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- Print Length: 266 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (March 10, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2020
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TFB5VWB
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Advance Praise for In Five Years:
“What would you do if you glimpsed your life five years from now—and found that it was different, in every way, from what you hoped for and expected? Rebecca Serle pairs this inspired premise with deft, propulsive prose and characters who feel as real as friends. In Five Years is as clever as it is moving, the rare read-in-one-sitting novel you won’t forget.” —CHLOE BENJAMIN, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists
“Serle takes a fairly generic rom-com setup and turns it into something much deeper in this captivating exploration of friendship, loss, and love.” —Booklist
“Heartbreaking, redemptive, and authentic in all the ways that make a book impossible to put down, I fell in love with this story. In five years, I will still be thinking about this beautiful novel.” —JAMIE FORD, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
“I adored In Five Years, it’s so poignant and tender. It broke my heart, such an unusual idea executed brilliantly, I didn’t see that twist coming! I’m a sucker for great love stories, and this one is just lovely. A keeper on my shelf!” —JOSIE SILVER, author of #1 New York Times bestseller and Reese’s Book Club pick One Day in December
“In Five Years is more than just a love story; it’s a half dozen of them, none quite what you expect. Heartwarming, heartbreaking, and hard to put down, it’s a novel about romance, friendship, the magic of good bagels, and what happens after you get everything you always wanted.” —LAURIE FRANKEL, author of New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine pick This Is How It Always Is
“A heartwarming portrait of a broken heart finding a little healing magic.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Serle’s whimsical tale is book club catnip.” —Publishers Weekly
“When smart, thoughtful writing pairs with a compelling, ingenious plot I am hooked and so very happy. It’s been a long time since I read a novel in two sittings, but as soon as I started In Five Years, I was a goner. Loved it! Brava, Rebecca Serle.” —ELINOR LIPMAN, author of Good Riddance
“I just finished In Five Years and—my heart—oh! What a clever, beautiful, special book. The writing is stunning, the concept is so original—it just has everything going for it. I loved every page.” —BETH O'LEARY, author of The Flatshare
“With masterful storytelling and all the ingredients of a romantic comedy, Rebecca Serle weaves a story far deeper than the genre typically dares to go. In Five Years isn’t simply a book you will read, it is a book that will change you.” —JENNY MOLLEN, New York Times bestselling author of I Like You Just the Way I Am
“I read it in one late night. Very, very clever. And lovely. The end is EXACTLY what it should be.” —ANSTEY HARRIS, author of Goodbye, Paris
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In the opening pages, protagonist Dannie explains that she's a paint-by-numbers kind of person, someone who has mapped out her future. A few pages later, she gets into some heavy Jewish shtick. A reader might understandably think that the book is heading in one direction, but Dannie quickly abandons her mapping tendencies and the shtick, as the book assumes a familiar romance novel pattern: girl who loves her perfect cardboard-cutout boyfriend and stunning bff, but what about that other guy? Serle has mostly written YA, and this is a classic YA except the characters are older and there are some adult scenes.
The eye-rolling moments start early. Apparently the author lives part-time in New York, but her quips about life in the city often ring false. And why would anyone living in the city go to a tourist trap like the Rainbow Room for a marriage proposal? Worse are the descriptions of Dannie's career, starting with the highly improbable job interview at Wachtell. Maybe the author forgot that she was writing for an adult audience, and that some readers might be more familiar with big law realities than she apparently is. Also, I would hope that someone who graduated second in her class at Columbia Law would spend more of her time engaged in intelligent interaction and less time behaving like a petulant teen.
Great literature this is not, and the premise wears thin as we near the Love Storyish denouement. But as a quick diversion, it's a five-star read. Just don't ask too many questions.
I was very excited about this book and when I started reading it I was hooked in Chapter 3 when Dannie has the "dream", unfortunately it all seems dull to me after that, it would've been great if she had in fact "skipped" those 5 years and for her to figure out what happened in between. I hated the ending, her relationship with David was very good in the beginning of the book but then it seemed like the dullest thing in the world. That said, I would not recommend this book.
Not because I didn’t love the story but because I’m not sure I agree with the ending.
What a heartbreaking and beautiful story! In Five Years brought out so many emotions in me.
The novel is a story of two best friends, their friendship and the love, loss and hope they experienced.
From the first moment I opened this book, I knew I wouldn't be able to put it away for any reason. It's one of those books that demand your attention. This story spoke to me in so many ways. As I said earlier, it made me feel all types of emotions.
We have Bella, a free spirit girl who had absentee parents growing up. As a rich girl, life has brought her everything she wanted except love; Love from her parents or love from a significant other. Yet, Bella falls in love easily. Bella is a good person and a good friend with a good heart.
Then, we have Dannie Kohan who is a woman with her feet well planted on the earth. She's all about numbers and she loves her job as a lawyer. When the book begins she’s getting ready for an interview with a new firm but she also suspects her boyfriend, David Rosen is about to propose. Dannie is happy with her life and her five-year plan. Then a dream happens. A very real dream where she wakes up five years into the future, in a different home, in Brooklyn, with a ring on her finger and with a different man. A man named Aaron Gregory. The dream shakes her to her core.
Years later, Dannie meets the man of her vivid dream and she tries to stay away from him but fate or her destiny has other plans for her.
In Five Years had an amazing writing and a well-developed storyline that I won’t easily forget.
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Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she's well on her way to fulfilling her life goals.
That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It's the same night - December 15th - but 2025, five years in the future.
It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so real... 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 Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream.
The book is written in 1st person, with Dannie as our narrator. The narration style is straight forward and there are a few instances of swearing and a few intimate scenes, but nothing is explicit. Cancer is also mentioned and dealt with in this book.
The chapters are short, with most ranging between 2 and 8 minutes.
I'm not sure if I liked this book or not. The premise is very good, but I found.the execution lacking. The book was not at all what I expected it to be and I didn't feel anything towards the characters. It felt as though I was watching someone's life through a window, rather than being a part of it. I found the pacing very odd, we started very slowly and then picked up speed very quickly, with everything feeling as though it was happening all at once.
I found many parts of the book very predictable and I don't think the book was at all romantic. Which is a shame as the book could have been wonderful.
I’m deleting the book immediately. Please keep the 99p. x
This story line is awesome and you will be desperate to see how everything plays out until the end its not what you expect at all, it's awesome.
Where do you see yourself in five years ?
This is the question a lot of us ask ourselves at some point or another throughout our lives. Dannie has everything or so it seems, she has a high flying career and is about to have a massive important interview of her life that she aces. Her boyfriend has just proposed and after having a few glasses of champagne to celebrate she falls asleep thinking that she is way up on her five year plan. That is until:
When she wakes up she is some where totally different, different home, different husband and ring and a completely different life, when she realises after looking at the TV five whole years have passed. She decides to ignore what ever it was that happened, a dream a premonition whatever it was she decides to ignore it. The question is will fate let her ignore it or did it happen for a reason?
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As soon as I started reading this book I was very intrigued and I was desperate to see what was going to happen I couldn't take my eyes of the pages.
The characters in this book were written so good and the friendship between Dannie and Bella is so beautiful to see and also so heartbreaking. These two are like sisters and go through so much together that your emotions will be on a roller coaster ride, you will really need the tissues when reading this book because some moments are totally heartbreaking. This book is a very powerful read and the love story between the pages that is blossoming is beautiful to see.
I really enjoyed seeing how this story was going to play out, this book is a complete page turner and I couldn't put it down, I was hooked from page one and I will highly recommend this book to everyone because it is one of the best five star reads that Ive ever read and its a book you have to read. I'm glad that ive found another fantastic author to read.
I will definitely look forward to more of this author's work in the future.
This book is out now.
The book seemed to packed loads of story in, for a relatively short page count. In a good way. None of it felt rushed or like anything was missing.
I felt like I got to know the protagonists well - their past and present, and I definitely felt the love of their relationship.
Whilst many reviews I've seen have said the book made them cry, I didn't get that. It was a sad story for sure, but it didn't get me right in the feels. Was that down to me as a person, or the book...? I dunno. I've never cried at a book, that I can remember.
This book had a lot of hype on Instagram in the run up to its publication, and whilst it wasn't a 5* read for me, it definitely deserves the 4*s and I felt it generally deserved the hype, unlike some books which are hyped up but a bit of a let down once I read them sometimes.
I'd quite like to see this as a movie too. It reminded me of PS I Love You did, where I enjoyed the book and the subsequent movie - though some may not agree... (although Gerard Butler makes any movie enjoyable in my opinion!)
I'd definitely recommend reading it. It's a very bittersweet story, and one that kinda makes you think about life, and how precious it and your relationships are.
This is one of those books where you can just tell it tried to be so much more than it actually was.
You can notice that in the philosophical nuggets a character will throw out of nowhere which do not fit with the person or moment in the book.
The writing was basic and the descriptions were so .. clinical, I just couldn’t like it.
The only thing that was good - was the twist (towards the end) But it wasn’t good because I saw it as some sort of deep life lesson and I felt all emotional (cause I didn’t) maybe I’m being too cynical but I just feel like this book really tried to make you cry. You know when someone tries too hard and it becomes awkward because being pushed into something will never feel the same as naturally reacting to it. Anyway, so about that ending, it was good because I didn’t see it coming (maybe at about - 65% I started to suspect).
My final thoughts on this.. hmm, it’s not a bad book but throughout the story I just didn’t feel any connection to any of the characters, and also, not much happened, and I have a feeling this was intentional.. We’re supposed to be moved by these small, inconsequential day to day interactions and feel a certain way about the characters. I didn’t. They weren’t special. They weren’t new. And without an interesting plot to fill that void .. all we were left with were the “sad” scenes where I’m told I’m supposed to cry.. I didn’t.
PS: This is not a love story! At all! I kept waiting until 80% for the love to happen. It didn’t. It’s about friendship.
Also, the book would have been so much better imo, if it had followed the path we were led to believe it would( the whole, you’ll find your soulmate and he won’t be anything like you thought he’d be or need - instead we got something totallyyy different and it could have been good but it wasn’t, it felt too ... convenient?!)
I think it’s best to go in blind and take away whatever you need to take away from it. For me it was about love, in many different forms. What it takes to love another human, what it takes to be loved, finding that perfect romantic love and mostly about the love you find in a friendship. Soul-mates, 2 halves of the same person, unyielding loyalty between two best friends.
The writing is fast paced and although it covers a long time frame, at no point did it lag, or get boring. I found myself laughing, crying and by the end totally gutted by such a beautiful story.
Emotionally I found it quite similar to Me Before You but with a totally different storyline. If you fancy a little cry then I’d definitely try this.
Fast forward five years and she's never quite been able to shake the thought of that dream away. She's still engaged and for one reason or another they've never set a date. Her best friend Bella introduces her to her new boyfriend who is the man from her dream (awkward).
What you think will be a story about romantic love, is purely just the undertone for the book. It is the story of love between best friends that will have you reaching for your tissues.
The main character Dannie falls asleep on the night of her engagement and wakes up in five years to find that she's with another man. Falls asleep again and wakes up in 2020. She spends the next four and half years wondering who this man was. And then she meets him: he's her best friend's new boyfriend.
This story builds gently, but cleverly, and keeps the reader intrigued to the very end what will happen.
“You mistake love. You think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn't. It's the only thing that does not need to become at all.”
‘In Five Years’ follows Dannie, a lawyer, who has her life meticulously planned out. She knows exactly where she’ll be in five years time until, rather predictably, her plan is forced to change.
It’s not often that I come across a book that I can’t quite articulate my feelings about, but this is definitely one of those books.
First of all, the synopsis makes this seem like a light, fluffy romance, which it is not. The central relationship is one of friendship rather than one of romantic love. It also deals with heavier themes, such as terminal illness and grief.
This is a quick read, I managed to fly through it in a few hours. It’s poignant and emotional at times, but also heartwarming. But other than that, there’s not much to it. I felt like the characters lacked depth - Dannie is your typical type A personality, Bella is her complete opposite, but that’s it. They’re not particularly fleshed out, nor are any of the secondary characters. I personally didn’t feel like I really knew any of them. The plot was fine, but at times felt rushed. I think if we had a couple hundred extra pages, we could have had well-developed characters, a nicely paced plot and a higher rating.
As mentioned above, it’s a quick read with an enjoyable message at its centre - live in the present, not the future. However, I don’t think this book is one that will stick with me and, unfortunately, it won’t be one that I pick up again.