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The Throwback List

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This was really fun! I'm so glad I picked up Lily Anderson again, even though Undead Girl Gang wasn't my thing. I believed in all of the characters, despite the hilarious premise. And there were some very, VERY real small town hate/love feelings going on that I can relate to. Would read more stories in this world!
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**I received an advanced listening copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

For a group of friends and acquaintances in Oregon, reliving high school dreams and wishes come true through the #ThrowbackList , a list of to-do things to accomplish before reaching 30. 

I enjoyed watching the characters develop through this book, finding a purpose or standing up to adversity. There is a sense of home as a place and as a group of people, not necessarily family, that resonates throughout the novel as well. There were times the narrative was slow going, and admittedly, I'm not the target audience for the novel. But, I could still appreciate the bonds of friendship, the sense of accomplishing something, and the discovery of finding oneself. 

It was a great listen, with the voice actress portraying various voices very well.
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This was an ARC audiobook. I loved the reader. It took me a minute to get into it. I loved the premise of finding yourself with a list and completing those tasks.

Jo a twenty something is fired from her job and she must move home to her small home town until she finds a new one. While she is there she must make amends with her friends she has abandoned since high school to help her complete her list.

She rediscovers friendship and what she wants to get out of life. Her friends and family figure out who she really is.

I really liked this book and the diversity of the characters will give many people a glimpse of themselves in a book
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This light and nostalgic book will have you wanting to round up some friends to make and tackle your own fun to-do list! I really enjoyed this. There are no significant plot twists and turns in this one, but you’ll keep reading because the characters and relationships are delightful. While the book was a total light read, the author managed to weave in some difficult topics, which made the characters more believable and more relatable. With heartwarming reminders of the importance of friendship, family, and home, this is a great book to pick up or listen to on audio during the holidays. 

Thank you to NetGalley & Disney Audiobooks for allowing me access to this audiobook!
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The Throwback List is a fun book that tells the story of three high school friends that are reunited ten years after graduation as one of them returns to their small hometown in coastal Oregon after getting fired from her job.  While home, they try to complete a list they made in high school of things they wanted to do back then. The book alternates between the perspective of each of the three friends as they each have their own journey of discovering themselves and their future paths.  
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.  Each of the characters are well developed and have their own issues that they are grappling with.  I also really enjoyed the idea that they were all working on completing a list and growing from their high school selves into their adult selves.  We see how they changed and how they can be more honest and comfortable with themselves.
I listened to the audiobook, and the one thing I didn’t like was the narrator…well I liked her and thought she did a good job with narrating most of the book, she didn’t do different voices for each of the characters so it was a little difficult to follow who was talking during the dialogue.
Mt other gripe about the book was the ending.  I would have liked to see a more definitive ending for the characters. But otherwise, I really enjoyed the book and would highly recommend.
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Meh… this book felt entirely too long/too slow while still feeling completely unfinished at the end, like it needed an epilogue. The blurb makes this sound like it’s about all three women, and it is but the story definitely favored Jo who I really didn’t like. The idea of a Throwback List was fun, but the execution of this didn’t really do it for me. 

Thanks to @NetGalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide for my ARC!
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The book is alright—not more, and not less. I expected a light read given the content, but I still felt it left some character and plot development to be desired, and the ending seems rushed after the rest of the book proceeds quite leisurely . The narrator is also in the “fine” category; not bad and not fabulous. The pauses between chapters also need sped up a bit. Even listening on a faster speed, which I always do, the gaps were long enough that I thought my AirPods had disconnected from my phone.
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THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in new adult books. plus this is my second Lily Anderson book, and I can now say that she is one of my FAVORITE authors, because wow. I just love this book!

If I had to describe this book in three words, they would be: nostalgia, friendship, and growth.
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