Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Parallel by Lauren Miller (Review)

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.

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Parallel started out slow and it took me awhile to get in to the story, but once I did I just didn't want to put it down.

The story switched perspectives between 18 year old Abby and her parallel who's a year younger than her. It was a little strange at first having one really long chapter about the one and then the next chapter is also really long but about a different girl. However, once I got used to it, it became fun to see how Abby's parallel self's decisions affected the other's life.

I loved the ending, it was a huge surprise, and it made me smile so much.

I loved how the book made you realize that sometimes the smallest things, things you think don't matter, are the ones that can change your life drastically and that the things/people you are supposed to do/meet will happen some way, even if it seems very unlikely.

Parallel was a unique read, one I'm sure I'll remember for a long time, and it's one I recommend.

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