The Next Thing on My List

All it takes is one moment- one choice, a quirk of fate to change the rest of your life. June Parker thought she was doing a nice thing by offering Marissa Jones a ride home after a Weight Watchers meeting. Flash forward five minutes, a stroke of fate causes a horrific crash and the death of Marissa. June is left with a horrific case of survivor's guilt and subsequent depression.

The worst part of the experience is that no one notices. June's a passive passenger on the road of life. She doesn't have a lot of friends, her relationship slipped in coma and died and she's been phoning it in at work for longer than she can remember.

As she's cleaning the blood off of Marissa's purse to return it to her Mom, June stumbles across Marissa's life list. The to-do list of everything Marissa wanted to complete, the only item crossed off -Lose 100 lbs. In honor of Marissa, June decided to complete all of the items on her list from the very benign...Go Braless to the extreme of Changing Someone's Life. June barely notices as she completes one item after another how much her life starts to change, simply by reaching out to others and paying attention.

A quick read, fun, parts were witty and clever and the heroine is likeable and realistic. The ending was rushed and poorly thought out. I was frustrated at the end- the most important list item- and a cruddy explanation! Uggghhh.

As an avid Life List writer- I enjoying reading about others experiences. Jill Smolinski herself makes a point of trying something new everyday and chronicles her experiences on her blog. I am going to the Library today to pick up Flip-Flopped. I had originally passed it by but I find I like Jill's writing style. Hopefully I'll enjoy this one just as much!




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