Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Release Date: September 25, 2012
File Size/Pages: 455KB/216 pgs
Source: CLP Blog Tours
My Rating: 4/5
Summary: Sarah always thought her life was on track, that is until her 29th birthday party. The discovery of a list her younger self put together outlining what she wanted to achieve by the age of 30 turns Sarah’s world upside down. Suddenly her seemingly happy life and career look lackluster and Sarah sets off on a journey to transform her life. On her quest to achieve perfection one month at a time – a happy marriage, partnership in a law firm and being able to fit in a size six purple suede miniskirt – Sarah learns to challenge society’s ideals of achievement. Filled with harsh reality, humor, and romance, Next Year I’ll Be Perfect explores what true happiness and success is all about.
Review: The novel begins with Sarah Bennet, the main character, celebrating her 29th birthday. When her guests depart, her best friend, Livvie, gives her a list containing a number of goals written by Sarah when she was 25. These goals are something Sarah thought she'd have accomplished by 30, but realizes she's far from having the life she thought she would. Despite the objections from her support system, Livvie and the Thornton men, Sarah sets her sights on the life she wishes she had. During this journey, Sarah experiences good times, heartache, and realization. I enjoyed this novel, and I had no idea how it would end. It wasn't exactly the ending I was hoping for, but it was still an enjoyable read!