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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,309 ratings  ·  277 reviews
There are six months left of Emma Reiss's twenties. . . and she has some unfinished business.
Emma and her friends are about to turn thirty, and for Emma it's a defining moment. Defined, that is, by her having achieved none of the things she'd imagined she would.
Her career is all wrong, her love life is a desert and that penthouse apartment she pictured herself in simply ne
Paperback, 481 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic Jane Costello novel!

I have found all of Jane's books to have lots of laugh-out-loud moments and feel-good endings that have me sitting there with a smile on my face as I read the last few pages. Light hearted, fun and guaranteed to warm the heart! One of my favourite authors :)
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Update 09/08/18: Came across this review that I wrote about 5 years ago... decided to update it, due to the lack of importance I clearly placed on grammar back then and now feeling slightly depressed. I was 20 when I read this and Emma’s predicament seemed a million years away... in the blink of an eye, I’m suddenly just about to turn 26 and I’m empathising a whole lot more!

Original review 01/11/13: Emma is about to turn 30. Like many people, she is having difficulty dealing with this fact. Amon
Love Fool
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are six months left of Emma Reiss's twenties. . . and she has some unfinished business.

For someone who just turned thirty last year, I understood how Emma felt. I felt like in my twenties I still could make mistakes and have "fun" and when I turned thirty it was time to be a real adult and have my shit together. I thought I was going to take turning thirty hard and lock myself in my apartment and watch Disney movies and cry... here's some advice for the under thirty crowd, no matter what y
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
3.5 stars
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was pretty enjoyable. I like the fact that it spans 6 months and in doing so gives the relationship actual time to develop. This is not a common thing in contemporary romance, but really, it should be.

I also genuinely liked all of the characters. They're all human beings, by which I mean that all of them are flawed, and all of them make mistakes. Contrary to most other books in the genre, this isn't a simple and straight-forward romance. Not for the main character and not for her
❤ Bibi ❤
I've finally found a RomCom for the ladies that are either just about to turn the dreaded three-zero, or have already waved goodbye to their twenties and are embracing their thirties. As someone who have already made my piece with my twenties being behind me, but also realised that in some aspects I like my thirties a hell of a lot better, this is just the pick me up I needed!! The book market (at least the genres I read) are filled with heroines in their early twenties, who are walking around w ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I have waited for this baby sooo long and when I finally got in this in my hands, I put everything that I was doing away and started to read it.
Actually today I have abandoned my child to finish it:) She got some cookies that she normally doesn't get. Well, well, well...
Back to the book. It was all that I love in a book, a typical Jane Costello. My favourite way of writing: short, sharp chapters, a lot happening, lovely and likeable characters and a lot of fun. Although I must say that this book
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
The sticker on the cover said "If you like Sophie Kinsella, you'll enjoy Jane Costello" and whoever wrote it was right!
The Wish List is nicely written, with a fair amount of humor and romance and problems which are - of course - solved in the end. What I really like are the interesting storylines of sideline characters - everyone has a line which delevops throughout the book and you fall in love with them as much as you do with Emma - the main character who is struggling to do complete the long
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
How has this book been rated so highly it is so poorly written and I am half way through and still waiting for a proper story to start, let alone for the main character to do at least half her so called wish list! The characters are weak and the friends thrown in such as Asha and Cally and the sister drift in and out with no real purpose. Very disappointed in this book.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very laugh-out loud and just what I needed between reading two intense books!
Amy Mcpike
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this! Laughed out loud the whole way through. I love Jane Costello one of my favourite authors and this has to be my favourite book of hers. Highly recommend!
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The Wish List.....Emma is 6 months away from her 30th birthday. She finds a list she wrote when she was 15. She decides that before her 30th birthday she will do everything that is on the list. It included things like grow out her hair, skydiving, have a 1 night stand and others. As she completes the list, Emma gets more confident and start to make a few changes in her life which maybe is a result of that list. It's a good novel with likeable supporting characters and a few laughs. Made me smile ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2013
Emma finds wish list of things she wanted to do before she turned 30- six months before the big birthday. She wanted to be an interior designer but currently works as a script writer for a childrens tv series. Her friends have relationship issues and her sister split from her 'perfect' boyfriend. She attempts to complete the items on her wish list even though she can't believe some of the things they wanted to achieve as teenagers.
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very funny book. Characters were written with such warmth and humour. The story was very touching and sad at times. Emma is 6 months away from her 30th birthday she finds a list that her and her friends wrote when they were 15 of things they would like to do before they reach the age of 30. Emma is dismayed to learn that she hasn't achieved any. She sets about achieving gals that were written down on the list some with very funny consequences. Loved it!
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars I think. A pleasant , funny in places, quick read.
Overall rating: 5 stars

Genre: Chick-Lit
Plot: 9/10
Ending: 7/10
Writing: 9/10
Hero: 9/10
Heroine: 10/10
Humour: 10/10
HEA: Yes

Recommend: Yea
Re-read: Yea
Read more from author: Always
Prabhjot Kaur
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
After not liking The Love Shack by this author, I was not expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. It took me a few chapters to get into this book but once I got into it, it made for a enjoyable, funny, quick and feel good read.

Emma is about to turn 30 years old and she discovers a wish list that she made with her best friends when she was a teenager. She wants to do those things before her 30th birthday and starts her journey towards that. I didn't love her character but I liked it enoug
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I didn't care for anyone ugh
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Sure there were a few laughs here and there bu
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Six months before her 30th birthday, Emma finds a list she wrote with her friends when they were 15.

This was a great, light read with plenty of twists and turns, both in the life of Emma and in the lives of her friends.
Rebecca Steadman

I loved the idea of a wish list instead of bucket list. Fantastic easy read couldn't put it down A* will make u laugh
Teodora Grigorie
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Very relaxing, even if not a complex, profound story. It felt like a break from life and its drama.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel make me feel like I’m watching my favorite kind of movies “Rom com” 🎥 😻
Joanna Nurin
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book especially for someone that is turning 30 this year. Like me 😂
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jane did it again ! Very lovely and funny and heart warming book . It was a little slow in the beginning for my liking but 100 pages in the story picked up . I really enjoyed it .
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Once Upon A Time.

So The Wish List came through my door one afternoon and immediately sat there calling out to me to read it. I almost caved but no, I was reading something else, and then I had to get started on book three of Song of Ice and Fire- oh dear. I started it. Whoopsie! This was my first Jane Costello novel and my first experience with reading it was while I was stood at the bus stop back in my dad's Leicestershire village waiting to head into town after having miss
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally on I Heart.. Chick Lit.

I was so thrilled when a copy came into my post. I ADORE Jane Costello's books, as she is one of my favourite authors in the genre. A class on her own, I look forward to reading her books every year, to be honest, I read three of hers last year (a bit late but hey, at least I did!). But let's take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous cover - it screams "exciting, hilarious and will promise you a wonderful plot" and it does!

Rea Cobb
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jane Costello is an author whose books I only started reading last year and I have loved them because they made me laugh out loud. When I heard The Wish List had been released I headed straight out to grab my copy.
Our Heroine in The Wish List is the fun and loveable Emma Reiss. She is fast approaching the dreaded 30ooooohh and when she finds a list containing things to do before they reach 30 that Emma and her friends wrote she starts to think what has she done with her life and decides to try a
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review from Fairy Tale Ending Book Reviews

Read: 15 April 2013
Why: Loved Jane Costello's previous books

Brief synopsis: When nearly-30 Emma stumbles across a list she devised, aged 15 of the things she wanted to do before she's 30, she's upset when she realises she's not achieved one single item. With the countdown to 30 ticking away, Emma decides its time to change that but it's not quite that simple - seeing the Northern Lights requires cash she doesn't have and finding the man you'll marry is m
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: general-romance
I’ve been shelving a lot of Jane Costello books in my library and decided why not give one of her books a go. I lasted 20 chapters.

Initially I was actually excited to read about a protagonist who works in TV because her job is what I want to be doing. Unfortunately everything else about her bothered me. For one thing, her opinion on casual sex being the sin of sins is so backwards. It’s not for everyone obviously, (I mean, I don’t even do it), but in this day and age, maybe we should learn to be
Jennifer Joyce
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Emma's 30th birthday is approaching when she discovers a list she and her friends created when they were teenagers. Despite all the years that have passed, Emma has yet to achieve any of her goals on the list so, with six months to go before the big Three-Oh, she sets out to cross off at least 75% of the list.

Crossing off the goals will make Emma braver but it will also turn her life upside down with career changes, kisses with celebrities and an overhaul of her love life.

Joining Emma are best
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