In Five Years

In Five Years

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When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend's marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan. But when she wakes up, she's suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It's the same night--December 15--but 2025, five years in the future. After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can't shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn't the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. 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 by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2020.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781982137441
1982137444
Branch Call Number: F SERLE
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: In 5 years

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ginwin29
Oct 13, 2020

At some point, we are all asked where we see ourselves in five years. When Dannie has a particularly vivid dream/vision on the night she gets engaged, her five-years-in-the-future life is completely different than what she expects .. different apartment, different boyfriend. The story flash-forwards to 4-1/2 years later, when she's introduced to this mystery man as the new boyfriend of her best friend Bella. The beautiful friendship between Dannie and Bella is at the heart of this book, which is much more than a light, fluffy read.

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ashleyha0321
Sep 30, 2020

Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years was, while in the moment of reading, engaging, is an unmemorable book. The main character, Dannie is certain about the way her life will turn out down to the very meticulous second. She’s about to get engaged and get her dream job at a corporate law firm, all while living life alongside her best friend, Bella. One night, she wakes up in a future five years away, with a different man and different apartment, wondering where her life went astray from what she thought. I finished this book solely for the purpose of finding out what happens at the end. I honestly didn’t find myself in favor of the characters because they all just seemed so surface-level. While the plot is enticing, I won’t read this one, possibly ever again.

st8ceyw8 Sep 29, 2020

I enjoyed it but I actually thought the vision piece was a throw away...the story would have been just as good without it. This was a quick listen with a devastating end.

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bazinga63
Sep 21, 2020

2/5 stars. Wanted the like it more, felt like I had heard same story before, just with a cancer twist.

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annehf
Sep 19, 2020

This book was so depressing. While I wanted to find out how it all ended, I was left feeling dissatisfied.

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TLCMom582
Sep 16, 2020

What a book! I could not put this one down. I wanted life to go away so that I could just keep flipping those pages! The author threw surprise after surprise at me and when I thought I knew where the story was going it took a turn.
The relationships were very well developed and complex. I really didn't know who to really like aside from the protagonist. Extremely well done!

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thebritlass
Jul 15, 2020

Wow. Not what I was expecting. So much better. I did not see the ending coming. But it was perfect.

I am a wreck after blasting through this book. My heart has been ripped out of me and stomped on, and somehow, I feel like thanking Rebecca Serle for it? This is a book that I feel like everyone will love, and in that vein, I feel like it was written for me.

Dannie is a lawyer, a planner, the type of girl who has a precise age range for all of her big life moments. Her best friend, Bella, is the opposite, always flying free, waltzing through her life, but she loves her for it. Dannie knows she'll marry David, and she knows the life she'll have after they do. They're both busy, sure, but Dannie sees the facts: David is perfect for her. But one night, a dream changes everything, and Dannie starts to wonder: where will she be in five years? And how can she come to terms with everything she might not have?

There's no way to summarize this one accurately, and I knew nothing about it going in. I think that's right for this novel; let it sweep you away and wreck your emotions. It's worth it.

At first, I didn't really like Dannie, but I never found her too annoying that it jarred me out of her narrative. She's very Type A, which I understand, and she is so ambitious in terms of her career. She is maybe a bit more privileged than is pleasant, with all the mentions of brand names and expensive restaurants and such, and Bella with her trust fund was no easier. Bella being such an opposite free spirit made both of them seem a bit stereotypical...until they weren't. I don't know, there was something magnetic about both of them that drew me in and wouldn't let me go. Being in Dannie's head made me feel a kinship with her; I know there were certain aspects of her personality that I related to intensely, despite my annoyance at some of their actions.

New York is a character in this novel as much as Dannie or Bella, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the book as a whole. You can feel the chill in the air in the winter scenes, and feel the beach sand between your toes at the end of the summer. I love when I can picture a scene so perfectly that it feels real, and I felt that every step of the way here.

Again, I can't go into details because of spoilers, but I will say that this one just stabbed me repeatedly in the heart. It's about love, of multiple kinds. It's about what you think you want, and breaking that down into what truly drives you and how it affects you as you move forward into the future. It is heartbreaking, but also retains this sense of hopefulness that had me absolutely sobbing by the last page of the acknowledgements. It feels like it was written for me, at this time of my life, and I can't believe how impactful it was.

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TeaD4
Jun 26, 2020

In Five Years is a wonderful book that highlights the beauty of friendship and how, no matter how much we can plan, life is always full of surprises.

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jfd5
Jun 01, 2020

Read it in one afternoon. It's an easy read....had some unexpected twists and turns. Enjoyed it, shed some tears...all in all a nice way to spend an afternoon

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