FICTION

Maybe in Another Life

Washington Square: Atria. Jul. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781476776880. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781476776897. F
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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.

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