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.
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.
This was a good book, and not just because Julia Whelan is probably the best female narrator I have ever listen to. I was starting college 20 years ago so it felt easy to me, like these people could have been my friends. None of the characters were perfect but there wasnt a struggle to like them, even in the wake of questionable behavior. There are a few weak points but overall it was Nice and Smooth....just like the nineties were for me.
Books are a big part of my life. Happiness is a beautiful evening on the houseboat with a good book :)
Really liked this book, a departure from the typical suspense books I usually choose. Right from the start, you will feel like these are old friends and you're catching up on their lives. Some you will like more than others but everyone is flawed in their own way. It is a slow, meandering kind of book that doesn't bore - it moves along quickly when it needs to. Great narration.
the story, it was different and believable.
it's been a while since I read this book so I'm not remembering everything in detail .. but I remember being surprised at how interesting this book is. Very happy I bot it!
Loved this book! Takes you back to the days of being young & soooo clueless of what life may have in store for you. I smiled, laughed & cried. Great story, great narration, just
No, I would not. The story idea is great and it is technically well written however the characters are for the most part very unlikable. Because the idea of the story was interesting I listened all the way through. Unfortunately, one of only two remotely likable characters dies in the first couple of chapters. The other is a secondary character who is not really instrumental to the story. The five main characters are kind of awful people and the author does nothing to let us see that they may not really be that self serving underneath. Yes, they are "damaged" and that is explained. Nearly every book has those types of characters but they are usually able to make these characters people that you care about. Not the case with these characters.
Ms Whelan is the reason I selected this book. She is an excellent performer and I have enjoyed her other audio books very much.
I loved the storyline and the narration(Julia's always amazing), but I wish the author's character development (towards the end of the book) should have given the readers more. I also wish the book had ended with an epilogue and not Bea giving a summation (umm..she's dead right?-confusing)
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