Maybe in Another Life

Taylor Jenkins Reid

fiction contemporary romance
emotional lighthearted reflective medium-paced

342 pages | first published 2015

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.

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emotional 73%
hopeful 67%
reflective 57%
lighthearted 49%
inspiring 38%
funny 36%
sad 12%
relaxing 10%
adventurous 5%
challenging 4%
tense 3%
dark 0%
mysterious 0%


medium 61%
fast 33%
slow 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 44% | A mix: 34% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | No: 11% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 86% | No: 8% | It's complicated: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 43% | Yes: 43% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 62% | No: 23% | It's complicated: 14%

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