Review of The List by 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 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.



What a bloody fantastic novel.

I’m still laughing. No joke.

What else can I possibly say about this novel? It is by far, the funniest narrative I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I was crying with laughter when Phoebe was writing her lists – yes, there are two! Not a spoiler before those Twitter gremlins attack.

“He’s a physiotherapist, not a fucking wizard.”

I really wanted a light hearted read, one which would cheer me up and believe me, Joanna’s novel does that and so much more. You will cry with laughter, snort your giggles away and most of all, your stomach will hurt the following day because you were laughing at 3am simply because you couldn’t put the book down, well Kindle…

Phoebe, the main character, was a lot like Joanna in terms of personality. They’re both hilarious woman and at the beginning, I wasn’t a fan of Phoebe not having her own individual characteristics but as the narrative progressed, that factor flew out of my head.

If you’re a fan of Rebecca Chance, you’ll definitely love this novel. I was very happy with the ending – it was just perfect. Are you team Oliver, Frank or Alex? Let Joanna know!

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