Book Review

Book Review- In Five Years

Book: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Time Travel

Date of Publication: March 10, 2020

I honestly can’t remember how I stumbled upon this book. All I know is that, I added it to my February TBR because it is under the romance category and it has time travelling, so yey! Before I continue, this is what this book is about:

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision. Goodreads

Before I started reading this book, I was actually preparing for another “Get A Life, Chloe Brown” thing. You know, the very horny parts at least. That judgement is based on what happened to Dannie in chapter three and I was like…

Yes, that Chloe Brown really left quite an impression on me. But this book is different, that blurb on top, just told us nothing about this book. The story went from the usual cliché to another heartbreaking cliché. It was like reading one of Nicholas Sparks’ novels. That is all I’m going to say to avoid spoiling things. I expected a ton of horniness but this book gave me sadness instead. And I am not complaining. The moment that the author revealed the twist in the middle of the book, the story became predictable. So, predictable that I was dreading the end that I know is unavoidable. And it happened to possibly the only character I liked in this book; Bella Gold.

” All the preparedness in the world cannot stop the unexpected from happening.”
– In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Bella is Dannie’s best friend in the story. If Dannie is the Type A, Bella is the Type B. Bella is that cliché artist. That woman who enjoys life to the fullest, taking risks, jumping from one project (and relationships) at such speed even Dannie can’t keep up. Despite me liking Bella, I find it sad that the reader can only get to know her through Dannie’s description. It is possible that me liking Bella is just a mimic of Dannie’s affection for her. I only saw Bella in action just before tragedy hits and its sad. She is the only character in this book that has the potential to have a good wild personality, but sadly we are limited to the boring Dannie and her equally boring fiancé David.

Speaking of those two, they are the type of couple that settled. Since Dannie likes everything to go her way at work, she also applies the same thing to her romantic relationship. They lack spontaneity. The sad thing is, David goes along to her plans since David is basically the female version of Dannie. Familiarity is good in a relationship but shaking things up once in awhile is also good, healthy even. If this book is solely about Dannie and David, I would DNF it.

Now I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. Despite the cliché of a story and sets of characters, I really like that the book focuses on the love and friendship between Bella and Dannie. I also like the very short chapters. If you are looking for something that will make you feel a bit sad, you can read this one.

That is it. Have you read this book? What do you think?
At the moment, I am going to go back to reading Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I am still in the hunt for Muse of Nightmares but hopefully, I’ll find a copy soon or else I’ll just buy the ebook.

Thank you for reading. Keep safe and I’ll talk to you again for net week’s Top Ten Tuesday.

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