Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Beyond Parallel” as Want to Read:
Beyond Parallel
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Beyond Parallel

(Beyond Parallel #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  35 reviews
One boy. One girl. One insignificant moment that changes their lives forever.

Bella and Clark are two young twenty-somethings, finding themselves in a chaotic and crazy world. One craves love; the other avoids it. Will they find one another, or will a single what-if moment send them down different paths?

In the same mould as Sliding Doors, Uncertainty, and Smoking/No-Smoking
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 202 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Turndog Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Beyond Parallel, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Beyond Parallel

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.63  · 
Rating details
 ·  78 ratings  ·  35 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Kathleen Garlock
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I can't imagine a more intriguing or difficult premise than the one posed by Beyond Parallel; what if? What if two people meant to be together meet and fall in love in a strange and exotic land? Or, what if they both happen to be in that exotic land, but never meet, and instead fall in love with two other people? It's a great idea and except for the very beginning, which I found a little confusing, Matthew Turner keeps those parallel lives running in a fairly straight course. He has a smooth and ...more
Alberto Ambard
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beyond parallel is the first novel by author Matthew Turner. The novel explores the idea of people changing their destiny by a simple decision. Further, the author actually details two very different scenarios experienced by the main characters. In one scenario they become couple (with), and in the other scenario they never meet (without).

Such concept is adventurous and original, although I am not sure what came first, this novel or the movie Sliding Doors. For this unique approach along, the au
Sarah Oxford
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is what I call a romance for real people. It was beautiful and heartwarming and I just loved the ending, it appealed to my hopelessly romantic soul!

The concept of the book and the 'what if' moment grabbed me from the start and is what inspired me to read and keep reading this book. It resonates with me because of what I have in my life. I can't imagine being without my husband and soul mate, or having my little boy, yet it could all have not happened if some small little things had happened
J.E. Swift
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beyond Parallel was a delightful read. The story starts with a particular moment in time and asks, what if that moment happened or did not happen? What are the consequences? Where would their life take them?

Now, this kind of story has been written before. Everyone has these moments in their lives, which is what makes the question such an interesting one.

But what I enjoyed so much about this particular tale is each story had the main character going through a different journey, discovering diffe
Mayowa Ajisafe
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first, Beyond Parallel seems a bit confusing to me with the “with” and “without” with both Bella and Clark, the two lovebirds featured in this book but when I remember the narration of Matthew’s “what if moments” and his inspiration for writing this book – something very similar to my own story, I can’t just wait to know where the book is heading to and I must say I have never being disappointed.

Reading this book reminds me of my own “love” story with a lady I love so much but what a pity – s
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review and see more and!

I gave this book 5 stars and let me just say that it deserves it. This is by far the best self-published/indie book I’ve ever read and deserves to be a bestseller. I could barely put it down and was itching to get back to it every time I was forced to. In order for me to like a romance, it has to be creative. Since the relationship(s) propels the story it needs to be good. No clichés, only an appropriate level and type of drama, a lot
Erin Al-Mehairi
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a really romantic and thought-provoking novel. In fact, it made me think without even having to try very hard to do so. It was extremely entertaining.
A concept we all most likely churn in the backs of our minds when we are in the shower, laying in bed awake at night...sometimes in our happier times and most certainly in our times of the question of WHAT IF? WHAT IF I would have made the decision to go here instead of there, to choose to have a relationship with th
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted to give this novel a 3 or 3.5. In the end I ended up with the 3.5 because the pro’s outweighed the cons. Oh yeah, that’s right. I’m a list person. Lists, Charts, and all those things I love them, I LIVE for them.
Beyond parallel is the debut novel by Matthew Turner, with characters that change their destiny by one decision. Turner labels the chapters well with “With” and “Without”, as the main characters go on about their lives in a two totally differ
Debbie Narh

Usually, I don't read New Adult novels because I can't really relate to the characters. But I was intrigued by Beyond Parallel and the concept of alternate realities. It's so very cool! And this novel didn't disappoint me but it didn't impress me either. With so much going on I felt a little left in the dark during some chapters and bored or excited with others. Between chapters, six months goes by which is a lot of time for things to happen. Nonetheless, Beyond Parallel is a book that readers
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before I began reading this novel, I did not pay close enough attention to the introduction, where the author noted that he had written a short prequel to the novel. However, before I go too far along, I realized this and went back to read the prequel, which was free at Amazon. Since it set the stage and provided some background on the characters, I was glad I did because this made the story make more sense. I found the concept behind this book fascinating. We all have had “What If’s”, only in t ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
really 3.5 stars -
I would highly suggest that anyone interested in reading this book also pick up the free prequel, Tales From A Tiny Thai Table. The introduction to the characters will serve you well in the reading of the novel. Unfortunately, I was not told of the prequel, and was unaware of it until I started to gather information for this post.

This was an interesting read, all based on those “what if” questions that we all have: what if I went left instead of right, what if we had never me
Kirsty Bicknell
Have you ever made a decision and then later thought 'What If?' . . . 'who would I have met? would we have fallen in love? would I have been successful? and happier?'
Regrets are an integral part of human nature but in 'Beyond Parallel' Matthew Turner takes this idea and extends it - allowing his characters to live their 'if' and their 'now'.
Matthew Turner leads his reader on an original an unexpected journey, which I loved every minute of, and I would like to thank him for my ARC of 'Beyond Para
Is the word "beyond" meant to be equivalent to the word fate? There are two lives running simultaneously as the title suggests, and what lives they are! Different in all implications of that word are the two characters that the readers follow.

Turner weaves these tales in such a way that it truly feels as if the reader is getting a peek into the actual, real people.Their angsts, their triumphs, their anxieties, the ups and down, the struggles, the joys, and their loves can be felt by the reader b
Kimberly Wyatt
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read Matthew Turner's short story "Tales from a Tiny Thai Table" a while back, and was instantly hooked on the story of Clark and Bella. When I received Beyond Parallel, I was thrilled to pick up where I'd left off with these characters.

Beyond Parallel is a wonderful book. The earliest chapters are a bit confusing, as the book alternates between parallel stories involving the same characters, but once you understand the format, the short chapters and frequent character switches serve to enhanc
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I receved this book in exchange for an honest opinion of the book.

I have to start out by saying that the idea alone was enough to intrigue me into wanting to read this story. We all have our own "what ifs" and the thought of a book that allowed us to see both sides of the coin was fascinating.

I did start by reading the prequel to this story, Tales From A Tiny Thai Table, which was a free download from Amazon and I am glad I did as it gave me a bit of background into our main characters. I enjoye
Melysah Bunting
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beyond Parallel (Beyond Parallel #1) by Matthew Turner is a romance story about new adults. Now, this isn’t your typical romance novel. You’ll follow the journey of Bella and Clark’s life if they stayed together and also their journey if they didn’t. Is the grass greener on the other side?

Most people wonder what if. What if I married my first love? What if I chose a different career? How would things be different?

Alex invites Bella on a trip to see the world. The two are best friends. But Alex w
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner

Beyond Parallel is the story of Clark and Bella and how their lives are destined to be together. The story follows the pair as they live lives separately and together. Bella and Clark both struggle with general anxiety about long term relationships, having both been through a lot of heartache and pain. Their stories begin while travelling around the world, and a chance meeting in Thailand.

It's quite an interesting setup I am not sure I have every read a book qu
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first I was curious and scared of starting a novel written by a man, but obviously more the first than the last, as I decided to take the challenge. The book seemed confusing at first, I skipped the WITH's and read through the first chapter only the WITHOUT's. When I came back and read the WITH's, I was hooked in both stories, and, through the second chapter, I was cheering for both Clark and Alex to win Bella's heart, even though they were mutually exclusive. But, as we were in parallel, I w ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read, romance
Awesome book! I pretty much enjoyed the book, it had a great story line, or better said lines, because as the name of the book says it's about a guy and a girl that are living their lives and having all this experiences before colliding. I liked the story line, it has a good pace, however I felt like the last chapters were the most interesting and exciting. I felt like there was some unfinished business with Alex, he never explains himself and there's little explanation about what he does. I pre ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
While there were a few grammatical errors and I was hoping for a little more development in characters personalities, overall this book is well worth the read. I started reading this book as a favor for a friend who wanted an honest opinion about it. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little worried I was going to dread it and have to find kind words to "cushion the critique". What I found, however, was I couldn't put it down. I completely forgot I knew the author and became consumed with learnin ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first I was a little confused but it didn't take long to grasp what was happening. I thought it was a very interesting story and it kept my attention the entire time. I love how this book shows that one minor act can change your life in such a big way.
Jul 01, 2013 marked it as to-read
This sounds really interesting!
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received this book from the offer in exchange for an honest review.

The thought of reading a story of parallel lives was very interesting to me. To see the effects of a possible chance meeting between two people and how it determines their lives from that point on. I was worried it could get a bit complicated and confusing but the worry was unwarranted. Matthew Turner lays it out for you very simply. The passages in which they've met start out ha
Michael Offutt
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Mr. Tanner tried something adventurous in this book, and I'm not really sure that it worked for me. He's got several storylines that revolve around "what if" choices and they constantly shift. The thing is, he doesn't tell you which storyline you are reading, and it's up to you to figure it out after three or four sentences. If you aren't aware that this is going on, this book will confuse you, because what ends one scene break will not begin the next.

His characters are Bella, Clark, Alex, Beki,
Katie Edmonds
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it

This is a story that revolves around two people, Bella and Clark, and the two different paths there lives take due to a single event. The concept is interesting and it was pretty well executed but I had a difficult time reading it towards the end as it felt too melancholic to watch everything crash and burn for one path when there was no happy ending in sight. It had that whole watching a train wreck feel. I loved the way it ended though. It wasn't happy.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
Have you ever met someone or made a choice and wondered what would have happened if you had done something differently, even if it was something as small as choosing a different seat somewhere or going to a different place for vacation?
Beyond Parallel plays out two different lives of Bella and Clark, one where they met and one where they did not. It shows how one small choice can drastically change your future whether it seems signif
Jo Notary
238p Bella and Clark are two young twenty-somethings, finding themselves in a chaotic and crazy world. One craves love; the other avoids it. Will they find one another, or will a single what-if moment send them down different paths?

In the same mould as Sliding Doors, Uncertainty, and Smoking/No-Smoking, Beyond Parallel flips between two parallel tales. One follows Bella and Clark as a couple, the other as if they never meet.

Friendships, careers, dreams, fantasies...their lives are no different
Amy Siggelow
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing. I need to preface this review with an important fact: I have a chronic pain illness, that puts my brain into an almost constant "fog". That being said, my review may reflect the fact that my illness is affecting it. I believe that this author is a very good writer; however, I was confused during this whole book because of the alternating story lines. I understand what he is trying to do, which is writing as if the characters are in ...more
N. Kuhn
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Maybe it was just me, but at times I found this book hard to follow. I had to re-read and flip back and forth to see if I had missed something. I'm not a fan of alternating stories in one book. I just couldn't enjoy it, because I spent half my time scratching my head, wondering what just happened. It's not poorly written, it just isn't what the summary seemed.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
2.5 stars

I had a few issues with this book. Overall I thought it was okay, and probably would have given it additional stars if it had been a little easier to follow and a little less predictable.
topics  posts  views  last activity   
YA & NA Romance ♥: The Beyond Parallel Countdown Is On! 1 3 Aug 13, 2014 03:25PM  
Indie Book Collec...: Kickstarting A Dreamy Dream 1 5 Jun 12, 2013 12:02PM  
Goodreads Authors...: Kickstarting A Dreamy Dream 1 3 Jun 12, 2013 12:01PM  
Goodreads Authors...: Kickstarting A Lifelong Dream 1 6 Jun 12, 2013 12:00PM  
Indie Book Collec...: I Am A New Adult Man 4 15 Mar 23, 2013 05:01AM  
Goodreads Authors...: BEYOND PARALLEL is FREE 7 13 Mar 23, 2013 04:58AM  
Goodreads Authors...: I Am A New Adult Man 2 9 Mar 22, 2013 07:11AM  
Hi, my name is Matthew, and I write books while drinking rather rich coffee!

As an author of both Fiction & Non-Fiction, you'll find all of works on these very pages. However, perhaps you'd like more? In that case join me behind the scenes on my writing adventures via a group of fans, avid readers and aspiring avid readers called the MERRY MISFITS.

To bring you quickly up to date, my latest nov