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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