Book Review: The Me List


Ziplining despite being scared of heights. Learning yoga when you're afraid of downward anything. Facing your strained relationship with your mother.

When Olivia writes a ME List, she picks 10 things to get her out of her suburban mom funk. But what she really needs is to figure out how to deal with her next-door neighbor, nemesis, and new boss-Patricia. Patricia is the top realtor in their town and has the perfect life. But when Olivia agrees to be Patricia's assistant, she discovers Patricia's life isn't as perfect as she thought.

The Me List is a touching tale about the complexity of friendship, the importance of reserving judgment, and the rocky path that life takes as we get older. Julee Balko brings snark and heart to this journey of self-improvement with a keen eye for flawed characters.

Can a list change a life?

My Review

I really enjoyed this book a lot. I was emotionally attached to the characters. The dynamics that Olivia and Patricia shared really did draw me in. Patricia may not have been as caring, but she did the best she knew how to communicate. I loved seeing Olivia coming out of her shell.

In a way, Patricia and Olivia helped each other. Especially with Olivia's past relationship with her mother. Patricia may have seemed like she had it all, but it was sad when you peeled back the layers and saw that she really had no friends. 

The idea of a "Me" list is a fun idea. How often do we get busy in our routines and put everyone else in our families first. So, the idea of creating a "Me" list is great as it allows us to get to put ourselves first and do fun things. 


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