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The Wish List

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…

This is light and fluffy chick-lit; So as long as we all acknowledge that then kick back, curl up and enjoy the read. It took me a fair while to get into the UK specific references and so for this little Aussie I found myself going “huh?!?” it really didn’t resonate with me. While I’m not this book’s target demographic I still enjoyed it, and it filled a gap between other reads. A few areas left me wondering though; how convenient that her “wretched” love life falls into place. That really hasn’t been my siblings experience. At the end of the book, Spoiler Alert, it feels like the four main female characters just swap partners or move to a friend of one of their friends in their tight knit little friendship group. So funnily enough all four friends are linked by more than just high school and long ago wish lists!

AuthorJane Costello
PublisherSimon & Schuster