In Twenty Years: A Novel by Allison Winn Scotch
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
In my opinion, this book was a very cliche and unrealistic book of a reunion. The star of their family friendships, Bea calls them back to what would have been her 40th birthday on the fourth of July to give them surprise, only if there are all present. Not going too deep into things, the whole day turns into a complete disaster and there are problems from all of the different storylines that never seem to converge and come together. Everyone brings their own life issues to the table, and this is kind of a time that they are trying to deal with their life's crap, and although all of the characters (except Bea) were very unlikeable, someone the author has managed to squeeze in an unnecessary redemption arc that was developing there at the end?
That alone shows how unrealistic that fact is, because quite honestly the ending was bow-tied and the change seemed like it happened through 24 hours. Sure, you can coat your characters with introspection and have them have a monologue the whole vacation, but that just kind of gets dull and boring. I knew that this book would unnecessarily drag on because at 20% everyone already came to the reunion, and the rest was just written during the events that happened.
I didn't care about any of the character, didn't connect or agree with their actions/grudges. It is unrealistic that out of a group of 6 friends, two of them would become wildly successful, a rock singer and a CEO of a booming company. I didn't understand why the author would have felt a need to portray both negative viewpoints of being in fame; there could have been a contrast.
Although I wouldn't recommend this type of book to me, and I'm discovering that maybe it just isn't for me. These types of "family" dramas tire me out and want to make me stay far away from adulthood. This is a one-sitting type of read because it reads to quickly, which is probably why I didn't give this book 1 star. Overall, I am disappointed but why was I expecting that I would like this mess of character anyways?
**Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for giving me an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion/review.**
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