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The Dinner List

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  24,996 ratings  ·  3,691 reviews
We’ve been waiting for an hour. That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Flatiron Books
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Larry H
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up for the tears it left me with.

It's one of those icebreaker questions that nearly everyone gets asked at least once in their life: If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would they be?

Sabrina and her college roommate, Jessica, answered that question at some point. Among those Sabrina chose were her father, who moved out when she was very young and she never knew him; Plato, because she was studying philosophy; and Audrey Hepburn, "because I was a

This was my pick for the August 2018 Book of the Month box!

“I love you, but it doesn’t mean anything if you’re not happy.”

Friends, I wanted to love this so much. And at first, this really did feel like watching a lucid dream play out, and I felt so enthralled and captivated! But as time went on, I just cared less and less about the dinner, about the past, and about this book.

The Dinner List is a play on the conversation starter of which five people would you bring to a dinner party,
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique, wistful & magical!

Such an imaginative premise that will have you asking yourself if you could invite five people living or dead to a dinner party who would you choose?

THE DINNER LIST by REBECCA SERLE is a wonderful, captivating, touching, fun and light-hearted tale that I was immediately drawn into and devoured rather quickly.

REBECCA SERLE delivers an intriguing, engaging, complex and well-written story here told in short alternating chapters to make this a quick and easy read. The sto
Kylie D
Who would you invite to your theoretical dinner party? You know, the one where you can have 5 people, living or dead turn up? For Sabrina's 30th Birthday she invites her best friend, her college professor, her estranged late father, the love of her life and, well, Audrey Hepburn. So imagine her surprise when she turns up to dinner and they're all sitting there waiting for her.

This is a poignant tale, sad, and funny at times, as Sabrina travels through her life recalling events that brought her h
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We've all done it before. We've daydreamed, analyzed, pondered, wished and sometimes argued about it. What five people would you invite to dinner if you could have anyone. Living or dead, famous or family, past or present, real or fictional, people you know or someone you've never met - those are a few of the questions we have contemplated when making our ultimate dinner list.
Years ago, thirty year old Sabrina and her best friend, Jessica, make a list of five people they want at their dinner. Ye
Kristin (KC)
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4 Stars* for a unique read that warms the soul, touches the heart, and stings the tear ducts! Very much enjoyed this one!
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
3.5 stars
Audiobook narrated by the author, Rebecca Serle 5h 50 min 39secs

Who are the 5 people, living or dead, that you would invite to dinner? Now I have been asked this question at different times of my life( FYI- General Romeo Dallaire, Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Anne Frank, and Meryl Streep), but I have never considered adding people from my personal life ( am I terrible?). That's what makes The Dinner List so refreshingly original. While we know the question, Sabrina , our main character, ar
Elyse  Walters
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it

Dreamy ‘fantasy’ fun:
“what five people would you invite to dinner - dead or alive?

Paul and I played this game while walking last Saturday morning.
We both had Robin Williams - Jimmy Kimmel- our father’s whom we both lost to death as children - each other - and we tossed around other names such as John Lennon .... thinking we might have some nice music at the dinner table.... and the Dalai Lama to hold the space of spirituality.

So - this book got my imagination fired up...
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We've all done it before. We've daydreamed, analyzed, pondered, wished and sometimes argued about it. What five people would you invite to dinner if you could have anyone. Living or dead, famous or family, past or present, real or fictional, people you know or someone you've never met - those are a few of the questions we have contemplated when making our ultimate dinner list.
Years ago, thirty year old Sabrina and her best friend, Jessica, make a list of five people they want at their dinner. Ye
Susanne  Strong
Name Five People, Living or Dead, that you’d like to have dinner with.

The list is one that Sabrina came up with in College. Little did she know that when she turned thirty, she’d be sitting around the table at a restaurant with the five people on her list, including the great, Audrey Hepburn.

“The Dinner List” includes:
Audrey Hepburn;
Professor Conrad, her College Philosophy Professor;
Her father, Robert;
Her best friend, Jessica; and
Tobias, the love of her life.

Alternating between dinner and Sab
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
I love how unique and interesting the plot is and how it was executed.
The characters in this book were messy, the friendships were messy and the romance was messy but I actually enjoyed that. It showed realistic relationships and how messy everyone is and how flawed we all are.
It’s a quick read at only 276 pages and the ending and whole book was bittersweet. I love the idea of the dinner party and how it was written!
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The Dinner List is the story of Sabrina’s 30th birthday, in which she arrives at a restaurant and 5 guests are waiting for dinner with her. The guests include Tobias, her ex-boyfriend, Robert, her father, Jessica, her best friend, Conrad, one of her former professors, and Audrey Hepburn. The story shifts from the here and now to events in Sabrina’s life, prior to the dinner party.

This was a cute story, and a bit deeper than I initially anticipated. I enjoyed the premise - Who hasn’t been hit wi
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by Natalie Reece

As someone who has watched Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany’s more times than I can count, I was immediately sucked into The Dinner List, which is about a normal woman who shows up to dinner only to find Audrey Hepburn, snifter of scotch in hand, sitting at the table. The premise of the book is brilliant: If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would you choose? What would you uncover in that one night?

The story takes place all in one night
Cindy Burnett
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The Dinner List is a fabulous read – thought-provoking, contemplative, and a bit magical. Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday dinner expecting to dine with just her best friend and instead finds Audrey Hepburn and 3 other important people from her past waiting to share the meal with her. She recollects a time when she was asked to name 5 people, living or dead, with whom she would like to eat dinner and realizes that these individuals are now there to celebrate her birthday. As the eve
When Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday dinner, she finds the five people (dead or alive) she would invite to dinner seated around the table. There is her best friend from college, Jessica (now more distant as she is married with a baby), her father Robert (recently deceased, who left the family when Sabrina was young), Conrad, her favourite college professor, Audrey Hepburn (deceased) and Tobias, the love of her life.

The seminal events of Jessica's life are revisited through each course of th
This book was in my pile of "books that have shown up as ARCS on my porch" and I was hoping for a light fluffy read to escape the perpetual flow of bad news on my Twitter feed. However, I still ended up feeling kind of depressed after reading this novel.

The premise is one of those awful "get to know you" ice-breaker questions -- imagine you could invite any five people to have dinner with you (on your 30th birthday, no less). In this story, Sabrina chooses her best friend, her estranged dad, he
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
4 original stars to this whimsical book

This book has an interesting premise -- who would be at your birthday dinner if you could invite anyone? There's a definite suspension of belief that you need to enjoy this book.

Sabrina arrives to her birthday dinner to discover Audrey Hepburn, her best friend, a boyfriend, her father, and a favorite college professor. The group delve into some deep topics and some old issues are worked through for Sabrina. The reader discovers why these particular people
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Beautiful beautiful story! Just loved it. I am a big fan of Audrey Hepburn and she would definitely be on my Dinner List. This book was fun, it was sad, it makes you laugh and makes you think. So happy that I found it.
Courtney Gores
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
When I first started this book I could not figure out why it had such a high rating. Part of this was my mistake from buying the audible instead of the actual book. The author chose to narrate the story, whether this was to cut costs or not they should have just spent the extra money. Serle read through this story sounding very bored, and would occasionally rush through sentences too quickly. It reminded me of high school when students would go around the room, reading out of a textbook. It soun ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Sabrina’s birthday dinner has quite the guest list – her best friend, her father, her boyfriend, her favorite college professor, and Audrey Hepburn. This is not any normal dinner gathering, and it seems Sabrina has some things from her past to discuss with the invited guests.

A unique and magical story that answers the question that many people have discussed – If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would they be? Sabrina chooses people she cares about, and Audrey Hepb
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gracious thank you to Flatiron Books and Rebecca Serle for an advanced copy of The Dinner List. I’m giving ALL the stars for this one! I will admit I was hovering between 4 and 4.5 but then that ending knocked me off my feet...oh geez what an ending!!

This book is more than just a love story although it IS ALSO a beautifully crafted love story. . It is about how our past skeletons affect our future decisions. It is about learning how to forgive. It is about being honest with oneself and growin
Lisa Wolf
Rounding up from 4.5 stars.

I picked up The Dinner List on a whim -- I was ready to start a new audiobook, and wanted something that would be a quick, non-taxing listen. This popped up on my "recommended" list on the library website, so I figured I'd give it a whirl.

The Dinner List is set in a cozy New York restaurant, where Sabrina is meeting her best friend Jessica for dinner in honor of Sabrina's 30th birthday. But when she arrives at the restaurant, she discovers that it's not just dinner for
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer - I received an ARC of this book through Goodreads' giveaway program. None of the characters had the slightest degree of depth; the two main characters were never able to solve, or even discuss their differences or any problems that came up between themselves. The only solutions they came up with were to break-up or have sex. I loved the concept of the book, but disliked the execution. ...more
Tom Donaghey
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle is not the book for me. While well written with some nice characters, I found the central concept of the “Which five people would you invite…” a bit out of date although still workable for this purpose. That Sabrina, the main character, has chosen the father that abandoned her family when she was five and has since died seemed a little forced. If she cared so much about him why didn’t she contact him when she was a adult. This dinner party is to happen 25 years l ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad-romance
I can summarize this book in one sentence: "Dumb Bitch chases financially irresponsible Fuckboy for a decade and cries that it didn't work out."

Seriously. If MC were a real person, her Instagram would be all inspirational quotes. You know exactly the type of girl I'm talking about. She meets this Fuckboy at 19 in Los Angeles, and then finds him again 4 years later in New York (after being a stalker trying to find him). At 23, they then have a codependent AF on-and-off relationship for 6 years wh
Dale Harcombe
We’ve probably all heard the concept of naming 5 people, alive or dead, you would invite to a dinner party. Intriguing to think about and the premise of this book. The dinner party is for Sabrina, for her 30th birthday celebration. When she enters the restaurant she finds her best friend Jessica her long dead father, her admired philosophy professor, the iconic movie star Audrey Hepburn and Tobias the love of Sabrina’s life.
I picked this book up as an amusing read and antidote to the depressing
♥ Sandi ❣
4 stars

Great twist on a story ... a dinner party with 6 people - both living and dead. The question is. "Who would you invite to a dinner party?"

This was Sabrina's dinner party and her selection of guests.

I thought this book had a fun twist. It was well written and it took some time to decide who was alive and who had passed. Then in alternating chapters, you revisit Sabrina's life, opposite the happenings at the dinner party. Thinking that Sabrina was just a very angry person in the beginning
This is great little book that was different from my usual picks. It has a fun feel, a light-hearted vibe that sort of gives it a 'breath of fresh air' feel as you're moving through the chapters. The chapters are short, packed with quick dialogue that do most of the story telling, making it a very quick read. Overall the book has a wonderful message, and it's a fun and sometimes tender journey to the end.

Sabrina shows up for her traditional birthday dinner with her best friend Jessica, only Jess
Monica (crazy_4_books)
(read for the Backlist Readathon for the challenges: read your shortest backlist title & read a backlist I added as a recommendation -Heather from Bookables recommended this one)
The famous hypothetical question, "If you could have dinner with 5 people, dead or alive, who would you choose?" is the base for the premise in "The dinner list". Personally, I've never really thought about my list, but after reading this book, I don't think I would choose people clo
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Name 5 people, living or dead, that you’d want at your 30th birthday dinner. And that is Sabrina’s “Dinner List.”

This story is basically about Sabrina. These other people have impacted her life in more ways than one, whether it’s as a lover, a friend, a relation, or an inspiration.

So who all is at the dinner table?

Sabrina - our main character
Tobias - Sabrina’s boyfriend, lover, fiancée
Robert - Sabrina’s estranged father
Conrad - a professor from Sabrina’s college days
Jessica - Sabrina’s best
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Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between New York and Los Angeles. Serle most recently co-developed the hit TV adaptation of her young adult series Famous in Love, now on Freeform. She loves Nancy Meyers films, bathrobes, and giving unsolicited advice on love. She can be found on twitter: @RebeccaASerle

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