Review: In Five Years (Rebecca Serle)
“You mistake love. You think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t. It’s the only thing that does not need to become at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future.”
In Five Years
Author: Rebecca Serle
Page Count: 272
Published: 10 March 2020
Plot: (8.0 / 10) Characters: (8.0 / 10) Ending: (7.0 / 10)
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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…
This book is a sweet, easy-to-read escape – I read it in a day, and it’s perfect for these uncertain, anxious times. It’s not my usual genre at all but I wanted something more light-hearted.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, I thought maybe it would be a kind of 13 Going on 30 storyline, but once Dannie had had the “dream” I was intrigued to see if and how it would come to pass.
I really liked the character of Dannie – I personally found her very relatable, I’m definitely someone who needs numbers and plans, though maybe not as long term as Dannie! I thought all the characters were really well written, I could picture them all perfectly. It was definitely the relationships between the characters that made this book so lovely to read.
There is a lot of time to get through in the book, so there were a few times it felt a bit rushed, and I felt the writing seemed a little stilted, but overall it’s a really enjoyable read – charming and funny with some genuinely sad moments. Ultimately, the love story is a beautiful friendship, and the book leaves you with a warm, fuzzy glow.
Have you read In Five Years? Does it sound like your kind of book?