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Download ☆ The Versions of Us By Laura Barnett – [Reading] ➷ The Versions of Us By Laura Barnett – What if you had said yes The moments that change everything One Day meets Sliding Doors in this outstanding debut that is causing a buzz across the publishing worldSome moments can change your life fo What if you had said yes The moments that change everything One Day meets Sliding Doors in this outstanding debut that is causing a buzz across the publishing worldSome moments can change your life for ever Have you ever wondered what ifA man is walking down a country lane A woman cycling towards him swerves to avoid a dog On that moment their The Versions PDF or future hinges There are three possible outcomes three small decisions that could determine the rest of their lifeEva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in And then there is David Eva's then lover an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting Lives filled with love betrayal ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at themThe Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.

10 thoughts on “The Versions of Us

  1. Karen ⊰✿ Karen ⊰✿ says:

    I like the concept of the book and the characters and story lines were well written The issue is that the book is just hard work There are three separate story lines following two characters and every chapter flips between those three ; and between time periods It just becomes a bit of a mind bender to keep on top of what is going on and who each character is and therefore forces you to have to write notes or remain thoroughly confusedI think the author would have been better off keeping the timeline much much shorter rather than over c60 years and the three versions in solid lengthier components So part 1 as version 1 part 2 as version 2 part 3 as version 3 and then part 4 tying them togetherUnfortunately in her uest to write a clever book I feel it will result in alienating many readers and prevent people from finishing what could otherwise be a very enjoyable bookThanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  2. Angela M Angela M says:

    Different versions of a relationship and various possibilities in the lives of two people make for a thought provoking read How do the choices we make change our entire future and what about fate? This is a well written and cleverly crafted debut that tells the story or rather stories of Eva a writer and Jim a painter over the course of decades It's not just one narrative but three and while it held my interest because I liked these characters at times I wanted it to move a little faster than it did It felt a little dragged out and was just a little tedious trying to keep the versions straight I could have taken notes but that's not my ideal way of reading a novel I just wanted to enjoy Eventually I got into the rhythm of the alternating narratives of Versions One Two and ThreeActually my interest was piued by the vignettes in the beginning of Miriam and Jacob and Vivian and Lewis But the versions presented here are about Jim and Eva Nevertheless I loved finding out who the first two couples were and could see their versions as well in the three storiesIt's hard to talk about the novel without giving anything away so I won't give the details I will say that it is about than who they were together or apart but also about who they were as individuals with their artistic talents of writing and painting taking different directions in the different versions It has been compared to One Day which didn't work for me and Life After Life which I liked but did not love I could say the same about this one I liked it I'll give it 35 stars because it's cleverly written but can't uite give it 4 stars I will though look to see if the author writes in the future as I think this is a promising debutThanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt NetGalley and Edelweiss

  3. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    This terrific novel starts out the way many romantic stories go Boy meets girl Yetauthor Laura Barnett doesn't just tell us an ordinary romantic story Instead we get three stories They are each distinct yet closely connected togetherenjoyable and easy to follow Eve and Jim are shown in different scenarios Many sides to them both We see missed opportunities and conseuences for choices made their personal and professional lives eually affected What unfolds through these stories is fascinating stunning mystery Everything is laid out for us in each story but what happens is that we begin to 'vote' on our favorite path you can't help it but then you change your mind because some new information pops up Many other characters play a role associated with both Jim and Eve but this story essentially belongs to them Althoughpay 'close' attention to a few of the minor roles too What makes this book special is the uniueness creative crafting At times the subjects are dark in theme other times neutral with a touching ending It's funny I couldn't help but compare this book to a movie I just saw called 45 Years There is a slight difference with the theme in that it's clear to me that we all have made choices in life where we have 'wondered' what ifI made the 'other' choice instead but in the film I saw It looked like 1 person was a 'victim' possibly for 45 years by the choice she made not having all the information upfront to have made a clear choiceSo I'm left wondering with 'both' the film I saw and 'this' bookis it really possible to say there are morals to our storiesat all?Or is it thatthings are just the way they are in life and just the way they are 'not'?Any emotion and thought we add Is simply our interpretation This novel 'stands out' with wonderful characters to followThe relationships and situations which kept changing were like doing a puzzleso this book is for those who might be willing to tap into that part of your brain which isn't needed as often in other novels Terrific mental brain exerciseand FANTASTIC FUNThank You Houghton Mifflin Publishing and Laura Barnett

  4. Jacki (Julia Flyte) Jacki (Julia Flyte) says:

    In 1958 Eva and Jim are nineteen year old students at Cambridge Their paths will cross one day in October and from there this book explores three different directions that their lives might take from that day In Version 1 Jim invites Eva for a drink They fall in love she dumps her boyfriend David and they end up marrying In Version 2 they don't get together and Eva will end up marrying David In Version 3 they get together but then Eva will go back to David From there the book unfolds in chronological order with chapters alternating between the different versions right through to 2014 In every version Jim will become an artist and Eva a writer albeit with varying degrees of success Also in every version their paths will repeatedly cross with some events occurring in every one of the three strandsThis is a clever idea for a novel Not completely original the movie Sliding Doors and the book Life after Life explored similar territory but still one that holds instant appeal In one version of his life Jim does a painting called The Versions of Us which he describes as being about the many roads not taken the many lives not lived So a clever concept but not one that is necessarily easy to read I struggled to keep track of which life I was in at which time was Eva happily married or unhappily? Which man was she with? Which children did she have in this life? Around the 150 page mark I gave up on reading the book in order and instead read each Version right through first Version 1 then Version 2 then Version 3 Which made it a lot easier to keep track of what was happening in each strand but which also highlighted to me one of the central problems with this book which is that none of the three versions are terribly engrossing Unlike Life About Life for example when Ursula's alternate lives showed different facets of life for women in the 20th century this book just shows varying ways that two people can dance around one another's lives The other issue is that I never really cared about these people In every version Jim is a hard character to like the only striking thing about him are his long lashed violet eyes Depending on the version we read he mopes he sulks he's unfaithful but he's never terribly interesting and I could never see why bright brave determined Eva would be drawn to him If you think about the fact that each version only has around 130 pages to cover over 50 years it is no wonder perhaps that characters are only sketched thinlyI realise I'm in the minority with my dislike of this book but it left me feeling very dissatisfied

  5. Charlotte May Charlotte May says:

    Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take TS Eliot35 starsSuch an interesting premise that the span of our lives could be entirely different from only 1 single event Eva and Jim meet for the first time at Cambridge when Eva falls from her bike The choices both Jim and Eva make following this determine the rest of their lives At times slightly confusing as following three separate versions of their life with the same characters was difficult but it was fascinatingThe three versions head in such different directions despite having the same beginning you are left wondering at your own life and how it can change and you can go down a new path from just the smallest decisions An enjoyable read with a lot of thought Who knows how we would be in another life? Under another set of circumstances how would your life change? He is old enough now to know happiness for what it is brief and fleeting not a state to strive for to seek to live in but to catch when it comes and to hold on to for as long as you can

  6. Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine) Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine) says:

    I had to give up after reading 41% of this book I actually read far beyond my initial impulse to stop Though I liked the idea of having three versions I found the way it was written to be difficult to follow I was also not invested in any of the characters Though I really wanted to like this book it just wasn't happening for me

  7. Marissa Marissa says:

    This book is so good I am writing my first Goodreads review EVER for it Full disclosure I work for the publisher so I got to read this for work It's a tough job but somebody's gotta do it It's easy to say a book is full of beautifully written characters and while that's true of The Versions of Us the real beauty and skill is in how there are multiple beautifully written versions of every character As you read you feel as though you're a silent onlooker on the road in the pub at the party; wanting the best for Eva and Jim but left wondering if actually there is one best way for the story to go The answer if this is real life of course is that there isn't and there are threads of the perfect and imperfect in every life What makes this novel such a fantastic read and why I'm so happy to have read it this year is that it asks you to challenge the simplistic idea of two roads diverged and consider instead countless possible strands and that really our lives bend from moment to moment

  8. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Eva “You don’t really believe that anything is meant to happen do you?”Jim “No Maybe not Who knows?”“No regrets Jim all right?”“No regrets Eva Not now Not ever”Nearly 45 In this impressively structured elegantly written debut Barnett chronicles the romantic lives of two Cambridge graduates through three uarters of a century By giving three options for how their connection might play out she investigates “the dim liminal place where one path is taken and another missed” She juggles her storylines and moves through decades with easeThe high culture vibe is reminiscent of television’s Mad Men in places and also recalls the sophistication of Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand That First Held Mine Less mawkish than One Day; less gimmicky than Life After Life – though there are shades of both The message seems to be there is no one perfect person no one perfect story Unsentimental this may be but it feels true to how life works Full review in July 2015 issue of Third Way magazine

  9. Milly Paris Milly Paris says:

    Affairs affairs everywhere That's my overriding thought of this book And God did it make me angryOk down to the main review The concept of this book is awesome There are many moments recently where I've been struck by how even the smallest actions could have completely changed the course of my life which is the main theme of this book and pretty much the reason I read it Also I'm a sucker for a romance However this was not a romance Actually it was pretty much the opposite To me it just said that love was dead and unrealistic and never lasted In every version there were multiple affairs That's just so blooming depressing And the characters rarely if ever got their comeuppance for that Jim was an unbareable character Wholly selfish and self centred and just awful I felt no sympathy towards him and uestioned why the author would let him end up with Eva in any version at all In fact many of the characters were despicable If I don't like the characters I don't care about the storyAlso I found the different storylines very difficult to follow especially with the changing decades and children and spouses Often I got confused between them which really affected how much I enjoyed the bookMeh overall it was average with some enjoyable parts but these were overshadowed by how angry all the affairs made me I'm planning on getting my mum to read it and see if possibly it's just my age and stage in life that hampered my enjoyment of it

  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    35 I picked this novel up expecting a light read but it was than that All three versions of Eva and Jim’s life were engrossing and surprising

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