Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The Wish List - by Jane Costello

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

1.      Sleep under the starts
2.   2.Become an internationally renowed interior designer
3.  Jump out of a plane
4. Find the man I’m going to marry ...

There are six months left of Emma Reiss’s twenties . . . and she has some unfinished business.
Emma and her friends are about to turn thirty, and for Emma it’s a defining moment. Defined, that is, by her having achieved none of the things she’d imagined she would.
Her career is all wrong, her love life is a mess and that rambling country house she pictured herself in simply never materialised.
Moreover, she’s never seen the Northern Lights, mastered the guitar, jumped out of a plane or snogged anyone famous – just some of the aspirations declared on a list the girls compiled fifteen years ago.
As an endless round of birthday parties sees Emma hurtle towards her own thirtieth, she sets about addressing these issues. But, as she discovers with hilarious consequences,some of them are trickier to achieve than she’d thought …

My Opinion:

Four friends and one list. Emma is determined to do the things on the list before her 30iest birthday.

She asks her ex-boyfriend to help her learn the guitar (she broke up with him, because he proposed to her). It’s so funny to see how Emma trying to get her list done. The writing is so hilarious, with a lot of LOL moments there.

The man she thought she had a One-night-stand with, is moving in next door and he has a family. How is that going to turn out? I was really keen on finding out.

Matt, her neighbour, is the only one who doesn’t think the list is a stupid idea, which I think is really sweet. He supports her and they spend a lot of time together. She learns, that his wife is with another man now ...

Then Matt has to go to work in Island and the Northern Lights happen to appear there. He invites her and she takes the opportunity. The two of them get closer and there is definitely an attraction there. I was surprised about her being so “crazy” and her situation with men.

Something comes between her and Matt’s future and this makes the story even more interesting. I just didn’t know which way the book turned. The writing is so funny and gripping. The choice of words is superb.

There is one last gripping moment in the end, loved that one.

Emma and Matt all the way!!!!! I liked them together from the beginning. This book is just lough-out-loud funny!!! My first Jane Costello book and I fell in love with her writing! A definite must-read.



My possible cast:

Emma Reiss: Dianna Agron

Rob: William Moseley

Matt: Penn Badgely

Jane Costello on Twitter: @janecostello

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