Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing IN TWENTY YEARS by Allison Winn Scotch. Scotch has been one of my favorite writers for almost a year now, since I discovered her. I’ve devoured all of her books in that time. So when the publisher granted my wish to get a free copy through Netgalley, I squealed with joy.
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.
- This book has the same strong writing and unique voice I’ve come to enjoy in Scotch’s other works. I was a little skeptical at the beginning when I saw that it’s told through five different points of view, but it all came together beautifully. And I even liked all five of them in different ways, which surprised me/
- The story is fast-paced and gripping. Most of the book takes place over only a few days, so there’s always something happening. Never a dull moment.
- Everything comes together perfectly at the end. There’s quite a lot going on, but Scotch weaves all the threads together, and the end is the only ending that could possibly make sense for this story.
- THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY. I’m trying to read mostly happy books right now, and I dove into this one without knowing what it was about, so I wasn’t really prepared for a tear-jerker. This is primarily a complaint because I’m trying to stick with uplifting/happy books at the moment, and I’m nit-picking, because I adored the book. There isn’t a single thing I would change.