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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

[Quick-fire Review] Parallel by Lauren Miller

by Lauren Miller
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 14, 2013)
Language: English
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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.

At a Glance:

Parallel was so weird! Wild! Confusing! And it turned out good! It was mostly contemporary mixed with some sci-fi. Parallel is a convergence between  Hourglass, Timepiece, Unravelling, Slide, with some over-arching Back To The Future and some Anna and the French Kiss cute romance woven in.


No. Nada. Not a single smidgen of action. Unless life being changed as you make decisions in the past counts as action. And I don’t count that as action.


The romance is what made this story good. Not the relationships itself, although like I said, there was a cute romance thrown in there. Really, though, it was the way that you had no clue what would happen with the romances. There was so much time-jumping and changing that trying to guess who Abby would end up with was making me fly through pages. I am not sure I comprehended anything within them except who she was with at any given time.


Abby. She was sweet. I liked her, I guess. I didn’t dislike her. I was mostly indifferent. I didn’t particularly connect with her because I am just not really like her. She is so pragmatic, she has a life plan and she has fun doing stuff I wouldn’t like. But, I guess we both like the stars, art and boys? Throughout the book she switches back-and-forth between being a part high school senior and part college freshman. She is great student, loyal and generally a good friend.

Favorite Supporting Character:

The author, Lauren Miller, did a great job at creating the supporting characters. Her close friends, Catlin, Tyler, and Marissa were cool. Then there was Michael, Josh, and Brett- the love interests. Josh in particular was so adorable. And I really loved the best friend, Catlin. Without her, Abby just wouldn’t survive. This book is nothing without the BFF.

Something I loved:

I loved that Miller threw in some knife-wrenching changes to the timeline, which really made it interesting. But, because Andye hates when I throw spoilers into my reviews, I can’t really say more than that. Basically, I loved not knowing who Abby was going to end up with and where.

Something I hated:

I really wish it wasn’t as confusing as it was. Miller threw in a lot of, um, astrophysics, and with the constant changes in the timeline, it was just all over the place. I kept forgetting which reality would work now and would have to go back to see how something small changed a lot. Between chapters 4-8 where I wasn’t that entertained, it almost wasn’t worth the work.

Would I recommend it?

Yes! Actually, I would. If you like contemporary at all, you will probably like this unless you get confused easy and then on top of which, you can’t handle staying confused. And if you don’t like romance, don’t bother either.


Light kissing and some sexual joking. There was also underage drinking and illegal trespassing. No language except at one point someone says “effing.”


If you asked me 3/4th through the book, it would have been a 3 or maybe 3.5. But after reading the end, I am bumping it up to a 4!
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  1. This sounds interesting! I need to add this one to my TBR pile.

  2. I liked this book too. It was very confusing in the beginning, but it was also very interesting. I loved the romance. It was my favorite part of the story. And Caitlin too. What a fantastic friend! Great review!

  3. This book is already on my TBR pile!

  4. Not sure if I'd like this one, but I have been enjoying mostly-contemporary-with-a-touch-of-paranormal books, so I may give it a shot. Thanks for the review!


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