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 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!
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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