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In Five Years

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  80,792 ratings  ·  9,479 reviews
Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend's marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Atria Books
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Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Hated It!

Of course I have to be the person who didn’t love this!

In Five Years is the story of a woman who has it all: the perfect fiancé, the perfect apartment, and the perfect job. But having it all doesn’t mean that she’s truly happy, and a tragedy is about to test the boundaries of all that she believed to be perfect.

The night Dannie, a corporate lawyer, gets engaged she has a wild dream that takes place 5 years in the future. This dream is about to alter her life in ways she could have
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m so ugly right now! My face is blotchy, my eyes are bloody red, my nails, oh no I have no nails left. I’m a great candidate for any horror movie monster casting call.

Even the husband dearest who is normally coolest, mimic-less Scorpio man worried about me and cover my face with trash bag so he stopped screaming when he was looking at me!

After I finished this book, I cried so much! I couldn’t help myself. Honestly my friends shaped my life and made me who I am more than my own family. They s
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
huh. i kind of feel like the rug has been pulled out from underneath my feet and im left in a daze.

i went into this expecting the story to go in a certain direction (think ‘one day in december’) and i was 100% sure of it right until the last 10 pages, when all of a sudden the story doesnt end like i thought it would. and its not like it comes out of nowhere. it makes sense and im not angry about it at all. i was just so sure it would end in a certain way, i was completely blind to clues through
Emer (A Little Haze)
Do you ever just finish a book, sit back and think to yourself 'what on earth did I just read?'

I went into this book expecting a sweeping love story for the ages, one with a love triangle that would really feel heart wrenching and give me all those conflicted feels.

But no...

What I got was a love rhombus?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

A very weird and very strange love rhombus.

Because for so much of this book we knew the ending...
We knew the MC would end up in flagrante delicto with this guy who wasn't h
David Putnam
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A real gem. Wonderful voice, wonderful prose. A strong female protagonist who easily carries the story. The three-dimensional characters are so well drawn they could walk right off the page and have a cup of coffee with you. The writing craft here is amazing and will spoil me for the next book I pick up. The prose is economic and yet dense and lush, a unique juxtaposition difficult to pull off.
I read mostly Thrillers and mysteries which have acute plot points in the four C’s
Larry H
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Good god, I loved this book even if it left me crying on the plane!

"You mistake love. Do you think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t. It’s the only thing that does not need to be come at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future."

Dannie is a planner. Everything in her life is meticulously mapped out—the job she wants at the law firm she wants, her dream apartment in NYC, when she and her boyfriend will get engaged and married. Th
Melissa Buehner
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rebecca Serle’s newest novel, In Five Years, caught me by surprise. In a couple of different ways.

First off, it’s not the story I believed it to be. I expected a romance -- it’s not. Not really. It is, but it isn’t.

Secondly, I had no clue I would love it. I thought I would like it, at best. But love it? Nope. I never saw it coming.

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

We all have had this asked of us at some point in our lives. With In Five Years, Serle seizes the age-old proverbial questio
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I kinda went into this one blind, which is not necessarily a bad thing. 😎 So much time passes from the time I read the synopsis of a book, add it to my library queue and wait for my turn to check it out- that I often forget what the book is even about. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Within the first couple of chapters I was wondering, is this a time traveling story? Split personality? Alternate universe? 🤔 I was hung up on figuring that out, which made the first quarter of the book (character development) a bit slow. Bu ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Five Years is a great story about Dani, a Type-A (ahem, relatable) woman, her love life, and friendship. She is a hard-working lawyer who crushes an interview for her dream job and gets engaged to her boyfriend, David. After falling asleep that night, Dani wakes up five years later in an unfamiliar setting with unexpected company. She then wakes up again, back in her current life, but has a hard time shaking this mystery premonition. Four years later, Dani is startled to meet this person in r ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, arc
2.5 Stars.

I went through so many different emotions reading this book and that is not necessarily a good thing. The first few pages of In Five Years are enthralling - Rebecca Serle can write. I remember saying to my husband when I was 15% in that I could already tell that this had the potential to be a five-star book. Unfortunately, not long after, everything came crashing down.

Dannie is the type-A-personality-person that has her life together. She is methodical and mechanic. She has clear plans
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Five Years starts off with Dannie living the life she's always wanted: she's got a great career as a corporate lawyer, she's about to be engaged to her boyfriend of two years, and everything is going exactly as she's planned. On the night of her engagement, she falls asleep and seemingly catches a glimpse of her life five years in the future. That glimpse, in which she's with a different man, throws her entire world into turmoil.

The premise of this story immediately caught my attention. There
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Nov)

Couldn't put this one down!

Although I'm not a huge romance reader, every now and then a book comes along that just warms (and breaks) my heart.

After reading the intriguing synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this one and find out just what In Five Years  was all about.

Dannie is a Manhattan lawyer with a five year plan (I love that!). She has a wonderful career, boyfriend, New York life, BUT who is this man in her dreams? He seems so alive and "real" to her, but he is not in her fiv
One huge….WOW!

Where will you be in 5 years? Have you thought about it?

Dannie has methodically planned out every detail of her life from the time she was a young girl. You name it…career, family, every single aspect of her future.

What happens when she actually gets a glimpse into the future? Five years to be exact. Is it anything close to what she had imagined or planned? Is it too late to change her destiny and reverse course?

This was a superbly written story of love and friendship that wrappe
demi. ♡
❥ 2 / 5 stars

[ e-ARC received from NetGalley ]

Here’s some advice from me : Before reading this book, read others’ reviews first because the story is not what you think. It’s not the same as the synopsis said.

[This review might contain some spoilers so make sure you don’t continue reading this if you don’t want to know beforehand about some major events in the story.]

I started having bad feelings about it when Dannie fell asleep and dreamed about her new life in the next five years with an unknow
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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This book was nothing like I expected. If you're looking for a swoony romance or easy to read chick-lit type book, that's not what you're getting here. This was a hard-hitting contemporary fiction that hit me right in the feels. After reading the blurb, I thought I had an idea of how this book would go, but I wasn't prepared for what happened. It had twists and turns I didn't see coming, but I loved it.

Dannie is an attorney and a number oriented person. As a fellow Type-A person who
Emily May
Jan 30, 2020 added it
Shelves: arc, 2020, chick-lit
"What are the odds?"
"In a city of nine million? Less than zero."

On occasion - but not often - I read a book and I really don't know how I feel about it. Not in that way where I say I don't know how I feel to soften the blow before I explain why I didn't really like it... but a way where I liked certain aspects of it, really disliked others, and couldn't ever balance out my thoughts into anything resembling a star rating. This book was one of those. I'm going to leave the rating blank.

Susanne  Strong
5 Crying through my Tears Stars!

Pass Me the Tissues Please!!

Falling asleep on what has been the best day of her life, Dannie couldn’t be happier. Attaining her dream job and getting engaged to David, the perfect fiance all in one day, she is excited about what life holds.

When Dannie wakes up an hour later she finds herself somewhere else completely, with a different man, wearing a completely different ring. The date on the calendar is five years into the future. Falling back asleep, she wakes b
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
This was such a bizarre reading experience for me. I was completely hooked to this from start to finish and I did VERY much enjoy this book, but I have some complicated feelings. I really liked all of the characters and I truly believed in all of their bonds and the messiness of their relationships/actions, but there were some things about this book that just made me feel a bit weird and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I'm going with a 4 star rating for now because I really enjoyed the ...more
Kylie D
In Five Years is a wonderful book, both heart warming and heartbreaking at the same time. We follow Dannie, a lawyer on the rise in NYC, who at the start of the book gets engaged, and following the celebrations falls asleep. When she wakes everything is very different. She is in a different apartment, with a different man, and realises it's five years in the future.

When she eventually wakes up back in her own timeline, she thinks it's a dream, though a very realistic one, and puts it behind her.
Giorgia ~ Reads
3 Stars

This is one of those books where you can just tell it tried to be so much more than it actually was.
You can notice that in the philosophical nuggets a character will throw out of nowhere which do not fit with the person or moment in the book.
The writing was basic and the descriptions were so .. clinical, I just couldn’t like it.

The only thing that was good - was the twist (towards the end) But it wasn’t good because I saw it as some sort of deep life lesson and I felt all emotional (
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5+ stars! Keep tissues handy!

Emotional. Surprising. Intense. Thought-provoking. Heart wrenching.

Dannie and David are both highly motivated in moving up in their careers. They “get” each other and fully support one another in their career progressions. Dannie and David get engaged after dating for two years, yet over four years later, they still haven’t found the time to plan their wedding. Bella is Dannie’s life long best friend. Their friendship is the one stable thing in Bella’s life. Bella is
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
In Five Years is a stunningly beautiful, brilliant and insightful love story that gave me so much to think about!

The story starts with a hook that had me asking myself a few questions and anticipating the answers. I do have to admit I was a bit worried about the direction this one might go. I am a romance eye-roller, and I went into this one expecting to exercise my eyelids with some eye-rolling. Lindsay, my eye-rolling partner, read this faster than I did and loved it, so I figured there had t
Soul-stirring, striking, & an unexpected gem!

IN FIVE YEARS by REBECCA SERLE is an engaging, touching, heartwarming, and absolutely beautiful story of love and friendship that I was immediately drawn into and quickly devoured. The storyline definitely kept me intrigued and took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride right to the very end.

REBECCA SERLE delivers a fantastic, captivating, emotional and beautifully written story here with some startling twists and turns that will definitely give you
Dilek VT
Feb 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: open-ending, death, cancer
The book has an open ending and I hate it when it is like that.

From the very beginning I had a bad feeling about this book so I couldn't read it properly, I just skimmed and scanned it to see where it goes. And in the end, I was happy that I didn't spend 5 or 6 hours on this book because the ending would frustrate the hell out of me.

Here is the result of my skim-scan and quick reading. It has all the spoilers so make sure you don't uncover it if you really want to read this book.

(view spoiler
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Magical and Heartbreaking and a wonderful love story for readers who enjoy emotional and whimsical tales.

I picked this one up after seeing a few of my Goodreads friend’s reviews and while I am not a fan of love stories this one appeared to be a little different and peaked my curiosity.

What would you do if you glimpsed your life five years from now..... Dannie Lohan has just nailed the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man , she is well on her way to
Dannie Cohan is on the right path in her five year plan personally and professionally - a budding lawyer on a path to a successful career and a stable relationship with her fiancée. Her meticulously planned life suddenly takes a turn when a vivid dream takes her 5 years into the future Dec 15, 2025, wearing a different ring, in a different apartment, and with a different man!

She wakes up back into the present in 2020, but can’t seem to shake off how real the vision was and have always kept her
I really enjoyed this story. I do agree with other reviewers that the blurb is a little misleading - this story is about a woman who is working in New York and on the night she gets engaged to her boyfriend she wakes up five years into the future in a different apartment with a different man in her bed. That makes it sound like the book is going to have time travel or some crazy sci-fi elements to it, but that is a single event at the beginning of this book, and the rest of it is a contemporary ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
⭐ 𝙁𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝘼𝙘𝙠! 𝙈𝙮! 𝙀𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨! 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨! ⭐

I had heard the hype about this book. I knew what I was getting into, so the fact that my heart was sucked out through my eyes is no ones fault but my own!

𝘈𝘵 28, 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘫𝘰𝘣 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮? 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯? 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘺, 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘨𝘶𝘺 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴.
𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘶𝘱 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦
I’ve always hated that question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Not Dannie Cohan. She’s known who and what she’s wanted to be and with whom since she was ten years old. Danni plans her life out to the minute and she’s happy that way. The people who care about her both personally and professionally do more than accept her for how she is...they admire her. She’s not that proverbial type A personality that rubs people the wrong way or has a hole in her soul or life. It works for her in ...more
I'm between a 4-4.5 on this. What a fantastic, modern story of self discovery and friendship.

Despite the higher rating, it has taken me a few days to put my thoughts in order. This is my first Rebecca Serle book and it won't be my last. I'm pleased to say that this book really resonated with me. It is unfortunate that about 10% through listening to this, I had a major plot point spoiled due to something I saw on Instagram. I thought I knew how the book was going to go and I could feel something
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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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