‘Be careful what you wish for’, the old woman says, and I look up to see her watching me from her seat behind the till. ‘Life is never quite sorted, whatever stage you’re at’.

Page 38

In a nutshell


Lucy Young is tired – tired of dating losers, tired of being at the bottom of the food chain at work and tired of living with messy flatmates. She wants to skip to the good part, where life is sorted. One night, on the way back from a very bad date, Lucy stumbles on a wishing machine. She wishes to skip to the good part and finds herself two decades older, married with kids and a high powered career woman. As she finds her feet and falls in love with her future life, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. 

Book Club Notes


The concept of this book is an interesting one and for lack of a better word – deep. In your twenties, would you have wanted to skip to the good part, the part where you’re not still figuring it out, finding it out and looking for your person? 

It’s this premise that turns what could be a fluffy read with a fantastical time-travelling storyline into a read that makes you think… life is never sorted, no matter what stage you’re in. And memories mean nothing without the scars they imprint on you by having lived through them. While parts of the book were obvious and Lucy at times an annoying protagonist, the questions it posed and the evolution of Lucy made it an overall enjoyable read. It’ll make you appreciate the stage of life you’re in right now, even if it isn’t all good stuff. 

Read If


You want a light read with substance and you have wondered what it would be like if you could peek into your future.

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Storyline – 7 /10
Writing – 8/10
Character Development – 8/10
Plot Twist – 6/10
Shareability – 7/10
7.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty


Published by: Hodder Books / Jonathon Ball

Genre: Fiction Fantasy Mystery

ISBN: 978-1-399-72227-8

Pages: 358

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Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

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