The Versions of Us

The Versions of Us

Book - 2016
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In one moment, two lives will be changed forever ... and forever ... and forever. The one thing that's certain is that 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
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780544634244
0544634241
9780544634473
Branch Call Number: FIC Barnett, L 2016
Characteristics: xiii, 402 pages ; 24 cm

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maipenrai
Aug 31, 2017

I am sorry to say that I gave up on this book. Sometimes it is a challenge to follow one narrative, but multiple and alternative versions are not my idea of a pleasant read. When several versions of events are possible I cease to care what happens to the main characters because I come to believe I will never know or will be left with more than one resolution. Then there is the issue of keeping track of what story line you are following. Not for me. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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msp_pier
May 20, 2016

First things first - I LOVED this book.

I'm a huge fan of the movie Sliding Doors (remember when Gwyneth was normal and wonderful and amazing and not all Gooped up?) and all things that are like, "what if we took this road instead of that one?"

The Versions of Us is just like that, but better. It's the story of Jim and Eva. They meet by chance in Cambridge in 1958 when Eva's bike gets a flat and Jim comes over to see if he can help, which turns into drinks, which turns into love. Or maybe she doesn't get a flat and they never meet. Or maybe they meet and he helps her, which turns into drinks, which turns into them breaking up 6 weeks later.

The whole book focuses on these three different (switching back and forth, which was confusing at first, but I got the hang of it!) versions and what their lives would look like from that moment on.

Spanning from the fifties to the present it's a story of possibilities and the effects that our choices make on a day to day basis. It's also a story about the choices we don't make, and we all do that from time to time.

The characters were beautifully written (all three versions of them), they were flawed, they were human, they were real, as were the different versions of their lives.

I couldn't help but root for one particular outcome throughout the book, although the outcome I rooted for changed the more I read, but in the end I don't think any outcome was better than the other, and that's life, you guys!

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KathyS82
Nov 13, 2015

Be ready to need a pen and paper to keep notes while reading this book. It's totally confusing without having the payoff of being worth it.
The premise is great but this book did not deliver. Version 3 didn't even make sense as it wasn't a result of that one moment in time that changes your life. Characters were boring and lifeless.

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bookwormjeph
Sep 09, 2015

I tried , I really did, to like this story as I was intrigued by the premise of how our lives can change and pivot on a seemingly simple and at times trivial decision. I can attest to this in my own life. However I felt let down and it just felt too scattered, superficial characters, and I got quite bored. I was left feeling disappointed. Twas a shame.

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dradmol
Aug 16, 2016

Slow to start and hard to follow but really good.

The story of two people destined to be together told three ways.

Very much worth the time to read.

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