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The Wish List Kindle Edition
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Emma Reiss is fast approaching her thirtieth birthday, and she comes across a wish list written when she was 15 years old, of things she wanted to do or achieve by the time she hit the big 3-0. In the list are career goals, finding the man of her dreams and a few more daring ones such as jumping out of a plane. With the big date getting closer every day, Emma is determined to do as many things on the list as she can...
I thoroughly enjoyed The Wish List! From the moment I picked it up I was glued to the pages, and I raced through the pages. The writing was BRILLIANT, I could not stop myself from laughing at what the characters got up to - I was even spluttering with laughter and crying because I was in hysterics at some scenes!
The characters were wonderfully written. Emma in particular is fabulous as the lead! She has such and great personality and throughout the story she was so fun! Another thing I particularly loved about Emma was that she is so relateable and lifelike, it felt as though I knew her on a personal level and that I was there with her in some scenes. The fact that she is so relateable makes the story that much more compelling to read, I'm sure other readers out there will also find a connection with Emma too.
The supporting characters were also very-well written. I liked how there was not just Emma's story, but instead the supporting cast had their own individual stories ad sub-plots. This really helped to give a lot of depth to the book, and personally I found the sub-plots just as fascinating as the main story. Jane Costello is a great writer, she not only manages to write scenes that will have you bursting with laughter, but she can write serious, emotional scenes too. In The Wish List it is not all humour and smiles, there are a few serious moments that are very-well placed into the story and for me, I was so absorbed in the novel that these scenes only made me want to read on further to see how things would turn out for the characters.
The Wish list is funny, it is engaging, and it is full of love, romance, friendship and surprises! I was so pleased that I read this book, and even though I have just finished it, I am already looking forward to re-reading it all over again.
Overall, this book was tedious, due in part to Costello trying too hard at times to be funny and/or irrelevantly reference popular culture, and also constructing some very weak, two-dimensional characters such as the protagonist's work colleagues, and cliches and lazy stereotypes. The samey, for want of a better word, contrived, predictable plot surrounding a twenty-nine year old who is unhappy with her life & resolves to fulfil several goal before her impending thirtieth birthday, didn't help.
However, all of these things wouldn't have mattered so much had it not been for the protagonist. I found her to be shallow, self-obsessed, immature for her age, and generally annoying. I completed the book not because I cared about this character or her journey, but so I could read the new book I bought the other day.
I know Costello fans will probably love this book but for me this isn't great.
The main protagonist, Emma Reiss, is fast approaching her thirtieth birthday when she comes across a list that she wrote when she was only 15 years old, listing everything she wanted to do or achieve by the time she hit thirty. Upon reading the list, Emma realises how little she has achieved and becomes determined to tick off as many things from the list as possible before her thirtieth birthday. Along the way, Emma runs into relationship woes, makes new friends and throws herself head first into a few activities that she would not otherwise contemplate doing!
Emma is a great character and a perfect chick-lit heroine. She is likeable, fun and completely relatable to the average reader. Similarly, the supporting characters are also well-written and completely believeable. Each of those characters not only support's the main storyline but also come with a sub-plot of their own - Cally, a single mum who has sworn off men, and Asha, a lovely girl who has become involved with a married man. Not to mention the male supporting characters: perfect Rob, grumpy & geekly Miles and sexy father Matt.
The writing is brilliant and the author manages to pack a number of great sub-plots into a relatively modest sized book. The Wish List is a humerous and engaging read, packed full of love, friendship, drama and a few hilarious disasters! The book had me in fits of laughter in some places (particularly when she takes Rob camping!) and left me with tears in my eyes in other places.
On a personal note, The Wish List did make me stop and think what I have achieved leading up to my thirties and what other things I may want to do before I hit my next decade!
I thoroughly enjoyed The Wish List and Jane Costello remains one of my go-to authors. If you're looking for a fun, easy and addictive read, you won't be disappointed!
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