The Life List

A Novel by Lori Nelson Spielman

Synopsis: 1. Go to Paris 2. Have a baby, maybe two 3. Fall in love —Brett Bohlinger seems to have it all: a plum job, a spacious loft, an irresistibly handsome boyfriend. All in all, a charmed life. That is, until her beloved mother passes away, leaving behind a will with one big stipulation: In order to receive her inheritance, Brett must first complete the life list of goals she’d written when she was a naïve girl of fourteen. Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision—her childhood dreams don’t resemble her ambitions at age thirty-four in the slightest. Some seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other goals (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. As Brett reluctantly embarks on a perplexing journey in search of her adolescent dreams, one thing becomes clear. Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.

Two ‘list’ inspired books in a row in the car… I sense a theme!! An unintentional one. But a theme none the less.

Alright, so I had assumed I knew what was going to happen by chapter five, all signs were pointing in one direction..but thankfully I was quite wrong. I was convinced that I knew how it was going to end, but thankfully it completely threw me off and proved me wrong.

It was such a sweet story with a lot of twists and turns, although why a mother would put their child through so much shit with a time limit of a year in order to get their inheritance is beyond me…I could never do that to my kids no matter how great it ends up turning out for them in the end.

It was a super fun light read, something you don’t need to pay a lot of attention to, I was able to read it for an hour here and there every few evenings in the car and keep up with it without any problems. That being said it wasn’t something that you should read if you want a lot of substance, there’s a few parts that get a little deeper but otherwise it’s pretty light.

The main character –Brett– her problems and issues while trying to complete the list that her mom left for her, were funny and at times relatable.. life struggles be real. But throughout the book you couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters, especially Brett and Brad! Their relationship is amazing.

I just thought it was a super adorable book, perfect for summer or for an easy vacation read. I would absolutely recommend this book.

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