Saturday, September 5, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Next Thing on my List by Jill Smolinski


✭✭✭✭✭

ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

After a car accident in which her passenger, Marissa, dies, June Parker finds herself in possession of a list Marissa has written: “20 Things to Do by My 25th Birthday.” The tasks range from inspiring (run a 5K) to daring (go braless) to near-impossible (change someone’s life).

To assuage her guilt, June races to achieve each goal herself before the deadline, learning more about her own life than she ever bargained for.

MY REVIEW:

I got behind on book reviews over the summer, so I'm going to try to get caught up this week.  This book was an audiobook recommendation from a friend.  I downloaded it before a road trip and listened to it almost all in one sitting.  I didn't want it to stop.

34-year-old June Parker attends a Weight Watchers meeting with the goal of losing a few pounds.  After the meeting, she offers a ride to another meeting attendee, Marissa Jones.  What happens next will change June's life, and the lives of many other people, forever.

A freak car accident moments later takes Marissa's life and leaves June with intense feelings of guilt over her part in the tragedy.  But when June discovers a list that Marissa left behind of 20 things to do before she turned 25, she decides she must complete the list to honor Marissa's life.  Some items on the list are easy, like try "boogie boarding," but "change someone's life"?  June's journey to cross off every item on the list before Marissa's 25th birthday is a transforming experience that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the entire time.

This book is a light read and the story is heartwarming.  I highly recommend this book for fiction readers.