“Are there things that transcend our perception of them? Things that are true no matter what? If so, what does that mean for me and this boy I barely know but can’t stop thinking about, despite the fact that I’m supposed to be in love with his brother?”
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.
Abby Barnes: I don’t know how to describe her other than clueless or lost but I don’t know if that’s because of all the constant abrupt changes she faces through the book or because she hasn’t found herself yet since she’s just 18 years old.
Josh Wagner: According to Abby the way he dresses makes him “cute dorky” and he has an adorable face because of his infinitesimal mole beneath his left eye, the smattering of pale freckles on his nose, or the perfect shape of his bottom lip. He’s sweet, kind, contemplative, and intelligent.
Michael Carpenter: Seriously good-looking and hot, he isn’t an asshole or jerk (as most hot male characters are) but from time to time I felt he was a little conceited and immature, he has serious issues with his family and doesn’t seem to want to solve the problems.
Caitlin: Abby’s best friend, really intelligent and good looking (Since she won the genetic lottery: her father is an engineer and her mother a ex-model), she’s the one that helps Abby with her “interdimensional collision”.
Tyler: Abby’s other best friend, funny and cute, and is a key player at the end of the book.
Dr. Gustav P. Mann: Nobel Prize winner, loses his reputation after publishing the theory of parallel universes and ends up teaching astronomy at Abby’s high school.
I have to be honest, I don’t know how to describe the story because is always evolving and doesn’t have a straight time line (duh! it’s a book about parallel dimensions!) but I’ll do my best.
There is a global tremor that results in an interdimensional collision (according to Dr. Mann). Abby realizes that the hard way, suddenly her life changes completely and nothing makes sense, now her reality is chained to the other Abby’s decisions.
“A decision that appears ‘life-altering’ might ultimately not be. Often it is the choices that seem inconsequential that uproot us.”
Caitlin theorizes that it really doesn’t matter since the other Abby is still her and will make the same decision she would. But is it really true? They share the same DNA but are they the same? The soul has to play a part, right? At least that’s what Dr. Mann thinks.
Abby has not control whatsoever and everything gets complicated including her relationships: friendships and love interests
“We’re all just a decision or two away from destroying the relationships that are most important to us and to the people we love. And most of the time, we never even know it.”
SPOILER (Highlight to read) How are you supposed to know you have a boyfriend if your other self was the one that meet him? How aren’t you supposed to cheat if you don’t know about him? And how are you supposed to know he’s your boyfriend’s brother if they don’t use the same last name????? SPOILER
That’s what held my interest, the fact that Abby’s reality kept changing from one day to the other without her knowing, being always one step behind and at the mercy of the other Abby without an apparent choice in the matter.
Another thing that I appreciate was the pointillism reference: “Reality as a pointillism painting.” It was a good allusion so you could wrap the sense of story in your head. “Up close, all you see are the pieces, strewn about, heaped on top of each other. Total disarray. But step away, and a picture takes shape. When you make sense of the chaos, the chaos disappears. Or maybe, what looked at first like chaos never was.”
Ultimately this book is about the choices we make, their ripple effect and the eternal question of soulmates and fate.
Hotness factor: Lukewarm, is a very innocent and sweet book, Abby just kisses different guys
Unpredictable factor: It wasn’t what I expected and I can honestly say it was a good surprise, I thought it was going to be like the alternate universe in the TV serie Fringe (BTW I was so sad when it was canceled. I’m still not over it, why? why?!?! why!) but it wasn’t, it was more complex than that and I still not sure about all the rules or ramifications… (something I mention on my verdict)
Verdict: I liked this book a lot, the only problem for me was that after everything that happened I felt that Josh and Abby deserved an epilogue, maybe the last sentence of the book was meant to give closure:
“He doesn’t know what I know, but what I know is enough.”
And I enjoyed it but I still want an epilogue!!! The characters and story deserves an epilogue!!! Also I kept wondering what happened with the other Abby and Josh and Michael, did everything go back to normal or ended up the same? Does she also “knows” like the original Abby? I need some answers!!! (Sorry for my rant but I get easily obsessed.)
Rating: 4 stars