Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Review] The Life List - Lori Nelson Spielman

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In THE LIFE LIST by Lori Nelson Spielman, Brett Bohlinger has to fulfill every single goal on a bucket list that she wrote at 14 if she wants to get her hands on her mother's inheritance.
What intrigued me: I love books about bucket lists!

You can simply tell it’s a debut. Each chapter begins with pseudo-eloquent descriptions of the weather and there’s a lot of inconsistency going on. The writing is mediocre at best and had this been my first chick-lit novel, I would have probably abandoned the genre altogether. 

THE LIFE LIST perfectly plays into all (negative clichees) and rumors about the genre: Cheesiness, predictability, no depth whatsoever, and shallowness.

The protagonist Brett seems to be the only character that got properly explored. Everyone else just seems like a plot device (e.g. surprisingly playing significant roles in the end) and are abandoned the second they have had their influence on Brett’s life. This doesn't only make this book extremely predictable and boring, but also very frustrating. Every single character that isn't Brett or the love interest is a plot device. How am I supposed to sympathize with anyone here?

I could have guessed the entire plot out of the blue. The epic twist in the end is pretty obvious and as a reader I felt cheated that the title-giving Life List wasn’t even further addressed. It just seemed like the editor yelled cut there and deleted four chapters to save printing costs. I felt like I wasted my time on this.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

To be honest - I’ve read better chick-lit. Brett annoyed me with her superficial, vain attitude that got miraculously transformed in the end after she met a handful of (magical plot device) POC.

I’m not a fan of using side characters for plot reasons, and the fact that Brad, Shelley and Catherine (beautifully developed characters!!) were neglected despite their potential.
Chick-lit shouldn’t leave the reader unsatisfied and feeling cheated. I want to read chick-lit that’s upbeat, maybe a bit cheesy but overall leaves me with a happy feeling. This one didn't.

Additional Info

Published: July 2nd 2013
Pages: 368
Publisher: Bantam
Genre: Adult / Chick-Lit

"Brett Bohlinger seems to have it all: a plum job, a spacious loft, an irresistibly handsome boyfriend. All in all, a charmed life. That is, until her beloved mother passes away, leaving behind a will with one big stipulation: In order to receive her inheritance, Brett must first complete the life list of goals she'd written when she was a naive girl of fourteen.
Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother's decision-her childhood dreams don't resemble her ambitions at age thirty-four in the slightest. Some seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other goals (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future.

As Brett reluctantly embarks on a perplexing journey in search of her adolescent dreams, one thing becomes clear. Sometimes life's sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places""
(Source: Goodreads)

 Have you read THE LIFE LIST?

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