The Versions Of Us - Laura Barnett

It all started with missed train at 18:09 (or thereabouts) from Charing Cross, a dead phone and a cold weekday evening. It was when red cheeks, frozen fingers and the unannounced timings of the next train all were incredibly present, that I was led into W H Smith and ended up reaching for 'The Versions of Us' to satisfy impending boredom on my phone-less journey home...

But what if my phone hadn't died? What if the weather had been warmer and I'd decided to walk to the station and caught the train with 20% charge to spare? Would I have discovered this beautiful book? A book based around the sole premise of what if and the small, but poignant implications fate has on our paths and future. Who knows? (Perhaps that's another novel in there) But I'm incredibly glad I did come across this debut by my new literary love, Laura Barnett.

Described as a combination of 'Sliding Doors' and 'One Day' (having only read the latter, I was still sold)- this warming, and thought provoking book tells the story of Eva and Jim, two Cambridge students- throughout their lives- from their initial meeting, through various life events- and how things may have been shaped differently had they made different decisions. Told in three versions throughout (which is surprisingly easy to keep track of), you are led fluidly through the various outcomes as the story goes on (which makes a pleasant change from the books where you have to 'select' the ending yourself and end up getting in a bit of a pickle)- making the book easily digestible, hugely engaging and completely wonderful. Once, you reach the end, it's the kind of book you feel you could easily read again and pick up something new from- which is good, as I don't know if I'm quite ready to detach myself from that brilliant Cambridge couple just yet.

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The Versions Of Us - Laura Barnett

It all started with missed train at 18:09 (or thereabouts) from Charing Cross, a dead phone and a cold weekday evening. It was when red cheeks, frozen fingers and the unannounced timings of the next train all were incredibly present, that I was led into W H Smith and ended up reaching for 'The Versions of Us' to satisfy impending boredom on my phone-less journey home...

But what if my phone hadn't died? What if the weather had been warmer and I'd decided to walk to the station and caught the train with 20% charge to spare? Would I have discovered this beautiful book? A book based around the sole premise of what if and the small, but poignant implications fate has on our paths and future. Who knows? (Perhaps that's another novel in there) But I'm incredibly glad I did come across this debut by my new literary love, Laura Barnett.

Described as a combination of 'Sliding Doors' and 'One Day' (having only read the latter, I was still sold)- this warming, and thought provoking book tells the story of Eva and Jim, two Cambridge students- throughout their lives- from their initial meeting, through various life events- and how things may have been shaped differently had they made different decisions. Told in three versions throughout (which is surprisingly easy to keep track of), you are led fluidly through the various outcomes as the story goes on (which makes a pleasant change from the books where you have to 'select' the ending yourself and end up getting in a bit of a pickle)- making the book easily digestible, hugely engaging and completely wonderful. Once, you reach the end, it's the kind of book you feel you could easily read again and pick up something new from- which is good, as I don't know if I'm quite ready to detach myself from that brilliant Cambridge couple just yet.

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20 comments:

  1. This looks like a lovely book! I'll definitely have to add it to my to-read list :)

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  2. Haha the start of his sounded a bit like a novel, definitely want to give this a read!

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  3. Definitely need to get this book! It sounds like such an exciting story! Off to Amazon I go.. :) xx

    Jess In Retrospect

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  4. I love the design of the cover and I absolutely love the sound of it. Definitely the type of book I'd read over and over.

    Love,
    Hannie Arden from <a href="http://www.missingwanderer.org”>missingwanderer.org</a>.

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  5. Oh I love the sound of this book! I'll have to download it to my Kindle x

    Wonky Lauren

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  6. lovely
    killthemwithchic.com

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  7. You got me when it's said to be similar to One Day! I love traveling (whether in a car or train) with no technology at all. Great times!

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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  8. Such a beautifully written review for a beautifully written book, I love both!!

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  9. Definitely going to read it! It seems so interesting and something that i've never read before! Thanks for sharing! :D

    http://laurasavenue.blogspot.com.es/

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  10. This sounds like a really nice book, I love getting new recommendations.

    Jess x
    www.jessicalaar.blogspot.com

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  11. I've heard so many good things about this book and I think I'm finally sold - thank you for the lovely review!

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  12. This sounds so intriguing! And since One Day is one of my all time favourite books I'll probably have to pick it up now... :)

    http://shakespeareandsparkle.com/

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  13. I love book reviews! Definitely going to be putting this on my list to pick up at the local library. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This definitely sounds like my kind of book! I mean don't get me wrong I love the types like 'gone girl' or 'before i go to sleep' but theres always something about a nice romantic book it sounds so intriguing and I want to know how it all ended and what would have happened if they'd done different things! this is definitely going in to the wishlist, thank god for that dead phone and delayed train hey!
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  15. I was so excited when I saw this post as I'm reading this book at the moment too!! It's strange cause I also bought this book on a whim in WHSmith due to a delayed train haha!
    I'm absolutely in love with this book and can't get enough of it! I'll definitely be reading another from this author once I'm finished! X

    Amelissab.blogspot.com

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  16. I will add this to my goodreads list :) Always looking for book recommendations <3

    Gisforgingers xx

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  17. I'm loving your book reviews it's really not helping my bank account but amazon love me now haha It's just great to hear book recommendations! xx

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  18. I loved it too and loved every version of Eva!

    www.alikelylife.co.uk

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  19. Trying to read more this year and this sounds fabulous, my kind of book!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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