Book review: The List by Joanna Bolouri

Posted August 30, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 2 Comments


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.


*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Writing a review for ‘The List’ feels like going into labour. No, no drugs or blood will be involved, however it’s gonna be very very hard. I don’t know about you, but for me the hardest reviews to write are those about the book I absolutely loved. I just feel like saying OH MY GOD, THIS WAS SO SOOOO GOOD, GET A COPY AND START READING IMMEDIATELY. But that won’t be enough e? Also, there’s the fear, the fear that no matter how much I try or how eloquent I try to be, I will never be able to write a review which will do this amazing book justice.

But I love challenges, so I’m gonna do my darn best to show the world just how much this book means to me. I honestly hope you will be intrigued enough to give this book a go.

Phoebe Henderson is newly single, in her thirties and just realized she spent almost all her life trying to please others will not living life to fullest. Imagine Bridget Jones with a sharper tongue and nasty habit of swearing and you pretty much get Phoebe. However, in my opinion, Phoebe is much cooler than Bridget, she’s not singing to ‘All by myself’ and her New Years’ Resolutions are much MUCH interesting and ..juicy? Phoebe makes a list of 10 things she always wanted to do in bed but never had the guts to do them and is on a mission to complete them all and change the course of her life.

Now ok, based on what I say you might think it’s just another chick lit with a braver heroine. But hell, you’re so mistaken. This book is so funny, you’re gonna laugh so hard you won’t be able to catch a breath! Also, make sure you don’t read it in public, because you will be seriously considered a bit ga-ga.

There are so many reasons why I loved this book, one of them being the fact that Joanna Bolouri is probably the funniest author out there. The List is a bloody revolutionary chick lit novel, stepping out of all the cliches most chick lits fall into, bringing freshness into a genre considered as ‘nothing but beach read’. It takes a lot of talent and guts to write such a book, and not everyone can pull it off. But Joanna did and honestly she’s the pioneer and I do hope more chick lit authors will follow her example and try to find their unique voice even if it means stepping out of their comfort zone.

Another thing which just adds to my whole fascination with Ms Bolouri beside the effortless humor is the fact even the side characters are well developed and totally add to the story. Oliver is one hell of a brilliant, not-your-normal book boyfriend and one of the BEST DUDES I’ve read about.

If I had to sum it up in just couple of words, I’d say ‘The List’ is a brilliant, fresh, hilarious read and Joanna Bolouri is just what the chick lit scene lacked so far. She’s original and brave, knows how to make you laugh and is simply a breath of fresh air! There should be a new genre – BOLOURISM! That would mean ‘as awesome & fabulous as Joanna Bolouri’s writing’. Not sure how many books would fit that criteria, because THIS is the funniest, wittiest book I’ve EVER read! Fantastic book you don’t want to miss out on!

My rating: 10/10



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