Rating: 4 out 5
Have you ever wondered about the "what ifs" in your life? I know I have. Jillian Westfield (the main character of the Time of My Life) certainly has. Interestingly enough, she was actually given a second chance to fix a certain part in her past life that apparently caused her unhappiness in her current life.
I love the book cover, and I think I mentioned before that beautiful book covers impair...I mean affects my buying book ability. When I read the synopsis at the back of the book, I got the impression that Time of My Life was a chick lit. That should have made me put the book back into the shelf, because I'm not into chick lits at all. But the cover was just so pretty. :)
So fast forward to a couple of months later...I finally got the courage take it out my bookshelf. I figured that since I bought it, I might as well read it.
I was prepared to dislike the book. First of all, I thought of how whiny and selfish Jillian seemed to be. She was married with one child. She hardly saw her husband Henry who was always away on business trips so she was horny. She does love her daughter Katie but then she was always daydreaming about her ex-boyfriend - Jackson. One day she wished she was still with Jackson...and then voila! She went back in time (seven years prior)...back to the time when she was still with Jackson... back before they broke up...back before she met her husband Henry...back before she had her daughter Katie. Since Jillian knew how unhappy she was after she and Jackson broke up, she decided that she was going to fix things in their relationship. Things just seemed to be sailing smooth...until she meets Henry again.
The several twists in the story made me stick around and finish the book in one day! It was amazing. I grew to love it...and yes, even the character Jillian because the author developed her into someone I could easily identify with. The story actually reminded me of some of the words in Sheryl Crow's song, Soak Up the Sun. "It's not having want you want. It's wanting what you got." It's the perfect description of what this story is all about.
Extremely fun read. Even if you're not a chick lit fan (and trust me, I'm not), you might enjoy this.