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BookClub Reads: In Five Years

Plot:

Where do you see yourself in five years?
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…

Review:

First, I would like to say I really enjoyed the introduction. I forget the word for it, where the author is starting a sentence with just the number of minutes. Then describing what the number stands for. The main character seems very proud of her materialistic achievements. She has this random dream, fast forward 5 years later and she meets this random guy she’s dreamt about, but, *plot twist* he’s going out with her best friend, so how does the vision she had in her dream come true? Intriguing plot that has left me wanting to read more every time I had to stop reading it, going back to do errands and so forth.

Plus, it has a very pretty cover.

Although, I do not like how she treats David. I mean she describes how he goes out of her way to do everything such as the late take-away food ready for her whenever she ever came home for work although we hear so much about how perfect David is. But she doesn’t seem to really do anything for him now does she? She loves how he does that, and how they fit so well. However she does not show her appreciation at all. He proposed to her at a very top high-end restaurant – the place to be yet she never even bothered to set a date almost FIVE years after the proposal. How mad is that? If you really love this ‘perfect’ guy and how he’s done everything a dream guy does, why would you never set a date or even discuss a wedding ?! This organised main character infuriated me at times as she’s not very appreciative and it seems to be always about her, very self centred main character.

The plot twists and I’m at a loss for words at times for other characters. However with the main character I find her so annoying; who cares what you are wearing and how late your boss is.

As the saying goes, you work to live, not live to work however Dannie sees it as the latter which is kind of sad. Yes your job can be sometbing you love however if all you do is work, then what’s the point? You work hard to play hard and she doesn’t do the latter, she finds it too frivolous.

I understand Dannie is a bit protective of Bella however she’s acting like Bella is her property. Her item. Instead of focusing on herself as well as her own relationship. She doesn’t seem to spend much time on that. It’s just work and friend. No one else. Which is a bit selfish as she is kind of controlling in that way.

As Dannies dreams come to life, what Bella has done for her and her realisation, it was very sweet and poetic.

By the end of the novel, I agree with the acknowledgements of; Continue moving forward which is towards you.

The main character annoyed me a lot however I’ve found this novel to be quite intriguing and I did want to continue reading it each time, to the end of the novel, plot twists throughout.

3/5 Stars

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