The Life List - Lori Nelson Spielman
Source: Courtesy of Arrow
Things to do when I grow up:
1. Have a baby
2. Fall in love
3. Perform live on a super-big stage
Brett Bohlinger seems to have it all: a plum job, a spacious loft and an irresistibly handsome boyfriend. 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 fourteen.
Grief-stricken, Brett cannot believe she can ever fulfil her mother's wishes, because to do so would mean losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend.
But 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.
Oh wow, what an amazing book this is.
We follow snobby Brett Bohlinger as she fights to receive her inheritance from her mothers passing. Her mother has instructed that Brett complete her life list that she wrote at the age of fourteen and complete it before she sees or touches her millions. Could it be that a fourteen-year old Brett knew what she was talking about? Could it be possible that her mother knew that too?
I loved absolutely every minute of this book I did. I don't think I have read a book that has the flow and plot as spot on as this. It's extremely easy to read, but pulls on your heart, soul and mind repeatedly throughout.
It's a book that allows you to access your fourteen year old self too, allows you to see and feel hardship, and riches. Allows you to see that the Beatles had it right when they said money can't buy you love. (Sorry, cheesy I know, but right never the less)
Brett is such a darling, you connect with her from the go and find yourself grieving with her, laughing with her, egging her on with her list, being furious with her when she gives in. You get the picture.
The Life List is nothing but heart warming, gorgeousness. With a message so significant that you'd be a fool not to listen too. Never lose who you are. Your destiny will always work out right if you're true to you.
Full of shocks and surprises. An eye opening humbling book.