The Versions of Us

The Versions of Us

by Laura Barnett

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The Versions of Us 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I liked the story and the way it was told. I would have rated this book 3.5 stars, but rounded up since this was the author's first novel. The only "complaint" I have is that the story became a bit confusing when some "versions" were skipped over. After repeating the sequence of version one/version two/version three several times, the author would randomly leave out a version (for example, go from a chapter of 'version three' right into a chapter of 'version two', leaving out 'version one' for that time period). I would recommend readers pay careful attention to the chapter heading to avoid mixing up characters/scenarios.
Anonymous 6 months ago
a bit hard to follow at the beginning but I'm glad I stuck with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first a had trouble keeping the version straight. The changing names made it a tad difficult to follow the story of which kids were who's. But as I read on got used to the names. I love this story. It is filled with what ifs. Some will never stop to think if a decision or turn would have made life different or better.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read..... I liked the the idea of 3 timelines & the author did a good job in the story telling but over all it was difficult to keep up with the stories for each timeline. I would like to read more by Laura Barnett but without the unique setup of this book because she has a very powerful writing style. Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars - Original review @ 125Pages.com The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett is a tale told in three parts. Each section begins with the same day; and the meeting or almost meeting of two students. Told in alternating chapters each timeline unfurls through the decades with each what if covered. It is an interesting concept for a book, one that I have seen in a few movies, all done with varying success. The Versions of Us was mostly successful. The plot of The Versions of Us was very intriguing. Three possibilities in life, a giant “what if” followed through time. I was impressed with the writing of Laura Barnett. It is difficult to run three distinct plotlines containing the same characters and timelines and make them all distinct. The pacing had some issues as at times decades would pass and at times just days and it always took me a bit to catch up to the time change. The world was secondary to the characters and was not super fleshed out. There was a fair bit of emotion in The Versions of Us as love was at times lost then found then turned around within the three plots. The characters were where I felt a disconnect. I understand that all the timelines were meant to be distinct, but I just did not like their actions in the majority of the stories. I enjoyed The Versions of Us for the most part. I must applaud Laura Barnett as all three parts were distinct and their own. It was difficult to read, as each chapter was a different timeline and I had to refocus and remember where the story left off a few chapters before. The main characters though, is what turned me off. I understand that they wanted to find true love and were constantly thrown into each others lives, but I did not like the actions taken for them to get there. I have a few plot points that instantly turn me off, and (no spoilers) but one of them was in The Versions of Us multiple times. If you enjoy a complex read with multiple storylines, then The Versions of Us is for you. I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book as it looked at three people and how different their lives would have been if they had taken different paths. While I was pretty much keeping up with the different versions, I got a little confused when other kids from new partners, etc. started showing up. That's my fault though, not the authors. It's my memory issues and plus I had several interruptions. I thought this was a different take on writing a book. I have never really read anything exactly like this before and found it quite enjoyable and interesting. I did find it interesting that a man in the situation of being on his own became a huge success, yet the same man married to a woman who was the breadwinner was pretty much a drunk mess. Huge thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Net Gallery for the opportunity to read and review this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.