“I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn’t end up with you.”
I think I would have enjoyed this book so much more if I read it before reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Because the same author wrote both books, but it’s obvious that Taylor Jenkins Reid has improved her writing so much between these books. If you haven’t read anything by this author yet, start with this book and then read The Seven Husbands.
I loved the plot, it was very unique, it depicts parallel universes and how every choice impacts us and our path through life. This novel presents Hannah, a 29 years old woman who is struggling with finding her way. She’s been moving from town to town, trying desperately to settle somewhere without much results. Which only makes her decide moving back to her hometown would be the best decision she could take.
This book is a tale of self-discovery, friendship, heartbreak and love. I adored how this book has an incredible variety of relationships : from high school sweethearts to failed marriages, from strong friendships to strained family bonds. It has it all.
So, you might wonder why I only gave it three stars out of five if it’s such a complete journey. Well, it’s because sometimes the characters would lack depth, their conversations wouldn’t feel realistic at times or be repetitive. I think the repetitive factor affected me the most because it felt like lazy writing. The love interests were very similar and I would have to stop and think what perspective I was reading about. They all talked only about cinnamon rolls and everybody in that town adored them and I was sitting there thinking : “isn’t there no one like me who had never eaten a cinnamon roll?”
But there was a huge bright side to this book : female friendships and Gabby. Gabby is my cinnamon roll (pun intended), she’s a feminist, she cares so much for her friends, for her loves ones and honestly, sometimes I wished she would have been the main female character because she seemed much more complex and interesting than Hannah, at times.
There’s also a lot of emphasis on fate and I’ve also been a firm believer that things don’t really work that way. I think you have to work a lot to get the things you want and even then, you might not get them because the universe doesn’t conspire to help you get what you want. Sometimes universe isn’t fair. And this is my view on it.
“Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don’t matter, that I’ll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do.”