Review: Parallel

Apr •  26 •  2013
Review: ParallelParallel by Lauren Miller
Published by HarperTeen on May 14th 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Supernatural/Paranormal
Source: Publisher
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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.

After reading a few mutli-verse novels, I know that they are hard to write. To get the plot the flow well as well as entertain the reader. For me, this book is okay but I felt like something was missing…

So the plot for me pretty seem normal and not out of the ordinary of what I already read.  From the beginning of the book I had a good feel for the book and where it was headed.  For me, once a quarter way in the book, I knew how it was going to end. And that my friends, sort of bites for me. I like to be taken by surprise not read something too predictable.

The love interest in the book held me more in the story instead of the actual parallel universe. I think it cool how to both characters always seemed to find each other one way or another. The way the book ended sort of left me happy that it all entangled the way that it did. It gives the reader the sense of wonder.

Parallel is a good story that is intriuging. With many different plot twists, Parallel is an easy book to follow and like. A good story that always keeps you wondering, Parallel is good.

I give it 3 BITES!


Happy Reading!



  1. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    Apr 26, 2013

    I have this one coming up soon. I’m glad that it was enjoyable for you. I am always fascinated by parallel universes and stuff like that so I am hoping I enjoy it.

    • Savannah
      Apr 26, 2013

      It was okay, but I expected better. It was good but I guess reading mutli-verse stories are to get into if they aren’t done right.

  2. Jenny
    Apr 26, 2013

    I actually really liked this one Savy! The multi-verse thing often makes my head hurt and the time-lapse element of this one took me a long time to really wrap my head around, but i really liked the two romances. I’m a romance junkie as you well know:) Glad you enjoyed it for the most part, have a great weekend!

  3. Candace
    Apr 27, 2013

    I read a RAVE review for this one not long ago so I’m glad to see a review that’s not as glowing just cause I tend to get high expectations. Now my expectations are a bit lower and hopefully I’ll enjoy it more. I do have a copy to read, hopefully I can get to it soon!

  4. Lauren
    Apr 27, 2013

    Oh no, I’m bummed to hear something was missing for you, but it’s good that you enjoyed it enough to give it three bites. I’m really looking forward to giving it a try. Hopefully it will work for me! Great review 🙂