Read between: 14th- 21st January, 2018
Published: June 4th, 2015
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Synopsis: 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 world
Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you ever wondered, what if…?
A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.
Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. 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 them.
The 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.
Review: This story is well written, the characters are well fleshed out. I love Eva and Jim, the two main characters of the story. The novel itself follows their lives from their births in 1938, to their first meeting, all the way up to 2014 when they are well into their elder years.
It is set in three different scenarios, (hence the title). In all three versions, Eva and Jim meet, in all of them they become parents, whether that be as a couple or with other people, but in all of them they face trials of love, loss, and heartbreak. Something happens that changes their lives, be that in a good way, or a bad one.
However, the main problem I had with this book, is having three separate storylines split up throughout the book was incredibly hard to follow. I wish I had read each version separately but as I read this book on my Kindle it would have been really hard to flick backwards and forwards between the the different versions.
I also didn’t like the amount of times Eva was cheated on by her many husbands (apart from Ted, he was lovely <3) over the three storylines. I don’t like reading about cheating, especially when the characters are so well written that you can feel, and understand, the sadness and the pain they are going through.
It’s a really hard book to explain because of the three different versions of Eva and Jim’s story. Despite them all crossing over, they were still very different, for example, their children had entirely different names in each story. It definitely has an interesting concept, which I think gave the author a chance to delve into her characters more.
I enjoyed the story- I just got very confused and lost track of which version was which! Interesting, but cute, and I did like that Eva and Jim were each others endgame. It didn’t matter which version, they always ended up together 🙂
I didn’t hate this book, but I just found it incredibly difficult to read. Take it with a pinch of salt.
Thanks for reading!