Saturday 8 February 2014

Parallel by Lauren Miller

Publisher: Harper Teen (US) Scholastic (UK)
ISBN: 9780062199799 (US) 9781407135120 (UK)
Release Date: May/June 2013
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads: 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.

Ooh! This was good! Something a bit different – clever and enjoyable!

I loved the concept of this story – as soon as I heard about it I knew I wanted to read it. And I’m so glad it lived up to those expectations. I’m not even going to attempt to explain the science behind it – it makes sense when you read it (kind of!) – but it really works. And I was totally addicted to it!

I loved the characters in this. Abby and her best friend Caitlin. Micheal and Josh (especially Josh!). I loved the romance elements of the story – plus not knowing what was going to happen – how simple changes in the past affect the present. There was also a bit of a mystery too – why this was happening and if Abby would get back to ’her@ life.

Loved the ending. It was completely different than I was expecting so major kudos for that. I’m definitely interested to see what Lauren Miller writes next!


Amber (Books of Amber) said...

So glad you liked this! I loved the relationship between Abby and Caitlin. The best friends thing was fantastic. Now I want to reread!

Jo said...

Awesome review, Sammee! This sounds so intriguing! I'll have to keep my eye out for it. Thank you! :)


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