Book Review

THIS TIME NEXT YEAR by Sophie Cousens

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Where would you like to be this time next year? I’m going to guess for most of us it involves a world where we can safely leave the house! THIS TIME NEXT YEAR by Sophie Cousens was our first #SaturdayBookstaClub discussion of 2021 and it was a fun way to kick off the year.

THIS TIME NEXT YEAR primarily follows Minnie, a young woman born on New Year’s Day. She dreads her birthday every year, fully believing that she’s been cursed to being miserable every New Year’s Eve. By coincidence, after a truly awful night, Minnie meets Quinn on New Year’s Day and makes the connection that they were both born within minutes apart at the same hospital. Where Minnie seems to be cursed, Quinn seems to have been born with all of the luck!

As the story unfolds between Minnie and Quinn over the next year, we get their backstories including Minnie’s past disastrous birthdays and the reasons why Quinn isn’t quite as perfect as he first appears. Throughout the year, Minnie and Quinn continue to get to know each other, quirks and all.

No one would be surprised I’m sure to hear that romance is not my go to genre these days, but this was a perfect read for the days leading up to the new year. After the year that shall not be named that we all just made it through, I could feel some sympathy for Minnie as everything that could go wrong seemed to go wrong.

Minnie was a frustrating character for me initially. Her mother essentially drummed it into her head that she was cursed from birth and she has taken that to heart. She puts up with a lot that made me mad at her for not standing up for herself. By the end of the novel, I did warm up to Minnie and I did appreciate the growth that we got to see in her character.

This book does tackle some serious issues intermixed with some really funny scenes. I think it did a good job of depicting some of the mental health issues it tackled. There were also some good, positive friendships developed in the pages that I appreciated as well.

I had this one on audio and the flashback time jumps occasionally threw me off while I think it would have been more clear in print, the audio in general was really well done! Overall, this was a quick, fun read and a perfect way to kick off the new year!

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