In Twenty Years

In Twenty Years

Allison Winn Scotch / Oct 21, 2020

In Twenty Years 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 mostl

  • Title: In Twenty Years
  • Author: Allison Winn Scotch
  • ISBN: 9781503935242
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofTwenty 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.

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      • Allison Winn Scotch

        I m the author of a bunch of novels, including IN TWENTY YEARS, THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES and TIME OF MY LIFE My next and seventh book which I am suuuuper excited about is titled BETWEEN ME AND YOU and will be released in January 2018.As an author, I know how brutal reviews can be, so I ll only post about books I ve enjoyed Just in case you re wondering why all of my reviews are positive


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    1. My reviews can also be seen at: deesradreadsandreviews.wordpreI am quite surprised that I haven’t read anything from Allison Winn Scotch before. When I came across this book and thought it sounded very interesting. A bit of a lighter read after all of the thrillers and books about missing adults and children that I have read lately.I read this quite quickly. The plot was good and flowed well. As I am almost the same age as these characters I could relate to a lot of what was going on back when [...]


    2. Hi guys!So, yes, this is my book and yes, I'm rating it five stars. :) But I am truly so excited to get it out in the world (on July 1st): it's my first book in three years, and it's the reunion book I've hoped to write for a while now: bringing together a hodgepodge of estranged best friends who gather to pay respects to their late ringleader on the eve of her 40th birthday. It is (I hope) a story not just of friendship and family, but also of failed and rediscovered dreams, of faltering and re [...]


    3. Find all my reviews on my blog: thesuspenseisthrillingmeDate Read:Pub Date: 07/01/164 STARSTwenty 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, [...]


    4. In Twenty Years is a story of reunion of six college roommates who were like family but have lost touch throughout the years. There were some very touching as well as laugh out loud funny moments. This book should have resonated with me more than it did - I lived in a house with my closest friends in college, and I am nearly the same age as the characters - however, I could not relate to any of them. Perhaps it's because of their stations in life, it seems they all became wildly rich and success [...]


    5. 2.5 stars (struggled to decide between 2 and 3).Setting aside the improbability that in a group of six college friends one would become a major rock star, one the CEO of her own company with a regular media presence and one a top plastic surgeon for a minuteNope, can't quite do it. The group at the centre of this book have all had such unlikely trajectories (of the other three, one is former trailer trash who has married a blue blood and one is dead which just leaves ONE character whose life see [...]


    6. This book was not for me.I struggled to finish the reading. I didn't quit because the author is pretty good and writes very well, but the story was just too boring.If I hear once more how Bea was amazing and would have all the answers and make their lives just perfect, I will lose it. I understand that we often remember those we lost in a better way than the reality and we tend to forget all we did not like. But this group goes too far. Let's face it, nobody is perfect. And even if he perfect so [...]


    7. I made it halfway through and regret even that time spent. This is truly just bad. I skimmed the rest to see if I was missing anything: I wasn't. The author lost me with this one.Fingers crossed I read a good one soon!


    8. I dithered about this book for a while. There was something bugging me about it and then I realized. I pretty much called every single one of the endings for the characters. I didn't really like the character (Lindy) who was bisexual being portrayed as "slutty" and the poor girl/woman (Annie) who sat around harboring same lame crush on a guy (Colin) that didn't want her. I was more interested in the married couple (Catherine and Owen) but even after a while I tired of them. I think this book was [...]



    9. A special thank you to Lake Union and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Contemporary Chick-lit queen, Allison Winn Scotch returns following (2013)The Theory of Oppositeswith a perfect summer sizzler to celebrate July 4th, IN TWENTY YEARS, from nostalgia, to reconnections—a reunion of friendship, relationships, love, loss, mixed with lots of wit and heart.Bea was the gluewhich held them all together. Their last night under the same roof as a six-point star. They all loved e [...]


    10. I want to thank Netgalley & Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to be able to read this advanced copy.What a great book. So many characters, but they all just seemed to draw me in. A group of college friends make lists of what they want to tell their "older self" 20 years laterunknown to them is that the one who dies seems to be the glue that holds them together. Through her will, she brings them all back to their old haunting grounds where they find themselves once again. In just one [...]


    11. The multiple points of view that tell this story are wonderful and deftly executed. In college, six friends lived together. Eighteen years later, the surviving friends receive a letter from a lawyer about a trust put together by their deceased friend, and to learn more, they must all return to the house they shared for the weekend of July 4th, which was the birthday of Bea, the friend who died.In those eighteen years, the friends lost touch after a wedding in which friends betrayed each other an [...]


    12. I've never been interested in reunions - either high school or college. They've never appealed to me. But - and this is a big but - maybe I've been wrong. This book is all about getting to know old friends and see how they've changed. Believe me, they all changed in "In Twenty Years." Bea is the main character in this book. She held a group of college students together for their college years. I vaguely remember belonging to a group of women like this. They did everything together.Twenty years l [...]


    13. 3.5/5I’m joining in again with Throwback Thursday which was created by my good friend Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favorites and read books that have already been published. I have so many older books on my TBR that get ignored in favor of review copies and I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at a least one older title a week!This is told from multiple perspectives that of Catherine, Owen, Annie, Colin and Li [...]


    14. What would it be like if you were required to have a reunion with your closest college friends? The ones you no longer have much contact with, that is? This is what Allison Winn Scotch explores in her latest novel. I found the contrasts in the friends' lives to be interesting. They were scattered all over the country. Two were famous for entirely different reasons. One was faking her happiness on social media. The last time they saw each other, there was a huge fight. Suddenly, they're practical [...]


    15. 3.5 *Loved the premise of this story. Six people who were the closest of college roommates gather for a twenty year reunion and to read time-capsule like letters from their younger selves. Only now, there are five of them left. After the death of their "leader" they have since drifted apart. This is a story of forgiveness, hope, love and acceptance. The writing is good and the story flowed at a good pace. I do wish there was some more closure with some of the characters. Perhaps the author left [...]


    16. Ugh finally. Three stars feels generous, to be honest. I liked certain parts of the book and some scenes but god these characters were T E R R I B LE. Like, the worst I've encountered probably ever? I loved the two boys but the three girls omg I cannot. Selfish and annoying and frustrating. I loved the reunion aspect (obviously) but the rest felt heavy-handed and overall blehhh.


    17. Twenty years ago, there were six of them: Annie, Lindy, Catherine, Owen, Colin, and Bea. When they graduated from Penn State, they were hopeful about their futures and determined to remain connected. But after several disastrous get togethers, and then especially after Bea’s shocking death seven years after graduation, the remaining five have grown apart.Flash forward 20 years, just weeks before what would have been Bea’s 40th birthday, and the five friends receive a cryptic message from Bea [...]


    18. "In Twenty Years" is about a group of college friend brought back together after their friend, Bea, who passed away tragically declares in her will that they must come back to the house that they shared in college for one weekend twenty years after graduating college. By this time, most of their friendships have fallen apart. They are no longer the inseparable group they once were. Will this one weekend change anything?I really was looking forward to this book! The idea of meeting up with people [...]


    19. I was grateful and excited to win 15 copies of In Twenty Years for my book club from Reading with Robyn. As a fan of relationship stories, the description of a twenty year reunion of six college best friends interested me. I grew up in Philadelphia, so the Philly setting at Penn was another hook. The story is told from the six different points of view, two men and four women. The group reunites on the 40th birthday of Bea, who was their ringleader. Unfortunately, the characters fell flat for me [...]


    20. This book reminds me of a movie from the 80’s, The Big Chill, former college friends are reunited after the funeral of one of their friends. This book starts with Bea telling the story of 5 of her college friends living together on the last day of college, how their lives got so complicated and different from what they wanted t to be and how they found each other, one more time, at the same house almost 20 years later. I read this book in one day and I was sad because I didn’t want the book [...]


    21. Six friends shared a house a college two decades earlier. After the untimely death of one of them (Bea) the others splintered and were never the same. Now on what would have been Bea's 40th birthday, the remaining five come back to campus and the space they once shared. Reminiscent of The Big Chill, In Twenty Years is a thoughtful and moving look at the friendships that shape us, the someones we once thought we would be, and the bonds that can be strained but not broken.


    22. סיפורם של 6 חברים מימי הקולג': בי, לינדי, קולין, אנני, קתרין ואוון. בי נפטרה אי אז לפני שנים ועתה על פי צוואתה הם חוזרים לבית שבו הם גרו, כשהם בני 40 ולא נפגשו כ- 15 שנים. לינדי, זמרת מפורסמת בי סקסואלית שכעת חייה עם בת זוגה טטיאנה. באופן מתיע לשהותה בבית מצטרף לאון, שהוא דמות מנטור שמע [...]


    23. In Twenty Years was an entertaining read that really made me think about the process of growing older. A group of six friends at Penn shared a house and believed that their relationships would endure the test of time as they headed out into the real world. Time, the death of one of the six (Bea), and life splinter the group apart. On the eve of what would have been Bea’s 40th birthday, the friends end up reuniting for a long weekend at the house where they lived in college. As the group attemp [...]


    24. Having recently attended a 20 year semi-reunion, I couldn't resist this. An enjoyable fast read about old friends & the passing of time.


    25. In college, you feel like the friendships you made will last forever and everything will stay the same, but little do you know when you enter the real world, everything changes. Six Penn students, all best friends, lived together during college and as the years go by things change drastically and most of them end up not speaking to one another. Unfortunately, one of the friends, Bea, dies and they all receive letters stating that they need to come to the house they lived in at college for 4th of [...]


    26. Twenty years is a long time to hold grudges, lose friendships and forget who you were. Allison Winn Scotch perfectly captures what it's like to approach 40 and rekindle old friendships and resolve those issues. The drama and heart is very real and can be any one of us. Though it's unlikely any of us are rock stars or blog superstars, I think anyone in their mid-30s and up can relate to some part of this in some way. Losing someone dear to you, reminiscing on what could have been, finally confron [...]



    27. 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.Their story began in 1998, and now, on the Fourth of July that would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday, they converge upon the house they once shar [...]


    28. A six point star - that's what a group of 6 Penn studnets considered themselves in 1998. As their Senior year comes to an end and they all prepare to head out into real life, their fearless leader, Bea, insists they make a time capsule and promise to return in 20 years to see where life has lead them. She makes them all promise that nothing will change and their friendship will endure.Fast forward 18 years. Bea doesn't make it and her loss haunts them all. They all get a FedEx package from her a [...]


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