The F**k It! List – Melanie Cantor

Daisy Settle has it all. A successful interior design firm, a happy relationship, a beautiful house and adoring friends and family. The only piece left to complete the puzzle is a baby. And even that finally seems within reach. That is, until she finds her boyfriend is a cheat.

Now Daisy is 40, alone and in a world that seems built for couples.

Time for a F*** It List!

Witty and moving, this is the joyous story of a woman taking on the world on her own terms …

Book Info: 432 pages. Publisher: Penguin. Publication Date: 11 April 2024

Melanie Cantor worked for many years in PR and as a celebrity talent agent. She also dabbled in interior renovations, which led to her hosting the Channel 4 series Making Space, in which she tidied up people’s messy houses. She has since concentrated on writing. Her first novel, Life and Other Happy Endings, was published in 2019. She has two grown-up sons and lives in Dorset and London with her dog, Mabel.

My Review:

I admit it.. I’m shallow because I was actually drawn to this book purely for the title! However, when I downloaded it and saw it was written by Melanie Cantor I was delighted as I read her debut novel Death and Other Happy Endings in 2019 and really enjoyed that. Click here to read my full review.

The F**k It! List is the story of Daisy Settle. She’s in a loving, longterm relationship, lives in a stunning house, has a very successful career as an interior designer, her boyfriend has just sold out for millions and her dreams of starting a family are within touching distance, however on her 40th birthday those dreams are shattered into tiny pieces.

Having to negotiate a new life alone, single and broke, her hopes of becoming a mother seem impossible, but she is determined and nothing will stop her. The reader follows Daisy through her heartbreaking journey to become a parent, through IVF and anonymous sperm donors.

I adored Daisy’s character. A selfless and loyal woman who put her partner’s needs before her own, agreeing to wait to start a family until he was ready, despite approaching her 40th birthday and knowing the chances of falling pregnant were against her the longer she waited.

The F**k It! List is another triumph, a book full of love and hope in the darkest of times. It’s relatable and thought provoking, emotional and uplifting, funny and heartbreaking and beautifully written.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5.