A massive thank you to Harper Collins for sending me an e-ARC of The Five Year Plan by Carla Burgess and for letting me be a part of the blog tour.
So the blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
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.
Sometimes I just need a cliche romance where I know it will be a happy ending, and this was perfect for that. I was really excited to read this and I enjoyed every second of reading it.
So the book starts in the present day; Orla is a journalist in London and she is personally invited to this Aiden person’s gallery, so she takes her colleague and they go together to get an interview. There is clearly some tension and unsaid things and I personally was dying to know how they got to this part of their lives, as much as I needed to know what happened after this. So we get taken back to 5 years earlier where Orla and Aiden meet. I like the slow burn of them going from friends to more; they are both very much set on only being friends, as neither want to date anyone, but without either of them realising it as they spend more time together and get to know each other, they fall in love (this is actually how me and my boyfriend happened so Orla and Aiden took me down memory lane). However, Orla has her 5 year plan and she sticks to it, which I loved because a lot of times the woman will fall in love and drop everything for the guy she’s fallen for, but Orla doesn’t. So they go their separate ways and then we end up back at the beginning of the story again where it’s set in present day and we get to see if anything has changed for either of them over the five years they were apart.
I did find the ending felt a little rushed, but I think that was purely because the bulk of the story was quite slow-paced. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes this type of book.
Make sure you check out all the other stops on this blog tour (full dates from 15th to 20th March).