#Review By Lou of – All This Could Be Different By Sarah Thankam Mathews #SarahThankhamMathews @orionbooks #ContemporaryFiction #AllThisCouldBeDifferent

All This Could Be Different
By Sarah Thankam

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A coming of age story in a way, as the main protagonist reaches that age where life is changing again with being in the working world, trying to figure out, now properly adult, where you fit in, told in a very contemporary style. Thanks to Orion Books for a review copy. Find out more in my review and then my review below.

This is not a story about work or precarity. I am trying, late in the evening, to say something about love, which for many of us is not separable from the other shit.’

This is a novel about being young in the 21st century.
About being called a ‘rockstar’ by your boss because of your Excel skills.
About staying up too late buying furniture online, despite the threat of eviction hanging over you.
About feeling like all your choices are mortgaged to the parents that made your life possible.
About the excitement of moving to a new city: about gay bars, house parties and new romances.
About a group of friends – about Sneha, Tig and Thom – and how that can become a family.
About love and sex and hope.
About knowing that all this could be different.


Everyone remembers being young and full of aspirations. Some things never change, even though technology does. There’s the desire to move out of the parental home, becoming even more independent, finding a job, cultivating new or more friendships and romantic relationships. At the heart of this book is finding your way in and growing into young adulthood now Sneha has hit twenty. It’s very much written in the first person for the narrative, so the narrator is telling you, much like a narrator on tv does when looking down the camera lens.

Sneha moves to Milwaukee and restarts life and has to make new friends, but also has work to contend with, especially the property manager.

There’s a bit of a political element at times, featuring Barack Obama, which adds a different element and angle to showing life.

It was an interesting take on a young adult’s life, trying to find her way in the world and in one way or another. Where this book excels is relatability to everyone at that age and passed that age, as there are elements of life that never changes, whenever readers hit their 20’s. For that, it is an entertaining, well observed/experienced read.


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