Parallel by Lauren Miller

May 7, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 6

parallelTitle: Parallel [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Lauren Miller
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Pages: 419
Release Date: May 14, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: A little confusing at first and a bit too much science-talk for me, but it was okay.

About the Book: 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.

Parallel started out interesting and the ending was pretty sweet and cosmic, but the actual meat of the story didn’t really do it for me as much as I was hoping. Maybe because I’m not a big science geek, I didn’t really care for all the astrophysics explanations that plagued this book. Parallel is definitely one of those books that forces to you to flip back a few pages or reread a few lines every so often as things get confusing very easily throughout the book. Lauren tried really hard to mesh the two worlds together seamlessly, but didn’t work as well for me as say, Pivot Point, which I liked a lot more.

Probably what bugged me the most was Abby. I didn’t like her at all. I felt like her character was too immature, selfish, and flaky. I understand she’s crazed about what’s happening to her, but even as her parallel self lives her life, she just comes off as a person I wouldn’t like in general. A lot of the things that happen to her because of her parallel self is just due to pure idiocy and lack of common sense. I mean, really? No shoes? Come on now, you were just begging for it. (You’ll understand my rant if/when you read the book)

And with regards to the love interests, I was seriously questioning what was wrong with this girl. Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle here, with an obvious twist that I saw coming a mile away. I could not get on board with Michael at all. I did like him at first, but he then comes off as weird and I couldn’t connect with him and frankly, didn’t see how Abby could connect with him since her memories kept getting messed up. Josh, on the other hand, was weird at first, but still sweet and caring and even though I could see Abby’s problem with him, I hated the way she treated him.

I also didn’t really care for the secondary characters. As far as Caitlin & Tyler are concerned, I seriously couldn’t understand why Caitlin couldn’t just grow a pair and admit to her feeling for Tyler. It was unnecessary drama that was supposed to add fuel to the plot, but it was just annoying to me.

Overall, I think Parallel is a decent read. It definitely gets you interested in parallel universes and the idea of destiny and fate, but still leaves you with a few questions at the end. Things start out great I was really invested in the book, but I slowly started to lose interest, especially because it was SO lengthy for the amount of substance and important plot points that it actually did contain, by the end, I was just ready to be done with it. A great try and all, but not so great a read.

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6 Responses to “Parallel by Lauren Miller”

  1. Alexa Y.

    You’re not the only friend I have who didn’t really like Parallel! I was initially intrigued by the book. But I haven’t felt like reading it lately, unfortunately, and the reviews are giving me pause. Perhaps I’ll check it out eventually, just not right now, I suppose.
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  2. Bianca

    I really like the cover and have wanted to read this. Too bad you lost interest in it and there seemed to be multiple things that bothered you.

  3. Amy @ Book Loving Mom

    I’m going to be starting this one soon. I really hope that I like it. I try not to get hyped up about books, but I have been really looking forward to this one. I love parallel universe books if done well. The characters don’t sound great though, and I am a big character reader. Fab review babe!
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  4. Sarah

    I received this one in the mail the other day but hadn’t heard much about it. It sounds like a cool concept but characters can definitely make or break a book for me. We’ll have to see, I’ll probably end up reading it one of these days because I have it. lol Nice review!
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