The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

The Dinner List

We’ve been waiting for an hour. That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually ...

Details The Dinner List

TitleThe Dinner List
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreFiction, Romance, Magical Realism, Contemporary

Reviews The Dinner List

  • Larry H
    4.5 stars, rounded up for the tears it left me with.It's one of those icebreaker questions that nearly everyone gets asked at least once in their life: If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would they be?Sabrina and her college roommate, Jessica, answered that question at some point. Among those Sabrina chose were her father, who moved out when she was very young and she never knew him; Plato, because she was studying...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Unique, wistful & magical!Such an imaginative premise that will have you asking yourself if you could invite five people living or dead to a dinner party who would you choose? THE DINNER LIST by REBECCA SERLE is a wonderful, captivating, touching, fun and light-hearted tale that I was immediately drawn into and devoured rather quickly. REBECCA SERLE delivers an intriguing, engaging, complex and well-written story here told in short alternating ch...
  • Melanie
    This was my pick for the August 2018 Book of the Month box! “I love you, but it doesn’t mean anything if you’re not happy.” Friends, I wanted to love this so much. And at first, this really did feel like watching a lucid dream play out, and I felt so enthralled and captivated! But as time went on, I just cared less and less about the dinner, about the past, and about this book. The Dinner List is a play on the conversation starter of wh...
  • Jenny
    We've all done it before. We've daydreamed, analyzed, pondered, wished and sometimes argued about it. What five people would you invite to dinner if you could have anyone. Living or dead, famous or family, past or present, real or fictional, people you know or someone you've never met - those are a few of the questions we have contemplated when making our ultimate dinner list.Years ago, thirty year old Sabrina and her best friend, Jessica, make a...
  • Erin
    3.5 stars Audiobook narrated by the author, Rebecca Serle 5h 50 min 39secs Who are the 5 people, living or dead, that you would invite to dinner? Now I have been asked this question at different times of my life( FYI- General Romeo Dallaire, Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Anne Frank, and Meryl Streep), but I have never considered adding people from my personal life ( am I terrible?). That's what makes The Dinner List so refreshingly original. While we k...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    *4 Stars* for a unique read that warms the soul, touches the heart, and stings the tear ducts! Very much enjoyed this one! RTC...
  • Jenny
    We've all done it before. We've daydreamed, analyzed, pondered, wished and sometimes argued about it. What five people would you invite to dinner if you could have anyone. Living or dead, famous or family, past or present, real or fictional, people you know or someone you've never met - those are a few of the questions we have contemplated when making our ultimate dinner list.Years ago, thirty year old Sabrina and her best friend, Jessica, make a...
  • Elyse Walters
    Average-Enjoyable!Dreamy ‘fantasy’ fun:“what five people would you invite to dinner - dead or alive? Paul and I played this game while walking last Saturday morning. We both had Robin Williams - Jimmy Kimmel- our father’s whom we both lost to death as children - each other - and we tossed around other names such as John Lennon .... thinking we might have some nice music at the dinner table.... and the Dalai Lama to hold the space of spiri...
  • Heather 'Bookables'
    I love how unique and interesting the plot is and how it was executed..The characters in this book were messy, the friendships were messy and the romance was messy but I actually enjoyed that. It showed realistic relationships and how messy everyone is and how flawed we all are..It’s a quick read at only 276 pages and the ending and whole book was bittersweet. I love the idea of the dinner party and how it was written!.My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...
  • Kylie D
    Who would you invite to your theoretical dinner party? You know, the one where you can have 5 people, living or dead turn up? For Sabrina's 30th Birthday she invites her best friend, her college professor, her estranged late father, the love of her life and, well, Audrey Hepburn. So imagine her surprise when she turns up to dinner and they're all sitting there waiting for her.This is a poignant tale, sad, and funny at times, as Sabrina travels th...
  • Mandy White
    Beautiful beautiful story! Just loved it. I am a big fan of Audrey Hepburn and she would definitely be on my Dinner List. This book was fun, it was sad, it makes you laugh and makes you think. So happy that I found it.
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsThe Dinner List is a fabulous read – thought-provoking, contemplative, and a bit magical. Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday dinner expecting to dine with just her best friend and instead finds Audrey Hepburn and 3 other important people from her past waiting to share the meal with her. She recollects a time when she was asked to name 5 people, living or dead, with whom she would like to eat dinner and realizes that these individuals...
  • Sara
    This book was in my pile of "books that have shown up as ARCS on my porch" and I was hoping for a light fluffy read to escape the perpetual flow of bad news on my Twitter feed. However, I still ended up feeling kind of depressed after reading this novel. The premise is one of those awful "get to know you" ice-breaker questions -- imagine you could invite any five people to have dinner with you (on your 30th birthday, no less). In this story, Sabr...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    4 starsGreat twist on a story ... a dinner party with 6 people - both living and dead. The question is. "Who would you invite to a dinner party?"This was Sabrina's dinner party and her selection of guests. I thought this book had a fun twist. It was well written and it took some time to decide who was alive and who had passed. Then in alternating chapters, you revisit Sabrina's life, opposite the happenings at the dinner party. Thinking that Sabr...
  • Ramona
    This is great little book that was different from my usual picks. It has a fun feel, a light-hearted vibe that sort of gives it a 'breath of fresh air' feel as you're moving through the chapters. The chapters are short, packed with quick dialogue that do most of the story telling, making it a very quick read. Overall the book has a wonderful message, and it's a fun and sometimes tender journey to the end.Sabrina shows up for her traditional birth...
  • Bookworm
    A gracious thank you to Flatiron Books and Rebecca Serle for an advanced copy of The Dinner List. I’m giving ALL the stars for this one! I will admit I was hovering between 4 and 4.5 but then that ending knocked me off my feet...oh geez what an ending!! This book is more than just a love story although it IS ALSO a beautifully crafted love story. . It is about how our past skeletons affect our future decisions. It is about learning how to forgi...
  • Carlene Inspired
    4.5 StarsThe Dinner List is an imaginative, heart-wrenching tale that asks its narrator, Sabrina, if she could invite five people to dinner who would it be? Her list consists of her father, her best friend, her boyfriend, an old college professor, and Audrey Hepburn. When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she is surprised to find that it isn't just her best friend Jessica in attendance. There is tension at the table though, as it i...
  • Betty
    THE DINNER LIST is based on the hypothetical question of which five people, living or dead, you would like to have around a dinner table. What started as a mental exercise between Sabrina and her best friend Jessica when they were nineteen years old becomes reality at Sabrina’s thirtieth birthday dinner. Seated around the restaurant table are Jessica, Sabrina’s ex- fiancé Tobias who seemed as immature as Sabrina, her deceased father Robert w...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Thank you Flatiron Books for a free review copy.If you could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would it be? The Dinner List revolves around just that. It's Sabrina's 30th birthday and she's invited the 5 people who have impacted her life the most - her long-lost father, a beloved professor, her best friend, her boyfriend, and Audrey Hepburn. Over the course of one night, we find out why each of these people are so important as Sabrina...
  • Marianne
    3.5★s“That was something Tobias always said. Fifty-fifty. In the beginning, I loved it. It proved he was complicated, that he refused a bottom line. I thought it meant he saw truth in things that were frivolous, and frivolity in things that were fundamental. It was a way of looking at the world that allowed the air in. but after a few years it just began to confuse me. It was like shifting sands – I couldn’t tell anymore what was real to ...
  • BookGypsy
    If you could have dinner with any five people living or dead who would you choose? Sabrina's thirtieth Birth Day dinner is just that. Guest from a list she and he friend had created years ago. Five people that have a significance in her life. Her best friend, her ex fiance, her professor,her father and even Audrey Hepburn. From there we learn the reasons why these five guest are at her dinner party. This was amazing! like fine wine. Charming,witt...
  • Tom Donaghey
    THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle is not the book for me. While well written with some nice characters, I found the central concept of the “Which five people would you invite…” a bit out of date although still workable for this purpose. That Sabrina, the main character, has chosen the father that abandoned her family when she was five and has since died seemed a little forced. If she cared so much about him why didn’t she contact him when ...
  • Renee (
    Probably closer to 2.5 stars For Sabrina's 30th birthday, she finds herself having dinner with five significant people: her best friend, three very important people from her past and Audrey Hepburn. I love this premise and found the dinner scenes themselves very charming for the most part. Besides her best friend and Audrey, Sabrina found herself sitting down with her deceased father, her college professor and her one true love, Tobias. Needless ...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    Full disclosure: I picked this book up to take a break from thrillers, I loved the covers (both North American and Overseas) of this book as well. I am also a big Audrey Hepburn fan, especially in Breakfast at Tiffany's. I am so glad this book caught my attention! The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. Whatever point you are at in life, this book will resonate with you. Whether you have struggled to find your nich...
  • Megan
    This is a book that requires the reader to put on their imagination cap, before diving in. The main character, Sabrina has the opportunity to celebrate her 30th birthday dinner with five guests both living and deceased, specifically handpicked by her.I really liked the theme of this story. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to spend an evening with five special people, from your past? However, the author alternated chapters between the dinner and ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found on my blog!I buddy read this with Melanie!CW: divorce, abandonment, alcoholism, miscarrying, friendships growing apart, and character deathsThis isn’t my usual kind of book choice from Book of the Month. I don’t usually pick a contemporary book that has heavy hints of romance and some slight magical realism. (If you’ve been around for a while, you all know I’m not a fan of magical realism.) But this book work...
  • Wendy
    Disclaimer - I received an ARC of this book through Goodreads' giveaway program. None of the characters had the slightest degree of depth; the two main characters were never able to solve, or even discuss their differences or any problems that came up between themselves. The only solutions they came up with were to break-up or have sex. I loved the concept of the book, but disliked the execution.
  • Basic B's Guide
    5 stars for this unique, thoughtful and magical read. “Imagine that you could gather the people you’ve loved- dead or alive – at one table, for one night, with a chance to heal yourself once and for all.”This book magically made its way into my hands and into my heart. I had initially passed on this book and said it just wasn’t for me. A dinner party with Audrey Hepburn? Seemed a tad silly to me. Oh friends, I could not have been more w...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    Love. Loss. Grief. Memories. Nostalgia. Friendship. Life.Serle wraps these topics in magical realism that's believable. No voodoo. No talking plants. Just people discovering that these topics never age.Clear, vivid writing. Engaging characters. Believable plot (even with the magic, lol). Well-worth a read. 4/5