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Maybe in Another Life

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  55,931 ratings  ·  7,366 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 aroun
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, worryin
David Putnam
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ev ...more
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
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 whe ...more
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. ...more
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
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,
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 c
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 ending(
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
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⭐
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.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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 wa
Larry H
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 e
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
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael David
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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?

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 Door ...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 narrat
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Alex

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
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 b
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 part
Terrie Robinson
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who love Women's Fiction & TJR
"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 f
Sep 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worst, read-in-2019
★ /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 attacked to the character.

The main and side characters were pretty
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a good story! Man, Taylor Jenkins Reid can fuckin’ write. I adored the characters and I loved the overall message of this story.
It makes you appreciate life as it is, regardless the circumstance, whether it is good or bad.

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“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
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
What would've happened if you'd only made a different decision??

In the intriguing 'Sliding Doors' genre, this story takes you on a journey down two separate pathways, two different outcomes stemming from a single decision made at a single moment in time.

What happens when Hannah leaves the party with her best friend Gabby?? What happens when she instead leaves with her old flame Ethan?? Well, as you can probably guess, her life takes two very different paths. The chapters trade back and forth
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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
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. Her newest novel, Malibu Rising, is out now. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid. ...more

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