Book Review: The List

22 June 2014

"I made it clear that if anyone puts thirty-three candles on my cake, I'll blow them out using spit.

"At the moment I'm so angry with him I want to violently pluck out my own eyelashes."

Title: The List: My Year of Sexual Adventures
Author: Joanna Bolouri
Genre: Fiction, Chick - Lit
Page Numbers/Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Quercus
Publish Date: 5th December 2013
Format: Kindle

So what’s it about? 

Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn't feel fabulous. It's been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and multiple cases of wine and extensive relationship analysis with best friend Lucy have done nothing to help. Faced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution. The List: ten things she's always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. A bucket list for between the sheets. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right? Factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe, possibly, true love and Phoebe's got her work cut out for her. 

(nabbed from

"OH, STOP WITH ALL THE QUESTIONS! Why don't you all just put me in an orange jumpsuit and shine a light in my eyes!"
My thoughts 

This book had me laughing at loud (LOL - I couldn't resist) so I just had to review it. I actually read it again whilst writing this review – that’s why it’s taken me an age to get it up. For those of you looking for a light hearted read to save you from the realities of being a singleton - this is your book! Bolouri has such a great sense of humour and she displays that in every single character and she will have you in stitches!

"Do you know what happens when you spend so much time having/thinking/writing abut sex? Your fish dies, that's what...Is this how serial killers start?"
Phoebe is our main character and we join her in the New Year when she decides she wants to create more than a bunch of useless resolutions. So instead she compiles a list of 10 sexual things she would love to try. She enlists one of her best friends (a guy) and goes about her mission to complete her deeds and we are taken along in this journal style story.

What I love about this book is how detailed it is, not so detailed that you’re on the verge of erotica, but just enough that you know the author knows what she’s talking about and isn’t trying to shock you naming outrageous sex fantasies. We come across internet dating and some hilarious and disappointing dates at which we can only laugh at. Of course during this book Phoebe learns a lot about herself and her past relationships and we see her start to make better choices for herself.

This book does end with the whole ‘hewasrightthereinfrontofyou’ stuff but it is incredibly funny and well thought out in between. I would definitely recommend this to everyone – it is a complete gem.
"Shut up, I'm a catch. I can play backgammon and I have 100% positive feedback on eBay. These are important qualities."

5 out 5

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