Wednesday, December 9, 2020

REVIEW: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle


This novel got wayyyyy under my skin. It was one of those rare reads that when you finish it you find yourself sitting very still, quietly staring off into space as you try to absorb everything you just read. It's the type of novel that makes you dive into the writer's backlist and when you investigate and there aren't yet 20 kajillion books to read you're disappointed because all you want is more of that reader's high that you had when you put down In Five Years. It's a novel that you feel like you saw "it" coming and even if you did, you weren't quite prepared for how the emotions of it all completely mowed you down. It's a novel that has a really maddening main character --one you find kinda annoying and kinda endearing all at the same time (you hate that you get her, but you totally get her and hope to somehow avoid some of the pitfalls she fell into). It's a novel that may make you snotty cry or maybe just get that one single tear--but the relief of that release and the ending of the novel all just work.

It's a novel that hangs over you a full day after you've read it, keeping you a fog--head full of everything and nothing. It's a novel that I'll definitely put on my shelf ...a novel that I'm already talking up to anyone I think will listen.


Where do you see yourself in five years?

Dannie Kohan lives her life by the numbers.

She is nothing like her lifelong best friend—the wild, whimsical, believes-in-fate Bella. Her meticulous planning seems to have paid off after she nails the most important job interview of her career and accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal in one fell swoop, falling asleep completely content.

But when she awakens, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. Dannie spends one hour exactly five years in the future before she wakes again in her own home on the brink of midnight—but it is one hour she cannot shake. In Five Years is an unforgettable love story, but it is not the one you’re expecting.

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