Author: Matthew Turner
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Synopsis: One boy. One girl. One insignificant moment that changes their lives forever.
Bella and Clark are two young twenty-somethings, finding themselves in a chaotic and crazy world. One craves love; the other avoids it. Will they find one another, or will a single what-if moment send them down different paths?
In the same mould as Sliding Doors, Uncertainty, and Smoking/No-Smoking, Beyond Parallel flips between two parallel tales. One follows Bella and Clark as a couple, the other as if they never meet.
Friendships, careers, dreams, fantasies...their lives are no different to yours or mine.
Follow their journey over a fast paced, mazy two-years. Highflying careers, book tours, teaching teenagers, hipster warehouses, coffee shop hangouts, a despicable salesman...they're all confronted.
It's incredible how a small, everyday decision can affect how you look, where you live, the people you love, and who you become. We could all live a billion lives, but we're only given one.
Is it all a game of chance, or are Bella and Clark meant to be?
Brought to you by TeamNerd Reviewer Bridget Strahin
Review: I really enjoyed Beyond Parallel. Have you ever wondered: what if? Have you ever decided to take the short way home and wondered what would have happened if you took the long way? Or what would have happened if you talked to the stranger sitting next to you instead of ignoring him? I know I have. Decisions are always difficult for me because I'm constantly plagued by the "what if." So when I saw Beyond Parallel sitting in our inbox, I jumped on it.
The story started out slow and a little confusing because of the way the book is set up. In the beginning of every chapter it is either labled WITH or WITHOUT meaning: WITH Bella and Clark's knowledge of eachother and WITHOUT their knowledge of eachother, but I am still embarrassed to say, that I had to read the first four chapters three times before everything clicked and I was able to move forward. But once I got moving, it was easy to navigate and I enjoyed reading Bella and Clark's journey as a couple and apart.
It all starts with an innocent bus ride. In one realm, Bella and her best friend Alex are together and Bella doesn't meet Clark and in the other realm, Bella's friend is sick with food poisoning and Bella gets on the bus by herself and meets Clark. They get along quite well and I enjoyed reading their budding romance and journey. Both main characters have their own reasons for traveling and being on their own and I loved Turner's writing style. All the characters were well rounded and easily relatable to. It’s part of what made this read as enjoyable as it was.
This book is definitely a thought provoker. As you will see with Bella and Clark, every action has a reaction and every choice has a consequence. I recommend this read to everyone who enjoys reading New Adult Contemporary and for those who are looking for something that doesn’t fit into the cookie cutter cutouts that are taking up the literary world at the moment.
About the Author: Matthew Turner is a storyteller, nomad, and coffee loving fiend. He sees life as one gigantic tale, and it's the role of the creator in which he has taken. Be it Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Day-to-Day Musings. Each new day brings a beginning, middle and end.