Can I give more than 5 stars?
How's it going Ninja friends? Are you all still out there, reading your way through lock downs, politics and worldwide pandemics? You know I am. So ! had a week off work this week which meant I dove back into the TBR box and shelved 8 books in 7 days - and I'm so happy to introduce you to a book that is so incredible, and it was sitting there unsigned so I don't even know how long it's waited for me to find it.
THE BIRTHDAY LIST - by Devney Perry
WOW JUST WOW. Can I go for a 6-7 star review? The Birthday List is the first of this author I've read - you know how I love reading new authors... and all I can say is WOW.
I could barely put it down to go to work and trust me, I resented every minute away from the book last night. Read in just over a day I hate that it's ended but love how it ended.
This book is so full of feels, it's equal parts heart breaking sorrow and heart warming laughs and sass. Cole and Poppy are so perfect they leave Jamie and Poppy in the dust of the past. It's amazing how Poppy fulfilling Jamie's list not only brings her the closure she's been looking for but somehow brings her closer to Jamie while simultaneously closer to Cole as well. Bringing the lost she has for both full circle and to it's destined conclusion.
I must say, I also feel so heartbroken for Molly and Finn - while only behind the scenes characters, their heart break and pain runs through everyone's lives just as Poppy's does.
It's not often that I'd like to turn back time and reread a book for the first time again (usually I like a reread - finding new depths in characters, etc.), but this is a book I really wish I could experience for the first time again. It was so fantastic. And exciting, while writing this very post - I discovered there's another book making The Birthday List a duet... Insert dorky excited book fan girl squeal here!!!! Amazon here I come.
Poppy Maysen carries a journal in her purse. Its pages were filled long ago by a man who craved adventure, lived life to the fullest and never failed to make her laugh. The journal is his birthday list—one she vows to complete.
She’ll do the things he wanted to do most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can finish his list, she can start to live again.
Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who watched her heart shatter be the one to put it back together again?