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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.

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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.

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Superb performance!

The reader acts out the novel as if it were a movie, bringing it to life.

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Very entertaining

One of my favorite authors .

Great read, like most of her books.

Julie Whelan always does a good job.

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No sympathetic characters

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who enjoys lots of drama in their life and in their fiction. This book is about many missteps a group of friends have taken over the years. So many characters and so many poor decisions were evident in this book, I wondered if any of these friends developed coping skills at all. How many 40 year olds can't "handle" a friends funeral? The end of the book is somewhat redeeming, but not quite enough for me to recommend this title.

Has In Twenty Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I would be open to this genre.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes in general with the deceased friend. She was the only remotely likable character.

What character would you cut from In Twenty Years?

The woman who is the home entertaining expert--she is messed up!

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Read it if you need a good heartbreak!

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
great period.

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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.

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Nostalgia smothered in the F word

I liked the storyline; I’m a sucker for nostalgia and reunions with this had and was the basis for the book. However the overuse of cuss words was utterly crass. Unnecessary and off putting.

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This was a freebie

I’m really not sure why this book was free on audible, but glad it was. I loved this book! I love my friends and this book reminded so much of us all. I’ll be looking for other book from this author.

I’ve also listened to many books narrated by Julia Whalen. I love her! The narrator can make or break a good book. She’s always great to listen to, and not sure how she goes in and out of character so well.

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Sorry, can’t recommend

I tried. I listened to the whole thing. If I didn’t adore Julia Whelen, I would have quit early on. Characters were annoying, not likable, not detestable, just annoying. Can’t recommend this book.

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  • 04-19-17

enjoyable

i really enjoyed this book. would recommend it to either be read or heard. onto the next

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  • EM23
  • 08-08-16

Dull

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.

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