Title: Ten Years
Author: Pernille Hughes
Published: August 31, 2022
About the Book
Becca and Charlie have known each other since university.
Becca and Charlies have also hated each other since university.
Until now. Until Ally’s bucket list. The death of their loved one should mean they can go their separate ways and not look back. But completing the list is something neither of them can walk away from.
And sometimes, those who bring out the worst in you, also bring out the very best…
Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charlie’s paths collide as they deal with grief, love and life after Ally.
Not since Emma and Dex in One Day and Will and Lou in Me Before You will you root for a couple as much.
About the Author
Before she moved to writing full-time, Pernille (pronounced Pernilla) Hughes studied Film & Literature at university. After graduating she went into advertising and later on to market Natural History films before working in Children’s television, which meant living in actual Teletubbyland for a while! From 2011–2015, she was a regular contributor for the Sunday Times column ‘Confessions of a Tourist’. She has two novels published to date PROBABLY THE BEST KISS IN THE WORLD and PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (formerly published as Sweatpants At Tiffanie’s). Her next book TEN YEARS will be out in August 2022.
Pernille lives in Buckinghamshire and while the kids are at school she scoffs cake and writes stories in order to maintain a shred of sanity.
This book was a mixed bag for me. As it deals with grief in a timely way for my life, I found it hard to read at times. But then sometimes I laughed, which felt really good. But a lot of the time, I spent angry with Becca, who is undoubtedly the most miserable person I have ever read about.
I’ve always said you can enjoy a book when you don’t like the characters, so I give this 3 stars because the story is good. It’s thoughtful, and I like how it unfolded. But I cannot get on board with Becca at all. She argues for the sake of hostility. She’s just so mean, and I spent most of the book angry that we were at another nitpick, another fight, another put down, another “I’m better than you,” and it got really exhausting.
Outside of the constant fighting, there is a fun story. I liked the various locations and activities involved with the bucket list. Hughes writes the story descriptively, so you can picture exactly where the characters are. People live on in our memories, and I think this story is a shining example of that. So while this had some ups and downs, it has some very favorable reviews, so I would encourage people to give it a try.