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am 5. September 2014
What it’s about: Brett Bohlinger thinks she’s receiving her mother’s inheritance but instead gets provided with a list of 18 (?) things she has to accomplish within the span of a year if she wants her share.
The protagonist Brett seems to be the only character that got properly explored. Everyone else just seems like a plot device (e.g. surprisingly playing significant roles in the end)and are abandoned the second they have had their influence on Brett’s life. For example her friends Megan and Whatsherface appear only two or three times, each time to make her realize something significant or have an impact on the plotline. This leads to the entire novel being extremely predictable.
I could have guessed the plot out of the blue. The epic twist in the end is pretty obvious and as a reader I felt cheated that the title-giving Life List wasn’t even further addressed. It just seemed like the editor yelled cut there and deleted four chapters to save printing costs.
You can simply tell it’s a debut. Each chapter begins with pseudo-eloquent descriptions of the weather and there’s a lot of inconsistency going on.
Overall: Do I recommend?
When reviewing this novel the genre has to be kept in mind. After all it’s chick-lit. There isn’t supposed to be any groundbreaking thought-provoking realizations, so I’m just going to rate according to how well I was entertained. And to be honest - I’ve read better chick-lit. Brett annoyed me with her superficial, vain attitude that got miraculously transformed in the end after she met a handful of POC. I’m not a fan of using side characters for plot reasons, and the fact that Brad, Shelley and Catherine (beautifully developed characters!!) were neglected despite their potential. Of course, for Brett it might have been the dream to be married to the Burberry Man but what about Brad whom she strung along for the span of the entire novel? Chick-lit shouldn’t leave the reader unsatisfied and feeling cheated. I want to read chick-lit that’s upbeat, maybe a bit cheesy but overall leaves me with a happy feeling.