Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 book 156

Taylor Jenkins Reid's Maybe in Another Life
This novel basically has the same premise as the movie Sliding Doors, which is great, because I love books about alternate universes! Our protagonist is a woman in her late 20s who's returning to Los Angeles (where she grew up) after things turn sour in New York. On her first night back, her best friend takes her out, and her high school boyfriend shows up--does she leave with him, or go home with her friend? Each possibility plays out in mostly predictable ways, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. The writing is occasionally a bit awkward--lots of monologues, discussions of fate, lack of contractions, etc--but the friendship between the main character and her best friend is strong enough to keep things going for even this slightly prickly reader. Cute book all around, perfect for a lazy beach day. B/B+.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be available on July 7th.

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