By Lauren Miller
Publication date: May 14, 2013
HarperTeen, 432 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Ow, this book hurt my head…in a good way!
In Parallel by Lauren Miller, Abby Barnes wakes up one morning to find herself in a parallel universe. How would her life have been different if she just overslept a little one day? Well, massively different, as it turns out.
It really does take some serious concentration to follow along as you flipflop between the parallel universes and time. And there are a lot of highly technical sci-fi elements at play here that, in all honesty, were REALLY over my head. But I didn’t really care. Why? Because it felt SO GOOD to be challenged mentally while reading a YA novel. Truly, I didn’t realize how much I’d been missing a little bit of brain stimulation while I read.
Parallel is a fascinating and engaging read that’s going to be a must for those who want a challenge and also for readers who love books that touch on fate and destiny.