Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinskit

June Parker decides to complete a to-do list left by a woman Marissa. So one by one, with the help of her friends she checks them off. She even makes the decision to finish them by Marissa’s 25th birthday. June does not seem to realize how fast time passes and so she starts wondering what to do. Will she complete the list in time or just give up?

Ms. Smolinski is a fabulous writer. She had me laughing or crying through the entire book. The dreams this one woman had for her life were simple but resonated within me. Now mind you, I am a mom of a young child, but I could even understand why they were chosen. I had to keep turning the pages to find out if she completed all of them in time or not.

June is a sensible girl and had no ideas of trying to get herself ahead in her world. But she realizes that she can do something for someone else and so sets out on her journey. Not all of them go well but that is to be expected. She really has her heart in the right place and I was pleased with her committing to such a daunting task. Her friends at work were awesome. They cheered her on and really did their best to help her figure out how to complete the tasks.

I don’t want to give much away. I was impressed with the book with the fact that I know people who have not been able to finish it. That can happen with any book and I have had my share. But when it came down to the end, June truly had to rely on herself to complete the tasks. Yes, friends helped and that was a wonderful thing. But at the same time, she had to make quite a few tough decisions for her life and then figure out if she could stick with them. I hope to read the other book by this author cause I hope it is just as good if not even better than this one. She has a newfound fan in me!
288 pages/New Author/Chick-lit/ 5 out of 5

Well I am off to read Taste of the Forbidden by Tambra Kendall. I do not know if I will be able to post my review tonight but we'll see. :) Have a great night all!