Ratings: ★★★★ (4/5)**
Title: Maybe in Another Life
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Washington Square Press, dated July 7, 2015
Pages: 342 counts
A brilliant match for someone who just tasted her so-called quarter of a century’s life days ago, this is a book one must read. This is my first of Reid’s work and won’t be my last, perhaps. It is a wise choice to pick this up, again. Yes, this has been one of those books who caught me bait by the title and draw me deeper by its synopsis yet life comes in between and I’ve let it seat on my tbr shelf two years ago; from which I thought to read.. maybe in another life? Okay. I just applied the title there to see you smile.
In her quest of finding life, trying to dig the profound meaning of life, thinking if she has made the right choices in life; a woman who hungers to learn, to know, to explore life and what to miss if she has walked the other path, Hannah mirrors the life of us. At the age of 29, she’s yet to find herself and a place where she can be home. Leaping from one place to another and dragged by the circumstances she has been, she decided to fly back to L.A where her best friend Gabby awaits, as well as the Life she once had and she will have.
“You and I are a team, right? Whatever you face in life, I’ll face it with you. Everything that you were prepared to do for me last night, I’m prepared to do for you today. So count on me, OK? Let’s get through this together. Lean on me. Squeeze my hand.”
“Divide the pain in two,” I tell her. “And give half of it to me.”
The friendship between Hannah and Gabby is something to laud. A friendship build by time and distance, Reid has created the juxtaposition of a lovers and family in the form of friendship as they witnessed how each other’s life crumpled and rebuild, how these two women have been separated and reunited by the same circumstances but have been there for each other in spite of their indifference of time, place and identity. As I immersed myself between Hannah and Gabby’s friendship, it made me reminisce my own relationship and my days with my best friend utmost.
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 remain small and controlled but very much alive.
Meet Ethan, Hannah’s first boyfriend, an unsettled past whom she’s still been attracted to in the present. Unlike her relationship with Gabby, theirs did not endure the distance so they decided to have each own separate ways. Somehow, Ethan’s character felt like a reflection of ifs we can’t get over and still with us in the present, ifs we think we should have made instead, and ifs that keep us looking back of what we are and who we can be today.
I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices but 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.
As opposed of Ethan, I found Henry’s character signified the future we never expect to happen after all we’ve been through in life; we never thought might be the reason and purpose things had happened the way it is supposed to be.
The depiction of Reid’s parallel universe, which is one of the genre I am most engaged in manga (orange and gakuen alice amongst best), is revitalizing, awakening and engaging since it gives the reader an upper hand to conclude the story itself. The inducement of life’s issues, the simplicity of the words and the portrayal of the characters made it as a book that provokes me to taste what life has to offer, accept how life goes it ways and why I suppose to be here at this point, therefore. Oh Lord, Thy will be done
Every second of every day, the world is splitting further and further into infinite number of parallel universes, where everything that could happen is happening. There are millions, trillions, or quadrillions, I guess, different versions of ourselves living out the consequences of our choices.
Writing style: 4/5