Book Reviews

Parallel by Lauren Miller



A romantic, mind-bending novel about parallel worlds, soul mates, destiny, and the big-time consequences of even our smallest choices, perfect for fans of The Future of Us and Before I Fall.

Abby Barnes had it all planned out—high school, college, career—but one decision made in her senior year of high school changed her carefully mapped-out future.

When Abby wakes up the morning of her eighteenth birthday, it’s as though her past has been rewritten. Abby discovers that a cosmic collision of parallel universes has erased her old reality. Now Abby is falling in love with a boy from her Parallel’s memories—a boy she’s never even met. She’s living the life she always wanted, but what if living her Parallel’s life means she loses her soul mate?


I’ve read a few young adult parallel novels and have really enjoyed them including Claudia Lefeve’s Traveler’s Series and Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall; and Lauren Miller’s Parallel did not disappoint. In fact, I read the entire novel in one day. Parallel has an intriguing premise- one seemingly minor decision changes the course of Abby Barnes’ life. It reminded me of the movie Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s fascinating to think that one decision can have that much of an impact on your life, but it definitely can. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys young adult parallel fiction.

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