Friday, July 1, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway - In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch

Book Synopsis

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.
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My Review

In Twenty Years is one of those books I just could not put down.  It is the story of six friends who lived in an old house together during their college years.  Years pass and the friends scatter.  When the spark of the group, Bea, passes away, the others come together in the house where they used to live. 

 

I loved these lines:  "The strangest thing about returning to an enclave that encapsulated their youth is that you feel like nothing should have changed.  Like you still have the right to be twenty and carefree and irresponsible.  Like you still are twenty and carefree and irresponsible" (p. 85).  

 

I loved the way that each chapter focused on a different member of this group.  Allison Winn Scotch did an amazing job at differentiating tone and characterization in these chapters. 

 

In Twenty Years offers some fresh insights about friendships and what brings friends together, breaks them apart, and sometimes brings them back together again.   I kept reading to see how all the stories would come together, and to find how the friends fell apart for a time after college.  This novel reminded me of my college days, of friends that I am still in touch with and others I am not.  It was a really lovely read. 

 

In Twenty Years is a perfect summer read or beach reach.  Settle in with your favorite iced beverage and enjoy!

Author Bio

Allison Winn Scotch is the bestselling author of five novels, including THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES, TIME OF MY LIFE, and THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST AND FOUND. Her sixth novel, IN TWENTY YEARS, will be released in June of 2016. In addition to fiction, she pens celebrity profiles for a variety of magazines, which justifies her pop culture obsession and occasionally lends to awesome Facebook status updates. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. 


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Giveaway

Win a copy of In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch.  Contest open to U.S. and Canada.  The giveaway closes 7/8/16.  The lucky winner will be notified by email, and will need to respond within 48 hours.  The book will be mailed directly from the author or her publicist.

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I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

30 comments:

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

No I have not, I have never even seen one person since then.

Tracy Shafer said...

Yes I have! We get together every year

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I have on Facebook, and last summer we got together with old friends.

Sandy Klocinski said...

No, I have not nor do I have any desire to

Heather Sebastian said...

Yes, we reunite every 5 years, its a blast!

Laura said...

I have a few friends from high school/ college that I am still in contact with.

Gabrielly Margutti said...

No I have not, I have never even seen nobody since then.

ESB Rest said...

We meet every year....it is so much fun to catch up.

Holly said...

Yes, I meet up with both my high school group and my college group.

Brenda Guardado said...

Reunited and it feels so good! Yes, I met up with a friend from High School and I'm amazed by her diligence and candor attitude. She grew up.
I've always been the peacekeeper between her and mutual friends.

LauraJJ said...

I have and was so fun to see what everyone has been up to over the years!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

It is interesting to think about old friends - both the ones you've kept and the ones you've lost - and wonder how things would be different if you had made different decisions through the years.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I have been connecting on Facebook with high school friends.

Darlene said...

I connected with High School friends when we had our school reunion.

grammypennyann said...

I've connected with high school friends during the last few years - we occasionally meet for lunch now :)

Tami said...

I haven't connected with anyone from school. In fact I've only seen a few classmates since graduating over 25 years ago

Heather Swarthout said...

Reunited with a friend from College in the past year! We now hang out all the time.

Daniel M said...

nope have avoided all those gatherings

Kimberly V said...

No, I've never done anything even close.

Tarah Manning said...

I have, last summer we had a girls day at the pool! It was really nice!

joenkristy5 said...

I have about five years ago, I got together with some best friends with high school. It was crazy how much everyone has grown..

Katherine Riley said...

Just last fall I saw a friend I hadn't seen in 28 years. It was great! I have reconnected with many old friends on facebook.

Nancy said...

No, I have not had a reunion from high school or college.

Nancy
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Ronda said...

No I have not had the chance to reunite with old friends, we have all moved from the small town where we grew up.

Misty said...

I have reconnected. Thanks to the world wide web.

Debbie Lewis said...

Yes I have. My best friend thru 6th grade moved away and I was devastated but 20 years later we found each other again ans was able to continue right where we left off.

Trisha McKee said...

I have. It is funny what you remember and how it really is. It was a trip to go and see everyone and experience, not only the changes, but the true way things were.

Buddy Garrett said...

I have not reconnected with any.

Betty C said...

I guess I'm pretty anti-social because I have had the opportunity to meet with my best friend from high school and just ignored the chance. I just don't have any desire to relive memories that make me unhappy.

lilyk said...

not yet