Saturday, December 10, 2016

In Twenty Years - by Allison Winn Scotch: Book Review

College never ends.

That was the phrase that kept popping into my head while reading this book. I did find myself cheering for the characters and cheering some of them on. The premise of the book was appealing, but after I reached the half of the book and nothing seemed "to happen" I started fearing for the characters. If you are looking for a book that changes dramatically over its length, this is not it. There were little bits of information thrown throughout the novel alluding to the ending, bur for the most part things stayed constant.

A tight group throughout college, 5 old friends reunite in their old college house. What prompted them was their old friend's wish to celebrate her birthday two years before their twentieth college reunion. They are changed and unchanged at the same time, their friendship no longer their lifeline as it used to be in the past, they are awkward in each other's presence, but they carry on with the weekend.

The novel zooms in on a different character in each chapter, so you learn something about everyone, both from their college life and their present day life. My favourite thing about this novel was that it didn't end how I predicted or how I hoped. However, the ending did feel like the best natural way to wrap things up . It left you hoping and rooting for the characters, without tying it with a pretty ribbon as if their lives ended with the last full-stop of the novel.

It is not the deepest novel I have ever read, but it gives the reader some things to ponder on. I am sure it would be better appreciated by readers who are in their late 30s or early 40s, but we the 20s can find valuable things in it as well.

3/5 stars.

I received a free e-book copy from the publisher via Net Galley. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

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