This is a book I doubt I would pick out without someone pointing it out to me. My book club picked it for October, and as with all my book club books,...moreThis is a book I doubt I would pick out without someone pointing it out to me. My book club picked it for October, and as with all my book club books, I dove right in without reading the synopsis or any reviews. I'm glad that I did, as usual. I really like to be fully surprised with books, even on the most minute details, that can be given away in a synopsis or review. I got through the first chapter and thought that this was going to be a DNF. It did not feel like my kinda book, at all. It felt very contemporary, with characters that I really had no interest in getting to know on an intimate level. I am glad that I stuck it out, however, because the book is actually pretty interesting in both concept and delivery. This book felt very similar to a time travel book, which can confuse the bleep out of me. And it was confusing until I got the hang of the author's delivery. Since it is a book about alternate, or parallel worlds, we obviously jump back and forth between two realities involving the same characters. As with most of these types of stories, the choices of the characters in the earlier year affects the situation of the characters in the later year. It's all very interesting once you wrap your head around it.
Our main character, Abby, is likable but it took me a while. I especially enjoyed the supporting cast. Her best friend, Caitlin, and their best guy friend, Tyler. And of course, the two romantic interests, Josh and Michael. Yes, there are two boys. But you see, they happen in different realities and time periods, so it doesn't feel all that similar to your typical love triangle, even though it kinda is one. All in all, the characters are relatable, down to earth and interesting. I enjoyed Abby's growth throughout the book, because I was uncertain of her in the beginning.
I think the best thing about this book is the focus on how the choices we make can take us down different paths, causing us to blindly steer our way through the muck and mayhem. But in the end, we'll eventually end up where we we're supposed to end up. One of the characters, Dr. Mann, an astrophysicist, makes a comment about this very idea. We can make different choices to try to alter our future, but we end up right where fate wants us. Maybe this is true in real life, and maybe it's not...but I think "keeping your eye on the prize" is a huge motivational force to set goals for yourself and strive towards achieving them.
“We spend so much time worrying about how the future is going to play out, and not nearly enough time admiring the precious perfection of the present.”
This quote also stood out to me. I think we are all so very future focused in this society that we forget to live in the now. On the flip side of that, we get caught up in the minutia of daily life and sometimes forget to LIVE and enjoy life. When I, myself, lose track of this important piece of sanity, I refer to my favorite musical evar, RENT. That musical focuses on the here and now, because tomorrow is uncertain and you might not even wake up to welcome it. I don't mean to get morbid, but you get my drift.