Saturday, 15 June 2013

Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Title: Parallel
Author: Lauren Miller
Author Info: Website|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 6th June 2013

Tell Me About It
Two worlds. Two separate identities. Two guys.

A collision of parallel universes leaves 18-year-old Abby Barnes living a new reality - every time her parallel makes a new decision. Never-without-a-plan Abby is forced to cope with the consequences of waking up in a life she has no memory of creating.

With chapters that alternate between our world (Here) and the parallel one (There), Abby's Here comes complete with a Yale address, a new roomie, and birthday blind date with a super-hot lacrosse player. In the parallel world, Abby's still navigating senior year class schedules, college applications, and her relationship with Astronomy Boy at her high school.

This story explores the nature of identity, the role of cause and effect in young lives and the defining power of choice.

My Thoughts
Abby Barnes has a plan, go to university and land a job at a national newspaper.  These plans go up in smoke when her chosen class of History of Music is cancelled, forcing her to pick drama, and ultimately getting spotted and hired for a movie.  What follows is a book about how one event can literally change the course of her future.  Abbi the famous actress goes asleep in a hotel, and wakes up in a dorm room, as the story goes back to a year earlier we find out that an earthquake knocks all the power off, causing her to be late for school and end up being stuck in Astronomy, not having the chance to choose Drama and the actress version of Abbi no longer exists.

I have desperately been wanting to read Parallel since I first heard about it, even planning on resorting to buying it from USA.  Thankfully it was picked up by UK publishers and I received a copy for review.  When I began reading I was worried it would be too much, having to concentrate on which chapters were which time frame and which Abby belonged in them, but once I had it set in my mind I found it easy to understand where I was up to and keep track of what was going on without having to stop and think.

When Abby confesses all to her best friends Caitlin, I love how calm and rational she is, and has an instant solution to go and speak to a professor who knows all about parallel worlds.  Caitlin doesn't hesitate to help her friend, and later on in the book we find out something about this duo, and knowing this really shows how much of a good friend Caitlin is.  Throughout Abby's experience Caitlin is her rock and one person who Abby can confide in.

Not only does Abby have to deal with this sudden new life and boyfriend Michael, she also visits her past self, and has to deal with Josh, her past boyfriend.  As the story progresses we learn more about these two boys and why Abby's relationship with Josh ended.

I love the cause and effect in Parallel, how one thing the parallel Abby does last year effects the Abby in the future, not only with school but also boyfriends, friendships and future events yet to come.  Some of the topics discussed by the characters went over my head a bit, bit it fits perfectly with the story, so although I didn't understand all those parts they don't stand out like a sore thumb, they blend in with the plot.

Parallel was a gripping book that I could not put down.  I had to see it to the end and find out what else might happen.  I really loved the ending and seeing it all wrapped up nicely, the idea of having a soul mate and being able to find them no matter what is really inspiring, whether that soul mate be a best friend or a lover.

1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed it, Michelle! I really loved this book and was glad it ended as it is.I was really rooting for Abby to get what she wants in the end :)

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