A MASSIVE thank you to Emily from Penguin Random House for sending me this gorgeous copy of Five Years From Now by bestselling author, Paige Toon. I have never read Toon’s works before so I was beyond excited to read it! But due to uni commitments, I didn’t get the chance to read it until very recently. So here’s the overdue review! Enjoy!
Vian and Nell are thrown together at the age of five when Vian’s mother and Nell’s father fall in love. At first wary of each other, they soon become the best of friends. But five years later, they are torn apart and Vian moves to the other side of the world.
Fast-forward five more years to when Vian comes to visit, and Nell discovers that the boy she once knew is now ‘Van’ – a wild and carefree teenager. Chemistry crackles, but once again, they’re separated.
For the next two decades, Nell and Van meet every five years, but life and circumstance always intervene. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5
Publication Date: 1st July 2018
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Romance
‘I know this might be hard to believe right now, but one day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened.’
Five Years From Now was such a heart-wrenching story, I felt so many emotions I didn’t even know I was capable of feeling. Our main protagonists, Nell and Vian meet at the age of five due to family circumstances, and they soon become the best of friends. In a rollercoaster of emotion and life changing moments you are drawn into this family’s lives and over the hours it took for me to devour this book , I feel as though I have grown up alongside them as well.
Nell and Vian’s birthdays are two days apart and these kids do everything together and their friendship just melts my heart. The development of their friendship is so beautiful and honestly I am happy to simply read a book about their childhood years. Anyways, later on at the age of 10, Nell and Vian get separated by an incident that broke me.
Despite the great distance from Cornwall (UK) all the way to Australia, they stay in contact, and eventually feel something more for each other. While reading the book you will meet them every five years and see what happened in their lives and how their relationship develops.
There are plenty of
very unexpected turns in this book which just added to the one more page syndrome that I had while reading this. Neither of our main characters really have a great life plan. (I’d also like to point out that the kids definitely have attachment issues in their early childhood. And medically and scientifically speaking, this has something to do with everything. Bye) Something which I really enjoyed about this book is that both Vian and Nell let their circumstances lead them in the direction which suits them best. Sometimes these circumstances are joyful, sometimes they are challenging and of course sometimes they are quite sad. I will admit I had one pretty major cry during this book. Have a couple of tissues ready!
Toon’s writing is very atmospheric and vivid, the perfect frame to a beautiful and inspiring story. I will be thinking about this book and its engaging characters for a quite some time. It would serve as a reminder to me about how tumultuous one’s life can be and when we look back at our old selves, you would understand and everything becomes clearer. Personally, I am quite disappointed with the ending, which is the main reason of the not-so-high-rating. I don’t understand why the Toon chooses to close the story this way (I just keep thinking about alternative endings and it’s driving me mad), but I do respect her decisions. By all means, it’s bitter-sweet and haunting in a luscious way.
For your entertainment
and a way for yours truly to cope for her post-FYFN feelings, I created this Spotify Playlist for y’all. I find listening to music help to solidify those feelings and heal me in a way that’s kind of hard to explain, but I know some of you would know what I mean. Enjoy.
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