In Five Years: Rebecca Serle

★★★★

Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years is the wonderfully surprising and heartbreaking story of a very Type A corporate lawyer in New York City who has stringently planned her future, but who may have to learn that life doesn’t always go exactly as planned.

Thank you to Atria Books for the free book!

Dannie knows exactly what she wants in life. She wants to marry her boyfriend, buy a fabulous apartment in Manhattan, and become a partner at her corporate law firm. When she falls asleep one night, she has a vivid vision of five years in the future, and it’s nothing like she envisioned – she’s with another man and she lives in Brooklyn. How could her life change so much in five years, so far from what she is confident she wants and envisions?

Five years later, the perfect picture of Dannie’s life may not be so perfect. Her best friend, her fiancee, and her job are starting to show cracks. Will she really end up in that Dumbo apartment with a man she doesn’t know in just a few months?

Content Warning

Please take caution while reading In Five Years if any of the following topics may trigger you:

  • Cancer
  • Death / dying

My Thoughts

Oh. Oh oh oh. This book is stunning, so surprising, and shockingly heartbreaking. Rebecca Serle is an absolute master storyteller, forcing you to feel the emotions her story elicits with such fervor. This is a story of love – true love, the “right” love, lust – and so much more. You won’t know what hit you when you finish the last page, and may I suggest tissues closeby?

I love a sad book. If my favorite genre could just be “sad,” that would be the best descriptor for me. In Five Years does not seem like it will be a sad book, but it definitely is. But it’s also wonderfully hopeful and joyful and shares a message that I think so many people need to hear – don’t waste the time, joy, and love that you have in this life! This message and story hit so close to home that I have tears in my eyes right now just thinking about the book.

In Five Years is a very quick, fascinating, and heart-exploding (is this an adjective? Now it is.) story that – even if you don’t particularly identify with the story – I can almost guarantee will leave your heart aching in a way you never would have guessed. I have already pushed this book down many of my friends’ throats, and I’ve gotten lots of good feedback.

If you’re looking for a novel that is at once joyful and tragic, hopeful and urgent, that will probably make you cry, and that you can read in only a few sittings (or just one), I cannot recommend this beautiful book enough.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on In Five Years. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the novel in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!

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