The Versions of Us, Hardback
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What if you had said yes ...? Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958.

Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. We follow three different versions of their future - together, and apart - as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day. The Versions of Us is an outstanding debut novel about the choices we make and the different paths that our lives might follow. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?




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Such a delicious concept: what would happen if you had done something different in your life, followed a different path. This book is billed as Sliding Doors meets One Day and I can see why. It has a similar style to One Day but for me was much better and I really enjoyed The Versions of Us. I was expecting it to be three separate stories told one at a time, not a chapter from version 1, one from version 2 and one from version 3 and then repeated. It could have been very confusing but it did work well. If you're somebody that has difficulty in following a book that isn't written in a linear fashion then this isn't for you!Eva and Jim meet at Cambridge in 1958 and we follow them right up to 2014 but each of the three versions has them following different paths, some together and some apart. The story is well-plotted, interweaving details from each version into the others but cleverly showing how small things can make such a difference to the way your life pans out. The writing is lovely and the ending was moving (in all three versions). I thought this was a brilliant debut.