Tuesday, 5 March 2019

The Dinner List - Rebecca Serle



Paperback, 278 pages
Published 2019 by Allen & Unwin (first published September 11th 2018)
Fiction
For review

My Thoughts
Well this was bullshit. That is not a good way to feel when finishing a book. It was frankly boring from start but I was curious if she was like in a mental hospital or what the H was going on. 
The thing is, it is never explained. What the hell? That is not magical realism. She has dinner with dead people and alive ones and we never get an explanation how. No, sorry, that does not work for me.

Audrey Hepburn was there, why, god knows, she brought nothing to the book.
An old professor was there, and brought nothing either.

The dead dad did bring things to the table.
Her best friend did contribute.
Her ex, omg, I am not even gonna start at that cos that was BS! But yes this whole book is about us seeing their love story and them being idiots.

And then the book ends and I still have no freaking clue how she can have dinner with dead people and NO ONE thinks that is weird.

I hate this book. I am giving it away the first chance I get, ugh, so mad at it.

Blurb
“We’ve been waiting for an hour.” That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.”

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, THE DINNER LIST is a romance for our times. Bon appetit. 

28 comments:

  1. Sorry this was a stinker for you.

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  2. I'd say 'burn the book' but maybe there are readers who are going to enjoy that, who knows... not me, though. Not me for sure.

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  3. Oh wow - it's worse than a DNF... it hooked you and made you hate it. Sorry! That would really annoy me as well. You have to explain your world.

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  4. You're very descriptive about this book. Tell us how you really feel. LMAO I don't think you liked it.

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  5. Oh boo! I loved this book - but I didn't want an explanation. I just kind of went with it. Hope you can give it away quickly :)

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    1. I love fantastical, but I just could not go with this

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  6. I was really disappointed in this one too. I thought the premise was interesting but like you I couldn’t see why she had the professor or Audrey Hepburn there. It was just such a downer. Ugh.

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  7. This sounds terrible. I will be skipping it for sure.

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  8. LOL the opening line of your review cracked me up. "Well this was bullshit", lol! I think that summed it up perfectly!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Haha, well I sure felt that way at the end

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  9. Oh dear! I snorted with laughter when I read your review.

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  10. Bummer! I requested the audio for this one from my library. This is the first really negative review I've seen for it, and now I'm a little worried! Audrey Hepburn, huh? ;)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. I mean some were all aww magical realism. But I just can not see it. She is having dinner at a restaurant with dead people. By the way she is acting this is not a common thing. Why does not anyone go all audrey Hepburn! IT JUST MAKES NO SENSE

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  11. I don't mind weird, but I do like an explanation at some point. I'll let you take this one for the team and pass on it.

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    1. Pretty sure she was at a mental hospital

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  12. I shall steer clear of this one.

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