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The Dinner List

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  9,311 ratings  ·  1,756 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
Norma * Traveling Sister
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

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, dead or
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) - Traveling Sister
*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
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
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...
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
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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book of the Month
Why I Love It
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
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
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
Mandy White
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.
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
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
♥ 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
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
“That was something Tobias always said. Fifty-fifty. In the beginning, I loved it. It proved he was complicated, that he refused a bottom line. I thought it meant he saw truth in things that were frivolous, and frivolity in things that were fundamental. It was a way of looking at the world that allowed the air in. but after a few years it just began to confuse me. It was like shifting sands – I couldn’t tell anymore what was real to him. When I’d ask if he was mad at me, and he said ‘fifty-
Carlene Inspired
4.5 Stars

The Dinner List is an imaginative, heart-wrenching tale that asks its narrator, Sabrina, if she could invite five people to dinner who would it be? Her list consists of her father, her best friend, her boyfriend, an old college professor, and Audrey Hepburn. When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she is surprised to find that it isn't just her best friend Jessica in attendance. There is tension at the table though, as it is revealed there is a purpose behind the special g
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: flatiron-books
THE DINNER LIST is based on the hypothetical question of which five people, living or dead, you would like to have around a dinner table.

What started as a mental exercise between Sabrina and her best friend Jessica when they were nineteen years old becomes reality at Sabrina’s thirtieth birthday dinner. Seated around the restaurant table are Jessica, Sabrina’s ex- fiancé Tobias who seemed as immature as Sabrina, her deceased father Robert who abandoned his family when Sabrina was only five, her
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Thank you Flatiron Books for a free review copy.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would it be? The Dinner List revolves around just that. It's Sabrina's 30th birthday and she's invited the 5 people who have impacted her life the most - her long-lost father, a beloved professor, her best friend, her boyfriend, and Audrey Hepburn. Over the course of one night, we find out why each of these people are so important as Sabrina reveals stories about both the past and present.

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.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a book that requires the reader to put on their imagination cap, before diving in. The main character, Sabrina has the opportunity to celebrate her 30th birthday dinner with five guests both living and deceased, specifically handpicked by her.

I really liked the theme of this story. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to spend an evening with five special people, from your past? However, the author alternated chapters between the dinner and the past and even though the dinner chapters gave th
Renee (
Probably closer to 2.5 stars

For Sabrina's 30th birthday, she finds herself having dinner with five significant people: her best friend, three very important people from her past and Audrey Hepburn. I love this premise and found the dinner scenes themselves very charming for the most part. Besides her best friend and Audrey, Sabrina found herself sitting down with her deceased father, her college professor and her one true love, Tobias. Needless to say, Sabrina has baggage along with past issues
If you could have dinner with any five people living or dead who would you choose? Sabrina's thirtieth Birth Day dinner is just that. Guest from a list she and he friend had created years ago. Five people that have a significance in her life. Her best friend, her ex fiance, her professor,her father and even Audrey Hepburn. From there we learn the reasons why these five guest are at her dinner party. This was amazing! like fine wine. Charming,witty and deeply heart felt. Thought provoking. It lea ...more
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I picked this book up to take a break from thrillers, I loved the covers (both North American and Overseas) of this book as well. I am also a big Audrey Hepburn fan, especially in Breakfast at Tiffany's. I am so glad this book caught my attention!

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.
Whatever point you are at in life, this book will resonate with you. Whether you have struggled to find your niche - or looked back at certain crossroads and wondere
Chris Mara
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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