“Maybe all of this time, I’ve been looking for home and not realizing that home is where the cinnamon roll is.”– Taylor Jenkins Reid
This was an unexpected read for me, but I’m really glad I decided to pick it up! I’ve been hesitant to pick up any of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s backlisted books, but I’m so happy I did. It’s definitely very different from Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones, so if you decide to pick this one (or any other backlist title of hers) up, you have to adjust your expectations a bit because you’re not going to get the same emotional impact.
Maybe in Another Life follows Hannah after she decides to move back home to LA. Her life is a mess, and her best friend suggests she moves back to straighten herself out and be with people who love her. She goes to a bar with her best friend where they meet up with Ethan, Hannah’s ex boyfriend from high school. From here, the story diverges from two choices Hannah could make that night. In one timeline, she goes home with Ethan and in another she leaves the bar early with her best friend.
There were so many things I loved about this book. The humor was my kind of humor, I related so hard with Hannah in not really knowing what she wanted to do with her life, and I’ve always been fascinated by the multiverse theory. This book was emotional at times, but definitely very light overall in tone. It was exactly what I needed at the time I found it.
That being said, my one complaint is a small one. I feel like the book kind of hammers in the message or overall point to come away with, which is that no matter what decisions we choose for ourselves we always end up where we’re meant to be. It’s a nice point, but I didn’t need it stated over and over to get the point.
Overall, I’m so happy I read this one and now I’m even more excited to read more of TJR’s backlisted titles!