In Five Years - Book Review

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Dannie Kohan lives her life by the numbers.

She is nothing like her lifelong best friend—the wild, whimsical, believes-in-fate Bella. Her meticulous planning seems to have paid off after she nails the most important job interview of her career and accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal in one fell swoop, falling asleep completely content.

But when she awakens, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. Dannie spends one hour exactly five years in the future before she wakes again in her own home on the brink of midnight—but it is one hour she cannot shake. In Five Years is an unforgettable love story, but it is not the one you’re expecting.


In Rebecca Serle's In Five Years, Dannie Kohan has a vision that she's in bed with a different man from her long-time boyfriend. Five years later, that vision begins to play out right before her and eventually becomes a reality - but not quite, and it all plays out in weird and unexpected ways. Without going into much details, the book speaks on the beautiful bond of friendship, loss, and the concept that not all relationships are meant to be, no matter how inevitable it may appear. 

I had a love-hate relationship with this book. I started out loving it and wanting to find out how everything plays out, but midway when I figured something majorly tragic was about to happen, I got disheartened and let the book sit for a long while before I picked it back up. I also thought the ending wasn't too great - not that I was looking for a happy ending, but I didn't expect one as dissatisfactory / underwhelming as this one.

Nevertheless, I certainly can't refute the brilliance of the writing. It was a decent read overall!

Rating: 3.5 / 5
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Maturity rating: 14+
Material Connection: Bought for reading pleasure

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