I received this book for free for a Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The List by Joanna Bolouri
Published by Quercus on 5th December 2013
Genres: Chicklit, Contemporary, Humour, Love & Romance
Source: for a Blog Tour
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Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn’t feel fabulous. It’s been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and multiple cases of wine and extensive relationship analysis with best friend Lucy have done nothing to help. Faced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution.
The List: ten things she’s always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. A bucket list for between the sheets. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right?
Factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe, possibly, true love and Phoebe’s got her work cut out for her.
Today is the last stop on The List Blog Tour. I hope you have all had a fab time!
We begin at new year, Phoebe and her friends have just had a wonderful night at a posh hotel but Phoebe is feeling a bit well crap, and not just from the alcohol.
It’s been a year since she caught that scumbag of an ex, Alex, in bed with Miss Tits but she’s still not over him. So Phoebe decides that this year instead of making lots of ridiculous resolutions that she will never stick to, we’ve all done that right?, she will change one thing.
After a few days she decides it will be her sex life. So the girls come over they get really drunk and then the list is formed. Ten Challenges to complete by year end, the only problem now is who to complete them with….
I really liked Phoebe. I could see myself being friends with her and having the best time. I loved the layout of the book. It’s set out like a diary each month being a new chapter. This made me feel like I was right there along with Phoebe and the gang.
Lucy was hilarious. I loved her. She is so blunt. She had me in stitches. Hazel is the calm and collected one. She has the wisdom for Phoebe.
Now there is a lovely array of men in this book. Let’s start with the worst, Alex. I HATE HIM. Moving on to Richard who seemed like a sweet boy but a bit young and needy. Then there is Frank, what a transformation. Stuart, yes please, the guy who can’t way, Barry..erm what a stupid name and finally my favourite Oliver.
Oliver has dark curly hair and an Irish accent….SOLD. He is also very kind and caring. He has been friends with Phoebe since 6th Form and neither could imagine their life without the other.
Phoebe has quite the transformation from the beginning of the book until the end. She goes through a lot in one year but none of it seems unrealistic. Every part of this book could happen to any one of us girls and that it what I loved the most about it.
This book shows that sex is not some dirty secret and a girl wanting it isn’t either but it’s also not overly and unnecessarily erotic.
Half way through the book I thought yeah I’ve got this ending all figured out….CURVEBALL!!! Oh I did love the ending though. This is a funny feel good book that will have you laughing and crying (not just from laughter) as well as at times screaming in frustration at the page. This book literally has everything you need.
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