Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Will be taking a small break from my Omni coverage to review a book!
Title: In Twenty Years
Author: Alyson Wynn Scotch
Synopsis: This book is a reunion story that starts with twenty years in the past where six friends lived in a house during college. They split off once they graduated until Bea, the one who brought them together, dies and her lawyer send s out a letter for them to reunite in the same house on the day that was supposed to be her 40th birthday.
Since being astranged, the five other roommates reunite with secrets and feelings still locked within. First Katherine and her stay-at-home husband Owen were seen as the picture perfect couple but their marriage is on the edge of disaster, Lindy who is a famous singer is pushing middle-age in an industry that expects you to be young rather than older and fighting her own identity, Collin is the pretty-boy surgeon who has to keep the secret about his relationship with Bea and the time that took place while everyone was apart, and finally Annie is trying not to face her reality through social media.
Disclaimer: The Review portion is based on observation and opinion of the lead writer of the blog! Please respect her thoughts and feelings of this book!
Thoughts: This book was amazing! I was thinking it would be a boring read but nope, it wasn’t! What do I mean by that? A little while back when I first joined Net Galley, I did read one book that was also a slice-of-life one but it wasn’t as great. This one, on the other hand, kind of shows what can happen after college for many years. I kind of see it as Real World where you meet the people that lived in the house which are our key players in this story and Bea is the main person who brought them together in that place. It does tell the back story hhow they came together in the sotry which made me happy and you sometimes don’t get that, as in you wonder who are these people and how did they meet? You get it here and what I did like is that the author did each chapter with all the character’s point of view as the story took place which first you see their lives in what they are doing with their lives in 2016. Which first you see Annie at home doing her social media stuff then you see Lindy at home writing a song and getting the FedEx legter from the lawyer which she contacts Annie about which starts the story and then you see their reactions to the letter and wondering why are they getting it now of all times. Then you see Katherine at her job as a crafting celebrity about to do an HGTV pilot and knowing that it might end up being bad, then she hears about the FedEx letter in a printed email from Annie and then she goes home where Owen was and they both read the letter together. And finally, Collin who is heading off to work as surgeon in California and tries to ignore the letter. It shows that five adults are a little awkward and mad about getting the reunion notice and it does show the snapshot that their lives did not pan out as they hoped and dreamed about throughout the book.
I know in our little reality we expect being a famous singer is amazing but it is not always cracked up to be, then we have bloggers which can go down the hill at some point because people expect sunny days in their appearance, and of course marriage can go down the drain which this book is trying to show that life after college doesn’t always go the way you want it to be, especially with what you study. I have gone through this and going back into what I wanted to do before I was put into writing as my Minor. I wished this book continued because I wanted to see how everyone would fix everything. As in how will Owen and Katherine fix their marriage and how will Katerine get her career back in the right path, how will Lindy get through her career and juggling pregnancy, even how Annie is able either leave her husband to be with Collin or Lindy or stay with him? This kind of needs a sequel in my opinion.
If I were to pick one character or characters to like I would say both Lindy and Annie because Annie tries to drown her sorrow in social media but we all know that is one reality that shouldn’t be done but I can see how it relaxes her but realizes she needs to fix her own reality and does realizes how to fix it towards the end. While Lindy, yes she was self-destructive and did try to run away from her problems which a lot of post-grads do when they are in a crisis but there are times when they get brought back to where they started. I do like how she becomes overprotected about Annie during their past and then in their present after finding out what her husband was doing when she took her phone away, I can see that she still had feelings for Annie despite what she did to hurt her that lead to the husband issues. I hope that there would be a sequel or at least a spin off where these two still keep in contact after what took place and what will happen to Lindy nine months pass.
Katherine is one that I would probably relate to since I am a blogger and there are times when things don’t go right. She does rely on Owen for a lot of thiungs and I do the same with Gondras since I’m blind and he’s sighted but I do try find solutions and we do talk about it and pass on the info to Nerdy Shirts so he would know what is up. Wait, I forgot to do something which I am about to text Gondras about. Still, even though I am not as famous as she got to be in the book but life does get complicated when you’re trying to juggle life and work at the same time.
Rating: Five Star Pawprints out of 5! The reason hy it deserves this is because I couldn’t stop reading it even though I did have interruptions while reading since I was enjoying the book a lot! It did show the past in what the characters did as college students such as breaking into the stadium during a snow storm as an example and even streaking on the final night while being drunk. Then of course we see their lives take place after having families or careers and it does show how they can be burned out or see the chaos about to erupt. This was an amazing slice-of-life book and if you are into something like this I would definitely recommend!
That is it for this book review! I will be putting up up the interview with Josh Martin and Chris Rager soon! Stay tuned for that! I will also put up my Top 10 Songs soon as well. Stay tuned!