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PARALLEL by Lauren Miller

PARALLEL

By Lauren Miller

Age Range: 14 - 18

Pub Date: May 14th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-219977-5
Publisher: HarperTeen

Parallel worlds collide to life-altering effect in this soft–sci-fi novel.

One minute Abigail Barnes is shooting a movie in Los Angeles opposite “Cosmo’s Sexiest Guy Alive,” and the next, she’s waking up in a Yale dorm room with a roommate and life she doesn’t recognize. Thankfully, Caitlin, Abby’s science-genius best friend, is also a Yalie. Together they conclude that Abby’s strange, new reality is the result of an “interdimensional collision” of two parallel worlds. Sound confusing? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Further complicating the situation, Abby (and readers) must come to terms with the fact that she is now permanently linked to another Abby who exists in a separate physical world. The choices that this parallel Abby makes directly affect the world in which this Abby exists. This gets especially tricky when it comes to matters of the heart. Desperate not to lose her newfound love, Abby must race against time and her parallel self in order to regain control of her destiny. While the premise of Miller’s debut novel for teens offers an interesting take on universal themes of love and fate, and the characters are likable enough, the science at the heart of the story is mind-numbing. Furthermore, the constant back and forth between parallel worlds will likely make it difficult for readers to ever truly feel invested in the novel’s romantic core.

A miss. (Science fiction. 14 & up)