The List by Joanna Bolouri

Title: The List
Author: Joanna Bolouri
Published: January 6th 2015 by Quercus
Amazon | Amazon UK

Blurb: The List is the hilarious debut novel from Scottish comedienne Joanna Bolouri. 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 wine-fueled nights of relationship analysis with her best friend Lucy have done nothing to improve her dating situation.

Faced with another year without love, Phoebe confronts her fears and decides to forgo romantic love altogether. She comes up with The List: ten things she's always wanted to do in bed but has never had the courage to try. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right? In a chaotic, embarrassing, exhilarating, and ultimately transformational year of self-discovery, Phoebe finds surprises, friendship, confidence, and even love, through good and bad sex.

*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*  

Review: I had heart so many great things about The List that my expectations were very high to say the least, I had even been told that it was one of the funniest book ever, and now that I have read it, I am not sure if it is the funniest but it comes very close. Joanna Bolouri had me laughing out loud through all the story. And what a story! 

Our main character, Phoebe, was hilarious and wrote her diary with such honesty that we could really see and understant her. I felt like she was an old friend of mine. Her descriptions of her day to day life and her new sexual adventures were straight to the point. There were no descriptions of sexual encounters lasting pages and pages and saying how perfect and how good they were. Quite the opposite. She explained it how it was, had it been a success or a total mess. Which was a fresh change.

And helping her with all these new adventures there was Oliver, her best friend since high school. I really liked him from the beginning and I could see that they were made for each other. The question was how long it would take them to realise it. I was quite (positively) surprised to see though that the story didn't focus on their relationship but in Phoebe's self-discovery and I didn't expect the ending at all so I kept wondering what would happen until the last page. 

So if you are looking for a hilarious read with no taboos about sex and don't mind swearing (there's a lot of it but it fits Phoebe's personality and the story so I was completely ok with it), go for The List, you won't regret it. 


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3 comentaris

  1. This sounds like such a cute book! I am definitely going to be picking it up soon :)


    1. Thanks for stopping by and your comment Jenni! You've got a lovely blog! I highly recommend The List as you'll be laughing out loud for sure! xx

  2. This sounds like refreshing romp! Bridget Jones meets Some Kind of Wonderful. Nice!