Author: Allison Winn Scotch
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Source: BEA 2016
Goodreads: 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.
Ope’s Opinion: These five friends are the most sad and dysfunctional group of people. No one is this group is satisfied with how their lives are twenty years out of college. Getting back together brought out all their old feelings toward each other.
This particular story wasn’t relateable to me. There wasn’t a character that I really identified with or was rooting for. Lindy was especially annoying and self-centered.
The ending brought some things to an end, but it didn’t really wrap it up. It left me wondering where they were each going to be another twenty years.
Let just add that if foul language is offensive or irritating to you, this book was full of it.