Monday 16 September 2013

Review: The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman

1. Go to Paris

2. Perform live, on a super big stage

3. Have a baby, maybe two
4. Fall in love 

Brett Bohlinger has forgotten all about the list of life goals she’d written as a naïve teenager. In fact, at thirty-four, Brett seems to have it all—a plum job at her family’s multimillion-dollar company and a spacious loft with her irresistibly handsome boyfriend. But when her beloved mother, Elizabeth, passes away, Brett’s world is turned upside down. Rather than simply naming her daughter the new CEO of Bohlinger Cosmetics, Elizabeth’s will comes with one big stipulation: Brett must fulfill the list of childhood dreams she made so long ago. 

Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision. Some of her old hopes seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other dreams (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. For each goal attempted, her mother has left behind a bittersweet letter, offering words of wisdom, warmth, and—just when Brett needs it—tough love. 

As Brett struggles to complete her abandoned life list, one thing becomes clear: Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.

Review: wow I loved this book and I'm still upset that it ended! This is such a heart warming novel. I laughed, I cried, I related to the characters. The perfect formula for a perfect piece of chick-lit. If you are ever needing to get out of a reading slump, or want something that is going to lift your spirits. This is the book for you! Even if that's not you-you should read this now! 

This was sitting on my shelf for far too long before I got round to reading it, but when I picked it up, I absolutely could not put it down! I love books which have a list of things to do. You can work through these things with the characters and it gives you a really good idea of the progression as time goes on. This list was particularly difficult and the real twist in the story was the fact that Brett doesn't complete each item in there, the way in which you might think she will-delightful.

I really liked Brett as a character, she dealt with things the way I might deal with them. Find them difficult but try them anyway. She was very selfless and did what was best for other People sometimes rather than just pleasing herself. I really disliked her brothers and her boyfriend at the beginning of the book, thankfully, she really showed them and met some really fabulous characters along her journey through this novel! I was terribly suspicious of the new man in her life and was willing her to get it on with a different guy the entire way through. The only flaw in this book, for me, is that she didn't end up with who in thought she would, not giving anything away! 

There are definite tear jerker moments in this novel and so be warned-don't read the end section of the book in public, or you will be crying in Starbucks just like I was! You may also find yourself staying up late to read this book because it is definitely a page turner. This book has made me want to try and achieve some of the goals I thought I was nowhere near to achieving in my own life. This is definitely an excellent read and something you should pick up now without hesitation! 

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  1. Thanks so much for this wonderful review, Catriona! I'm so happy you enjoyed the book!

  2. Great review, I've never read a lot about this book before but might give it a go!