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.
WHAT I LIKED
- This book has the same strong writing and unique voice I've come to enjoy in Scotch's other works. I was a little skeptical at the beginning when I saw that it's told through five different points of view, but it all came together beautifully. And I even liked all five of them in different ways, which surprised me/
- The story is fast-paced and gripping. Most of the book takes place over only a few days, so there's always something happening. Never a dull moment.
- Everything comes together perfectly at the end. There's quite a lot going on, but Scotch weaves all the threads together, and the end is the only ending that could possibly make sense for this story.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
- THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY. I'm trying to read mostly happy books right now, and I dove into this one without knowing what it was about, so I wasn't really prepared for a tear-jerker. This is primarily a complaint because I'm trying to stick with uplifting/happy books at the moment, and I'm nit-picking, because I adored the book. There isn't a single thing I would change.
In summary: excellent writing; fast-paced plot, gripping plot; engaging characters. A cathartic look back at being twenty years old. The book made me want to go look up all my old friends, hug them, and cry. It took me two days after reading to even recover enough to write this review. Absolutely fantastic.