Genre: Chick Lit
Size: 496 pages
Availability: Paperback, Ebook
Received a free copy for review from Simon & Schuster. Thanks!
There are six months left of Emma Reiss’s twenties. . . and she has some unfinished business.
Emma and her friends are about to turn thirty, and for Emma it’s a defining moment. Defined, that is, by her having achieved none of the things she’d imagined she would.
Her career is all wrong, her love life is a desert and that penthouse apartment she pictured herself in simply never materialised. Moreover, she’s never jumped out of a plane, hasn’t met the man she’s going to marry, has never slept under the stars, or snogged anyone famous – just some of the aspirations on a list she and her friends compiled fifteen years ago.
As an endless round of birthday parties sees Emma hurtle towards her own thirtieth, she sets about addressing these issues. But, as she discovers with hilarious consequences, some of them are trickier to tick off than she’d thought…
So The Wish List came through my door one afternoon and immediately sat there calling out to me to read it. I almost caved but no, I was reading something else, and then I had to get started on book three of Song of Ice and Fire– oh dear. I started it. Whoopsie! This was my first Jane Costello novel and my first experience with reading it was while I was stood at the bus stop back in my dad’s Leicestershire village waiting to head into town after having missed the previous bus. Any passing cars would have seen me burst into laughter many times.
This is definitely a light read, great for enjoying a good day or cheering yourself up after a bad one, but I couldn’t help but find myself a little frustrated with our heroine, Emma. For the most part she’s a fun girl. She works in children’s entertainment as a writer for the kid’s show “Bingbah” and has just come out of a relationship with a gorgeous man because he proposed to her and she didn’t feel it. Or did she? She’s not so sure, you see. Maybe she did love him after all? I mean.. how do you know if you’ve never been in love, right? Oh I wanted to pound on her a little bit when it came to her relationships with men. More than once she flung herself at a man because why not? Without even properly thinking about her dignity or what she actually wants. And there was a little bit at the end that nearly saw me throw my book at the wall, but thankfully it was just a moment and my book remained safe and sound.
Overall, the story of The Wish List was good. Hardly stop-the-press unique, but good. We have a twentysomething is turning 30 and hasn’t even touched the “things to do before turning 30” list that she and her friends wrote when she was 15, and so she ends up on some whacky adventures to complete these goals within the space of about 6 months. The list contains such things as have a one night stand, learn how to play Polo, see the Northern Lights, eat in a Michelin starred restaurant.. all sorts, basically. And I can imagine how much fun Jane must have had researching this novel! Of course Emma gets into some silly situations and it’s lots of fun. I really loved her determination and how she ended up trying so many new things which ultimately changed her life. And I must mention her friends because I don’t believe I have ever read a chick lit with such well fleshed out side-characters. They all came with their own stories, quirks and problems and I wanted to see their happy endings as much as I wanted to see Emma’s.
I also really liked the short chapters which make you feel as though you’re progressing through the book a lot faster, and okay, they do cause a case of the “just one more chapter”s but when is that a bad thing really? Yeah okay, I suppose at 3am!
Go out and get The Wish List if you like romantic comedies. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.