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Maybe in another life : a novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Maybe in another life : a novel
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Maybe in another life
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a novel
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Taylor Jenkins Reid
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eng
Summary
"Hannah Martin's life isn't shaping up into much of anything. Since graduating college eight years ago, she has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs ... She takes up residence in her best friend Gabby's guest room. Along with Gabby and Gabby's husband Mark, [she goes] out to a bar where they meet up with some of [their] old friends, including Hannah's high school boyfriend, Ethan. Shortly after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she's ready to go. But then 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? [This book] is told in two concurrent storylines following the consequences of each choice"--
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Review
  • Hannah Martin has just moved back to LA after ending a relationship. Her best friend, Gabby, takes her out to a bar on her first night home. Enter Ethan, the One Who Got Away, and suddenly, Hannah has to decide if she'll leave with Ethan or Gabby. We follow Hannah after choosing both options, alternating chapters to explore the consequences of each. A must for anyone who loves a hankie with their books! -- Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC. (LibraryReads, July 2015)
  • Reid (After I Do; Forever, Interrupted ) writes another love story that asks tough questions, this time about making choices, taking responsibility, and believing in fate. Hannah Martin has spent her 20s moving from city to city in search of a place that feels like home. No place has. Most recently, she moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles after a bad breakup with a married man. Her first night there, Hannah goes out with old friends, including her best friend Gabby and her high school sweetheart, Ethan. At the end of the evening, Hannah makes two different choices. In one, she goes home with Ethan. In the other, she follows Gabby and her husband. The chapters alternate between these parallel experiences detailing how each choice affects Hannah's future. VERDICT While this novel has its annoyances (e.g., the protagonist's cinnamon roll obsession grows old fast, and she comes off preachy at times), it redeems itself with genuine surprises, depictions of love, and fitting conclusions to both plotlines. Readers looking for a romance with a twist won't be disappointed.— Amy Stenftenagel, Washington Cty. Lib., Woodbury, MN --Amy Stenftenagel (Reviewed June 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 10, p96)
  • /* Starred Review */ Reid's latest (After I Do, 2014, etc.) explores two parallel universes in which a young woman hopes to find her soul mate and change her life for the better. After ending an affair with a married man, Hannah Martin is reunited with her high school sweetheart, Ethan, at a bar in Los Angeles. Should she go home with her friends and catch up with him later, or should they stay out and have another drink? It doesn't seem like either decision would have earth-shattering consequences, but Reid has a knack for finding skeletons in unexpected closets. Two vastly different scenarios play out in alternating chapters: in one, Hannah and Ethan reconnect as if no time has passed; in the other, Hannah lands in the hospital alone after a freak accident that marks the first of many surprising plot twists. Hannah's best friend, Gabby, believes in soul mates, and though Hannah has trouble making decisions—even when picking a snack from a vending machine—she and Gabby discover how their belief systems can alter their world as much as their choices. "Believing in fate is like living on cruise control," Hannah says. What follows is a thoughtful analysis of free will versus fate in which Hannah finds that disasters can bring unexpected blessings, blessings can bring unexpected disasters, and that most people are willing to bring Hannah her favorite cinnamon rolls. "Because even when it looks like she's made a terrible mistake," Hannah's mother observes, "things will always work out for Hannah." The larger question becomes whether Hannah's choices will ultimately affect her happiness—and it's one that's answered on a hopeful note as Hannah tries to do the right thing in every situation she faces. Entertaining and unpredictable; Reid makes a compelling argument for happiness in every life.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2015)
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Reid, Taylor Jenkins
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fiction
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  • Man-woman relationships
  • Women college graduates
  • Fate and fatalism
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
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general
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Maybe in another life : a novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Includes a reader's club guide
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9781476776880
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2014039873
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)894747083
Label
Maybe in another life : a novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication
Note
Includes a reader's club guide
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9781476776880
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2014039873
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)894747083

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