WARNING: Mild spoilers are present in this review. Read with caution!
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle was a book club pick and the best way to introduce you to it is to let you know that you think you know how this book is going to go…
But you have no idea.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?
When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.
But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.
After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. 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 by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.
Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.”
After I finished In Five Years, THIS was my reaction:
(In case you can’t tell he’s exclaiming, “what the fuck?!”)
Not exactly in a bad way, but because this book did not turn out how I thought it was going to at all. Going into it, I thought maybe it would make the reader consider what their five-year plan is… it was so much more. It shows the reader that even if you have a five-year plan, things don’t usually go according to plan.
It also might teach the reader to never assume things about a situation until you’ve learned all the details. I’m not going to elaborate further on that one, you just need to read the book!
Honestly, at first, I didn’t think I would like this story because the main character Dannie Kohan doesn’t really seem to have much of a personality or even possess emotions. As the story goes on, Rebecca Serle does a great job of evolving Dannie into someone entirely different after some extremely challenging and tragic events that take place in the book. Dannie was not the same girl at the end of the book as she was in the beginning.
Along with that, the storyline is very unique and intriguing. I love the fact that I made assumptions about the plot and every single assumption I made was completely false. I enjoy being kept on my toes like that!
Overall, this book gets four out of five paws from me!
Read This If You Love…
- Plot twists
- Evolution of characters
- Tragic events
- Life lessons
One thing I find simply poetic about this book is all of the plot twists and “WTF moments,” as I call them… quite a perfect representation of life.