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The Dinner List

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If you could have a dinner party with any five people- dead or alive- who would you choose?

That’s the premise of this book- The Dinner List– by Rebecca Serle.

I chose this book because it came up in my Goodreads feed as a book one of my friends was currently reading. I thought the cover was lovely (totally judged a book by its cover), liked that it was short (only 263 pages), and it was available at my local library (no waiting list ??).

I’d give this 3 stars out 5.

Mindless read, sappy sad love story, and somewhat thought provoking. On her thirtieth birthday, the lead character, Sabrina, chose to have dinner with her deceased and estranged father, Audrey Hepburn, her deceased former fiancé, her college philosphy professor, and her BFF. The book has a sad and unexpected ending (I don’t want to spoil anything), and I finished the book feeling unfulfilled. It was just okay.

What I liked about this book was the different perspectives of life that each of the characters offered. For instance, the protagonist, Sabrina, struggled with feelings of abandonment and resentment after her father left their family as a child and then died before she ever had chance to address her issues with him. After leaving them, the father got remarried and had another family, almost as if Sabrina was dispensable. As the story unfolded, it came out that the father had longtime struggles with alcoholism and that he deeply regretted how things went down with Sabrina and her mother. There are two sides to every story!

Ok my turn. If I could have dinner with five people, I’d choose Jesus, Dolly Parton, Oprah, George Washington, and my deceased paternal Grandma.

What say ye? I want to hear your five!

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