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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 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. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

342 pages, Paperback

First published July 7, 2015

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Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Carrie Soto Is Back, Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid.

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1,921 reviews290k followers
April 10, 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 thirty and still have nothing figured out in your life.

I loved Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but was recently disappointed with the interview transcript format of Daisy Jones & The Six (I've heard it's better as an audiobook). So I decided to dig out one of the author's older novels. And, sure enough, Reid stole my heart once again.

This book is about Hannah Martin. She's twenty-nine, has no job, no real place that feels like "home", and she's currently running away from a disastrous relationship. She heads back to her hometown of Los Angeles, meets up with her best friend Gabby, and then finds herself in a bar and facing her high school boyfriend, Ethan. They were the perfect couple until life separated them, and now Hannah has a chance to rekindle their romance.

So... what does she do? Does she take the opportunity and go home with Ethan? Or does she shrug it off and go with Gabby instead?

In this book, the author explores both paths. In alternating chapters, Hannah both falls once again for Ethan, and heads in the opposite direction. Drastically different events occur, and throughout Hannah constantly wonders whether her life is dictated by the choices she has made, or something bigger. The fate vs. free will debate is hardly a new area for exploration, and yet Reid's take on it is refreshing and uplifting.

I should say that this book is not, for me, romantic at its core. Love and relationships feature heavily in Hannah's choices, but the real strength is in the wonderful, unbreakable friendship between Hannah and Gabby. Ethan? Henry? Who cares? Gabby is everything.

Reid knows exactly how to play it to make her novels surprising, warm and funny. I'm starting to wonder if part of her charm is that - at least with both The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Maybe in Another Life - she lures us into asking the wrong questions. It oddly makes the answers more satisfying when we figure out we were wrong.

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Author 15 books1,437 followers
September 5, 2020
Within all the masses of readers there are varied and eclectic tastes. I have found that it is the voice of the author that draws them in. The story is an important component, but the voice ultimately carries the day. Voice is like a tuning fork and each author is sending out their own individual frequency drawing in certain groups of readers like moths to the flame. The more compelling the frequency the more moths. A reader will be talking about a book and say, “That was the best book I have ever read, I couldn’t put it down.” And you ask them, “What’s it about?” They stop and think for a moment and reply. “I’m not really sure.” That’s because the voice carried the story, instead of the story carrying the voice. I am a moth flying headlong into any book Taylor Jenkins Reid writes. I’m locked into her frequency. “Maybe in Another Life,” has a story that is a well-used trope. No matter, I was entranced from page one. I think she could write a grocery list and I’d feel the same way. I don’t think there is higher praise for an author than one who has conquered voice.
You might read this review, pick up the book and say, “Meh.” And I’d say, no problem, you’re just a moth on a different frequency. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to the moths on my frequency.
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647 reviews28.6k followers
February 13, 2017
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 when it doesn’t wow me.

The whole notion behind the story, the thought that our lives are shaped by the choices we make, instantly spoke to my optimistic heart. Through alternating chapters, the author explores what Hannah’s life would be like on both sides of the coin. What happens when she makes the choice to go home with her ex-boyfriend and when she opts to pass, instead. While I thought the idea behind it all was compelling, the execution was way off.

I’m blaming most of my discontent on Hannah (the annoyingly vapid main character), the author’s choppy writing style, and the repetition masked as ‘cute’ quirks. How many times do we have to hear about Hannah’s high bun and cinnamon roll obsession?! I’ll tell you . . . eighty times! Cinnamon rolls are mentioned 80 times in this 333 page book. I get the author was trying to be witty, but at a point it becomes excessive. Overkill. Eye-roll inducing.

Reading, much like everything else, is subjective. So take this for what it is - my opinion. Not every reader connects with every author and this just happens to be one of those times. #movingon

*Thank you to Atria and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
July 17, 2015
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 the night away.

Instead, I go to sleep soundly, believing I will do better tomorrow. Things will be better tomorrow. I’ll figure this all out tomorrow.

Tomorrow is, for me, a brand-new day.
This was an incredibly heartfelt and sweet coming-of-age story, a rather unusual fact given that our protagonist is technically an adult at 29 years of age.

As we all know, age means very little in terms of wisdom, maturity, and growth. Children have all sorts of beliefs about adulthood, mostly that one will eventually settle down. Life doesn't always work out that way, and some of us take longer to reach a final destination. As such, Hannah Martin's story and growth is one that I think is something to which most of us 20 and 30-somethings can closely relate.

It's an understatement to say that Hannah can't settle down. Since college, she has moved countless times, switched jobs (and boyfriends) relentlessly). She hasn't grown up, her haphazard lifestyle supported by a wealthy family. Why the wanderlust? Hannah doesn't even know herself.
I don’t move from place to place on purpose. It’s not a conscious choice to be a nomad. Although I can see that each move is my own decision, predicated on nothing but my ever-growing sense that I don’t belong where I am, fueled by the hope that maybe there is, in fact, a place I do belong, a place just off in the future. It’s hard to put into words, especially to someone I barely know. But then I open my mouth, and out it comes. “No place has felt like home.”

“Sometimes I worry I’ll never find a place to call home.”
After the latest incident in which Hannah ends up sleeping with a married man---and actually contemplating a future with him---Hannah decides that maybe it's time to go home.
“Look, I don’t even know that he’s married,” I said. But I did. I did know it. And because I knew it, I had to run as far away from it as I could. So I said, “You know, Gabby, even if he is married, that doesn’t mean I’m not better for him than this other person. All’s fair in love and war.”

Two weeks later, his wife found out about me and called me screaming.

He’d done this before.

She’d found two others.

And did I know they had two children?

I did not know that.

It’s very easy to rationalize what you’re doing when you don’t know the faces and the names of the people you might hurt. It’s very easy to choose yourself over someone else when it’s an abstract.

And I think that’s why I kept everything abstract.
Home being Los Angeles, California. (Or as a Southern California resident like me, calls it, Hell-A).

Back where she started, living with her best friend (an awesome black woman and her handsome husband, Mark! DIVERSITY, FUCK YEAH!), Hannah runs into a long, lost high school love, Ethan. High school sweethearts, first loves, broken up, as so many other couples are, when the inevitability of distance and circumstance separated them in college. Their reunion is bittersweet, full of questions for which there is no good answer.
“Something I’ve been wanting to ask you for a while,” he says. “Why did we break up?”

I look at him and feel my head cock to the side ever so slightly. I’m genuinely surprised by the question. I laugh gently. “Well,” I say, “I think that’s what eighteen-year-olds do. They break up.”

The tension doesn’t dissipate.

“I know,” he says. “But did we have a good reason?”

I look at him and smile. “Did we have a good reason?” I say, repeating his question. “I don’t know. Teenagers don’t really have to have good reasons.”


The book almost feels like a choose your own adventure as two different timelines, two different possibilities unfold. That night splits, and Hannah's story unfolds in ways one would not expect. But in this universe of infinite potentials, in the string theory of love (cheesy, I know! Pun intended) anything is possible.
"There is another version of you out there, created the second the quarter flipped, who saw it come up tails. This is happening 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. This is completely plausible, by the way. It’s a legitimate interpretation of quantum mechanics. It’s entirely possible that every time we make a decision, there is a version of us out there somewhere who made a different choice. An infinite number of versions of ourselves are living out the consequences of every single possibility in our lives. What I’m getting at here is that I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices that 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.”
This was a great book, with great writing and characterization. You think you know the ending? Just wait.
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Author 8 books72.9k followers
May 17, 2022
"What I’m getting at here is that I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices that 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.”

Estoy muy sentimental porque se me salieron las lágrimas con esa frase ok.

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1,282 reviews3,324 followers
July 25, 2021
The mistake TJR made was assuming we cared enough about whatshername (Hannah) to want to read two -too tedious- versions of her life.

To be honest, the giant Cinnamon bun was the star of this story.

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1,059 reviews74.8k followers
July 8, 2015
::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: 5 STARS!!!


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 about Hannah who is twenty-nine years old with no idea what she wants to do with her life. She’s willing to work hard, but just feels directionless. After a string of bad luck, she decides to move back to her hometown of LA where she stays with at her best friend Gabby’s house while she gets on her feet and sorts out her life. But going back to LA means being back in the same town as Ethan, her high school boyfriend. Even though they loved each other, after high school, life just took them in separate directions and they’d drifted apart. It was just the wrong time, the wrong age, too much of one thing, too little of another, and they were pulled apart by life and decisions they’d each made… and even though they’d both numbed the pain and convinced themselves they were happy, they’d never truly gotten over each other.

I actually love the way the blurb sets up the rest of the story, so I’m just going to quote it:

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. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her.

As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly:
Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is.
And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

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Ahhhhhhh!!!! I just love that line!!

“And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.” <—– *shivers* !!! And as you read the book, you’ll see exactly how that possibility unfolds and let me tell you, it kept my heart RACING!!!!!

To clarify: this is not paranormal. It’s completely real-world. The parallel storylines are showing you two possibilities of her life and there’s an explanation at the end that I’m sure will fully satisfy readers.

And seriously, the way this storyline unfolded was incredibly well done! Starting from that moment when they left the bar and Gabby asks Hannah to leave with her, but Ethan offers that she come with him, the rest of the book is told in alternating chapters — one beginning with her leaving with Gabby, the other beginning with her leaving with Ethan. Each chapter after that would just switch between these two parallel realities and, because you only got one chapter at a time, it really kept you eager to keep reading because you’d always be left hanging on the brink of wanting ‘more’ from each of these realities. Gah, and there were times when it got intense because even though these two realities were vastly different in many ways, there were key elements that were fundamentally the same and it was so interesting to see the ways this one small thing could impact two potential lives SO differently! OMG. It was unputdownable!

He still, all these years later, shines brighter to me than other people. Even after I got over him, I was never able to extinguish the fire completely, as if it’s a pilot light that will always remain small and controlled but very much alive.

It was such an honest portrayal of life — there were hardships and victories, love and loss, laughter and tears, hard choices and lucky breaks. It was incredibly real and honest and this author’s writing made the characters so relatable, believable, and understandable. It felt like I knew them and was experiencing what they experienced. It was just so well balanced and written in a way that begged me to keep reading.

“Something I’ve been wanting to ask you for a while,” he says.
“OK,” I say.
“Why did we break up?”

“When you left, I smelled your old T-shirts,” I say. “I used to sleep in them.”
He listens to me. He takes my words, my metaphors, and he spits them back out into facts. “You loved me,” he says.
“Yeah,” I say. “I did. I loved you so much it sometimes burned in my chest.”

While this is absolutely a romance, it’s also just as much about friendship and family and finding yourself. The story deals with a lot of themes and many different senarios. Some of them were so powerful that I would find myself suddenly reading with tears in my eyes (even if it wasn’t sad).

The two realities shown are quite complex — as life naturally is — so there’s a lot going on in this book. Honestly, it was fascinating and there was just never a dull moment. But even though a lot was happening, it was so well written that it was always gripping, never confusing, and loaded with feels.

Seriously… THE FEELS!!!!!!!!

Equal parts heart-breaking and heart-warming, this story really snuck up on me because out of nowhere, I’d suddenly just find myself overwhelmed with emotions. So much of my book is highlighted!

He calls my name. I turn around…
“I love you,” he says. “I don’t think I ever really stopped.” …
“And now?” I say…
“I still love you,” he says. “I’ve always loved you. I might never stop.”

This isn’t a perfect fairy tale. In many ways, it feels very REAL and it’s told in such a way that it feels real. In real life, things don’t always work out the way you expect them. Things don’t even always work out, not even after you meet the love of your life. Even though two people may be in love, it doesn’t mean that life naturally leads straight-away to their happily-ever-after. Sometimes that road takes unexpected twists and turns, but the beauty of it is that sometimes you end up in a better place than you could have dreamed.

While some people might say that this is a love triangle, I would actually disagree. It’s not a triangle per se, but there are two different guys because… in each reality, the guy she’s meant to be with is different. At first, I found myself almost expecting/wanting her to be with one specific guy but the more I read, the more I loved the two different options. It’s just quite a “different” situation than most books. In each life, she’s found her soul mate, but she doesn’t know about the ‘other’ life so she’s completely unaware of even the potential of there being anything different than the reality she knows and the man she loves. Ohhhhhh and OMG at 90%, there’s this scene where I literally highlighted EVERY word on the page!!

The way this portrayed that sometimes a seemingly wrong decision can lead you down a path that actually might lead you to a better future than you ever thought possible… and no matter what road you go down, it’s possible to still find happiness is comforting and inspiring. It begs you to look at the big picture of life.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVED the ending. Totally loved it! Oh gosh, my heart was overflowing with emotions. I was feeling so much! There are two epilogues and I think I must have read them both three times each before I finally put the book down for good because I loved them that much!!

Maybe In Another Life was a refreshingly original, uplifting, and captivating story that made my heart race, kept me glued to the page, and left me overflowing with feels. I highly recommend it!!

Rating: 5 STARS!! Contemporary romance standalone.

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328 reviews66.4k followers
October 26, 2018
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.
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1,785 reviews43k followers
October 1, 2020
This is the best version-of-Taylor-Jenkins-Reid-that-writes-chick-lit-about-marriage-scenarios-that-make-my-brain-and-heart-hurt book.

(As opposed to the current TJR, the version that writes exclusively historical fiction about empowered women in rarely-written-about eras of the second half of the 20th century.)

I would know, because I read all of them in like a week.

This subgenre that is wholly dominated by TJR is so addictive that it tricked me into thinking I was out of my reading slump. This was a month ago. I'm still not out of it. I'm in the slump of my life and yet I COULD NOT STOP reading these books.

This is a heartwrenching nightmare, but also the characters are funny and fun and there are a lot of cinnamon roll descriptions.

So it balances.

Bottom line: Current historical TJR's books are better, but man oh man they do not have that concerningly addictive drug pizzazz.

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if making me like books more than i expected to was a game, taylor jenkins reid would be undefeated.

review to come / 3.5 stars

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there's a character in this who works in a hospital who collects the hair ties he finds on the ground there.

i'm sure there are also other things happening in this book, but i wouldn't know, because i now devote 100% of my time to being grossed out by that.

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for too long i've decided on what to read by "whether the plot sounds like something i could possibly be interested in for even a second" or "if this book sounds like a full-on nightmare or not" but no more!

we're reading for no reason now
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2,479 reviews29.7k followers
July 22, 2019
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 ending(s). i enjoyed the closure it provides to such a massive question as ‘how will this affect my life?’ i love that it focuses on the idea that as long as you are happy and doing the best thing for you, everything will work out. kind of a comforting thought and one i can hold on to.

side note: i read this as an ebook and there were a lot of formatting issues with it, which lead to confusing transitions between the two variations of hannahs life. it became really frustrating after a while and, although i know thats not the storys fault, i definitely would have rated this higher if i had read a physical copy, only because my reading experience would have been more enjoyable. kind of unfortunate circumstances which lead to unfair lower rating.

3.5 stars
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3,711 reviews31.6k followers
February 26, 2016
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 goes out to a party with Gabby and Gabby’s husband, Mark. Hannah sees Ethan there. Her boyfriend from the past. One she never 100% got over. Hannah decides that night whether or not to go home with Ethan. And just that one choice changes the direction of her life drastically.

I thought the concept of this book was so clever. When Hannah doesn’t go home with Ethan, something big happens to her that makes her meet a night nurse named Henry. Henry just might be the one for her. But then there is this parallel universe where she did go home with Ethan. And she ends up with him. But it’s not only the men that change in the universe, there are SO MANY other factors! I am so concerned about what happened to that little dog in one of the ‘universes’. Like, who found baby Charlemagne and took care of her if Hannah never did? I feel a little crazy worrying about a fictional dog, but it was a big deal to me!

One of my favorite parts of this book was the consistent ONE THING that never changed in Hannah’s life and the directions it took. And that one thing is Gabby, her best friend. No matter what universe or path Hannah is in/on, Gabby is right by her side. I have a bestie like that and I love that Hannah does, too!

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If you’re looking for a book that is original, well-written, will make you think and make you feel, this is one I would recommend. I loved it! I also listened to the audio version and I thought the narration was great.
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200 reviews1,103 followers
March 10, 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 changes when she goes back to the city she is from, LA. One night Hannah is at a bar with her friend Gabby and then something happens and the book splits off into a parallel universe. This novel smoothly goes from one life to the other life during the same time frame. Hannah is a very likeable character. She is human and makes some poor choices, but isn't that what life is all about?

This book truly made me think what would my life be like if I made a different choice or went to a different place or moved to a different city. I thought about this book all last weekend because I didn't have time to listen to it. I also thought about this book pretty much the entire time that I was listening to it and I have a feeling Hannah will stay with me for a very long time!

This concept is not new. In 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow was in a British film called Sliding Doors that was quite similar. This is like it's American cousin but I thought this was better.

Highly recommended!
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221 reviews558 followers
January 29, 2021
Since every decision I've ever made led me to being able to chill out on my couch with a coffee, my cat and this book, I guess I have no regrets :)

I did find the book a little preachy but I also don't even care because it would be nice if everyone irl was as decent and positive as these characters 😂
An easy 4⭐
April 21, 2022
okay i’m SHOCKED by how much I enjoyed this. I usually never finish books in one sitting but I couldn’t stop w this one. Hannah was such an amazing, relatable character & I adored seeing her stories (get it? because there are two timelines) My favorite part of this book was the friendship of Hannah & Gabby, no matter how Hannah’s life turned out her constant was always Gabby.

“Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.” <3

I will say, I loved both timelines but i’m team henry all the way!!! this book left me feeling like I learned a lot.. as if I read nonfiction? amazing. the quotes were also superior. The only reason this wasn’t a 5 star read is because of the ending. Listen, it was happy right? & I understood the entire concept of it all, but it left me having an existential crisis. I read books to get away from my issues, NOT GIVE ME MORE. i’m joking. but really the ending fcked me up.

“life is just a series of breaths in and out, all I really have to do in this world is breath in and then breathe out. in succession until I die. I can do that. I can breathe in and out.”
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1,471 reviews19.1k followers
March 16, 2019
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.
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357 reviews226 followers
March 2, 2022
“I have to think that while I may exist in other universes, none is as good as this” The irony and significance of this statement will continue to blow my mind forever.

So we have all thought this, but I’m gonna ask anyway. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you had made another decision than the one you previously made? And are you sometimes so adamant that if you had made that other decision, everything would have surely been better? Well, this book challenges that thinking a lot. What I got from this book is that no matter which decision you take, some things are going to remain constant in your life. Yes, somethings would have changed, but how sure are we that it was going to be better?

Hannah Martin is simply a person who doesn’t have her life together. She travels a lot and the relationship she just ended was a mess. At one point, my girl was scared to look at her bank account. She moves back to LA, which is her hometown and where her best friend Gabby and her husband live. Her family moved to London while she was in high school because of her sister’s acceptance to a ballet school, so all Hannah has had was her best friend and best friend’s family.

Hannah meets up with her ex boyfriend Ethan in a bar, and this is where the show begins. We get two alternate universes that depend on whether Hannah stays with Ethan at the bar or whether she leaves with Gabby and her husband. I thought it was going to be like magical realism, where she gets to experience both realities and maybe have to choose one. I think this was even better. I found my emotions shifting between each reality and wow, it’s definitely not something I experience with every book.

I found it so fascinating that there is no clear indication that one life was better than the other. I mean, you as a reader can choose which life you liked better for her, but I feel like ultimately, a lot of the same things happened in both realities and the things that were different did not feel necessarily better. For me, like I said in the beginning, it was just an illustration that there is probably never going to be a perfect life no matter what decision you take, and you just have to work with what life gives you. Hannah also constantly says this with sentences like, “Embracing the life you have,” “We can’t choose what happens in our life,” or “You never know what you’re ready for until you have to face it,” which was so interesting, and I guess ironic (I don’t remember a lot of literary devices I learnt in high school)because she says that in both realties. Wow!! how do people even get such talent to write a story like this that’s so though provoking? If there really is a God out there giving such talents to people, I’ve clearly been skipped.

I am convinced that this book was more about Gabby and Hannah’s friendship than the romances combined and don’t try to convince me other wise. I am absolutely not complaining. They are the type of friends who can read each other’s minds and are there for each other no matter what. Their relationship is so envious. Gabby is also here to constantly remind us that what society thinks about women is usually bullsugar, and I was here for it. Honestly, I did not care for the romances. I do not think they were the main focus of the book, but rather, there was a bigger picture. They were still cute though.

Oh, by the way, we also got cheating mofos in this book. All the books I’ve read by Reid has at least one man cheating and I just find that quite interesting. Hmmmmm, no more comments.

Nevertheless, Reid was born to write. No further explanation needed.
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2,440 reviews29.4k followers
February 4, 2020
Man, oh man, what a book.

Taylor Jenkins Reid has blown me away again with Maybe in Another Life , another exceptionally beautiful, powerfully thought-provoking book, this one about destiny and soulmates and the choices we make.

As she nears 30, Hannah has been drifting from thing to thing, place to place. She doesn’t know what she wants from life. After breaking up with her boyfriend she decides to move home to Los Angeles, and stay temporarily with her best friend Gabby and her husband, Mark.

"Life is just a series of breaths in and out. All I really have to do in this world is breathe in and then breathe out, in succession, until I die. I can do that. I can breathe in and out."

On her first night back, at a get-together with old friends, she sees Ethan, her high school boyfriend, who broke her heart back then. They still have the same chemistry, and it’s clear there’s still possibility between them. When Gabby and Mark get ready to head home for the night, Ethan asks Hannah stay at the bar with him.

What happens if she stays? What will that mean for her and Ethan? What happens if she goes? Will that change how he feels about her? Hannah considers what both possibilities might mean. And then the book proceeds by exploring both scenarios, in alternate chapters, and the path that each scenario leads to.

"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. My fate will find me. So I decide to..."

I loved Maybe in Another Life so much. I am so in love with the way TJR writes, the way she pulls you into every story.

I can’t believe I have only one more of her books left to read! (Seriously, if you haven't read her books, you need to. Daisy Jones & The Six was one of my top 5 books from 2019 and One True Loves also was on my list of favorites, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was one of my favorites from 2018.)

Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html.

Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html.

See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.

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274 reviews242 followers
November 9, 2022
★ /5
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 attached to the character.

The main and side characters were pretty bland. They didn’t have anything that separated them from different characters in the literature world. I understood their reasoning, but I didn’t care for them, so then major things happened I felt uninterested and disconnected.

Personally, I do not think that this book is worth the time.
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Author 1 book586 followers
April 18, 2021
This book was close to perfection! I loved following Hannah through a rollercoaster of emotions.

At first, we learn to know Hannah when she is about to come back to Los Angeles, where she grew up. One night, she comes to a fork in the road and, from this moment, the chapters alternate between the two parallel lives she's going to have depending on the choice she made.

I'm always thrilled to read stories about fate and parallel universes! In this one, there is a lot of romance, but I can say it's equally about friendship. It is an outstanding book and I loved how it ended. The morale was pretty similar to my vision about life and destiny.

Loved the characters, loved the setting, loved the writing... TJR writes books that I never want to end!

4.5 stars rounded up
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561 reviews88 followers
May 20, 2021
So, this is a simple story about complex lives - and also it is a complex story about simple lives!

Maybe in Another Life explores the concept of parallel universes in the life of young woman, and the bottom line is there can be happiness in every life. It is all about decisions and choices, but can a single decision change the entire course of the rest of the life?

The concept and the characters are interesting.

"It doesn`t matter if we don`t mean to do the things we do. It doesn`t matter if it was an accident or a mistake. It doesn`t matter if we think this is all up to fate. Because regardless of our destiny, we still have to answer for our actions. We make choices, big and small, every day of our lives, and those choices have consequences."
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357 reviews519 followers
December 10, 2020
"Maybe in Another Life" by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a fun read!

Hannah Martin has decided to return to her hometown of Los Angeles, CA. You see, at 29, she's confused about her life. After 6 years of moving from city to city, floating from job to job since college and especially after reeling from a painful break-up, going back to L.A. is her best choice. She'll just stay with her BFF Gabby and her husband Mark for a while until she figures things out. Decision made!

BFF Gabby plans a get together for Hannah's first night in L.A. at a local bar with friends from high school. Hannah also invites Ethan her ex-boyfriend from high school to join because you never know, right? Great fun is had by all and shortly after midnight, Gabby approaches Hannah to let her know she's leaving with Mark. As Hannah gets up to leave with them, Ethan offers a ride to Gabby's later that night if she would like to stay longer. What should Hannah do?

Should Hannah leave with Gabby and Mark and play it safe?

Should Hannah stay with Ethan and see how the evening plays out?

She looks at Ethan and then at Gabby not knowing what to do! Life is full of decisions!

One should not dwell on the what-if's, the should-have's or the could-have's. Once a decision is made, stand by it - good or not so good, either bask in its glow or learn from its lesson and simply move on! But, this is Hannah Martin so it's an entirely different scenario. As you can see Hannah has issues with making decisions so having two options may be ideal here. Parallel Universe's? What's the risk? Could be fun, right? For the reader, getting to see both scenario's play out concurrently through this book is fun and mostly delightful!

I was hooked on this story within the first 20 pages. It held a unique story-line, but this is certainly not surprising coming from this innovative author. Hannah is a character who is easy to love! And, you love Gabby, too, because she's Hannah's greatest supporter. And, also because Hannah loves her!

The ending is a bit of a surprise for me but in a good way! I'm still thinking about and smiling about this sweet book. It's happy, it's sad, it's hopeful, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry and it checks off a lot of the boxes that I love in a book. I highly recommend it to those who love Women's Fiction & TJR!

This is a read worthy of 4 1/2 stars upgraded to 5 beautiful stars!
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3,946 reviews2,171 followers
December 14, 2022
A story happening in two parallel universes 🖤

I just love how her writing always grips me from the very first page to the very last page.

I love her flawed characters but I love how perfect are the friendships and the family relationships are.

I cannot believe I started this book twice last year and didn't finish it up either time but, damn well, I am so glad to have read this book today!

I cried, I laughed, my heart got broken (like 4 times for different reasons..maybe more than that too but it's okay), felt hopeless and hopeful throughout the read.


Warnings for cheating/infidelity but the whole story/ies are quite wholesome.

And yes, some things may seem too convenient at times for the main characters (Hannah and Gabby) but they are things that can happen in real out of nowhere. So who knows? Leave the parallel universes alone. Yes, I believe in good things happening when most part of our lives end up getting more shitty than we expected.

Yes, expect nothing when you pick up this book.

I love Gabby so much! She's the queen. Our main character is heavily influenced by this character. And yes, I love Ethan for being so honest. I love Henry. I even liked Mark, Gabby's husband, for being his honest self.

I love the Hudsons. Found families be perfect like them.

I wish Sarah's character was a bit more elaborate and there was more connection with Hanah's parents.

That one scene in the hospital with Hannah and her father got me sobbing for hours.


You are my fav, Taylor. Give me your new book already!
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800 reviews
February 16, 2019
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 dual storylines, showing how just one decision can change everything.

I enjoyed both storylines equally. It was interesting to see how some of the same things ultimately evolved (but came about differently), and also interesting to see how the characters’ interactions varied in each storyline. I enjoyed Hannah’s friendship with Gabby in both parallels. The first few chapters of the book felt fairly familiar - This could’ve easily been my college girlfriends and me (minus: one very poor decision) in our social routine.

I also just really enjoyed the premise of Maybe in Another Life. Who hasn’t, at least on occasion, wondered “What if...?” about some decision they made. It doesn’t always need to be a paramount, life changing decision, but then again, we don’t always realize when we are making one of those.

When you sit there and wish things had happened differently, you can’t just wish away the bad stuff. You have to think about all the good stuff you might lose, too. Better to just stay in the now and focus on what you can do better in the future.”

I’m now 3/3 with TJR reads and still looking forward to more!
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618 reviews1,451 followers
October 27, 2020
A charming, early book by TJR with a “Sliding Doors” vibe.

Hannah, who just got out of a messy relationship and doesn’t really have a stable job, moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles. Her best friend, Gabby, plans a bar night with all of their old friends. Hannah’s high school boyfriend, Ethan, shows up as well.

At the end of the night, just as Hannah and Gabby are about to leave, Ethan asks her to stay for a bit. What should Hannah do?

Leave the bar with Gabby?

Stay at the bar with Ethan?

We get to see the “what if” with both scenarios, as they play out in concurrent storylines.

This is such a unique and fun way to tell a story, and TJR one again has the gift of magic when it comes to making her characters come alive. I cared for them, and enjoyed reading both scenarios. There’s a small bit of a cheese factor, but that is A-OK. TJR could write a book filled with rose petals leading to the bed and endless bubble baths, and I would devour it (just like Hannah devours all of those Cinnamon Rolls!!).
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1,232 reviews2,023 followers
June 28, 2015
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 Doors, then you already have an idea what this book is about more or less. It is similar to the movie in a way but not really. The book starts out with Hannah moving back to Los Angeles after a disastrous break up. She’s 29 years old and feeling as lost as ever. She moves in with her best friend Gabby and her husband. That night, Hannah reconnects with her old high school boyfriend AKA the she never got over.

At the end of the night she had to make a decision, go back home with Gabby or go with Ethan? The book then takes the reader through two journeys: one where Hannah went back with Gabby and the other where she stayed with Ethan. Each of decision has a different outcome and affected Hannah and the people around her differently.

The story itself was interesting. It kept me up all night, flipping the pages eager to see where both Hannah’s choices would take her. Hannah herself was very indecisive. She’s very flawed and I had a hard time relating to her character. I couldn’t quite put my finger to why this was the case. She was a bit bland to me and I actually found Gabby a lot more interesting. And yet her character made sense and her characterization fit with the overall story.

As for the ending, it was a surprise. I was expecting a more romantic ending to be honest, and until now, I still don’t know what to make of it. In a way, it made sense and I agree with it but the romance reader in me wanted more. Let me be clear, there is a happily ever after ending here, but it’s different. This book isn’t really romance, which is why I hesitate recommending this book to hardcore romance readers. This is more about Hannah’s choices and the consequences of those choices she made. But the premise is very unique and the ending was quite surprising that I can’t help but encourage romance readers to give this book a chance.

So while there is a love story here, it’s not the main focus, so in a way, like I said, the ending made sense. It’s realistic and surprising, which is why I give this one 4 stars. Plus, TJR’s writing is stellar as always.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review.

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9,568 reviews55.6k followers
April 11, 2022
Maybe in Another Life, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Maybe in Another Life is a novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame. The story is about Hannah who is twenty-nine years old with no idea what she wants to do with her life. She’s willing to work hard, but just feels directionless. After a string of bad luck, she decides to move back to her hometown of LA where she stays with at her best friend Gabby’s house while she gets on her feet and sorts out her life. But going back to LA means being back in the same town as Ethan, her high school boyfriend. Even though they loved each other, after high school, life just took them in separate directions and they’d drifted apart. It was just the wrong time, the wrong age, too much of one thing, too little of another, and they were pulled apart by life and decisions they’d each made… and even though they’d both numbed the pain and convinced themselves they were happy, they’d never truly gotten over each other. ...

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عنوان: شاید در دنیایی دیگر؛ نویسنده: تیلور جنکینز‌ رید؛ مترجم: سیاوش صمیمی‌فرد؛ مشهد، کتاب مرو؛ سال1397؛ در473ص؛ شابک9789642878420؛ چاپ دوم سال1397؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده21م

داستانی درباره ی «هانا»ی بیست و نه ساله است که نمیداند با زندگی خویش چه کند؛ او شش شغل را آزموده، «هانا» پس از همگی بدشانسیها، دلش میخواهد به زادگاه خویش «لس آنجلس» برگردد، جایی که در خانه ی بهترین دوستش «گبی» میماند، و روی پاهای خود میایستد، و زندگی اش را هموار میکند، اما بازگشت به «لس آنجلس» هم به معنی بازگشت به همان شهری است که «ایتان»، دوست پسر دبیرستانی پیشین او، در آن شهر زندگی میکند؛ با وجود اینکه آنها همدیگر را دوست داشتند، پس از دبیرستان، زندگی، آنها را به مسیرهای جداگانه ای برد، و از هم دور شدند

نقل از متن: (روی صندلی عقب ماشین نشسته بودم و بیرون را تماشا می‌کردم؛ همان‌طورکه داشتیم داخل شهر می‌گشتیم تا توانستم هوای تازه تنفس کردم؛ اگر کسی مرا از بیرون ماشین می‌دید فکر می‌کرد مثل سگ‌ها شده‌ام، ولی برایم مهم نبود؛ خیلی خوشحال بودم که دیگر در بیمارستان نیستم؛ از این‌که دوباره می‌توانستم در دنیای واقعی زندگی کنم در پوست خودم نمی‌گنجیدم؛ باز هم می‌توانستم خورشید را بدون هیچ فیلتر یا پنجره‌ای ببینم؛ هر چیزی در این دنیا عطر مخصوصی دارد؛ دنیای بیرون فقط بوی گل و علف‌های تازه زده‌ شده نمی‌داد، بوی غذاها و حتی بوی سیری که از رستوران‌های ایتالیایی به مشام می‌رسید هم برایم لذت‌بخش بود؛ عاشق تمام‌شان بودم.)؛ پایان

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346 reviews11.7k followers
March 13, 2022
"sé que tal vez hay universos en los que tomé decisiones distintas que me llevaron a otro sitio, con otra persona. y mi corazón se rompe por cada versión mía que no terminó junto a ti."
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