The Life List by Chrissy Anderson

The Life List (The List Trilogy, Volume 1)

The Life List

The Life List (The List Trilogy, Volume 1)

The Life List is the ultimate chick lit novel and most of the story is true. It takes place in trendy, suburban northern California during the late ‘90’s with several comical ‘80’s high school flashbacks. Chrissy Anderson, a twenty-eight year old fashion executive, created a seven-point life list at the age of sixteen and she’s been steadily checking off the boxes and mocking the style and life choices of everyone around her ever since. Her life begins to run amuck when she unexpectedly meets a much younger, Leo, who makes her question her “perfect life”.

About the author

Chrissy Anderson is the author of The Life List and the people, their quirks and the major events of her story are derived from personal life events. She see’s bits and pieces of her checkered past in almost every woman she encounters and she wants to help them, tell them they’re NOT crazy. Chrissy’s choices were stupid and sometimes sleazy, but, unfortunately, not all too uncommon.

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Chrissy made a list when she was 16 of the things she hoped to accomplish in life. She had it all planned out. Married to her High School sweetheart, in the house of her dreams, faking it for her three best friends, she realizes she’s not happy and can’t quite put a finger on why until a chance meeting in a bar. She meets a guy who turns her world upside down and causes her to question everything she has done so far. Meet Kurt and Leo, her three best friends, Dr. Maria and slutty co-worker and follow Chrissy’s journey of self-discovery, loss and reinvention. A fast and furious read that you won’t be able to put down until you’re done. A funny and touching debut book by new author, Chrissy Anderson.


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This story seemed to go on forever. The author took a very long time to build the characters and familiarize us with every
minute detail of the relationships of the cast of characters. Yet,still, I kept reading. Even though the story was a bit drawn out, and lagged in some parts, I became emotionally invested. I especially liked the story being told from the main character’s voice, a la Carrie Bradshaw style. All in all, I found this read to be a very insightful, yet painful look at relationships and the process it takes to build them up and tear them down. Loved Miss Maria and the vital role she played in helping the heroine sort herself out and choose to be her authentic self. I hated that the heroine put Leo through so much hell. Honesty, how much lying and deceit can one guy take?!! I give this 3.5 stars.


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OMG!!!! I’m exhausted, this was such an overwhelming, emotional, whiplash inducing ride. This series has been on my reading radar for a while, and now that the final book is out, I decided to start my Life List reading marathon. Okay, I know as a runner (well I don’t know this personally) of a marathon, you should pace yourself so that your endurance and stamina can be maintained throughout the race, but as soon as I started sprinting, I mean reading, I couldn’t stop. My sprinting turning into jogging and then full fledged running until I finished this story, as I couldn’t put it down. It literally and figuratively had me on the edge of my seat. The author did an incredible job of totally grabbing my attention, sucking me in to this roller coaster ride of the life of Chrissy Anderson. I was so vested, that I ran the gamut of feelings and reactions to Chrissy. For most of the book, her behavior infuriated me to no end. I just wanted to slap her silly, as she got on my last nerve. I felt that she did not deserve either guy, and I just wanted her to feel the karma of her actions. It amazed me, how she would justify her actions and always had an excuse for her lies and narcissistic behavior; needless to say, I wasn’t liking her very much. But I realized that the rawness of the story, and her selfish and irrational behavior is what makes this journey real and heartfelt. Okay, so now I’m exhausted, so before I start the next phase of the marathon, I need an emotional break, but trust me, I will not stop until the race is finished, and something tells me there will be some hurdles and obstacles in the path of this reading journey. Thanks Chrissy for sharing this story, I understand that it is based on real life experiences; so to that, all I can say is God Bless You!


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The author of this first book of a trilogy dedicates it to Scott and Mia, whom she considers her “angels on earth.” Before the main text, the definition of the preposition during is given, with others occasionally sprinkled throughout the book, alongside partial lyrics from songs by artists such as Keri Noble and Rosie Thomas. The novelist writes herself into her own story with first-person narration throughout, albeit with the different surname Gibbons. The action sometimes alternates between different periods, as early as May 1985 and as late as March 2001, with occasional popular culture references to television series such as Survivor and celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton. Chrissy lives in Northern California and sees a therapist relatively, Dr. Maria, a divorcee from a professional baseball player,

The text occasionally touches on controversial issues such as abortion, with no favor towards either side of the debate, and while one would expect a feminist slant from a female narrator, the novel isn’t very preachy at all, the narrator commonly referring to one of her friends as “Slutty Coworker.” She also becomes part of a love triangle between her husband Kurt and her lover Leo, with her marriage on the rocks, the text terminating with an excerpt from the book’s first sequel, The Unexpected List, which begins on September 11, 2002, although with no reference to the tragedy that occurred a year before, and some initial confusion that the sample chapter’s remainder clarifies. Ultimately, this was an enjoyable start to the series, although there were occasional moments that confused this reviewer and drove him to go back sometimes to reread passages.



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