ARC Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller
by: Lauren Miller
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-ARC received from Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 432 pages
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My Rating: 4/5 stars
Wow, this book!!!! I really needed a good read, especially after my last two flops. And I certainly got it here! I was drawn in immediately by Lauren's writing- I loved that she devoted time early on to introducing me to Abby. I felt like she gave me the characterization I needed to really understand her and I've read alot of books lately where I haven't gotten that. By doing this, I became invested in Abby very quickly and soon, I was flying through the pages because I had to know how everything played out!
The only thing that got to me was the switching back and forth between parallels. It took me a minute to figure out what was going on and just as I was getting wrapped up in one story we switched back to the other. Which, don't get me wrong, I liked- it just took some getting used to.
I liked Abby's character and as I said, I became really invested in her and her happiness. Like the above summary stated, Abby had a plan and then life got in the way. I felt bad for Abby and I especially related to her because I myself know what it's like to have a plan and envision your life one way and then it takes a completely different turn down a road you didn't plan on or want. However, I am going to take the ending as a hopeful one and believe that Miller did some foreshadowing. (Hey Lauren- I definitely need a sequel or a companion novella to this one. Pretty please?!)
And holy plot twist! There was a pretty good one that I did NOT see coming at all. In fact I freaked out thus resulting in a text to keep it down because people were sleeping. LOL. The plot twist broke my heart a little bit because I really liked both people it involved and didn't want to see anyone get hurt.
The secondary characters: Caitlin and Tyler (Abby's best friends), Josh (Abby's high school crush), and Michael (Abby's college boyfriend) all were great additions to the story and extremely critical to the plot. Caitlin was Abby's loyal best friend and confidante and is there to help keep Abby grounded especially when she thinks she is going crazy. Tyler is also Abby's loyal friend, but serves as comedic relief, which I really liked. Josh is the boy Abby meets in her astronomy class in high school and is 'adorkable'. For most of his scenes we see that Abby is starting to really like him, but has a hard time getting a reading on him and whether he likes her at all. I really liked Josh. (I can't say anymore than that.) Michael, finally, is the gorgeous guy she meets at school and while I didn't feel the same connection between them that I did between Abby and Josh, I did still like him as a character and they did have some sweet moments.
I really liked the idea of the whole soulmate idea in this book. I liked that soulmates could be between friends or people destined to be more for each other. This becomes a pretty big part in the plot development. I believe it was introduced for a reason and that is why I have hope for what is to come.
"You asked if you could miss your destiny," he says then, with a nod at the board. "Not if you find your soulmates first."
"Soulmates, plural?" I ask him. "How many does each person have?"
The old man smiles at his equation, as if the answer is right in front of us. "Exactly as many as she needs."
So just to forwarn you: the ending. OMG the ending. Don't worry no spoilers here but at midnight last night I definitely let out a cry. Of frustration, happiness, sadness? Guess you'll have to read it and find out.
This is a great YA book about parallel universes, falling in love, discovering your true self, and realizing what matters the most in life. There's not much more I can say without spoiling, so I'll stop here- but trust me. You want this book.
"Your path will change. Your destiny doesn't. Suddenly, it all makes sense. The path doesn't dictate the destination. There are detours to destiny, and sometimes that detour is a shortcut."
*Thank you to HarperCollins for sending me this book in return for a fair and honest review.*