Friday, 7 August 2015

The Thirty List by Eva Woods

Everyone has one. That list. The things you were supposed to do before you turn thirty. Jobless, broke and getting a divorce, Rachel isn’t exactly living up to her own expectations. And moving into grumpy single dad Patrick’s box room is just the soggy icing on top of her dreaded thirtieth birthday cake. Eternal list-maker Rachel has a plan – an all new set of challenges to help her get over her divorce and out into the world again – from tango dancing to sushi making to stand-up comedy. But as Patrick helps her cross off each task, Rachel faces something even harder: learning to live – and love – without a checklist.

I am counting down the weeks now until my thirtieth birthday and suddenly I am finding myself writing lists about what I had hoped to have achieved by this milestone and seen as it is something that is on my mind it seemed fitting to read The Thirty List by Eva Woods.

Rachel didn't expect at the age of thirty to be homeless, unemployed, with no money oh and not forgetting in the process of getting a divorce! Life really hasn't gone to plan and with few options available she finds an advert to live rent free for Patrick in return for helping with the running of his house and looking after his son Alex and dog Max. Desperate to get out of her current slump and with the encouragement of her best friends, Rachel makes a list of things to accomplish, I mean survey everyone needs to do a bit of stand up comedy to get over a heartbreak!

I related to Rachel so much which helped make this book such an enjoyable read. Like myself Rachel is a list making addict and this shows in the book with not only THE list but other lists appearing throughout the book which were often full of humour. She is at a stage in her life where she will either sink or swim and with the help of her list and friends and not forgetting the charming Patrick she is trying to keep afloat. I loved watching events unfold as she worked her way through her list and had some memorable experiences some for the good and some she would rather forget. Rachel was a very believable and down to earth character and she knows that she has her faults but she still tries to get on with life. I loved Patrick he was such a caring and generous man who obviously doted on his son Alex who was also a wonderful character in this book.

The storyline was light and witty with touches of romance and briefly touches on a more serious issue with Little Alex. I could see from early on what the outcome of this book would be but this didn't matter because it was a great journey to get to that point with lots of fun and bumps along the way. This was a very entertaining read that you will speed through this Summer.

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  1. Going to New York and buying my own house/flat. Thanks for the giveaway. Lx

  2. More Solo travel, trip to Paris.

  3. More Solo travel, trip to Paris.

  4. Visit Ireland and England :)