, Hannah is convinced by her best friend, Gabby, to come back to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her move home, Gabby takes Hannah out for a night on the town to meet up all of their friends – and Hannah’s old flame, Ethan (who she has never really forgotten about). Things hit off and the party goes up until midnight. Gabby asks Hannah if she wants to go back home and Ethan asks her to stay out for a little while longer. Hannah must now make a decision. What she doesn’t realize is that this one choice will change her life forever.

If you’ve ever read one of those novels where to make a choice you have to flip to another page in the book and keep making choices until you reach the end – well, this is that kind of novel. At midnight, the story diverges and tells you what happens in both scenarios. I love the whole concept and it was executed really well. It was so much fun to flip between the two storylines. At the end of the novel, I really don’t know which is the best option – and that’s the best part (in my opinion)! This novel definitely highlights the problem that we all have – being indecisive and worried about what the future holds for us. I can honestly say that this is one of my biggest problems; I obsess over every decision that I make, constantly wondering if it was the “right” one or not. I definitely relate to the character of Hannah and reading this witty and heartfelt novel filled me with a lot of hope for my own future. After all, if Hannah can do it, SO CAN I! If you’re looking for a cool realistic fiction that will make you feel happy inside, please do check this out!

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