In Twenty Years by Allison Will Scotch


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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.


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 successful, there was no “average” person among the group.

I believe I may be a bit critical here, so take this with a grain of salt, but it seemed as if the idea of postpartum depression in this book was kind of a throw away. I, as well as several people I know, have experienced some form of postpartum depression, and I feel as if it should be written about with a bit more reverence. Be kind with me here, friends. It takes a lot to open up about this, as well as discuss it among strangers. I feel I can’t write much more, but if you’ve been there, know you’re not alone.

I would recommend this book as a poolside read. Light, but with a good message in the end.

3 out of 5 stars.

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