Next Year I'll be Perfect

Next Year I'll be Perfect

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by Laura Kilmartin
     
 

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Sarah always thought her life was on track, that is until her 29th birthday party. The discovery of a list her younger self put together outlining what she wanted to achieve by the age of 30 turns Sarah's world upside down. Suddenly her seemingly happy life and career look lackluster and Sarah sets off on a journey to transform her life. On her quest to achieve…  See more details below

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Sarah always thought her life was on track, that is until her 29th birthday party. The discovery of a list her younger self put together outlining what she wanted to achieve by the age of 30 turns Sarah's world upside down. Suddenly her seemingly happy life and career look lackluster and Sarah sets off on a journey to transform her life. On her quest to achieve perfection one month at a time – a happy marriage, partnership in a law firm and being able to fit in a size six purple suede miniskirt – Sarah learns to challenge society's ideals of achievement.

Filled with harsh reality, humor, and romance, Next Year I'll Be Perfect explores what true happiness and success is all about.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015621907
Publisher:
Booktrope Editions
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
966 KB

Meet the Author

Next Year I’ll be Perfect is Laura Kilmartin’s first novel. She previously published four essays in Write for the Fight: A Collection of Seasonal Essays. All author royalties from that collection have been donated to breast cancer charities.

Laura is an attorney who lives and works in her native Southern Maine. A pop culture savant, she loves to read, write, travel and collect DVDs of cancelled TV shows in her spare time. Please visit Laura’s blog at or follow her (#elsiekay17) on Twitter.

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Next Year I'll be Perfect 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
share-bear More than 1 year ago
It was a fun book to read and to relate to. All the characters made for some interesting reading and made this book hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a reader that recently turned 30, I felt a special connection to Sarah's quest to be perfect before that ominous age (which really isn't so bad after all). Women of all ages, however, will be able to relate to this unique illustration of one women's quest to fulfill all of society's expectations...professionally, romantically, and physically...that seemed so important before "real life" really began. Exceptionally well written...both witty and touching. The characters practically come to life in your hands - I fully expect to run into Sarah and Livvie one night in downtown Portland. I can't wait for another book from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book!
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A great read from a new author. I hope she writes more, soon!!! The story flowed naturally and subject matter was close to home for almost every woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting look at the near-thirty mentality of "what have I done with my life," this is a quick and easy summer read that has decently described characters and a plot to hold you captive for a few hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read! Really like this author.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sarah Bennett has just turned twenty-nine when her best friend Livvie gives her a letter from the past that will send Sarah on a twelve month journey to transform everything in her life before her thirtieth birthday. The letter that Livvie gave Sarah was one that Sarah had written four years earlier on her twenty-fifth birthday. The letter contained a naive and optimistic list of goals that she wanted to accomplish by her thirtieth birthday. Looking at the list, Sarah realizes that she has only accomplished 2 of the original 8 goals, so she decides to realistically modify the list, and over the next twelve months change everything in her life, because she realizes that she isn't who she wants to be. As Sarah embarks on her year long journey of transformation, she is about to find out what true happiness and success are all about, and that over time goals don't always stay the same, and that her vision of a perfect life may not be so easy to accomplish. In her debut novel, author Laura Kilmartin weaves an entertaining tale of one woman's year long journey of transforming her life into one that she perceives as perfection. Written in the first person narrative and set in Portland, Maine, the reader follows Sarah's journey on a month by month basis, with various encounters that come her way as she tries to complete each goal on her list. Everyone can relate to Sarah's vision, ideals and list of goals that she wanted to accomplish. I think everyone at one time or another has visions of what they want their life to be like, and has goals that they want to accomplish. Sarah's journey is filled with laughter, tears, heartache and crazy situations that culminates in her coming to the realization that life has a funny way of changing a person's vision of the perfect life, of what really matters most in life, and what true happiness is really all about. With a cast of characters who are realistic and believable; engaging dialogue and quirky interactions; and a storyline that is easy to relate to, Next Year I'll be Perfect is a wonderful portrayal of a young woman learning to find her way in life while challenging society's ideals and expectations.
eBook_Addict More than 1 year ago
The novel begins with Sarah Bennet, the main character, celebrating her 29th birthday. When her guests depart, her best friend, Livvie, gives her a list containing a number of goals written by Sarah when she was 25. These goals are something Sarah thought she'd have accomplished by 30, but realizes she's far from having the life she thought she would. Despite the objections from her support system, Livvie and the Thornton men, Sarah sets her sights on the life she wishes she had. During this journey, Sarah experiences good times, heartache, and realization. I enjoyed this novel, and I had no idea how it would end. It wasn't exactly the ending I was hoping for, but it was still an enjoyable read!
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MarissaA More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed read this Chick-Lit Romantic Comedy Novel: Next Year I'll Be Perfect. I think the story, in ways, seemed realistic. The concept of making a list, things to do before a certain age, seems like a real life situation, and how Sarah goes about it, just seemed believable. I think just that feeling, of rereading that list, when your close to that age that you said you would have all your goals completed by, can be a scary feeling, because then you realize, crap, I really have not done anything I wanted that I was determined to do, a few years back, but in this story, I think in the beginning of Sarah's year-long adventure, she realizes that some of the goals are not so realistic, can seem harder by actually trying to complete them, or she completes that goal another way than she originally planned. This novel has that type of feeling, and it was really great following Sarah's journey of possibly being a partner in a law firm, getting into a relationship, and there's more.... I think that Morgan, the guy that Sarah "might" end up with seems like a good one, and at first when they met, they did not get along, and Sarah was somehow convinced that Morgan was out to get her job or something, but misunderstandings are said and settled later on, and they actually go on a date, and it's interesting to see how their friendship/relationship proceeds. There's also other situations, other than relationships that pop up in Sarah's life, and you just gotta wait to read them, as there are just funny moments here and there.  Lastly, I think the writing was pretty good, and there was a flow, that kept me reading, chapter and chapter, so that was nice, as I was just so interested to see what Sarah would do, in terms of keeping/changing her goals, and I think the ending was just right :) My Rating: 4.4/5PG-13 Rated