by Lauren Miller


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Your path changes.
Your destiny doesn't.

Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper. 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, she is on a Hollywood movie set, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten. A cosmic collision of parallel universes has left Abby living an alternate version of her life. Abby must race against time to take control of her fate without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062199782
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 465,378
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Lauren Miller is an entertainment lawyer and television writer. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.

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Huntley Fitzpatrick

“Penetrating, jaw–dropping, and so real, PARALLEL had me turning pages at warp speed, hoping for the best tomorrow. Read this book.”

Jordanna Fraiberg

“PARALLEL beautifully tackles the universal themes of fate, destiny, and the search for a soulmate, proving that there are no wrong turns. Your heart will soar and you’ll be cheering at the end.”

Melissa de la Cruz

“A fun, twisty novel about the paths you choose and the paths you don’t…to follow your heart’s desire. Deeply romantic and entertaining!“

Lauren Barnholdt

“Best. Debut. Novel. Ever.”

Jennifer E. Smith

“Wildly inventive and wonderfully romantic, PARALLEL takes readers on a journey that will open their minds and their hearts.”

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Parallel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was some what worried about how it would end (I really needed Abby to end up with ____ ) but the end came just perfect and i totaly wish there was a second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! At times you think it's just a dumb fluff book, but then it transforms into a complex, amazing book! I couldn't put it down the entire time! The world the author creates is so complicated and cool you wonder if it actually happened. Non-stop fun until the last page :)
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LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book!!!! I really needed a good read, especially after my last two flops. And I certainly got it here! I was drawn in immediately by Lauren's writing- I loved that she devoted time early on to introducing me to Abby. I felt like she gave me the characterization I needed to really understand her and I've read alot of books lately where I haven't gotten that. By doing this, I became invested in Abby very quickly and soon, I was flying through the pages because I had to know how everything played out! The only thing that got to me was the switching back and forth between parallels. It took me a minute to figure out what was going on and just as I was getting wrapped up in one story we switched back to the other. Which, don't get me wrong, I liked- it just took some getting used to. I liked Abby's character and as I said, I became really invested in her and her happiness. Like the above summary stated, Abby had a plan and then life got in the way. I felt bad for Abby and I especially related to her because I myself know what it's like to have a plan and envision your life one way and then it takes a completely different turn down a road you didn't plan on or want. However, I am going to take the ending as a hopeful one and believe that Miller did some foreshadowing. (Hey Lauren- I definitely need a sequel or a companion novella to this one. Pretty please?!) And holy plot twist! There was a pretty good one that I did NOT see coming at all. In fact I freaked out thus resulting in a text to keep it down because people were sleeping. LOL. The plot twist broke my heart a little bit because I really liked both people it involved and didn't want to see anyone get hurt. The secondary characters: Caitlin and Tyler (Abby's best friends), Josh (Abby's high school crush), and Michael (Abby's college boyfriend) all were great additions to the story and extremely critical to the plot. Caitlin was Abby's loyal best friend and confidante and is there to help keep Abby grounded especially when she thinks she is going crazy. Tyler is also Abby's loyal friend, but serves as comedic relief, which I really liked. Josh is the boy Abby meets in her astronomy class in high school and is 'adorkable'. For most of his scenes we see that Abby is starting to really like him, but has a hard time getting a reading on him and whether he likes her at all. I really liked Josh. (I can't say anymore than that.) Michael, finally, is the gorgeous guy she meets at school and while I didn't feel the same connection between them that I did between Abby and Josh, I did still like him as a character and they did have some sweet moments. I really liked the idea of the whole soulmate idea in this book. I liked that soulmates could be between friends or people destined to be more for each other. This becomes a pretty big part in the plot development. I believe it was introduced for a reason and that is why I have hope for what is to come. "You asked if you could miss your destiny," he says then, with a nod at the board. "Not if you find your soulmates first." "Soulmates, plural?" I ask him. "How many does each person have?" The old man smiles at his equation, as if the answer is right in front of us. "Exactly as many as she needs." So just to forwarn you: the ending. OMG the ending. Don't worry no spoilers here but at midnight last night I definitely let out a cry. Of frustration, happiness, sadness? Guess you'll have to read it and find out. This is a great YA book about parallel universes, falling in love, discovering your true self, and realizing what matters the most in life. There's not much more I can say without spoiling, so I'll stop here- but trust me. You want this book. "Your path will change. Your destiny doesn't. Suddenly, it all makes sense. The path doesn't dictate the destination. There are detours to destiny, and sometimes that detour is a shortcut." *Thank you to HarperCollins for sending me this book in return for a fair and honest review.*
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KaylaBeck More than 1 year ago
When Parallel arrived in the mail, I was immediately sucked into it and happily distracted by the story. Abby, the main character, is unhappy with the road that her life has taken. While she is [not] enjoying a life that many could only dream of, she resents the opportunity that she's been given. She goes to bed the night before her eighteenth birthday confused, but not as confused when she wakes up the next morning on the opposite side of the country. With the help of Caitlin and her randomly placed memories from her parallel self, she figures out how the alternate reality came about. Instead of giving you a long, drawn out review (because I'm already late), I'm going to tell you what I liked best about Parallel . First, I am a hardcore fan of old school science fiction, and Ray Bradbury has handled time travel and alternate realities best in A Sound of Thunder . Parallel handled its shenanigans pretty much the same way without being blatantly using the Butterfly Effect. (No, I'm not talking about the terrible movie with Ashton Kutcher.) The things that happened in Abby's parallel's past changed the future directly and immediately. She woke up several mornings in what could have easily have been the worst possible situation. Secondly, Lauren Miller was pretty accurate in portraying the behavior and emotions of older teenagers and/or new adults. Her characters made stupid decisions, had very selfish tendencies, were insecure about themselves, and friends said some pretty ugly things to each other. The turmoil and feeling of "My life is ovarrrrrr!" is what I remember best about my teen years. The fact that the characters were not perfect or miniature adults really let me connect with them and believe in them more. Abby and Caitlin bullied Ilana, the Queen Bee, in the own way just as much as she hassled them. There was boyfriend stealing and cheating galore, too, while I'm thinking about it. The third good about Parallel is that they characters were both forgiving and willing to learn from their mistakes. Yes, this is a supposedly a story about alternate realities, but it really hit me as contemporary love story, that was both about romance and friendship, that happened on two different timelines. True love (if there is such a thing) should only exist in the presence of forgiveness and willingness to change, and the folks in Parallel really embraced both. The best thing about the book is Abby. She wasn't willing to lay down and just accept her parallel's life. Her parallel had vastly different experiences and that life had taken a totally different path than what Abby ever thought that she'd choose for herself. She fought to make changes to her parallel's life to make it something of her own, realizing certain aspects of her former situation were actually things she loved and enjoyed. She was strong, but she really grew as a character. Parallel was not really what I expected initially, but a delightful read, nonetheless. I would recommend it mainly to contemporary fans, but anyone who likes a quick, sweet read would enjoy the book. *To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received the book for reviewing purposes by the publisher or author, which has in no way affected the outcome of my review.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I just love concepts like these. The idea of parallel lives and how each little decision can effect so much is something that I have though about so much, and in Parallel I get to go through this with Abby. It was executed really well. She would wake up and rely on her friend Caitlyn to fill her in, and it was frustrating for her to have the gaps. She still remembered what she'd learned and the memories come back, but if it was changed by her parallel life then it felt more distant.      I was torn over which year I liked better, and it was neat to see the different aspects of her personality come through in different ways in the different realities we get a glimpse of. She has the same characteristics, wanting to be in control, stubborn, strong and smart in all of them it just comes through in different ways. I think it is so interesting how she fights the decisions that have been made and she felt like there was no control.      It was hard to see some of the best outcomes, or things that I liked keep changing by past decisions, and the people who get hurt along the way. But it is all what makes Abby develop and grow as a character, the pain and guilt and weight of experience that only she can remember. The hard times are also what makes the novel so deep and rich; the plots all tie together beautifully.      The Josh and Michael plot line was especially trying! I couldn't decide which one was the right choice, but I love how it all worked out, and how destiny and fate played out to make the right choice obvious. It added a great element to the story, and while I wouldn't call it a traditional love triangle, it is definitely something that adds a lot of tension and ultimately resolve and closure to the story. It was so romantic though, and I loved every second, and was on the edge of my seat as to what would happen and how destiny would nudge things in the right way.      I liked her character and I totally empathized with her as far as her confusion and jumbled feelings while all of this is going on. There are a few plot lines (actress by accident anyone?) that are a little far fetched, but its sci-fi and it's a novel, so I didn't have any issues with it.      I also liked the constants, her friend Caitlyn was also fun to read about. I loved the combo of super-smart and nerdy plus fashionista. It made her realistic to me. I loved how she rolled with the punches and was a good friend no matter what choices or what seeming "craziness" Abby came up with or what she'd forgotten or changed. It is a true friendship and I liked watching that play out.      There were some elements that went a little over my head like when Caitlyn and the professor were talking about sciences, but luckily I had Abby who didn't quite get all of that either, so it was broken down. I just enjoyed the ride and the time jumps, putting all of the pieces together and Abby as a main character so even if I didn't fully understand the whys, I still had a great time reading it.       I had no idea how Ms. Miller was going to tie everything up and fix the wrongs, but the ending was awesome. It left just the right amount of resolve, and while I wouldn't mind going back into Abby's world, I also know that the beautiful ending she wrote for this story would be messed up. But let me just give a shout out for an awesome standalone with a beautifully tied up ending meaning no cliffie. Great resolution, plot, character growth and swoony romance in one book.  Bottom Line: I cheered for the best possible ending for Abby and loved reading the ways that even the small choices effected her life and those she loved in such a big way.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
I have a thing about parallel universe books. I think they are super cool and I am always looking for great ones, so I couldn't pass this up. I have to admit that I was quite confused in the beginning as we see the "here" and "there" Abby's. It took a while for me to get my head straight and start enjoying the story. Not only are there parallel universes, but everything that Abby in the "there" universe does something differently than what she originally did, it throws things off in the "here". Lost? Yeah, I felt that way for a little while too. It does get better though I promise. Abby ends up in Hollywood as an actress. Her meticulously crafted plans for her future not going as she thought they would. Then after her eighteenth birthday party as she's going to bed, there's an earthquake. This somehow makes the parallel universes collide. Abby, unlike everyone else remembers her other life. That isn't supposed to happen apparently. She can only remember certain things though since there is a year and a day gap between "here" and "there". Makes things awkward when she has no clue who her roomate is, or her boyfriend. I have to say that she handles things pretty well. She's a smart girl. I had a hard time connecting with her at first, but by the end of the book I was able to feel emotion toward the characters and the story. Caitlin is pretty much her rock. Luckily she believes Abby when she tells her about what happened. Caitlin helps her by filling her in on the things that she has missed in the past year since something the other Abby did changed the way things are now. I really liked Caitlin. She was the super smart, honest, faithful friend. She would do anything to help Abby, even when Abby is selfish and not really thinking about what's going on with Caitlin. I can't really say too much since it's really something you have to read and experience on your own. There is a bit of a love triangle type thing, but it is really great because it makes sense. What the "there" Abby does affects the "here" Abby, even if she doesn't know what has changed, so mistakes happen and it's not like she can just erase things. It vaguely reminds me of the movie The Butterfly Effect and how each action changes the present or future, except for in this case, it changes the Parallel Abby's world. I also want to note that the chapters go back and forth from her waking up as "here" and "there" Abby. Overall I really thought this was good. Despite being a little confused and disconnected for a better portion of the first half, I was still quite intrigued and couldn't stop reading. As I got into the last third of the book, that's when the emotions started to kick in. After finally starting to connect with both Abby's and the other characters, all the changes and situations that were happening really affected me. I was close to tears at one point. This is full of twists and turns since you never know what the "there" Abby is going to do to change things. It wasn't perfect, but it was entertaining and interesting. A great debut. I will be looking forward to reading this authors other work! *An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It had an amazing plot line, and it was a total page turner! This was one of those books I never wanted to end. The one and only thing I didn't like is how the book ended. I wish that Abby would have stayed in the parallel world instead of going back to the real world. I liked her parallel life much better.
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
Ugh. I’m really struggling with how to rate this book because there were a lot of really great things that I adored about this book, and then there were some things that really made me want to scream. At first I was a little wary of the book, I didn’t really like Abby because things were told to us in the most roundabout way. For us to know that she was filming a movie in LA, we had to be told all about how her class was cancelled and then how the teacher called her into the office and then how it went from there. I know that I totally do this when telling a story, but to write that way, was a little rough because all the sudden she started to talk about what was going on in LA, and I forgot that was where it even started. I really liked how original the idea was. I know that there have at least been times in my life where I have wondered where I would be if one little detail of my life had changed. I loved how Abby was able to take most of the things in stride, doing what she could to stay positive and net let what was happening to her get her down. Of course she wasn’t perfect, and she did have her moments, but for the most part she was a strong character with flaws that I could relate to and I liked that. I got frustrated with her when things didn’t work or her life was changed by this other girl. I was concerned when I started the book that I wouldn’t be able to keep all the worlds straight, but surprisingly, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I was annoyed by some of the repitition in the book that I felt wasn’t necessary (I also read a book a day, so facts don’t really escape me). What I was annoyed by was the science talk, I am not the type of person that likes science and if I’m being honest it doesn’t like me much back, so when there were all of these complicated scientific explainations for what was happening and why, my eyes sort of glazed over, I got the gyst of it, but big science words almost put me to sleep on my morning commute. I found all of the support characters were great from Caitlyn her super sciency best friend to the two boys who were vying for her love. I adored that this was based in my own graduation year, so that made me feel special, although I nitpicked about the fact that Words With Friends was not really a thing in 2008, but, fine, I’ll roll with it. I think that this book would make a great movie. Right now you’re asking yourself, “Well Nicole, it sounds like you enjoyed it, why the low rating?” And for me to answer that, I would have to ruin the whole book for you and I would much rather not do that. At all. I want you to read it and form your own opinion on it, because it had some really great merrits. Its possible that down the line I will come back to it, and give it a higher rating.