CLP Blog Tours: Review – Next Year I’ll be Perfect by Laura Kilmartin

“Next Year I’ll Be Perfect”next-year-ill-be-perfect

By: Laura Kilmartin

Published:September 25th 2012

My Rating: 5/5 

Summary: Sarah always thought her life was on track, that is until her 29th birthday party. The discovery of a list her younger self put together outlining what she wanted to achieve by the age of 30 turns Sarah’s world upside down. Suddenly her seemingly happy life and career look lackluster and Sarah sets off on a journey to transform her life. On her quest to achieve perfection one month at a time – a happy marriage, partnership in a law firm and being able to fit in a size six purple suede miniskirt – Sarah learns to challenge society’s ideals of achievement. Filled with harsh reality, humor, and romance, Next Year I’ll Be Perfect explores what true happiness and success is all about.

My Thoughts: From the opening pages I knew I was going to love this book. The book starts off on the end of Sarah’s 29th birthday. Her friend Livvie gives her a list as a joke that she made when she was 25 and had drank too much. It’s a list of goals that Sarah wished to accomplish by the time she was 30. Now that she is already 29, Sarah starts to feel the pressure immediately. She decides to take the necessary action in order to complete her list of goals in the next 12 months. Through laughter, tears, mishaps and crazy situations, Sarah sets out to conquer her list one by one.

Most women, including myself can relate to Sarah and her journey towards what she perceives as perfection. After all when we realize we are about to turn 30, we decide everything needs to be just right.  This novel was a wonderful portrayal of a 20 something and the fun, along with the heartache she encounters along the way.

laura kilmartinAuthor Bio:Next Year I’ll be Perfect is Laura Kilmartin’s first novel.  She previously published four essays in Write for the Fight:  A Collection of Seasonal Essays.  All author royalties from that collection have been donated to breast cancer charities.

 Laura is an attorney who lives and works in her native Southern Maine.  A pop culture savant, she loves to read, write, travel and collect DVDs of cancelled TV shows in her spare time.  Please visit Laura’s blog at or follow her (@LauraCKilmartin) on Twitter.
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One Response to “CLP Blog Tours: Review – Next Year I’ll be Perfect by Laura Kilmartin”

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