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Feature book: Numbered

23 March 2016

NumberedNumbered by Amy Andrews and Ros Baxter

What would you do if your days were numbered?

Poppy Devine has her bucket list, and Quentin Carmody is on that list. Well, actually he is number ten—sleep with a stranger. He is a little put out when he realises that it wasn’t her initial attraction to him that lands her in his bed; he was merely a number on her list. He then finds himself jumping out of a plane to satisfy another item on Poppy’s list.

Quentin finds out Poppy is having tests for breast cancer. The results prove to be positive, and Quentin stays by Poppy’s side as she goes through the chemo and numerous other forms of treatment. When the cancer becomes aggressive, Poppy decides she needs to complete her bucket list as she can no longer take the treatments. Poppy is terminal.

Thrown into the mix is Julia. She is Poppy’s best friend and the one who has always been there for Poppy. She resents Quentin’s role in Poppy’s life and grudgingly accepts Quentin is not going anywhere. And so begins the threesome’s odyssey. The three of them travel to fulfil Poppy’s list, including to cook pasta in Tuscany, see the Northern Lights in Lapland, gain an audience with the Dalai Lama and for Poppy to pose as a nude model in Paris.

So what did I think? This is definitely a box-full-of-tissues story. You will cry lots, but you will laugh at the arguments between Julia and Quentin, whom she calls Ten, which is both a play on his name and his number on the bucket list.

The story tells of living for the moment and of doing the things you want to do, as you never know what life will hand out to you. It tells of leaving no regrets, repairing relationships, love and finding your soul mate, even if there is only a minute amount of time left. After all, how many people would say they would work more if they knew they were dying? And I’m not going to tell you the ending, as it is not what you may expect …

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.


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