Author: Lauren Miller
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction
Summary: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.
Final Rating: ♥♥ and a half
AimalReads Review (Spoiler-Free!)
I was really excited to read this book, because I’m a sucker for books/movies/TV shows about time, dimensions and different forms of reality. They provide me with a challenge, because you’re always trying to figure out why something is the way it is, and how it may change, if it will change, if it’s paradoxical. All that jazz. Maybe it’s just me with years and years of experience with Doctor Who. So after I saw Interstellar (t’was great beeteedubbs), I was in the mood to read something with the same theme. Which is why I finally picked up Parallel from my TBR shelf.
I won’t say it was bad, but neither will I say it was good. I expected a lot of science-y stuff, and in this aspect- the book didn’t deliver. The premise was fascinating, and the way it was explained in the book showed that a lot of thought had gone into the physics related aspect of the plot, which I appreciated. But it was just THERE. I felt like Miller could have done so much MORE with it, but she didn’t.
Pros: the story was interesting. It was fast-paced, entertaining and a lot of fun to read. Because of the parallel dimensions, there were a lot of twists in the story that you don’t initially expect to occur. It was very interesting to see the conflicts develop and to see how they unravelled and eventually resolved. The plot was highly entertaining. Kind of read like a movie, so yes, it was a fun read.
Cons: Like I said before, I wish there was more sci-fi in the book. You go into it expecting a lot of physics/science talk, and it just doesn’t exist apart from two pages. I disliked how the main premise of the book was put aside, and very clichéd story-lines were eventually pursued. I did not want to read a book about mean girls, love triangles and angst. And that is what I got. So… kind of annoyed.
Pros: I enjoyed the two main protagonists in the story. I still don’t really know who they are as people, because they weren’t particularly well-developed, but it was fun to read about them. Josh, especially, was someone I was curious to read more about.
Cons: I had problems with the characters. Firstly, I did not like Abby. She was judgmental, participated very actively in slut-shaming, was shallow, self-absorbed and plain annoying. She was pretentious, described people’s clothes by listing off brand-names, hated on a girl and gave zero justifications as to why, was HORRIBLE to her best friend and the two guys who actually gave a crap about her, and she was a horrible, HORRIBLE person. Caitlin was there. A prop. Nothing else. Dr. Mann, someone who I thought would play a big role in the book because he was the only one who actually knew what was going on with the dimensions and stuff, was barely included at all. The characters sucked.
Pros: Lauren Miller’s writing is very humorous. She gets to the point; doesn’t beat around the bush. Her writing is light, fluffy, and doesn’t make you think too much. Everything you need to know is there, so the book is a good entertaining read. It passes time.
Cons: I don’t like criticizing authors by how they write. I don’t like it, but since I’m writing a review, I will say that Miller needs a lesson in “Show Not Tell 101.” The book isn’t challenging at all. It’s like she thinks her readers are stupid and can’t comprehend what’s going on, unless it’s absolutely explicitly stated. I don’t like that.
Would I recommend? To people who like light, teen angst, love-triangl-ey books, yes.
Would I re-read? I doubt it.