I’ve been a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid ever since I read “The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo”. A conscious decision was made to read all her books. When I saw Maybe in another life on Kindle Unlimited, I knew I wanted to read it. In retrospect, I think this was the perfect time to read this book. In this post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it.
Maybe in another life follows Hannah, a woman who has never really had a sense of home. She moves from city to city and ultimately is back in the town she grew up in with her best friend from high school Gabby. The night of her arrival, she goes out with Gabby and reunites with all her high school friends but most importantly, her ex boyfriend from when she was a teenager, Ethan. The night ends with a decision of whether to go home with him or go home with Gabby and this led to the story having two timelines.
One where she goes with Ethan and the outcome of her life and one where she goes with Gabby. It highlights the importance of each decision we make in life and also in the same breath shows that what will be will be. It was interesting that in both timelines, she ended up with different men but really believed she was the luckiest woman alive and they were meant to be. “Maybe in another life” invites readers to reflect on their own journeys and the profound impact of the decisions that shape their existence. It also was interesting that I came across an article where someone talks about the butterfly effect.
I found ‘Maybe In Another Life’ to be an enjoyable read. While it may not be my absolute favorite among TJR’s books, I’m grateful that I picked it up, especially at this point in my life.
My favourite quotes
“I really do believe that. I believe I’m destined for something. We are all destined for something and I believe that the universe, or God, or whatever you want to call it, I believe it keeps us on the right path”
“Fate or not, our lives are still the results of our choices. I’m starting to think that when we don’t own them, we don’t own ourselves.”
“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.”