Parallel by Lauren Miller
Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.
With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.
As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
So, looking at that overall rating of 4+, I know I’m in the minority here. But, I’ve put this off long enough. I didn’t love this. Mainly because getting into it at all was a chore. I got side tracked more than once, but third time being the charm, I finally sat myself down and read it. Yay me!
It had an interesting start if not an original concept. Not original, as I’ve read two books of this type within these last few weeks. And what is that type exactly? The kind where you have this girl, and she has this fate. Then we see how a choice on her part splits said fate which then allows us to witness her living both halves at once. And like those other two books, this one emphasizes how a choice (no matter how seemingly inconsequential at first) becomes bigger in hindsight.
And I liked some of it: how there’s an emphasis on friendship and soul mates not having to be the boy you’re with. Except things truly did confusing in this one. Her HERE’s and THERE’s and consequences of one on the other as well as her (not) knowing herself and what she wanted plus the feeling of inevitability of things. Well, I found myself drifting (thus the two false starts); drifting, despite the interesting explanation for the split to begin with (see the title; I think it’s obvious what said explanation is.) Because much later in the book it become more about who she’s with rather than what’s she’s doing about the predicament she’s in. And see, that’s just old already. Why read about the soul mate/ dude love (cute and sweet as
Then even mentions of fate being so-and-so and there being detours and shifts when getting there, and well… I just didn’t love it. Sure, the second half provided for a bit more excitement, but sometimes (a lot of the time) this girl, in both of her lives, could do some dumb things.
Thank you, Edelweiss
Thoughts upon close:
There's that one bit with her going, "Astronomy Boy is bad ass in spandex," where I was like 'eh?' yep, parallel existence indeed.
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