The Wish List by Jane Costello

17156849How did I get the book? Christmas Present

Genre: Chick-lit

Synopsis: 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 desert and that penthouse apartment she pictured herself in simply never materialised. Moreover, she’s never jumped out of a plane, hasn’t met the man she’s going to marry, has never slept under the stars, or snogged anyone famous – just some of the aspirations on a list she and her friends 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 tick off than she’d thought…

200words (or less) review: This is the kind of book that I’ll admit a few years ago I would have dismissed and never picked up. But my Christmas-Fairy is wiser than me.

Once I began reading The Wish List I found myself chuckling out more than once. Emma is an easy protagonist to like. At almost 30 she worries that she hasn’t achieved anything. She’s klutzy and unsure. There are some very entertaining moments and despite the 450+ pages I never felt like the story dragged.

It’s not just Emma that struggles, so do her friends. I thought Jane Costello had a good balance between all of their stories. FYI, Emma’s dad is adorable. 🙂

I might not have picked The Wish List for myself but I certainly enjoyed reading it.

Recommend it?



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