The Plot (from Goodreads):
At twenty-six, Lucy Young is tired. Tired of fetching coffees for senior TV producers, tired of going on disastrous dates, and definitely tired of living in a damp flat share with flatmates who never buy toilet roll. She could quit her job for a better living, but she’s not ready to give up on her dreams. Not just yet. After another diabolical date lands her in a sudden storm and no money for bus fare, Lucy finds herself seeking shelter in a tiny shop, where she stumbles upon a curious wishing machine. Pushing her last coin into the slot, Lucy closes her eyes and wishes with everything she’s got: Please, let me skip to the good part of my life.
When she wakes the next morning to a handsome man, a ring on her finger, a high-powered job, and storybook perfect little boy and baby girl, Lucy can’t believe this is real—especially when she looks in the mirror, and staring back is her own forty-something face. Has she really skipped ahead to the future she’s always wanted, or has she simply forgotten a huge chunk of her life? And as Lucy begins to embrace this new life and new relationships, she’ll have to ask herself: Can she go back, and if so, does she want to?
The Good Part was such a fun book! I absolutely flew through the ebook. The premise is 13 Going On 30 except in this case, it’s 26 going on 40. Lucy’s having a bad day/week/month when she finds a wishing machine and asks to skip to the good part. The next morning, she wakes up in an unfamiliar bed and an unfamiliar body.
It was the characters that made this so compulsively readable–I loved everyone and couldn’t decide what ending I was rooting for. I especially loved Felix and Mr. Finkley!
I’m not usually one for highlighting quotes, but there were two that I couldn’t help but highlight because they made me cackle. I also cried at the end–it’s a certainly a sign of a good book that can make you do both. This book was funny and heartfelt and an absolute joy to read. It has jumped to the top of my Sophie Cousens ranking!