Apparently, not always. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get to Jill Smolinski’s The Next Thing On My List on the list (sorry I just love doing that). I really enjoyed it! It was light women’s fiction, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Despite a somewhat sobering concept – after Marissa dies in a car accident, June takes over her list of life goals – the story is actually a fairly fun one. The list contains items like “go bra-less,” “be on TV,” and “change a person’s life.” While June is adrift in her own life, these tasks provide direction and focus. Not to spoil it or anything, but I bet you can see where this is going. In the process of living out Marissa’s life, June is making a big impact on her own.
Regardless of the obviousness implied in that last sentence, I was pleased that the plot wasn’t quite as predictable as I had expected it to be. There were a few twists that I didn’t anticipate that I really appreciated. The resolution was satisfying without being too neat. The perfect outcome.
Overall, I’d recommend The Next Thing On My List as a nice, quick read. In fact, I’m a little sad to be crossing it off my list.