Published: July 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
You might enjoy this book if you like: The Big Chill-ish like stories, College reunion stories, stories about friendship
Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.
But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.
Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.
Folks, this book sucked me in. I'll admit that I wasn't so sure about it at first--I don't always have luck with books or movies that take on the The Big Chill trope, but this is one of the success stories. It could have been because the characters in this book were my contemporaries and they had attended a university similar to the one I went to. Or it could be that it was just a fun book to read.
I won't say that the characters were wholly likable. In fact, most of them were infuriating--but I could relate to them (except for Lindy. Lindy was, in my opinion, truly terrible and I never felt that she was redeemed. However, she was also the one character with whom I could not relate). Scotch does an excellent of weaving the past and present together so that the reader can have a clear view of what is going on, even if the characters do not. My only criticism here is that the characters were a little lopsided in that the female characters were clearly more fleshed-out than the male characters. I
Scotch brings these characters to life so well that I really felt that I was there with them. And, well, let's just say that the ending didn't just give me misty eyes...I had full-out crying going on (and, of course, I was sitting in a waiting room. So, you know...embarrassing). This is definitely a book that has stayed with me after I put it down and I would definitely recommend it.
About the Author:
You can connect with Allison Winn Scotch on her website, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.
I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.
stops on the tour!
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing, I have TWO copies of In Twenty Years to give away! This giveaway will run until midnight on July 7th and is open to readers in the US and Canada.
(Edit: Apparently my not-paying-for-Rafflecopter is fighting back. It won't let me start this giveaway until 7/1....so come back tomorrow and enter!)