Book Review: Delightful novel tackles the what ifs of life

Having just finished reading the amazing Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I was hungry for other titles by this amazing author. First to arrive on my holdshelf was Maybe in Another Life and I was certainly not disappointed.

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you had made different choices in your life? What if you had said, yes instead of no, or the other way around? How much of a role do fate and destiny play in our daily lives, are these concepts real?

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In this charming novel of what ifs, Hannah Martin, 29, returns home to Los Angeles after having lived her life in multiple cities working at a variety of jobs. Hannah believes in a predetermined life and that, “Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions ... that I’ll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do.”

Shortly after arriving in L.A., Hannah and her best friend, Gabby, head out to a bar for a school friend reunion. As midnight approaches, Hannah faces the choice of leaving with Gabby or staying later and accepting a ride home from her old flame, Ethan. Hannah wonders to herself what would happen in either case.

Through alternating chapters, we follow Hannah’s life first as she decides to go home later with Ethan, and in turn as she leaves with Gabby. Each of the parallel realities goes in a different direction, and naturally has other decisions within it based on what is happening, but there are also constants between the two stories that offer thoughtful insight into how much of our lives happen due to chance and how much we truly control.

For believers in fate, destiny and soulmates, this is a novel that will give you all the feels and the hope that there is a soulmate out there for us, no matter which path we take.

Helen Varga is a library technician at the Steveston Branch of the Richmond Public Library.

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