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.
©2016 Allison Winn Scotch (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This book never went anywhere, I kept expecting something exciting to happen but it never did. I found all of the main characters to be whiny and annoying, I am unsure if that was the narration or the characters themselves.
"Saint Elmo's fire meets the Penn Quakers"
Old friends are really worth the effort. That is the essential message of this novel. Allison Winn Scotch and Julia Whelan are a formidable new team. As always, Ms. Whelan makes a good book a great listen. Ready for a screenplay, the story will entertain you throughout and have you reflecting on your own long-term friendships that may need some rekindling.
The reader acts out the novel as if it were a movie, bringing it to life.
"Well written unlikable characters"
There were seven main characters in this book, and only one - arguably and minor character - was likable. The rest were whiny, selfish, and childish. Or dead. They were also unbelievable; out of six characters, three are not just good at their careers, they are among the best. The chances of having one star in a group of six college friends is slim, but to have half of them not just excel, but be the best is ludicrous. However, the wordsmithing and performance save this book from being unlistenable. It was worth the two-for-one sale purchase, but I would have been disappointed if I had used a full credit on this book.
"Great story, unnecessary cursing"
I'm no prude and can let the language fly from time to time but when I hear foul language being used incessantly it detracts from the message. The story is touching and is quite relate-able to a broad audience. I'm reluctant to read anything else from the author until she sees that her talent is being marred by poor word choices.
A wonderful story. Teens aren't the only ones with angst. Highly recommend, especially to those hovering around that 40 mark.
"life lessons and grown up problems"
This is about a click of college kids that moved on and met back up in 20 years after a member of their group died. Everyone has so many first world problems. Their marriage isn't happy, having problems at work, other relationships aren't going right. It all comes down to communication. No one is really listening or speaking up to try to resolve the problems. Most are doing well with money. Some are famous even. It was worth my time, but it didn't blow me away.
Really enjoyed this book. I usually prefer multiple narrators but this one was excellent and believable in all her characters without sounding ridiculous, as some narrators can.
NO! I will not read or listen to another book by Allison W Scotch. I thought Julia Whelan as the narrator was very good.
Story could/should have been so much better and the use of GD over and over and over by every single character was jarring, totally distracting and completely unnecessary to the storyline. If the author felt she needed to use profanity as adjectives/verbs throughout the entire story, she could have and should have picked another, much less offensive swear word. I began to flinch in anticipation of hearing it again and again. Even ruined a very well read narration.
Yes, never to buy another book by Allison W Scotch.
Such a shame the author felt she had to use the same profane word by every one of the main characters multiple times and even used by a couple of the very minor characters throughout the story.
"Awesome! Real and Moving!"
It's very rare that I find a book I love because I hate to read. In 20 years kept my attention from start to end. I can't thank the writer and narrator enough for giving me something I've never had, the love of a good book!
"An awesome listen🙂"
I loved it, had a hard time stopping it. Just so I could go to sleep. I highly recommend it to everyone.
i really enjoyed this book. would recommend it to either be read or heard. onto the next
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.