When Claire Cooper was 15 she'd swear on her Wham! album that: big hair and rah-rah skirts were here to stay; Spandau Ballet would never split up; she would marry her idol, heart-throb footballer Andy Pailes. Fast forward 20 years and things haven't gone quite to plan. And when Claire discovers the "dream list" she wrote as a teenager, she realises how far removed her life is from the one she'd imagined. Divorced, stuck in a dead-end job, and dating an ambulance-chasing personal injury lawyer, she decides it's time to put her life back on track.
But what really happened between Claire and her teen idol all those years ago? And is meeting him again the way to make her dreams come true? Or a huge mistake?
©2010 Linda Green (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This is one of my favorite audio books!
The timeline jumps back and forth between the 15 year old Claire in 1985 and 38 year old Claire in present day.
15 year old Claire has the rare privilege of meeting a local celebrity on whom she has a teen crush. That meeting sparks a turn of events that impacts the rest of her life as well as those around her. As the layers of the story unravel, you see how the events in her teenage life shape her as an adult. Now she has a chance to meet him again. Two adults on a more equal playing field. Fascinating dynamic.
It is a story of friendship, love, family, career, adolescent dreams, and the reality of adulthood.
Great plot - not predictable at all. The suspense is built skillfully... I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Great humorous moments. This is not a standard chick lit romance - much more substance.
Ok, so throughout the entire book I was gripped and LOVED it... but can the ending be so disappointing! It was overall a good listen, narrator was very good, but I really wished it ended differently.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
Yes I would
I really liked the main character Claire
It took me a couple of chapters to get into it. Then it got good. I liked how it skipped back and forth 20 years, Claire as a teenager and Claire as an adult. It was a lovely story :)
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
A nice story about friendship and relationships which are told as flashbacks. Always enjoyable - reading about a 30 year old and flashing back to her as a 15 year old with a few laughs in between.
As the description points out, Claire leads a normal life but when she reads a "Life List" she made as a teenager, she thinks she made have missed out on things. She sets out to fix this and hunts down her old best friend as well as an old flame.
The story was enjoyable, it just took me about an hour to really get into it. As always, narration by Suzy Aitchison is great.
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