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.
But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.
After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.
That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.
I try to stay away from overly hyped books because I’ll either love them or immensely dislike them. Unfortunately, In Five Years, leaned heavily on the dislike end of the spectrum. I was just eh about it. There wasn’t anything really holding me in to keep reading but I did end up finishing because it was driving me mad.
Due to the main characters A type personality I knew immediately I’d struggle with connecting with Dannie. I gave it my all, read it to the end and I did not connect with her whatsoever. Then we have her care free spirit best friend who was so type whatever it is where they have zero structure in their life that I couldn’t connect with her either. If I cannot connect with a character, any character, in a book no plot device will save it for me.
I understand that the premise says “this isn’t your typical romance” but honestly, the romance that was there was so rigid I wasn’t feeling it at all. I would’ve preferred to have this book pitched less so romance and more so friendship focused. The “what is happening” hook in the book made me so frustrated I wanted to DNF. At one point I just wanted her to be dreaming the whole thing because no reveal was going to make me like it.
A lot of readers loved this one and felt all the feels so it may still be up to your liking!