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Review: The Single Girl’s To Do List by Lindsey Kelk

on September 25, 2020

The Single Girl’s To Do List 
Lindsey Kelk
Harper Collins AUS
2011, 335p
Freebie via iBooks

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Rachel Summers loves a to-do list:
• Boyfriend
• Flat
• Great job

NOT on the list:
• Being dumped

Best friends Emelie and Matthew ride to her rescue with an entirely new kind of list – The Single Girl’s To-Do List. Rachel doesn’t know it, but it will take her on all kinds of wild adventures – and get her in some romantic pickles too. And then it won’t be a case of what but who she decides to tick off…

• Mr. bendy yoga instructor
• Mr. teenage sweetheart
• Mr. persistent ex
• Mr. deeply unsuitable

The Single Girl’s To-Do List gives Rachel the perfect heartbreak cure – and proves love is out there if you’re willing to take a chance.

I can’t remember when I got this book – I think it was free in an iBooks promo or something, it wasn’t that long ago, maybe around Christmas. I’ve read a few Lindsey Kelk books – some I’ve really loved, others have not quite hit the same highs for me. But her books do fit the bill of the sort of books I’m really craving at the moment and when I saw this sitting on my iPad, I decided to finally read it.

Rachel has been with her boyfriend Simon for 4 years. They have a mortgage, a car, they’ve booked a holiday to Croatia. She’s expecting they’ll get married and have children but instead, Simon requests “space” and then after a month of that, breaks up with her. Rachel is devastated and not quite sure how to deal. She’s never really been single before either, bouncing from one relationship to the next so her two best friends, Emelie and Matthew decide that she should use this time to do all the things that she never really did because she hasn’t been single. So it’s time for travel, a tattoo, something that scares her, contacting a past crush and a few other things as well.

Wow okay, this book is like alcohol and bad decisions. I don’t really drink and I have a phobia of vomiting so the idea of drinking until I puke on a regular basis gives me high level anxiety. Not Rachel and Emelie though – there’s a lot of drinking in this, followed by vomiting and then backed up with more drinking. It got a bit annoying after a while, I understand a session after Simon and Rachel break up but it sort of becomes this ongoing theme. And if I remember some of the other Kelk books I’ve read, drinking nearly always plays a rather large part in the lifestyles of her characters.

I liked Rachel and her journey of doing things that she hasn’t ever really had an opportunity to do as a single girl. The story of the tattoo and some of the other things were fun but the contacting the high school/band camp crush felt a little far fetched for me. Also there’s a bit of drama about her friend Emelie and her brother Paul and also Matthew and some drama in his life as well which takes up page space but actually doesn’t really go that far.

I know this is about Rachel finding herself and standing on her own two feet as a single woman now, moving on past Simon and what he did to her. He really did break up with her in an awfully cowardly way and I’m really glad the book actually gave Rachel a chance to air her thoughts to him on how he made her feel and how terrible his actions truly were. They’d been together for years and the way he treated her was with such disrespect. However – books where the main character and the love interest only get together on the last page, really frustrate me! I know not everyone wants a side of romance with their women’s fiction or chick lit or whatever your preferred title is…but I do! I wanted a bit more between them, it always felt a bit like her attitude towards him was a bit unfounded and could’ve been expanded upon somewhat. And although they had maybe 1-2 meaningful interactions, I would’ve liked maybe a couple more! But I’m like that. I like a good chunk of romance mixed in with the whole main character figuring out her life type thing!

This was okay! Definitely kept me occupied, even if I didn’t fall completely in love with it.

6/10

Book #187 of 2020

 


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