The Next Thing on My List

  • by Jill Smolinski
  • Narrated by Staci Snell
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Meet June Parker. She works for L.A. Rideshare, adores her rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, and struggles with losing a few pesky pounds.But June's life is about to change.After a dark turn of events involving Weight Watchers, a chili recipe, and a car accident in which her passenger, Marissa, dies, June finds herself in possession of a list Marissa has written, "20 Things to Do By My 25th Birthday". Even though they barely knew each other, June is compelled by both guilt and a desire to set things right and finish the list for Marissa.The tasks before her range from inspiring (Run a 5K), to daring (Go braless), to near-impossible (Change someone's life), and as June races to achieve each goal before the deadline, she learns more about her own life than she ever bargained for.Funny, engaging, and heartwarming, The Next Thing on My List features a loveable, relatable heroine and a story with plenty of humor and heart.


What the Critics Say

"Clever and winning, Smolinski's novel will have readers rooting for June as they eagerly turn the pages to keep up with her progress on the list." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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pleasantly surprised

I didn't expect to like this one as much as i did. It's not the traditional chick-lit, in that it has slightly sad undertone, but i think it's what made the main character more thoughtful and likable. It made her seem less....flighty/girly than the traditional chick-lit heroine. Plus, I enjoyed the narrator, which is key for a good audiobook.
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- S


The story was "okay", but had some serious issues. The "List" had some really mundane things on it, such as "eating ice cream in public" and "going braless". Seriously? Maybe that's a big deal in small town Nebraska -- although I doubt that -- but, c'mon, this is set in LA. Also, the ending is a bit of a letdown, and required a huge coincidence...

The main character was boring, the supposed love interests were caricatures of men, and the very brief development of the people in the story wasn't enough to make you care about any of them.

But, the worst part of the audiobook was the narration. The narrator was so droll and unemotional, and had this really distracting manner of not including the "she saids (as in "blah, blah, blah", SHE SAID)" in her sentence inflection. Once you notice it, it's hard to not think "ugh" every time it happens. And, she had an annoying way of "ebonifying" the "bad girl characters". What's the message there?

The good news is, it's a completely mindless diversion. The bad news is, it's a completely mindless diversion.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2008
  • Publisher: Random House Audio