Happy Monday! It’s a new month, for me personally a very busy one. That’s why I decided to read this eARC right away, so I wouldn’t feel stressed. The book I’m talking about today: The Five-Year Plan by Carla Burgess.

I saw this book on Netgalley, thought the cover looked pretty and the description sounded good. Never thought I would actually get to read it and love it (more on that later!)

First, the synopsis from Goodreads: Orla is a trainee reporter with a five-year plan: work her way up the career ladder, move to London and secure a job on a big national newspaper. She doesn’t want a boyfriend, he’s only going to hold her back anyway. Aiden spends his life travelling the world and living in a tent. He knows his goal: to photograph animals and raise awareness of global warming and wildlife conservation. He’s definitely not looking for a relationship past the odd casual hook-up! So when Orla and Aiden’s lives collide, they do everything to not fall for each other – with the opposite effect. But they stick to their plans, and go their separate ways…Five years later, they meet again.

Publication date: March 20, 2020
Publisher: HQ Digital

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My thoughts on The Five-Year Plan


I never thought I would love this book as much as I did. I SO needed this!

From the beginning to the end, I was engrossed with the story and couldn’t let it go. This book has a great friends to lovers story and the slow burn was KILLING me, but in a good way. I feel like it’s been a while since a read a (good) romance novel, but this one definitely hit the spot.

Orla was lovely and relatable, and I want Aiden to be my boyfriend. I really liked how they become friends and how they can stay the same person, but infinitely better when they are together.

Of course there are some setbacks in the book, because love is never easy. And although you think you know how it ends, the ending was amazing.

The writing itself is great too. The book was very fast-paced, the conversation incredible and the plot line very well done. I didn’t know this author, but I’m definitely interested in her other books now!

This is one of those books that gave me a feeling I want to remember and hold onto. One of those books that can give me a reading slump. The setting, the feelings, the story; I just really really like it. Or love it actually.

Final rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.