Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4.5 stars
At some point in our lives, we've all been asked some variation of the question: "If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would they be?" Years ago, Sabrina was asked the same question by her college roommate, Jessica. On her 30th birthday, Sabrina meets up with Jessica at a restaurant for their annual birthday tradition. Instead. she is met by the five people she put on her dinner list: Jessica, her favorite professor, her father, a former love, and Audrey Hepburn.
Once Sabrina adjusts to the shock of her dinner guests, she realizes that she must use this opportunity to come to terms with unresolved issues, make amends, and enjoy the gift she has been given. Over the course of the dinner, she realizes each guest is there to teach her a lesson and offer their own insight into her relationship with one guest in particular.
The story alternates between the dinner party and the course of Sabrina's relationship with one of the guests. It's a slim novel at 276 pages but it packs an emotional punch. Serle weaves together a poignant story with beautifully written characters. It's funny, sad, and completely riveting from the very beginning. I found myself tearing up throughout the book and I am generally not a crier by nature. At the end I found myself reflecting not only on my past relationships but also thinking of my own dinner list.