Book Review : In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Genre : Romance, Contemporary
Page : 272 pages
Published : 10th March 2020

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.

Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.


“I am constantly trying to learn the rules, only to realize that the people who win don’t seem to follow any.

First off.

I’m not even sure how to review this book.

My sole intention in reading this book is NOT for the romance, but for the possible heartbreak and probably, some solid identity discovery by the character.

Dannie Cohan has all the perfect life you’ve ever wanted. Perfect job, perfect boyfriend and best friend–Bella who would go all down the hill for Dannie. But Dannie suddenly wake up beside a man she doesn’t even know existed, and when she checked the date– turns out, she’s five years ahead of time. After a confusing and shocking event, Dannie wakes again in the present day and ought to forget all about the dreams. Only– the man appeared four and a half years later.

The Main Characters

1. Dannie Cohan

Dannie is a mirror to the nowadays adults who thought everything has to be perfect which include a proper planning and timing. It’s a very difficult thing to confess but I am not so into Dannie as I expected myself to be. Dannie is perfect on the outside but I found her character to be slightly disturbing.

2. David

David tick all the boxes of being a perfect and decent man to all in-laws existed. You get the idea. Polite, descent, patient, hard-worker and someone who could be rely on. A very, very good man.

3. Bella

Dannie’s lifelong best friend! She’s quite the opposite of Dannie in terms of everything. Lavish and flamboyant.

4. Aaron

The man Dannie vision in five years ahead. Aaron has a very similar vibe with David. Calm, gentle and dependable.

If there is one similarity between the characters, I must confess that they all lack in chemistry. Both between the fiction characters and between characters-reader bonding soul. The characters feel so flat and bland. They’ve no depth despite their close familiarity to each other. I get the idea they’ve forged a close relationship but I couldn’t grasp the feelings attached to it ಥ_ಥ

The Message

I love to read books that contains message in it. Behind every stories there should be message to convey.

And I could understand exactly what this book is trying to convey just by reading the blurb.

-The Planning and The Timing-

The blurb show clearly how perfectionist Dannie is with how her life should be. Just like everybody else, Dannie knows she has to get a job. A good one. A perfect career and somehow, she also has a perfect life partner.

The hidden message is as clear as day. Life is so much more than planning and setting the right timing because you could never predicted what could’ve happen in your life. Moreover, where’s the fun in placing deadline of everything in life? It’s like getting married in twenty because people get married at twenty. You know- the brainwashing system in society.

And this planning and timing thingy in the blurb is what gets me to read this book.

However, once I read, there are several other messages as well:

1. Hard work paid off.

Just keep on working and believing and always try to be the best version of yourself.

2. Being busy is not always the solution

Working is fine. And these days- working is a must. But not to the point of plunging yourself into the unfathomable chaos of paperwork, deadline and god knows what else is there to forgetting what really matters to you in this world.

3. Do not wait until it’s too late

Spread the love and make sure you receive the love and respect you deserved. Also, be conscious of others. Do not wait until the last moment to repent and reconciled. All that left might be remorse.

Anyhow, I get the rest of the life messages and couldn’t agree more on them. However, the anticipated planning and timing I have been waiting on, aren’t likely to be the main issues here. And it does disappoint me because this book is nothing like what I expected it to be.

The Plot

The plot is exactly just like how the blurb describe it to be. It’s rare to read such a detailed blurb and I am so thankful for that. But despite feeling thankful, I also think my impression on the book is kind off flat.

Because the book offers such a little improvisation from the blurb that has already given.

And mainly, this book has no direct-plot. The book sticks to the blurb for about one fourth of the book, and soon after the issues start to show up– the book just kind off lost in direction and seems deviated from what should be focused on.

More Review

I love how the book sticks to the blurb, and for a while, it stays in track and I am loving every bit of the story. However, after the exact main issues come along- there are another issues coming up as well. Both are important and both are major issues needed to be tackle in the story but I found one is less necessary needed in the book and it was out of context– remembering this is a story about a successful perfectionist woman with a perfect life that plan her future carefully and wait the perfect timing to execute the plan.

I was attracted to the book because of that particular plot and I want to read more about that.

Not another major issues that afflicted main character’s life.

Because of this major issues that I thought was kind of out of context, I sometimes think the main character is outshine by the respective character involved in this particular issues. For a moment, this book is not about a perfectionist woman with a perfect life anymore. It seems like a whole different book. Although the plot NEVER waver from the blurb. It’s confusing to get it into words, but it’s exactly what I felt about the book.

The out-of-context issues are surprising to be honest and I am excited to read more as to where it will lead through, but it sticks too long at that. And as stated above, this moment steals the main character’s spotlight from the story.

Sometimes I also think the book does not make any sense. Both the plot and the characters. Sometimes the chemistry.

However, I’m so grateful at how this book is so easy to read. It contains heavy topic but still remains easy and simple to read.


“I think sacrifice is in direct opposition to manifestation. If you want your dreams you should look for abundance, not scarcity.”

Author: Celine


13 thoughts on “Book Review : In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

    1. Hahahaha I totally get what you mean! But yeah, I think this book is quite complicated regarding love line~ so you have to watch out for love triangle if you planned to read this one😂 However, it also discussed a lot about friendship!


  1. Interesting review, Celine. I was particularly interested in your impression of the way the blurb drew you in, but the actual novel didn’t quite deliver in the way suggested. Writing blurbs is a nightmare!

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