„Maybe in Another Life“ by Taylor Jenkins Reid
„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.“
We’ve all been there and done that. When we have a decision to make, sometimes it takes hours, days, months to finally make that decision. And afterwards we worry about the what ifs and what could have beens. But we always make one mistake, we think only the big decisions matter. But the small choices we make every day are the ones that are important. Who knows who you would have met if you went to Barnes and Noble instead of ordering that book online? If you went to Target instead of WalMart? If you took the next bus instead of this one? We don’t think about these things in terms of „decisions“ anymore, it’s just everyday life.
But what if there are many versions of us, and our everyday life? What if you flirted with the cute new delivery guy who brought you that book from Amazon? What if the other you, in another life, met your old crush from high school at Barnes and Noble? What if you got food poisoning from an overdue pie you bought at Target, but the other you, in another life, won a huge money prize for being the millionth customer at WalMart? What about one of those two busses ending up in a road accident, is it going to be you, or the other you in another life?
In „Maybe In Another Life“, Taylor Jenkins Reid introduces and explores the multiverse theory. (Which is a real sciency thing. Science is awesome!) It states:
There is another version of you out there, created the second the quarter flipped, who saw it come up tails. Every second of every day, the world is splitting further and further into an infinite number of parallel universes, where everything that could happen is happening. There are millions, trillions, or quadrillions, I guess, of different versions of ourselves living out the consequences of our choices.“
And I am so in love with this, it’s just really hard to explain with words. I love imagining that for every bad decision I might have made, there is another version of me out there who made the right choices.
I also love that in this theory, there are no wrong choices. That some things are just fixed for you and all other versions of you. Like the person you are supposed to be with, your best friend, the places you go. If it is supposed to happen, it will happen. It might just take a little longer, and be a little harder to get there. But you’ll get there.
But enough about my love for the multiverse theory, because I love the book just as much. I fell in love with the main characters pretty much right away. Hannah is loveable, real and pretty much somebody you want to be friends with. You want to know what happens with here, if things turn out for the better for either version of her. So you turn the page, and read another chapter, and another chapter. Before you know it you’re on the last page, and you’ll miss her as soon as you close the book.
The small chapters really worked out for this book. I promise once you’ve started you won’t want to stop and will spend all night reading „just one more chapter“. And it’s not just the story and the characters which keep you engaged, it’s also the writing style that drags you in and doesn’t let you go. I loved Hannah’s voice and could’ve easily spent more time with her. I think I need to read another book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, preferably a sequel to this one.
I don’t think I ever fell this hard for a book, especially for the idea of the book. Does that even make sense? You should definitely pick this one up and see for yourself, I highly HIGHLY recommend it.