Title: The Versions of Us
Genre: General Fiction
Author: Laura Barnett
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 3, 2016)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: not explicit
Description from Amazon.com:
In one moment, two lives will be changed forever . . . and forever . . . and forever. The one thing that’s certain is they met on a Cambridge street by chance and felt a connection that would last a lifetime. But as for what happened next . . . They fell wildly in love, or went their separate ways. They kissed, or they thought better of it. They married soon after, or were together for a few weeks before splitting up. They grew distracted and disappointed with their daily lives together, or found solace together only after hard years spent apart.
With The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has created a world as magical and affecting as those that captivated readers in One Day and Life After Life. It is a tale of possibilities and consequences that rings across the shifting decades, from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and on to the present, showing how even the smallest choices can define the course of our lives.
I have enough frustration in life without having a book adding to it. I could not keep track of which “version” I was reading and had to repeatedly go to the chapter heading to see where I was. And even after doing that, I was trying to remember what the characters did in the other chapters’ versions.
I thought the premise was intriquing, the what-ifs that we all wonder about in that road not taken, but I had no idea it would be so difficult for me to follow.
You just may need to take notes if you read this one and then you may not be able to keep your Jims, Evas and Davids straight.