Its been a while since I have done a book review but this is simply because it has been a while since I have read a book that is not for academic purposes. Now, I have just recently taken a break from all of the City Planning texts that I usually have to read to indulge in a little bit of fun and chick-lit.
The List is the debut novel of Joanna Bolouri. This book tells the story of Phoebe Henderson, a newly single woman in her thirties who is trying to come to terms with her devastating break up. After returning home one day to find her boyfriend of 3 (or was it 4) years cheating on her in their apartment, in the bed they shared, with the perfect 10/10 woman, she was thrown into a whirlwind spiral of self loathing, obsession and simply put, depression.
When she feels that she needs to find a new way to break away from the emotional holds of her ex-boyfriend, Alex, she challenges herself to complete a list of 10 sexual challenges with a willing partner in order to liberate herself and become more introspective where her sex life is concerned. Her best friend Lucy supports her on her quest for sexual domination and supports her all throughout the book while having her own very interesting side adventures as well.
Initially, looking for a willing partner seemed to be difficult until she acquired the services of her best male friend from grade school, Oliver, to complete these challenges with her. He is more than willing and this is essentially where the story takes off. There are other partners besides the friend in shining armor and that’s what makes the story even more eccentric and hilarious at times.
This book was the perfect read for my long subway rides to school. Not only was it light and easy to comprehend, but it was also engaging and comedic. While the sexual encounters can get quite descriptive at parts, its still a worthwhile read for anyone looking to liberate themselves or their imagination. I would give this book a 4/5 just because it is great, but it isn’t literary genius or anything. Also, the ending was a complete halt compared to the general motion of the book. While I overall enjoyed the read, the ending could have been a little bit stronger.