The Next Thing on My List: A Novel
Title: The Next Thing on My List: A Novel
Author: Jill Smolinski
Following a car accident that claims the life of her passenger, Marissa, June Parker stumbles upon a list that Marissa had written entitled “20 Things to Do By My 25th Birthday” and is compelled by both guilt and a sense of setting things right to complete the list for Marissa, struggling to complete a variety of different goals before the deadline while learning more about her own life in the process.
Meet June Parker. She works for L.A. Rideshare, adores her rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, and struggles with losing a few pesky pounds.
But June’s life is about to change.
After a dark turn of events involving Weight Watchers, a chili recipe, and a car accident in which her passenger, Marissa, dies, June finds herself in possession of a list Marissa has written, “20 Things to Do By My 25th Birthday.” Even though they barely knew each other, June is compelled by both guilt and a desire to set things right and finish the list for Marissa.
The tasks before her range from inspiring (Run a 5K), to daring (Go braless), to near-impossible (Change someone’s life), and as June races to achieve each goal before the deadline, she learns more about her own life than she ever bargained for.
Funny, engaging, and heartwarming, The Next Thing on My List features a loveable, relatable heroine and a story with plenty of humor and heart.