‘In Five Years’
by Rebecca Serle
Lawyer Dannie Kohan thinks she has her life figured out. She does things according to a plan and is incredibly driven. On what is supposed to be one of the most exciting nights of her life, she is catapulted into her own future, five years from now, and what she sees shatters her perfect world. This story teaches the important lesson of never being too set in your ways and being open to whatever life will throw at you, even if it is uncomfortable.
This novel is heart wrenching, funny and overall a beautiful story of the type of friendship we should all aspire to have. The characters are so authentic and lifelike, at the end of the book you’ll feel like you know them. This is a love story, but not the typical kind which you may imagine.
‘A Little Life’
by Hanya Yanagihara
This story of four college friends set in New York is a heavy one, dealing with issues such as: mental and physical health issues and how they impact daily life, love, loss, growing old, trauma and addiction. The novel follows the group from their college years up into midlife and does a painfully beautiful job of rendering realistic characters along with all of their struggles, both internal and external.
This novel is deep, raw and at times can be disturbing. If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel the big emotions and leave you feeling intrinsically changed by the ending, this is it. I would call this book a character study of sorts, but in the best way. Yanagihara’s writing is absolutely beautiful and makes for a compulsive read.
‘It Ends with Us’
by Colleen Hoover
“It Ends with Us” tells the story of seemingly-charmed Lily as she navigates love, life and the devastation of abusive relationships. When things seem too good to be true for Lily in her relationship with her surgeon boyfriend Ryle, things start to take a turn for the worst and brings up past trauma for her. Someone unexpected from Lily’s past makes a return and further complicates things for her. Lily has to decide to do what is best for her happiness and life, even though it is incredibly painful and different from the way she expected her life to turn out.
This book deals with incredibly deep and sensitive subject matter, such as toxic, abusive relationships and the havoc they can leave behind for someone to deal with. This story is emotional, riveting and inspiring at the same time. This novel is deeply personal to the author, and this really shows in the thoughtfulness of the writing and the resiliency of the protagonist. This story will leave you deeply moved and ready to pick up Hoover’s newest book.