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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  4,536 ratings  ·  747 reviews
Jillian Westfield has the perfect suburban life straight out of the upscale women's magazines that she obsessively reads. She’s got the modern-print rugs of Metropolitan Home, the elegant meals from Gourmet, the clutter-free closets out of Real Simple, and the elaborate Easter egg hunts seen in Parents. With her successful investment banker husband behind the wheel and her ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Crown Publishing Group
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Libriar
Very fast read. If it didn't read so fast, I don't know if I would have finished it. The end of the book was satisfying but I got bored throughout most of the book. I really didn't connect with the main character...most of the time she annoyed me.
Pollopicu
Dec 09, 2009 Pollopicu rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: suicidal insomniacs
Recommended to Pollopicu by: a magazine
This is one of the worst novels I ever read in my entire life!
I hated this book so much. It's not even worth being on goodreads.
If you like trash novels, this is the book for you.

Jan
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Christa
I ended up liking this book, although it started off a little slowly for me. There were times when I didn't like the main character, Jillian Westfield, but she did become more sympathetic to me as the story evolved. Jillian is a discontented mother and housewife who feels that she made the wrong choices for her life. She suddenly is faced with the opportunity to go back in time in her life and make different choices. As she goes through this part of her life for the second time, Jillian realizes ...more
Anastasia
This novel was very light in some ways (primarily, the main character was a superficial, highly privileged, wealthy, suburban, unhappy housewife/mother--- though that changed some) but was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is fun to think about going back in your life, knowing what you know now, and having the option of making different choices; the author did a nice job of exploring this theme.
Angeline Larimer
Eleanor got me this book for Christmas. She was so excited about picking it out for me, she's been asking me almost daily what I think of it, which is interesting considering the subject material.

A woman goes back in time because of a massage. After quitting her job to be a stay-at-home mother, she finds herself seven years in the past, with the ex-boyfriend and a chance to try her life out again a different way. *I've seen this premise before. I've also read Vonnegut's version Timequake, and it
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~Tina~
Have you ever wondered "what if"? Have you ever looked at your life and all it's craziness and think back to a time in your past that you could go back to, and if you could, would you?
What reality would you choose if you had the chance to do it all over again?

Time of my life sets the story of a neglected suburban wife, who even though has a content life can't seem to find any real passion in her marriage, and while she has a beautiful daughter who she lives for, can't help but remember the freed
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Kelly Houser
Time of My Life is my favorite Allison Winn Scotch novel. It is my favorite for several reasons. First, I loved Scotch’s writing in this novel. Jillian’s voice was true and genuine. The attention to detail was excellent. Scotch crafted the novel in such a way that I couldn’t put the book down. I had to know what happened next, and I read the novel in one sitting.

I think this book really resonated with me because we all wonder if we made the right decision about certain things in our lives, espec
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Cindy Bokma
You will love this novel that poses the question, "What if...I could go back in time and change choice that I have made?"

Allison is a wonderful author and I know my friends will read this book cover to cover and love every word.

xo
Cindy
Robin
LOVED this book. Definitely one of my favorites of the year. I'll write more about it later.

Update: How many of us have wondered "what if I married the boyfriend who (at the time) was the love of my life?" Would I be happier than I am today? What would he be like? Why did we break up, and what could I have done to keep him in my life? Jillian is in a tedious marriage with a demanding toddler, and even though her life seems like it should be perfect, she doesn't see it that way and is not at all
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Robin Nicholas
It isn't a masterpiece or particularly great writing...but it was very interesting and thought provoking. Jillian is a 30-something, affluent, stay-at-home mom, who does pilates, has massages, and drives a Range Rover, however, she is very unsatisfied with her life. She gave up a successful Manhattan advertising career and moved to the suburbs to raise her daughter. Her husband travels non-stop and she is lonely. She often wonders "what if". What if she hadn't given up her career? What if she ha ...more
Nely
Time of My Life was a bit reminiscent of Family Man, but I loved it anyway. This book is based on the question "What If?" I became totally engrossed with Jillian's story from the first page. When Jillian goes to her masseuse and has her chi unblocked, some very unexpected things happen. For one, she wakes up seven years earlier in bed, in her old apartment, and still in a relationship with her ex-boyfriend - no more husband, nor toddler, nor house in the suburbs. The best thing of it all, she re ...more
Jennifer
Dec 23, 2009 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like chick lit and women's fiction
This book has a very interesting premise – one that I think many of us may have pondered at some point in our lives. The big question: What if? What would life have been like if you stayed with an ex? What this book allows the reader to do is get a glimpse of a character who has that choice. Time of My Life tells the story of Jillian Westfield, a stay-at-home mom with a beautiful daughter, a magazine-perfect home, and a doting husband. But looks can be very deceiving. With her marriage crumbling ...more
Mary
Jillian Westfield has been living a perfect life - at least according to the magazine articles that have been advising her. She has put so much pressure on herself to be the ideal wife and mother that she breaks under the stress of it all. In a kind of freaky accident-by-massage she finds herself living seven years earlier. Her same life, seven years earlier. The do-over of all do-overs! She's back living with her boyfriend Jackson and on the fast track at work. She's reliving familiar situation ...more
Jessica
May 17, 2010 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
I really liked the back-liner description of this book. Really liked it. In fact, that is the reason that I picked it up and was exciting to read it. HOWEVER, it fell completely short of my expectations based on its description. What potential this story had. But Winn Scotch absolutely lost me as a reader. First of all, the story was very predictable and familiar. There was FAR too much unnecessary language. And the main character, Jillian, was simply unlikeable and undesirable, and never redeem ...more
Christy
I enjoyed the theme of the book because we all wonder "What if? Am I in the right place?" I thought the book did a good job of exploring that question and how we can and often do cheat ourselves out of happiness because we spend time thinking about what could have been. I liked the main character despite how spoiled/whiney she could be. That being said, the absurdity of how these things were accomplished kept me from absolutely loving this book.
Diane
I wanted to wrap up the year with another light read, so I chose: Time of My Life; by Allison Winn Scotch. The premise sounded very cute, and one that probably many women have wondered about at sometime in their life----what if I had held on to the guy that got away?

The day after a deep chi-clearing massage, Jill finds herself seven years in the past when she was a highly paid advertising executive instead of a stay- at-home wife to her lawyer husband, Henry, and a devoted mother. Through trial
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Kristine
I enjoyed this book pretty much all the way until the end. I liked the idea of exploring a character that had the chance to go back and "do it over again". I mean, let's be honest, haven't we all thought about how our lives might be different if we had made other choices? It was one of those books that as I am reading it, I see how close I am getting to the end and wondered, "How can this be almost finished?" The author summed up the end in one chapter and left too many unanswered questions for ...more
Denise
Mar 25, 2010 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has wondered what life would be like if they had chosen the other path.
At some time in our life I think all of us wish we had made a different choice, followed a different path, said yes instead of no. Well, Jillian the protagonist hears that her former boyfriend is getting married and she is bored, bored, bored with her life as a stay at home mother and she wishes that she hadn't let Jack get away and she wakes up 7 years in the past and can do it all over again. I won't say anymore than that but I will say it is a good book. The ending cuts things a little short, ...more
Candy
A tantalizing question- what would life be like if you’d chosen the old boyfriend or forgiven the mother who wronged you? Once I accepted that a spa treatment (really!) was the vehicle that gives suburban mom Jill a rerun of her last seven years, but with a chance to change paths, I couldn’t put it down. Jill's eyes are opened when she meets regrets and missteps head-on. Perhaps it’s not the history that needs changing as much as Jill does. If a deep tissue massage can reveal what’s important in ...more
Chris
I dislike contrived books and I dislike books that need to try to hard to tell you their message. I like a book that makes me think not just because its plot is thought provoking, but also because there is some degree of character development that is left open to interpertation. This book failed. I guess the premise was something that made me think. But it is such an overused premise, that it was hard to feel like the story was novel. I feel a little bit like I wasted some time from my life read ...more
Alyssa Oppelt
I wanted to like this book more than I did. I found this in the dollar bin at Goodwill and thought, "Steal!" I started reading it with an open mind, not really knowing what I was getting into until I got onto my Goodreads app on my phone to add this to my 'currently reading'. All of the low stars had me nervous -- so nervous I started reading the reviews to see what was wrong.. I kicked myself for thinking I knew what was going to happen in the end and thankfully I must have been reading wrong b ...more
Lisa Murray
I pulled this off the staff recommendations bookshelf at the library. It explores that eternal question about 'what if' I'd stayed with that other guy by traveling back 7 years in time (pre-wedding and pre-baby). I liked the way the protagonist digs a little deeper to realize that her unhappiness has more to do with her than who she married. Her letter to her estranged mom was particularly powerful and really resonated (except the estranged mother part). I've excerpted a couple paragraphs here.

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Michelle
Awesome read! A great premise (what if you'd taken that other path instead) that is executed perfectly. Who hasn't had those what-if moments in life? Like what if you married your college boyfriend instead of his roommate (though for me that's followed with a shudder, not longing!) Though the book is fast and fun and a quick, quick read, it also has surprising depth. Would make a great book club read.
Jill
Part of me really liked this, and part of me is a little annoyed with the ending. I really like the message behind this -- that everything happens for a reason, but also that sometimes that reason is the result of the choices we make (or don't make). I could relate to so much of what Jillian felt and experienced, to the point where it almost felt like I was meant to read this book. (Did you see what I did there, by the way? Connecting myself to the message of the book? It's the little things, pe ...more
Leanne Ellis
Really enjoyed it. A fun and safe exploration of the what ifs that many a suburban parent (and by parent I mean mother) experiences no matter how much you achingly love your kid and spouse. This one read a lot more quickly than the books on Gandhi and Einstein, which I have still to finish.
Rachelle
Awesome concept, who in life has never said "what if?" I really enjoyed this one, it really makes you sit back and think, maybe the grass isn't greener on the other side! Once I started this I couldn't put it down and ended up reading the whole thing in one day! Hey, who needs sleep?
Katherine Spencer Inskeep
Fun, light, modern day fantasy. Jillian wishes her life were different and spends lots of time daydreaming about a past flame until the day she wakes up in her prior life. She is now able to have a bit of a "redo" - but is her new/old life really what she wants? Quick read.
Stacey
Up to this point I am liking this... but now the constant "last time this happened" is getting old. I'm ready for her to move the story along. This book is moving to slow for me. Just finished and this book was so stupid. To sum up, its back to the. future for desperate housewives. I hated the main character and her stupid inability to express herself. She kept saying she was going to and she kept having all these "self-realization" moments but you never saw it. I hated that in the end she goes ...more
Gina
Good story of a woman who feels overwhelmed by her current life and goes back seven years to "try again". Kept me entertained, yet I couldn't help but notice she missed her baby much more than she missed her husband-lol!
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I'm the author of a bunch of novels, including THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES (November 2013) and TIME OF MY LIFE.

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“What was the one moment we lost our way? Or was it a series of moments that snowballed into something larger, something intangible, something careeining forward with too much acceleration for us to stop it now?” 6 likes
“That's the thing," Jo says. "You think you know what you're in for. I mean, you tell yourself that, of course, it's not going to be wine and roses and all of that bullshit for the rest of your life, but then, one day, you wake up, and your fucking husband has morphed into someone whom you barely recognize. And you sit there and you stare at him while he scratches his balls through his underwear at the kitchen table, and you think, 'This is totally not what I signed up for. I mean, who knows if I even love this ball-scratching, foul-breathed man?' And then you wonder if you love him more out of habit than out of anything else." She chews the inside of her lip and considers. "And I guess from there, all bets are off.” 6 likes
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