Book Tour // In Twenty Years by Allison Wynn Scotch

NoteA review of In Twenty Years by Allison Wynn Scotch. // – I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. No affiliate links were used in this post.

The Book

From the Publisher: 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.

Published: July 1, 2016

My Thoughts

I love “reunion stories.” There’s something about them; I love reading about characters as they look back on the past and reflect on where they came from, where they are now. This novel hit me right away with how real it felt. The conversations and activity from the very first page just felt so realistic to me. It was like I was reading about a conversation my friends and I have had, which really helped me connect with the characters from the start. That connection was so important, because some of these characters have moments that could make the reader raise an eyebrow and question why they like them, but I did and I cared about them because we were friends from the first page. I also loved that these characters were involved in things or had issues that that reflected our modern culture. One character is a blogger, one is obsessed with social media, one is facing the fact that she’s aging in an industry that doesn’t like aging… It just added to how realistic this book felt, and while the book definitely didn’t glamorize some of the things that could have been glamorized if the author had chosen to do so, it also wasn’t depressing. There were a lot of times that I felt like the book was moving a bit slowly for me. I had a lot on my mind while reading and was easily distracted. But I also like that little nuggets of information were released slowly, as it added some tension to the story. It, in some ways, reminded me of The Past by Tessa Hadley in that this book was about getting to know these characters. It was about getting to know where the characters came from, where they were now and how that influenced their interaction inside this group that was once so close and now more estranged. (I definitely feel like these books stand apart though and I almost didn’t use that comparison because I don’t think they’re super similar. But if you like books like The Past that really focus on the character and what has happened in that character’s life, this book brought that to mind.)

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I grew to love the characters and wanted to know more about the secrets they carried and what had happened in their lives.


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  • Reply
    July 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this review… I hadn’t heard of the book (nor have I read anything by this author) but I’ve just added it to my ever-growing library book request list and am hoping to get this one soon… it totally sounds right up my alley (I also am a sucker for a good reunion story).

    Makes me think of my college days and where we all are in our lives and how back then, we never thought anything would get in the way of our friendships.


    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 10, 2016 at 1:09 am

      You’re welcome! Let me know what you think if you decide to check it out! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

      And I hear you about the ever-growing book list!

  • Reply
    July 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    This sounds like an interesting read! I’m glad that you liked the characters – it’s so hard to get into a book when you don’t get that development and attachment.

    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 10, 2016 at 1:06 am

      It really is. It’s hard to care about the story when you aren’t connected to the characters. At least, it is for me.

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    Heather J @ TLC Book Tours
    July 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Reunion stories are definitely a YES for me. I love seeing people come together after a long time, and see the way they’ve changed and remained the same.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 10, 2016 at 12:54 am

      Me too! I’ve always wondered what it would be like to meet with old friends, so I enjoy living vicariously through others. 🙂

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