Fri, June 14, 2013

Parallel by Lauren Miller Review

Parallel book cover

Parallel book cover

Parallel
By Lauren Miller
Publication date: May 14, 2013
HarperTeen, 432 pages
Source: Author

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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books said:

    I know exactly what you mean. I love reading YA books most of the time, but sometimes I do want something a little more challenging. That’s great to hear that you found Parallel to be a more stimulating YA read. I’ll have to keep this in mind!

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  2. brianna said:

    I read another good review of this somewhere else recently. It sounds a bit like The Repeat Year by Andrea Lochen, which I recently read and loved.

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  3. Julia Byers said:

    I ADORE this book. The concept is so unique and well-done. I bought it on a whim, and ended up reading it in one sitting. 🙂

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  4. Tara said:

    You had me at “…challenged mentally while reading a YA novel.’

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  5. Cassie said:

    I’m always looking for YA books with a little something else! Can’t wait to read this one!

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  6. Alexa Y. said:

    I do like that it feels like this book makes you THINK while you read it. Sometimes, those are the very best kinds of books! And alternate realities or parallel universes can be really cool too.

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  7. youthenjoy said:

    Awesome, this is a great website, also very grateful to the authors of interesting articles. Let me harvest happiness.

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  8. Shannon @ Twilight Sleep said:

    Ooo, I can’t wait to read this one! The fact that you found it mentally challenging has just made me that much more excited!

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  10. Emma @ Hopeful Happiness said:

    I am totally with you with this occasionally being a challenging read. I went into it thinking it would be another fluffy, fun YA read but it was so much more than that!

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