I received a copy of In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. The first reason I sighed up for this book tour was that I had read one of the author’s previous novels and remembered that I enjoyed it. The second was that this book is about a group of college friends about 20 years after their graduation. I’m actually younger than them – this year marks 20 years since I graduated high school – but the idea of a group of friends reminiscing on their college days intrigued me.
“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.”
In their own ways, each of the surviving friends were shattered by the death of their good friend Bea. As the story is told from each of their viewpoints, we learn of various things that happened in college, soon after college at Catherine and Owen’s wedding, and at Bea’s funeral. I was reminded of the movie The Breakfast Club, as while the reader may identify more with one of the characters than the others, there is likely a piece of all of us in each of them. One thing that amused me about this group of friends – one of the girls had a huge crush on another of the girls. This girl had a crush on one of the boys. And that boy had a crush on another of the girls. The relationships between all of the group members are complicated, but that’s what makes their reunion more interesting.
What have you been reading lately?