My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So I won this book in a giveaway a couple months ago and it’s been sitting in my stack waiting for me to read it! I was feeling kind of “meh” about reading it, but having just finished, I’m so happy I finally gave it a chance.
The concept is simple. Many years ago, Sabrina wrote a list of 5 people living or dead with whom she would like to have dinner. And on her 30th birthday she gets her wish, surrounded by Audrey Hepburn, her father, her college professor, best friend, and the love of her life. It is an opportunity for closure, forgiveness, understanding, and redemption. And at the heart of it, will have you asking, “Is love ever enough?”
I would liken this book to Mitch Albom’s “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” mixed with “A Short History of the Girl Next Door”. Caution: this book is heartbreaking. I’ve read 70 books so far this year and this is the only book that made me flat out cry (P.S. I don’t really cry). The ending was beautiful and bittersweet.
As far as the structure, The Dinner List was a really quick read. I read the whole thing on a Sunday in one sitting, which is a rarity for me. The chapters are short and quick, and it’s easy to get swept away in the story.
Would also say this would be a FANTASTIC book for a book club to read. Rebecca Serle created a lot of conversational elements and was very insightful in her writing. Would highly recommend to anybody looking for their next great book club pick!
-Thank you to Rebecca Serle and Flatiron Books for my giveaway copy.-