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
Author
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Romance, Magical Realism
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Reviews The Dinner List

  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Heather 'Bookables'
    1970-01-01
    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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...
  • Carlene Inspired
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Cindy Burnett
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Tom Donaghey
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    I truly enjoyed this book - it's a quick one (less than 300 pages) and is thoroughly enjoyable if you're looking for a heart-grabber. I found it to be in the same vein as "One Day" and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed it. It's wistful and wishful. (Thanks to Flatiron Books for the advance copy.)
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    1970-01-01
    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
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    After stopping and starting the first ten pages of this one multiple times over the course of a month, I blew through it in one morning. Thoughtful and heartfelt and more than it first appears, I was surprised to find myself tearing up from time to time as this story drew to a close. Still thinking on who my own dinner list would include– and I’ll be thinking on this one for a while again, too. Thanks to Flatiron Books for a free copy to read...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    This dumb book broke me (obvi the book is not actually dumb). It starts off with a girl showing up to her 30th birthday dinner (what was supposed to be just her and her best friend), to find Audrey Hepburn, her old professor, the father who abandoned her, and her on again/off again ex boyfriend there too. These 5 people were the ones that she had written down years ago, as the 5 she would want to have dinner with, dead or alive. This book, which ...
  • Tasha || TashReadWhat
    1970-01-01
    I received this book as an ARC on NetGalley!"Five." What Five people you would invite to dinner, dead or alive?What are Five things you're thinking right now?The number Five plays a big role in this novel.When asked the question of whom Sabrina would invite to dinner, these five people are the five people she needs to confront in order to get the unanswered questions dwelling in her life answered, and also they are the five mirrors she has causin...
  • Jen M
    1970-01-01
    The Dinner List was a quick read with an interesting premise. What began as a simple mental exercise with a college roommate (choose any five people, living or dead, to join you for one meal) suddenly becomes a reality on Sabrina's 30th birthday. The result is an unexpected encounter with four people from Sabrina's personal life... and Audrey Hepburn. On its face, this seems like it would make for a light, fun read. Serle's novel, however, drag...
  • Cindy
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Flatiron Books and Goodreads for this captivating and unusual read. It was heartbreaking, romantic and very original. I’m not sure who I would invite to my dinner party from the past, living or dead. It would be interesting! 3.5 stars. A very good book with a few surprises!
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    The Dinner List makes you think first—-you remember that hypothetical dinner party? You could invite 5 guests living or dead, who would they be?Now, what if they were really going to be there? Would it change your list? I bet it would. Suddenly you’re thinking of relatives you’ve lost rather than celebrities you’d like to meet. And really, wouldn’t you rather see your grandmother again instead of any celebrity? I sure would.So, first th...
  • Wendy
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    This one got stars for creativity and message, but it wasn't my cup of tea. It reminded me of how I felt about Reincarnation Blues in that I just couldn't get past the unrealistic nature of it all enough to enjoy it.
  • Ranjana
    1970-01-01
    Wow this book is exciting from beginning to end. Read it in one day......couldn't put it down! I found it be be such an unusual story line. For a book to take place in only one evening, 4 hours, and be so captivating is the work of a truly great author!
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    I picked this one up knowing little more than the premise of the book, hoping for a nice little change of pace and a quick jaunt over in to some whimsical magical realism for a minute but WOW was I surprised to find myself so effected by this story!The book is told in two parts, flashing between scenes from this unusual dinner party that seems to unfold in real time and back through time as the story of a romance unfolds, told in what seems to be...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Flat Iron books for gifting me this copy of The Dinner List (which hits shelves September 2018). All views and opinions expressed in this review are my own and left voluntarily.Like the synopsis says, we all have at some point or another, been asked if we could have dinner with anyone living or dead who would it be?This book follows Sabrina at her 30th birthday dinner, surrounded by her 5 people (living or dead). This book was delightfu...
  • Raymond
    1970-01-01
    An interesting book. It tells the story of Sabrina's 30th birthday dinner with the five people that she chose to invite, living or dead. The story flips back and forth between the dinner and flashbacks on Sabrina's relationship with her boyfriend Tobias.
  • Robin Bonne
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Stars.
  • Alex's Reads & Reviews
    1970-01-01
    4.5*This was an incredible story filled with so much wonder, brilliance, and heart. Incredibly well plotted and thought out, this story is an incredibly emotional story following a woman who gets the chance to have dinner with any five people she wants (dead or alive) and the emotional struggles and awakenings she goes through during the dinner, as well as flashbacks throughout. The main character, Sabrina was incredible and the overall emotional...
  • Jocelyn Wood
    1970-01-01
    What a book- I am sitting on the beach with tears still running down my face. I am glad that sabby was able to move on for the next chapters in her life. I enjoyed this book, I loved the food references and how it was set up between 1 night through a dinner! It was a short beautifully written book
  • Anne
    1970-01-01
    I started reading this expecting a light fluffy read - the story of a girl looking back on a failed relationship with the man she thinks is the love of her life. The story is told moving back and forth between the scenes from a dinner with the five people on her "name 5 people living or dead you'd choose to have dinner with" - her best friend, her estranged father, her favorite college professor, Audrey Hepburn and the ex - and flashbacks to the ...
  • Rachel Kamery / Never Enough Novels
    1970-01-01
    Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday dinner and is shocked to find not just her best friend, but three people from her past and Audrey Hepburn! The classic philosophical question of which five people you'd invite to dinner has miraculously come true. As the evening unfolds, Sabrina's past is revealed through lengthy flashbacks and she learns how to heal her relationships with her father and fiance. I love the basic idea of this novel, having dinn...
  • Jenn
    1970-01-01
    From my blog and instagram account @livereadandprosper - Thank you Flatiron Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review The Dinner List.Sabrina and her best friend Jessica sit down one evening and make a list of the 5 people they want at their dinner party, dead or alive. Flash forward to Sabrina's 30th birthday dinner to see that all of these people have been invited: Jessica, her professor from college, the dreamy on-again-off-again ...