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"In Five Years" by Rebecca Serle

3 out of 5 stars

Published by Atria Books on March 10th, 2020

272 pages

Genre: romance (should be contemporary fiction)

Format: book

Read in 1 day 

Read in 3 sittings

Sat on TBR for 3 days

"When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan 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 ." (Goodreads)


The plot is engaging and fast-paced. I was so enthralled that I finished the book in one sitting. My only issue was that I found myself constantly holding my breath to see when the romance was about to start, and it never happened. I would definitely call this more of a contemporary fiction book about friendship and fate rather than romance. Another issue I had was the abrupt ending. I didn't feel satisfied with the ending at all. (+0)

The writing style is elegant and straightforward. I could picture each scene vividly in my head throughout the book. (+1)

There are no issues with the organization, and I was never confused. (+1)

I also think the world-building is excellent. I got a new feel for New York City and how people bustle about between work, dining, homelife, and exercising. (+1)

I was utterly shocked and disappointed with a couple of characters at the end of the book. I didn't agree with their decision at all and couldn't connect to them in any way. Overall, I loved Bella's character. I thought she was funny, witty, and provided an excellent vibe for most of the book. Unfortunately, her character couldn't make up for my strong emotions at the end of the book. (+0)

My favorite part is Bella. I think she was awesome! 

My least favorite part is the ending. I did not agree with it at all, and it was very short, which made it worse.

The overall premise of the book is a great idea, but a couple of things fell short. If I went into this with a contemporary mindset, I think I would have liked it a bit more. 

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