A romantic, mind-bending novel about parallel worlds, soul mates, destiny, and the big-time consequences of even our smallest choices, perfect for fans of The Future of Us and Before I Fall.
Abby Barnes had it all planned out—high school, college, career—but one decision made in her senior year of high school changed her carefully mapped-out future.
When Abby wakes up the morning of her eighteenth birthday, it's as though her past has been rewritten. Abby discovers that a cosmic collision of parallel universes has erased her old reality. Now Abby is falling in love with a boy from her Parallel's memories—a boy she's never even met. She's living the life she always wanted, but what if living her Parallel's life means she loses her soul mate?
When Miller s debut novel opens, Abby Barnes has put off college to star in a Hollywood blockbuster alongside an A-list movie star. On the night before Abby s 18th birthday, two parallel worlds collide, and Abby wakes up as another version of herself, one attending Yale with her best friend Caitlin, but who still has memories of her other life. In addition to this dimensional shift, Miller also shunts readers between Abby s life at Yale and her senior year of high school, unpacking the altered events that led to her Ivy League future in this universe. Each chapter opens with a datestamp, which should help readers feel (a bit) less lost than Abby, as she tries to understand her condition with help from a Nobel-winning physicist, while more anomalies pile up. While each chapter provides a compelling excerpt from Abby s life and shows off Miller s storytelling skills, strung together they don t create an entirely coherent narrative. Readers will likely find themselves flipping back and forth and rereading passages, trying to keep up with the unfolding changes in Abby s life. Ages 13 up.
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Unpredictable. Fast paced. Incredibly entertaining. Well worth reading
It never gets you hooked it will make want to stop reading, it's not worth it
A favorite! LOVE it!!
I am impressed. I Love LOVE this book! I haven't read anything like it before. Parallel worlds are a new concept for me. I don't even know if I can put how I feel about this book into words, my mind is still racing from that ending. Wow.
From the very beginning this book has been a page turner. I was only thirty pages in and I didn't want to stop reading. There was no real foundation set and the two worlds hadn't even collided yet, but I was hooked.
Abby Barnes's whole life is thrown out of whack when a class she picked for her senior year schedule is canceled. A schedule she happened to spend many nights and days stressing over, because she needed it to be perfect. She needed perfection because she needed to get into Northwestern. Sure there are other schools that have journalism programs, but Abby's sights have been on Northwestern for forever.
Her choice ends up being between Drama and Astronomy. She picks Drama, because Astronomy sounds like a GPA killer. But what Abby doesn't realize is that something as simple as picking a class can drastically change the course of a persons life.
On the morning after her eighteenth birthday Abby wakes up in a room and a bed that isn't her own, with no memory of how or when she got there. In a quest, with her best friend, to figure out what happened Abby finds out that she is living someone else's life. A minor earthquake was actually a collision of two parallel worlds and Abby's parallel self erased the world Abby had come to know. Unfortunately for Abby she was the only one left with all of her memories. Except she has one memory that doesn't fit with the rest. One that seems kind of hazy, but feels possible. In that memory Abby is forced to take Astronomy instead of Drama. She finds herself asking if that one decision could really change her life this much?
Now every night before Abby goes to sleep she prays that tomorrow she will wake up in the same place with all of the new memories she has created.
The explanations for the parallel worlds were often headache inducing, they definitely make you think. I loved that towards the end bits and pieces that were a bit hazy in the beginning from the explanations were explained in detail later. Everything added up and fit nicely into a perfect mathematical equation.
Abby was a strong character. Her strength radiated off the pages. I loved how real she felt. I bought everything about her, including her flaws. Caitlin and Tyler were great side characters. They complimented Abby well and they were believable best friends.
There is a love story in this novel. In fact there are two. Both Abby's fall for someone. Josh and Michael. Often I found myself conflicted, because I really wasn't sure which Abby and which guy I was rooting for. But one guy does stand out in this novel, and I always found myself drawn back to him even if I wasn't rooting for his Abby at the time. As minor as the love stories seem in the beginning they do become a huge part of the story overall. In fact at its core this novel is essentially a very beautiful love story.
This may all sound very confusing, but it does become clear in the novel. Two stories merge into one and you find yourself realizing that it really was just one story all along with one path and one answer. Great Debut!