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Parallel by Lauren Miller Book Review

Parallel
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.

When I first heard about Parallel, I was immediately drawn in by how amazing it sounded. It was a beautifully written book and it told a great story.

Abby wakes up the day after her birthday in a completely different life than the one she was living. It’s still her, but she is living a life that she didn’t choose. The idea of parallel worlds and the way someone might react from living in one was just such an amazing idea.

Abby was a complicated character to me. The chapters switch between the Abby living a life that keeps changing to the decisions that the parallel Abby makes. I thought that the parallel Abby could be extremely ignorant and didn’t realize how what she did affected others so much. I felt bad for the Abby in modern day. It would be so horrible not knowing if you would wake up in the same life the next day, and being completely dependent on the parallel’s you choices.

I think Parallel really showed the monumental effect that just a tiny choice could have on your life. In this book, there were two guys, and both of them had their relationships with Abby complicated as a result of how complicated things were. Neither guys really stood out to me too much at first, but I soon found myself liking both of them for different reasons (although I did prefer one ;). 

The ending was a bit annoying, in my opinion. I do wish that you could have maybe been able to see a glimpse into what was to come in the future, but otherwise things ended up the way I hoped they would. Parallel is a stunning, heart breaking debut and I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers.




22 comments:

  1. I wasn't too in love with this book but I did like it. For me, the love interests didn't click very well for me and Josh was the one that sort of caught my heart. Additionally, I found too many unanswered questions and plot holes.

    Glad you really enjoyed this one! Lovely review, Montana. <33

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    1. I also liked Josh more :) Thank you so much!

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  2. Oh I want to read this one badly too. I hope that the ending won't ruin it for me, cause it would be a shame. Great review :)

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    1. The ending wasn't the best, but everything was great :)

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  3. I was so into the last chapter then the thing happened. I really wished there was something more about what happens to the two of them.

    x,
    Charlie @ Letter Trails

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    1. I was also hoping for maybe another chapter or epilogue.

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  4. This book sounds so good! The idea of someone making your choices for you...ugh. I'll definitely read this one, I just hope I don't get a headache :P Is the parallel stuff very difficult? Or does it just flow?

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    1. The parallel stuff flows pretty well. I never got confused :)

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  5. I feel like alternate lives would be super hard to write. That sucks that the end was annoying, but it's always good when you like more than one guy in a book. I hate when there's love triangle-ish things and it's way too one-sided. That can get frustrating.

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    1. The love triangle was definitely one of the more interesting ones I've read about.

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  6. I've seen mixed reviews of this one, but it sounds so good! The parallel concept, while awesome, sounds very confusing. However, I know I'll be very aggravated with the parallel version of Abby. I hope the love interests are good! Great review :)

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

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    1. I really liked the concept :) Thanks!

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  7. I liked the writing and the story as well, how it all wove togther.

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  8. I love books with parallel worlds, they really show how one little change can affect your life in such a large way. I'm so excited for this book! Great review, will definitely be checking it out soon!

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  9. I haven't read many reviews on this one but I do have it on my TBR. I'll probably keep pushing it down the list though :P Good job on the review!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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  10. I am loving all these new books with alternate worlds. I like that it talks about the powerful of one little decision. Crazy to think about sometimes. This one is on my TBR, maybe I will bump it up now :)

    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

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    1. I really liked that aspect of the book :)

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  11. Ohhh... The plot seems interesting. Parallel Worlds? I've been seeing some mixed reviews about this one.
    Thanks for the great review :D I might buy a copy

    -Dannielle

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