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Maybe in Another Life

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  37,922 ratings  ·  5,118 reviews
From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her
Paperback, 342 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Washington Square Press
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Emily May
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2019
“Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don’t matter, that I’ll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do.”

This is a such a sweet story. It filled me with so much happiness and contentment. That's not to say this is all a simple and feel-good tale. There's heartache and mess contained within these pages, but Maybe in Another Life is mostly a mature coming-of-age story about fate and choices and finding happiness when you're around
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I have no apartment and no job. I have no steady relationship or even a city to call home. I have no idea what I want to be doing with my life, no idea what my purpose is, and no real sign of a life goal. And yet time has found me. The years I’ve spent dilly-dallying around at different jobs in different cities show on my face.

I have wrinkles.

My life may be a little bit of a disaster. I may not make the best decisions sometimes. But I am not going to lie here and stare at the ceiling, worrying
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

WOW. WOW. WOW!!! Refreshing, thought-provoking, and highly addictive, this was easily one of the best books I’ve read this year! The story was unlike any other I’ve read, the writing was amazing, and it kept me glued to the page. Everything about this book was totally unconventional and gave a unique perspective on finding your soul mate and one true love. I cried, I laughed, my heart felt like it was bursting with emotions. I LOVED IT!!!

The story is
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting concept, but unfortunately this didn't resonate with me the same way her other books (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and After I Do) have. The alternate timelines mimic one another even down to the same sentences being repeated, which obviously became repetitive. Though, of course, this is a TJR book so I couldn't put the book down! This was one of her first novels, so it's great to see how her writing has improved.
This was my third Taylor Jenkins Reid novel and the final nail in the coffin. MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE convinced me it’s time to cut ties with her writing and never look back. Despite the glowing and infectious declarations of adoration from other readers and friends, the promises of emotional and heart-wrenching storylines her blurbs tend to toss out and the often unique look at relationships she strives to deliver, I’m bailing. I’m done trying to convince myself that I should like her writing ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-audios
5 stars

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“Fate or not, our lives are still the results of our choices.”

Thought provoking, completely unique, brilliant and beautifully written. Maybe in Another Life is unlike any book I’ve ever read before. It’s my first Reid novel, and after reading, I want to go and gobble them all up. It was SO GOOD!

Hannah Martin is almost thirty and doesn’t quite know what she wants in life. She’s traveled a lot, but she’s back to LA where her best friend, Gabby lives. Her first night back, Hannah
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the thing i love most about TJR and her stories is how easy i find it to place myself in the characters shoes. and because of that, i can never walk away from one of her books without learning something new about myself or more fully understanding the kind of person that i am.

as someone who is constantly thinking ‘what if?’ and going over the thousands of paths my life could take based on one decision, this book really hit home. but i appreciate how this story played out, especially the
Jennifer Masterson
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, favorites-2016
This is probably a 4 Star read. Then why did I give it 5 Stars? Because this book MADE ME FEEL! And why do so many of us love books? It's for the feels!

I listened to the audio version. Julia Whelan's narration is nothing less than amazing! If you are looking for a good audio book look no further! This one is fantastic!

Hannah Martin is a twenty maybe early thirty something living in New York City. She's moved around for many years, making bad choices and not laying down roots. Until everything
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 1/30/19: I liked this A TON but I'll be honest and say I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I remember enjoying it the first time. Although tbh I would probs die for Henry so take that with a grain of salt lmao

Original read 12/28/17: Omg. THE FEEEEELS.
Geri Reads
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I’m having a difficult time reviewing this book because until now, I’m still grappling with that ending. I finished it in one sitting, which is always a plus but the ending left me wanting more. Maybe because I’m a romance reader at heart and the ending, while it can be considered HEA, it wasn’t the ending that I really liked. It’s hard to explain without really spoiling a lot of things and I’d rather not spoil the ending or the whole plot really. But if you’ve watched that movie Sliding ...more
Tan Markovic
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Listened to via Scribd!

The third book I have read by Taylor Jenkins-Reid and the 3rd 5 star rating I have given her. There is something about her writing style which is stunning to me. The way in which she tells a story makes me fall so deep into the story that I forget about everything else which is what reading is all about to me. The main character was written so well and raw and made the story all the more relatable. I also very much recommend the audiobook version of this book as the
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Alex
Shelves: love-love-love

For starters, this isn’t YA and I can’t remember the last time I’ve read (really read) a non-YA contemporary. I feel like I deserve a reward! Lol. But honestly, it already feels rewarding to read about people my age for a change (hey, that rhymed!) and to have that close feeling of connection to their life experiences.

Somewhere out there, in a parallel universe, there is a version of me that chose to read another YA novel that might have ended up in a mess and that might have caused me days of
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I breezed through Maybe in Another Life and really liked it! Told in dual timelines, this is the story of 29 year old Hannah, who has floated from job to job in various cities throughout the U.S., and now returns home to Los Angeles after a bad breakup, still unsure of what she wants to do with her life. The story starts with Hannah’s first night out back in LA, where 2 different people (her best friend, Gabby, and her ex-boyfriend, Ethan) offer her a ride home, and then the book splits into the ...more
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 “Cinnamon Bun” STARS

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I had one book left to read by this author and little did I know that it would be my FAVORITE of her releases. I adored this story and simply every page, every line of this book. It is such a good read having all the components that go into making a story special to me.


The story was so well written while being witting and enchanting. The humor is spot on, the fantastic friendship with Gabby is beautiful, the loss and the love just epic!

”I know there may be
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My thoughts in a nutshell
Maybe in Another Life was my second read by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I don't know if it is too early to say, but she is becoming one of my favorite authors. I'm so pleased that I found her books.

The story is about…
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This is about Hannah's choice and her life. She moves back to her hometown, and she goes to a party with her best friend, Gabby. At the end of the night, Hannah makes a serious decision. She stays at the
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scribd
The mistake Taylor J Reid made was assuming we cared enough about whatshername (Hannah) to want to read two -entirely too tedious- versions of her life, and in all honesty, the giant Cinnamon bun was the star of this story.

Further, it was infuriating that the men were portrayed as either spineless or jerks. Note to authors: you don't need to denigrate men in order to write strong female characters, and TJR, in particular, writes men who really are incidental which is okay although it does seem
Sep 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, worst
This was nothing special.

I was really excited to pick this book up, but sadly this book didn’t work out in my favor.
The concept was interesting, basically it is about how one choice can change your life, but in my opinion, this wasn't executed that well. The story itself was boring and even slightly original storytelling way didn’t help it at all. Both stories were basic and unoriginal, so it didn’t feel real, I didn’t feel attacked to the character.

The main and side characters were pretty
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

“We don’t know what would have happened. But whatever would have happened wasn’t supposed to happen.”“You really believe that?” Ethan says. “I think I have to”


Hannah is facing with a dilemma to go home with her best friend or go home with the ex boyfriend.In this story we can see both decisions and how Hanna's life would have been if she had picked one of the two choices.

How can a decision change your life?

Such a wonderful,unique,brilliant and sweet story.First book from this author but
destini mia
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
My fate will find me.
So I decide to . . .

Well, this was certainly different. Almost like two books in one. I really enjoyed how Maybe in Another Life explored the idea of alternate universes. While it only focused on two, you really understand how one decision can take you anywhere.

After living day by day, and ending up unhappy with the results, Hannah decides to take control of her life. She doesn't have it all figured out yet, but her first step is to hightail out of a toxic
Rachel Reads Ravenously
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4 stars!

"There is a larger plan out there. Everything happens for a reason. Isn't that what they say?"

Rating this book was tough for me. I devoured it entirely in one sitting and I absolutely love the way this author writes, but that ending man. There's a few things I cannot get past.

Last year I read this author's marvelous book After I Do and fell in love with it. It was a top book of 2014 for me I (so if you haven't read it, please go do so right
Katie B
4.5 stars

With this being the 2nd book by Taylor Jenkins Reid I have enjoyed, she now is in the automatic read category. It didn't take me long to feel invested in the main character and I absolutely loved how the author chose to tell Hannah's story. Well, maybe I should rephrase that as Hannah had more than one story.

Not quite 30 yet, Hannah Martin has been floating around from job to job, city to city. She decides to move back to the city she grew up in, Los Angeles, and thankfully, her best
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one, such a unique story.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe my expectations were too high. It was a good enough read. Hannah annoyed me. I found her to be immature ... I actually found all the characters immature. The concept of the story was original, I guess but overall, it was not a 4 or 5 star read for me. Here is where I wish Goodreads had half stars ... 2.5 stars but will bump it up to 3.

And if I had to read about a "cinnamon roll" one more time ...

Will I read this author again? Maybe. Not sure.

I have stopped and started about 5 books in
Trina (Between Chapters)
I am a huge sucker for books that explore the multiverse and showing the different branches one person's life could take. This had a wonderful friendship and found family and I adored how the MC was completely happy in both versions of her life. That made it impossible for me to have a favorite! She had a great growth arc in both scenarios and I found her very relateable.

Audiobook: This is narrated by Julia Whelan. I've listened to quite a few audiobooks by her and I don't love how gruff she
Elyse  Walters
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loving these audiobooks!

I downloaded "Maybe In Another Day", onto my overdrive app from my library ...and was immediately entertained.
Storytime and walking... Storytime while in the sauna.... Storytime while doing laundry.....Storytime while cleaning the bird cage! Love it!

I didn't think it was possible to become so involve with characters choices - thoughts-
and feelings in a fiction audiobook book as much as if I were to read it physically
myself... but I sure can vouch for this novel.

Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Talk about a story just coming out of nowhere and hitting you in the feels, hello, this book! I devoured Maybe in Another Life in one sitting. I absolutely loved it!! I have a group of friends and when we are reading something remarkable we text each other. Well, I blew my friends up today with this one. I couldn’t stop sharing how much I loved this story.

“I have no idea what I want to be doing with my life, no idea what my purpose is, and no real sign of a life goal. And yet time has found
An honest, sometimes heart-breaking portrayal of life, love, friends, family and choices

This book was responsible for making me crave a cinnamon roll, however the shops were all closed for Easter!! Seriously the heroine, Hannah was obsessed with them!
This book then...this was a quick and enjoyable read for me. I seem to be drawn towards stories about the multiverse theory at the moment, (the quantum physics theory that every time that you make a choice, there is another version of you making a
Daryl Altman
Aug 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
What a great concept! Parallel universes, parallel life stories, diverging at a single decision!

Unfortunately, the characters were boring and unidimensional, the plot(s) were puerile and passé, and the dialog was redundant, even within the single stories. How many times must I read about the "high bun" hairdo or the friend's "eye rolling"? How much vomiting--oh, wait, "puking"--must a careless, sexually active woman have before suspecting a pregnancy? And is finding the right man still the
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what would've happened if you'd just made a different decision?? What would your life have looked like??

In the same genre as 'Sliding Doors', this book takes you down two separate pathways, the two possible outcomes which stem from a single decision Hannah makes at a single moment in time.

The chapters trade back and forth, continuously depicting one resulting life versus another. Those two lives have a few similarities and, of course, many differences.

What happens when
Wil Loves Books!
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2019, on-ibooks
Interesting Read

I definitely enjoyed it. It was interesting to explore how your life would be different had you made different choices, including who you would end up with. I have to admit I’m a little unsettled by the ending and I’m still not sure I totally loved it but it definitely kept me interested. I think there’s a few plot holes and I was definitely invested in one of the timelines more than the other.

I thought the ending was weak and completely contradictory from the whole concept of
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and two other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @tjenkinsreid.
“I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn't end up with you.” 229 likes
“Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don’t matter, that I’ll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do.” 102 likes
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