The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski
Release Date: March 25, 2008
Age Group: Contemporary
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Meet June Parker. She works for L.A. Rideshare, adores her rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, and struggles with losing a few pesky pounds. But June’s life is about to change.
After a dark turn of events involving Weight Watchers, a chili recipe, and a car accident in which her passenger, Marissa, dies, June finds herself in possession of a list Marissa has written, “20 Things to Do By My 25th Birthday.” Even though they barely knew eachother, June is compelled by both guilt and a desire to set things right and finish the list for Marissa.
The tasks before her range from inspiring (Run a 5K), to daring (Go braless), to near-impossible (Change someone’s life), and as June races to achieve each goal before the deadline, she learns more about her own life than she ever bargained for.
Funny, engaging, and heartwarming, The Next Thing on My List features a loveable, relatable heroine and a story with plenty of humor and heart.
A really quick and easy read. I think the reason that it caught my eye was the fact that it was about a list and I am a major list maker. I liked the idea of the storyline, which was June completing a sort of Life List for someone who died in a car accident.
Considering that June is not outgoing, super social, nor full of life it is hard for her to keep the will to get through the list. As the story moves along we see June turn into a much stronger personality after having persevered through the tasks she has set herself to completing. The list actually helps her to be more open to change, take risks and follow her dreams. Part of the fun of this story is seeing how each item gets crossed off the list, as they are not always completed in the way you would think.