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A man consumed by a meaningless life is going to do something he’s never considered doing before. He’s going to enjoy the day… For hyper-particular publishing heir Jonathan Grief, the day starts like any other—with a strict morning fitness regimen that’ll keep his divorced, easily irritated, cynical, forty-two-year-old self in absolutely flawless physical condition. But A man consumed by a meaningless life is going to do something he’s never considered doing before. He’s going to enjoy the day… For hyper-particular publishing heir Jonathan Grief, the day starts like any other—with a strict morning fitness regimen that’ll keep his divorced, easily irritated, cynical, forty-two-year-old self in absolutely flawless physical condition. But all it takes to put a crimp in his routine is one small annoyance. Someone has left a leather-bound day planner with the handwritten title Your Perfect Year in his spot on his mountain bike at his fitness course!Determined to discover its owner, Jonathan opens the calendar to find that someone known only as “H.” has filled it in with suggestions, tasks, and affirmative actions for each day. The more he devotes himself to locating the elusive H., the deeper Jonathan is drawn into someone else’s rich and generous narrative—and into an attitude adjustment he desperately needs.He may have ended up with a perfect year by accident, but it seems fate has set Jonathan on a path toward healing, feeling, and maybe even loving again…if only he can meet the stranger who’s changing his life one day at a time.


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A man consumed by a meaningless life is going to do something he’s never considered doing before. He’s going to enjoy the day… For hyper-particular publishing heir Jonathan Grief, the day starts like any other—with a strict morning fitness regimen that’ll keep his divorced, easily irritated, cynical, forty-two-year-old self in absolutely flawless physical condition. But A man consumed by a meaningless life is going to do something he’s never considered doing before. He’s going to enjoy the day… For hyper-particular publishing heir Jonathan Grief, the day starts like any other—with a strict morning fitness regimen that’ll keep his divorced, easily irritated, cynical, forty-two-year-old self in absolutely flawless physical condition. But all it takes to put a crimp in his routine is one small annoyance. Someone has left a leather-bound day planner with the handwritten title Your Perfect Year in his spot on his mountain bike at his fitness course!Determined to discover its owner, Jonathan opens the calendar to find that someone known only as “H.” has filled it in with suggestions, tasks, and affirmative actions for each day. The more he devotes himself to locating the elusive H., the deeper Jonathan is drawn into someone else’s rich and generous narrative—and into an attitude adjustment he desperately needs.He may have ended up with a perfect year by accident, but it seems fate has set Jonathan on a path toward healing, feeling, and maybe even loving again…if only he can meet the stranger who’s changing his life one day at a time.

30 review for Your Perfect Year

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Two stars lost in translation and last minute insertion of reluctantly patched romance parts! So I’m giving for three stars just for the idea of creating a diary to tell the people how to enjoy their lives, living it fulfilled, enjoying and feeling each moment, seizing everything they’ve experienced. Maybe after seeing the cover I keen on reading something soft, swoony and relaxing but what I found out is a heavy dramatic book, with suffocating heavy issues like death, fatal illness, suicide, a Two stars lost in translation and last minute insertion of reluctantly patched romance parts! So I’m giving for three stars just for the idea of creating a diary to tell the people how to enjoy their lives, living it fulfilled, enjoying and feeling each moment, seizing everything they’ve experienced. Maybe after seeing the cover I keen on reading something soft, swoony and relaxing but what I found out is a heavy dramatic book, with suffocating heavy issues like death, fatal illness, suicide, alcoholism, dementia! I wanted to drop the book and say “thanks, I had enough!” but as you know my stubbornness about not easily give a decision to dnf a book, you may imagine I continue reading but I also made so many frustration uhkhhhh, uhhhh, ooooo sounds! At the end we see some romantic parts on the book which made me question them because it’s hard to believe only see a woman twice and think you found your soul mate. ( if we don’t watch a soap opera or last disaster Netflix rom-com movies) The hero and heroine’s reluctant chemistry and forced romantic attraction is not credible and satisfying for me! Maybe the book lost its real meaningful words to help me connect with the characters and love journeys because of the translation. Maybe my timing was not right enough to read this book because I craved for some chic lit romance and not so ready to deal with dramatic, heart-wrenching issues. So let’s talk about the stories and characters: There are two stories in this book are told separately. Hannah is in love and all set for romantic dinner with his soon to be fiancée (She thinks he will propose at that very same night) Unfortunately she doesn’t get the offer she’d dreamt of. Her boyfriend leaves her. (Please don’t curse at him or keep your ugly remarks before learn the truth!) Later Hannah finds out he’s suffering from Leukemia and he has only one year left to live (I told you not to be judgmental, didn’t I?) So Hannah gives him a diary about some daily suggestions to enjoy simple things of life which gives him pure happiness and positivity he needs for the last days of his life. Other story is about Jonathan. Grumpy, whining, pessimist young man recently inherits father’s publishing company, divorced three years ago but he still feels bitter, resented. His daily habit is riding his bike to the park, locking it in the rack then going for a jog. But one day, he finds out the diary on his bike. The dairy filled in suggestions about how to enjoy your daily life and find happiness from small things. It is called: “A Perfect Year” As you can imagine, at the end the stories intercepted but you can also imagine I didn’t enjoy the outcome so much. It was so predictable and cheesy for me. But I still like the idea to keep a journal about daily life’s small things bring us real happiness and put a big smile on our faces. Let’s say, this is I don’t like it but I also didn’t hate it kind of book. It’s not fair for me to right negative things about the book. That’s not just my cup of Chardonnay. That’s all! Special thanks to NetGalley and AmazonCrossing for sharing this Arc Copy in exchange my honest review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I rarely read romances but this one turned out to be an easy and enjoyable read. Of course it was predictable. Romances usually are. Just put forward two main characters and then put as many obstacles in their way as you can until it appears they will never get together. And then they do. This is exactly what happens in Your Perfect Year. What makes this book fun though is the way the author keeps the two main characters separate. Every time they come close fate intervenes and yet their lives are I rarely read romances but this one turned out to be an easy and enjoyable read. Of course it was predictable. Romances usually are. Just put forward two main characters and then put as many obstacles in their way as you can until it appears they will never get together. And then they do. This is exactly what happens in Your Perfect Year. What makes this book fun though is the way the author keeps the two main characters separate. Every time they come close fate intervenes and yet their lives are heavily intertwined all the way through. Add to this several very appealing characters, some clever dialogue and a fitting ending and you have a good book to help pass away a few pleasant hours.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ange H

    I just LOVED this! It had a very "Man Called Ove" vibe to it. It took me a while to warm up to the main characters, but soon I was hooked and couldn't put it down until the end, which I was totally delighted with. A funny and warm-hearted story about a guy who gets a rare opportunity to see life from a completely new perspective. I just LOVED this! It had a very "Man Called Ove" vibe to it. It took me a while to warm up to the main characters, but soon I was hooked and couldn't put it down until the end, which I was totally delighted with. A funny and warm-hearted story about a guy who gets a rare opportunity to see life from a completely new perspective.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

    This is a nice book. A perfectly nice book. Unfortunately it is also very dull. Some of it may be "lost in translation" (for example, the word alone is used twice in one sentence at 28% & there is a joke about a character's name earlier that I just didn't get) but I made it to 30% without anything interesting happening (although I had hopes about the fortune teller) Jonathan Grief reminds me (a lot) of Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) and Don Tillman (The Rosie Project) and I've already watched the This is a nice book. A perfectly nice book. Unfortunately it is also very dull. Some of it may be "lost in translation" (for example, the word alone is used twice in one sentence at 28% & there is a joke about a character's name earlier that I just didn't get) but I made it to 30% without anything interesting happening (although I had hopes about the fortune teller) Jonathan Grief reminds me (a lot) of Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) and Don Tillman (The Rosie Project) and I've already watched the TV programme for the former and read the book for the latter. DNF https://wordpress.com/view/carolshess...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ida Wilcox

    OH MY GOODNESS This book right here. Gave me life. Plan your life positively. Let nature take its course. You cant plan out someone elses life you can only some what control your own. This book has me wanting to plan out my year for 2020. LOVE IT. This reminded me of a movie of this girl who was dying of cancer and she wanted to plan out her boyfriends life after she passed away. She wanted him to move on and date and just love life. Excellent movie and this is an excellent book. Edit: 10/3/19 Th OH MY GOODNESS This book right here. Gave me life. Plan your life positively. Let nature take its course. You cant plan out someone elses life you can only some what control your own. This book has me wanting to plan out my year for 2020. LOVE IT. This reminded me of a movie of this girl who was dying of cancer and she wanted to plan out her boyfriends life after she passed away. She wanted him to move on and date and just love life. Excellent movie and this is an excellent book. Edit: 10/3/19 The movie is called Irreplaceable you , its on Netflix Edit: 6/23/20 - Well lets just say all my plans for 2020 went to hell in the hand basket do to the virus. SMH But hey there is always next year. :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    First I'll start with why this wasn't my favorite book: Let's just say I'm not really into romance type stories. I'm not saying this was a sweet, kissy story because it wasn't, but I felt the climax of the story didn't ascent very high up the mountain. The outcome was predictable -- but anything less would have been a disappointment. So here's the story line: A young girl and the man she's in love with are on the verge of an engagement. He plans what appears to be a romantic dinner during which First I'll start with why this wasn't my favorite book: Let's just say I'm not really into romance type stories. I'm not saying this was a sweet, kissy story because it wasn't, but I felt the climax of the story didn't ascent very high up the mountain. The outcome was predictable -- but anything less would have been a disappointment. So here's the story line: A young girl and the man she's in love with are on the verge of an engagement. He plans what appears to be a romantic dinner during which she thinks he will pop the question only to discover that he is going to stop seeing her. The break-up has nothing to do with another person, but a recent (and a surprise to her) health diagnosis of Leukemia in which he has been given less than a year to live. The girlfriend soon gives him a diary for the coming year on which she has given daily suggestions for things to enjoy (simple things), advice on searching for happiness, overcoming adversity, etc. Parallel to this story is a young man who has inherited his father's publishing company (much to his misgivings). He has been divorced for 3 years, still harbors resentment and has become a bit of a recluse and ritual/habit forming individual. He rides his bike to the park (as he does everyday), locks it in the rack and goes for his normal long daily run. When he returns he finds a plastic bag hanging on his bike's handle bars and inside is a daily diary filled with daily suggestions for "A Perfect Year". Yep - has Hallmark movie written all over it. Now I'll tell you what I liked about the book. I, too, have Leukemia. My diagnosis came nearly 4 years ago but at least is a slow growing kind of blood cancer - but an incurable cancer nonetheless. I have always been a positive person who looks for the good in the darkest of storms and so I have accepted my diagnosis with open arms. I absolutely LOVED the idea of a daily diary where you look for enjoyment in the smallest of things. I embraced the idea of looking to enrich your life with beauty and smiles and happiness. I'm enthusiastic about stepping outside one's comfort zone and exploring new things or rising above old fears. I won't delve into the story -- the scenario is easy enough to figure out. Suffice it to say that the journey was a short yet enjoyable one. I AM happy to say that I'm glad I read this towards the end of a year. I look forward to purchasing myself a diary (or better still a 2020 journal) in which I can record the wonderful things I have discovered and/or explored. I don't want to actually plan out my year day by day -- that would take away the intrigue of looking for the daily treasure. But I do look forward to documenting my discoveries. Who knows -- perhaps I'll include some of my loved ones on the journey with me. So I guess, all in all, I'm glad I read the story. It's probably not one that I would pick up and read again, but it DID give me inspiration and encouragement to enjoy each day we are given on this earth and for THAT I am deeply grateful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim Denise

    Not for me. A too-cute story whose marshmallow spirituality is sure to appeal to the Eat Pray Love crowd. I might have enjoyed it more if it had moved faster; the main characters spent far too much time in anguished dithering. (But probably not, because I didn't find those characters to be particularly interesting or likable even when they weren't dithering.) I can see why so many people rated it highly, because it's a rather clever twist on the "destined to be together" theme, but I couldn't ge Not for me. A too-cute story whose marshmallow spirituality is sure to appeal to the Eat Pray Love crowd. I might have enjoyed it more if it had moved faster; the main characters spent far too much time in anguished dithering. (But probably not, because I didn't find those characters to be particularly interesting or likable even when they weren't dithering.) I can see why so many people rated it highly, because it's a rather clever twist on the "destined to be together" theme, but I couldn't get past the blithe, off-handed treatment of some pretty heavy issues. Terminal cancer, suicide, homelessness, alcoholism, dementia, and parental abandonment are not props. PTSD is not resolved by getting a boyfriend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Roos' Redactie

    3.5 stars. I liked that it was quite unconventional for a chicklit. There were quite some heavy topics (alcoholism, cancer, suicide, dementia etc) and the focus was way less on romance than I expected. As I'm not big on romance, this was a pleasant surprise. However, towards the end, the inevitable romance is rushed in using a sort of montage sequence that really didn't work for me. I just couldn't see the two MCs as a convincing couple and even the characters themselves thought it was out of ch 3.5 stars. I liked that it was quite unconventional for a chicklit. There were quite some heavy topics (alcoholism, cancer, suicide, dementia etc) and the focus was way less on romance than I expected. As I'm not big on romance, this was a pleasant surprise. However, towards the end, the inevitable romance is rushed in using a sort of montage sequence that really didn't work for me. I just couldn't see the two MCs as a convincing couple and even the characters themselves thought it was out of character and insta-lovey (view spoiler)[ the way that Jonathan just says 'I'm in love with this woman' after seeing her twice and not even talking to her, or knowing anything about her. That was so ridiculous I thought he was joking. Sadly, no. (hide spoiler)] I think I would have liked it better if, in the end, (view spoiler)[ the best friend ended up with Jonathan. Now, her search for romance was rushed in the epilogue where she gets a date with a random guy at the daycare. I think I would have preferred it the other way around: Friend gets with Jonathan, while Hannah takes a cautious first step toward a new relationship in the epilogue. (hide spoiler)] Having said that, the writing was great and there were quite some funny scenes, as well as more serious stuff. To conclude, it was a balanced, enjoyable read, apart from the ending.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Bowen

    This is a delightful book. I don't normally read romance, but this came recommended and was full of funny, and sometimes sad, twists and turns. We've all been through times when 'what can go wrong, will go wrong', and this story is full of those things, right down to the final pages. Well done, well translated, a good read. This is a delightful book. I don't normally read romance, but this came recommended and was full of funny, and sometimes sad, twists and turns. We've all been through times when 'what can go wrong, will go wrong', and this story is full of those things, right down to the final pages. Well done, well translated, a good read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    The first 50 pages were pretty slow, but after that, you really wanted to see what was going to happen and how the characters were connected. It is a sweet story and really puts things into perspective about how we live our lives and how we see things (or don't). Definitely should be on everyone's TBR list. The first 50 pages were pretty slow, but after that, you really wanted to see what was going to happen and how the characters were connected. It is a sweet story and really puts things into perspective about how we live our lives and how we see things (or don't). Definitely should be on everyone's TBR list.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I did not finish this book at 51 percent. Trigger warning: Suicide. This book was awful. I tried to push through since it took place in a country I am curious about (Germany) but honestly the two characters we follow throughout this book (Hannah and Jonathan) are terrible. Hannah more than Jonathan honestly. And the book pushing for a romance after the start we get.....look I get life goes on but it did not make me think this is the greatest romance book ever. If anything it made me think, what I did not finish this book at 51 percent. Trigger warning: Suicide. This book was awful. I tried to push through since it took place in a country I am curious about (Germany) but honestly the two characters we follow throughout this book (Hannah and Jonathan) are terrible. Hannah more than Jonathan honestly. And the book pushing for a romance after the start we get.....look I get life goes on but it did not make me think this is the greatest romance book ever. If anything it made me think, what in the name of all that is holy is going on here. Did I mention that Hannah really sucks? She does. So "Your Perfect Year" follows Jonathan who wakes up New Year's Day and is just his crabby self. He thinks about his ex-wife and ex-friend (who are now together) and his job (he's a publisher). When he comes back to his bike and finds someone left a bag with a filofax in it with everything filled out in it with positive sayings he decides to try to find the owner. Then the book switches things around to 3 months earlier and follows Hannah who is in a long-time happy relationship with her boyfriend Simon. Hannah is that person that will tell you to cheer up if you tell her about something horrible that happens to you and throws BS platitudes at you. When Hannah and her friend open a children's daycare center she is thrilled that things are working on. Now if only Simon could find a job (been unemployed for a couple of years) and get over his mother's terrible battle with cancer, well her life will be great and they can get engaged. I loathe Hannah. So the book switches back and forth between these two until the timeline synchronizes and then it's just more BS, BS, BS. Sorry. The writing didn't grab me at all. The book was very slow going in Jonathan's sections and Hannah's sections had me hating her. So when I got to 51 percent decided to send this one back to the stacks (Amazon Kindle Unlimited) and save myself. The setting of the book takes place in Germany and there's some mentions made of it and things here and there that could have been appealing, but honestly the subject matter and the whole be positive and happy at any costs made me exhausted.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Els

    Lovely story

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I should start by saying this is a contemporary fiction/romance novel and I’m not usually a fan of romance (I didn’t realise it was romance when I picked it up). Anyway I rather liked it in the end, although not my favourite read of the year. I found the story a little predictable, I felt like I knew where this was going to lead to but thankfully not exactly how we would get there. We had a few interesting little events along the way to the inevitable outcome at least. The characters were a littl I should start by saying this is a contemporary fiction/romance novel and I’m not usually a fan of romance (I didn’t realise it was romance when I picked it up). Anyway I rather liked it in the end, although not my favourite read of the year. I found the story a little predictable, I felt like I knew where this was going to lead to but thankfully not exactly how we would get there. We had a few interesting little events along the way to the inevitable outcome at least. The characters were a little predictable too, and a little chiched to boot but it was all just about on the acceptable side of tolerance for me. A sweet book, the difficulty with romance books (and films) is that of course you know the outcome, it’s a bloody romance, boy meets girl etc etc. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like the genre (not because I am completely heartless) it lacks surprise and mystery. However I liked the writing style and it was a cosy and easy read (albeit sad at times). A nice book but nothing I could get really excited about. A reasonable 3*/5 (which is good for a romance from me)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Blondaj

    Perfect book, ironic, comic and easy to read. But it leaves you with some things you have to think about, so the books has done it's job .. Perfect book, ironic, comic and easy to read. But it leaves you with some things you have to think about, so the books has done it's job ..

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Gallegos

    Very cute, easy read. Trigger: death, loss, suicide.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Your Perfect Year is a parallel storyline between the two main characters, Hannah and Johnathan. Hannah, a young woman who dreams of a proposal from her boyfriend and a great start to a new business she’s running with her best friend. She is starry-eyed and positive that a great many things are ahead of her. Johnathan is a man who has inherited his dad’s publishing company and lives life with a cautious edge. He is unable to focus on positives and instead dwells on the negative aspects. Johnathan s Your Perfect Year is a parallel storyline between the two main characters, Hannah and Johnathan. Hannah, a young woman who dreams of a proposal from her boyfriend and a great start to a new business she’s running with her best friend. She is starry-eyed and positive that a great many things are ahead of her. Johnathan is a man who has inherited his dad’s publishing company and lives life with a cautious edge. He is unable to focus on positives and instead dwells on the negative aspects. Johnathan starts his year off with a mysterious journal ending up in his possession, a journal with every day of the year filled out already. Hannah ends her year with difficult news. This book was cute and dealt with some tough subjects. While the storyline had a great premise, I found the climax to be lacking and the romance to be rushed when it didn’t need to be. I also couldn’t feel the spark between the main characters as strongly as I should have for the story to flow smoothly. Other than those things for me, this book really had a positive message, especially going into the new year. Fill each day with positives; spend each day focusing on the present and not the future. It showed how we as humans can get pushed against a wall of disappointment, but can triumphantly overcome it. Overall I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t my favorite and could have been a little stronger for me. TW: Dementia, Cancer, Abandonment (childhood trauma).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lori C

    Not what I was expecting, in the best possible way! "Hannah was sure that a person’s fortune was colored by their attitude: optimists experienced good things, pessimists bad, and the universe would give those who expected the worst what they deserved". The cover of this book says rom-com. I love rom-coms. Then I started it and I kinda hated Jonathan. So much so, I put the book down and choose another. I couldn't stop wondering about the diary, though. I love that idea, a book that makes mindful s Not what I was expecting, in the best possible way! "Hannah was sure that a person’s fortune was colored by their attitude: optimists experienced good things, pessimists bad, and the universe would give those who expected the worst what they deserved". The cover of this book says rom-com. I love rom-coms. Then I started it and I kinda hated Jonathan. So much so, I put the book down and choose another. I couldn't stop wondering about the diary, though. I love that idea, a book that makes mindful suggestions for a whole year. So, I came back. Only reading a few pages further, I was totally ensnared. Not only is this a great rom-com, but a good mystery, and an excellent essay on mindfulness and manifestation. As someone who does read the tarot, I was especially impressed by the realistic treatment it was given. I'll definitely look for more from this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Regan Parks

    I wanted to quit this book pretty early on but hate doing that so I pushed onward. Then came some comment from a character about how boys grieve differently than girls and I rolled my eyes. I mean, everyone grieves differently, it's not a gender thing. For some reason, I pushed onward. Then a main character said gratitude lists are for little girls and I think I'm supposed to end up liking this character despite him being a dick? Fuck that, I'm out. 35% is more than enough. I wanted to quit this book pretty early on but hate doing that so I pushed onward. Then came some comment from a character about how boys grieve differently than girls and I rolled my eyes. I mean, everyone grieves differently, it's not a gender thing. For some reason, I pushed onward. Then a main character said gratitude lists are for little girls and I think I'm supposed to end up liking this character despite him being a dick? Fuck that, I'm out. 35% is more than enough.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ira Therebel

    This is what a romance should be like in my opinion. It doesn't feel like you read this story 100 times already. It has an entertaining plot. I really loved reading it. 500+ pages and I finished it in two days. I loved the idea of the book. I liked the writing style and the humor of it. The book touches so many serious topics such as suicide and cancer and it is a roller coaster of feelings. i wanted to cry and then shortly after I was laughing. For me it was a perfect balance of feelings. It isn This is what a romance should be like in my opinion. It doesn't feel like you read this story 100 times already. It has an entertaining plot. I really loved reading it. 500+ pages and I finished it in two days. I loved the idea of the book. I liked the writing style and the humor of it. The book touches so many serious topics such as suicide and cancer and it is a roller coaster of feelings. i wanted to cry and then shortly after I was laughing. For me it was a perfect balance of feelings. It isn't very deep but it is inspiring, reminds one that life should be lived and it brings a lot of hope and happiness in it. In such books one also need to like the characters and I did. I especially loved Jonathan. He was the one who made me laugh and who I really felt for. This grumpy guy who didn't seem to have much love for life suddenly rediscovering himself and finding happiness and satisfaction in small things that life brings was really wonderful to follow. I keep on talking here how much I loved the book and yet I give it a 4, well I would say it is more a 4.5. The thing is that I am not very generous with my 5s. The book has to be perfect or just have a minor thing that bothers me. In this case unfortunately the book lost some of it's charm and uniqueness once the main characters meet. Luckily it is very far into the book. Then it felt more like a regular romance although still written with wonderful witty humor but their relationship felt too rushed I didn't really feel their big connection. It didn't feel as honest and beautiful as the build up of the story to it. I still loved the book and am so happy I read it this time of the year.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dara

    Loved this! Super cute, feel-good, lighthearted, and witty!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cori

    This was a light and quick read - just what I was wanting. But what was really refreshing was that it was clean. That was just such a nice surprise. The story itself was a bit cheesy but there was good detail in the writing. I'm not sad I read it. This was a light and quick read - just what I was wanting. But what was really refreshing was that it was clean. That was just such a nice surprise. The story itself was a bit cheesy but there was good detail in the writing. I'm not sad I read it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Lewis

    I thought this might be a fun distraction from all of the chaos, but it's so obvious where this story is headed that I don't feel like I need to read any more of it. I thought this might be a fun distraction from all of the chaos, but it's so obvious where this story is headed that I don't feel like I need to read any more of it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    [michele]

    The English translation (Your Perfect Year) was available via Amazon First. Couldn’t put it down!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    For a book that was presented as a romantic comedy, it lacked both humor and romance, and was very heavy on the suicide*. This was not at all what I was expecting (or wanting after coming off a boring book about sailing, and a too long and tedious book about a decades old murder mystery). Jonathan Greif is a bit of a curmudgeon, and his life changes when he finds a mysterious diary outlining daily tasks for a "perfect year." Hannah Marx, the author of the diary, didn't intend for it to get into Jo For a book that was presented as a romantic comedy, it lacked both humor and romance, and was very heavy on the suicide*. This was not at all what I was expecting (or wanting after coming off a boring book about sailing, and a too long and tedious book about a decades old murder mystery). Jonathan Greif is a bit of a curmudgeon, and his life changes when he finds a mysterious diary outlining daily tasks for a "perfect year." Hannah Marx, the author of the diary, didn't intend for it to get into Jonathan's hands, and she spends most of the book either being an annoying Pollyanna, crying (like 75% of the book), or wondering about the weirdo she who is following the diary entries not intended for him. Of course through a series of happenstance and super convenient coincidences, the two of them keep missing each other, before they eventually meet. And maybe kinda sorta fall in love. Jonathan feels this love at first site feeling immediately upon seeing Hannah (before they meet), and Hannah likes him OK, and eventually decides she might fall in love with him eventually. Which, OK, I guess that is kind of funny (but I don't think it's intended to be funny, and really it just feels like the normal course of a relationship). Both characters were not particularly interesting, and while I appreciate that the plot didn't always follow the path I expected it to take, it was still a fairly mediocre story. I kept expecting something more interesting to happen, and it sort of did at the end (see spoiler section) but, still, meh. *Re: The suicide If you are in crisis, the number for the National Suicide Lifeline in the US is 1-800-273-8255. The suicide plot point really bugged me. Not because the author used suicide as a plot device, but because the suicide essentially defined Hannah as a character for the entire novel from that point forward and stripped her of her agency. (view spoiler)[Everything Hannah did from the moment Simon disappeared, up to and including meeting Jonathan, and then breaking things off with Jonathan (and even Jonathan writing a diary for Hannah as an apology) was because of Simon's suicide. Because if Simon hadn't committed suicide she never would have gone through all his papers, found the novel Simon wrote, submitted it, and eventually found the cruel rejection note that Jonathan had written years before (one of the more exciting scenes, when she discovers this and yells at Jonathan). Using the suicide in this manner made Hannah into a crying chess piece to be moved around the board, making decisions entirely influenced by the suicide, and not by her own needs and wants. I also really hated that Simon got his preliminary lymphoma diagnosis and was like, "Whelp, I'm done for, so long world," without getting any of the additional testing suggested by the doctors. And that he thought he could take Hannah out to dinner and dump her but claim he was just "setting her free," and think she'd be like, "Oh, no, you aren't actually dumping me, I absolutely see your point and I totally agree with your decision to be pigheaded and not even see 1) what type of lymphoma you even have, 2) if it's treatable or not, and 3) after ~3-4 years together we should definitely call it quits because you are sick but don't actually know fully what's wrong with you. Your self diagnosis with the help of Dr. Google that you are terminal definitely means I should just happily tra-la-la out of the restaurant and be on my way." Like... I know he's been depressed because of losing his job. And that he doesn't want to die a nasty, prolonged death because of what his parents went through, but he didn't even find out if he had Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. My Dr. Googling, BTW tells me that "lymphoma" is actually considered highly treatable, so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (hide spoiler)]

  26. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    Compelling, emotional, and downright un-put-down-able, Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas shows us relationships in all of its grit and glory that really cut to the core of human connections - the pure joy of love as well as the pain. Subjects such as depression, alcoholism, and grief are expertly and sensitively handled and the characters of Jonathan and Hanna really fleshed out, layered and three dimensional, even when you disagree with some of their actions. The dialogue is qu Compelling, emotional, and downright un-put-down-able, Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas shows us relationships in all of its grit and glory that really cut to the core of human connections - the pure joy of love as well as the pain. Subjects such as depression, alcoholism, and grief are expertly and sensitively handled and the characters of Jonathan and Hanna really fleshed out, layered and three dimensional, even when you disagree with some of their actions. The dialogue is quite real and the author has an excellent way with words and it didn't take long for me to become deeply invested in her characters and their lives. This story is well written. The concept and execution is so very clever. It was a realistic journey. The ending is appropriate and believable. It was a good story, and I love the way it was written. I would recommend. Thank you NetGalley, Charlotte Lucas and Amazon Crossing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #YourPerfectYear #NetGalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diane Zwang

    Amazon World Book Day 2020 Germany I enjoyed reading this book and was curious as to what would happen next. I thought the second half of the story was better than the first. I found the relationship between Simon and Hannah to be stereotypical, cliché and sophomoric. I enjoyed the storyline with the diary. Simon was a likable character, flaws and all. He reminded me of The Rosie Project. Simon's lack of knowledge of the family business was a bit immature. Overall, I liked the book and it put a sm Amazon World Book Day 2020 Germany I enjoyed reading this book and was curious as to what would happen next. I thought the second half of the story was better than the first. I found the relationship between Simon and Hannah to be stereotypical, cliché and sophomoric. I enjoyed the storyline with the diary. Simon was a likable character, flaws and all. He reminded me of The Rosie Project. Simon's lack of knowledge of the family business was a bit immature. Overall, I liked the book and it put a smile on my face.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Violet Stone

    Part of me wants to say this was lost in translation, the other part doesn't think so. The whole idea of the book is great. A diary made to help someone through the year and find joy and happiness in life. Only, it fell into the wrong hands. dun Dun DUN! But really, Hannah made it for her boyfriend who was supposed to die within the next year. So she made the diary for him. Well, somehow it ends up in the hands of Jonathan who at first starts to hunt down the owner but also starts to do the things Part of me wants to say this was lost in translation, the other part doesn't think so. The whole idea of the book is great. A diary made to help someone through the year and find joy and happiness in life. Only, it fell into the wrong hands. dun Dun DUN! But really, Hannah made it for her boyfriend who was supposed to die within the next year. So she made the diary for him. Well, somehow it ends up in the hands of Jonathan who at first starts to hunt down the owner but also starts to do the things in the diary. The ending was predictable and I didn't care for how it turned out. I also felt like the emotions of the characters were lost, and that could be a translation issue. Not the greatest book but I liked the idea. Thank you Amazon for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vera

    Another dnf at 80%. I tried, guys. Theme of the book was really intresting, but delivery... Maybe it was lost in translation but for some reason everything that was in german and then translated to russian is painful to read. Hope that book actually good in native language and it's all translator's fault Another dnf at 80%. I tried, guys. Theme of the book was really intresting, but delivery... Maybe it was lost in translation but for some reason everything that was in german and then translated to russian is painful to read. Hope that book actually good in native language and it's all translator's fault

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Edlund

    This book was dreck. I really wanted to like it-it was built up quite a bit and I enjoy an uplifting story. However, the ham-handed handling of the theme(s) got in the way of the story and took me out of the book countless times. I gave 1 star to the author and 1 star to the translator because I'm not sure who is responsible for this accident. This book was dreck. I really wanted to like it-it was built up quite a bit and I enjoy an uplifting story. However, the ham-handed handling of the theme(s) got in the way of the story and took me out of the book countless times. I gave 1 star to the author and 1 star to the translator because I'm not sure who is responsible for this accident.

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