Parallel

Parallel

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Two worlds. Two separate identities. Two guys. A collision of parallel universes leaves 18-year-old Abby Barnes living a new reality \- every time her parallel makes a new decision. Never-without-a-plan Abby is forced to cope with the consequences of waking up in a life she has no memory of creating With chapters that alternate between our world (Here) and the parallel one (There), Abby's Here comes complete with a Yale address, a new roomie, and birthday blind date with a super-hot lacrosse player. In the parallel world, Abby's still navigating senior yar class schedules, college applications, and her relationship with Astronomy Boy at her high school. This story explores the nature of identity, the role of cause and effect in young lives and the defining power of choice.show more

Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 240g
  • Scholastic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1407135120
  • 9781407135120
  • 434,778

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3,792 ratings
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3 23% (866)
2 7% (278)
1 3% (108)

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Favourite Quote: “An hour in a museum is, like, five hours in regular time.” I have such mixed feelings about this book! Some parts I really liked, some I hated and throughout most of it, I was just confused! So it was hard to rate this book but I’ve finally decided to give is a 3/5 stars! Let’s start with the thing I did really like and that was the characters! Each and every one was likeable and realistic. First there’s the main character Abby who I related to, she was a girl who was organized, had a career plan and overall just average, something I actually really liked! Then there’s the two love interests Josh and Michael whom I liked as well, I can’t even pick a favourite! Both had complete different traits but I wouldn’t mind dating either, haha! Caitlin and Tyler the two best friends were also cool and awesome, they’re the two best friends everyone needs, smart and funny! And the professor was just awesome! Who wouldn’t want a teacher like that ?! Onto the plot which is the reason why I had to take two stars of the rating. The whole description of how and why the parallel worlds work was just a complete mind ****. No other way to describe it! I understood the bare minimum, so basically throughout the entire book I couldn’t really understand why the parallel had control or why her decisions changed Abby’s verison of the parallel world! I swear I’m getting confused just writing this! But I did enjoy the development of the plot (the parts I did understand!). However the ending was not what I wanted at all! It made the entire plot all for nothinAng and the love triangle wasn’t really resolved for me so that was extremely annoying! Overall this was an okay book for me, I would have liked it better if it had been easier to understand or the ending had been changed!show more
by brookexx
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 17-year-old Abby didn't realise how much one small decision could change her entire future. Being forced to take Drama in her senior year, she somehow ends up with a major part in a big movie, co-staring alongside one of Hollywood's hottest young actors, and a million miles away from where she thought she's be celebrating her 18th birthday, but then everything changes again. An earthquake happens, and suddenly she's not in LA, she's at Yale. More bizarrely though, the earthquake happened a year ago, and the only memories Abby has of the last year, are her memories from LA, a place that 'Abby who went to Yale' never went to. Now Abby is slowly trying to make sense of her life in this parallel world, and catch up on what has happened to her counterpart during the last year. Can Abby figure things out though? Can she work out who she's destined to be with? And how many major twists and turns will her life take in the meantime? This was an entertaining YA paranormal/sci-fi story, which was slow to start, but escalated dramatically! Abby was a really likeable character, and I liked how much thought and effort she put into trying to work things out, and trying to change her new life to what she wanted, all without really knowing what was happening or how it would all turn out. There are quite a lot of discussions of parallel worlds/realities/lives etc., which are actually dealt with in quite an easy way for the reader to comprehend thankfully. The most difficult part for me was the fact that we started off with one reality, then switched to two others - one where Parallel Abby was at Yale, and the second Parallel Abby one year ago, to show what decisions led Abby to where she is now. This meant that there were 3 (yes 3!) love interests - Brett - the Hollywood actor in LA, Josh - the boy that parallel Abby 1 year ago liked, and Michael - the boy that current Abby at Yale now likes. Slightly confusing, and yes, confusing for Abby too! This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting though, from the blurb I assumed that the two lives Abby would be living would be her life on the film set, versus her life at Yale, which wasn't actually the case. Instead, we got only a short time period with Abby on the movie set, and then the rest of the book alternated between Abby at Yale, and parallel Abby from 1 year ago, ie; the point at which her two different paths were put into motion. Anyway, I did find this a little confusing at first, but I did then realise what was happening, what I expected though was for Abby to have to decide somehow between her life on the movie set, or the life that her parallel was leading, which didn't happen. Thus, the book was actually about Abby learning what had happened to her in the previous year in her parallel life, and working out what she wanted going on from there. Abby actually had no choice other than to get on with her life at Yale, because her original life didn't exist in that dimension. I did think the story was quite slow to start with. We're introduced to these three separate realities, and it's not until a bit later in the book that we really realise that what happened to Parallel Abby 1 year ago is effecting where Abby is now at Yale. I'd say that this slowness continued until about the 50% mark, where we really began to see what massive differences small things have on Abby's current existence, and see how these alter Abby's ideas about people in the current time. Quite a few people are affected by this is seems, most notably Abby, her best friend, and her boyfriend. At the 60% mark I started to really care about the decisions parallel Abby made, and how these affected our current Abby's life. By this point the book became pretty un-put-down-able, and I was desperate to find out what would happen next, and who Abby would end up with at the end. Although it took a while to get into, I did enjoy this book, and the number of twists and turns was just phenomenal! I have to say that I also liked the ending. I've read a couple of books this year about parallel worlds, and this is by far the best, and the ending although twisted, did give a clear indication of who was really Abby's soul-mate, which was good. Overall; a great YA paranormal/sci-fi story, about parallel worlds. 8 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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