In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch


Title: In Twenty Years

Author: Allison Winn Scotch

Date Published: July 1st of 2016

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

About: (synopsis is from the book’s GoodReads page here.)

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.

Rate: 4.5 of 5

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A narrative about how going back can affect your future.

The very first thing that struck me was how excellent the characters were (Bea, Lindy, Annie, Colin, Owen, and Catherine). I lost myself in them and I felt like I knew mostly everything about them. It’s absolutely wonderful.


Midlife crisis. I think that’s what they call it. I loved this because not only did it give me a pinch in the heart but also tackled something that’s not so common on books (well, at least the types of books that I normally read.) Midlife crisis and reality of adulthood is a truth that’s hard to swallow. And I felt like the book making this an apparent theme (it was not readily said, but you can just sense and understand whilst reading the book) gave it a whole new level of actuality.

Also, this book has a noticeably wide array of potential readers across the ages because it’s not so young adult, yet not so old-ish, too. (I don’t know how the writer did it, go figure. Hahaha.) The thing about books (or songs, or fashion, or mostly anything actually) is that when you’re young it seems as if everything is a rehash of yourself. It told of your struggles. You relate to almost everything. Everything is about you. So, I’m glad that there is this book. (Look at me talking as if I know everything about aging. Hahaha.) A contrast on the outlook in life of the old you to the new you is  quite refreshing.

I had no qualms (that’s so major to bring out here) about it because I honestly reached inside this book unsure. It’s definitely a page-turner, I might say. I often found myself just wanting to know what’s gonna happen next. That’s the stuff of good books.

It’s a beautiful novel that discusses and exposes the truth and the struggles of life when the comfort of youth is out of the window. At the end of the day, we just want to be happy. That’s it. We just want to find ourselves again. We just want to feel whole. We just want to be forgiven. We just want to be here and enjoy every moment, chasing the time that is constantly fleeting.


Do I recommend it? Hellz yah. 😛

*Cover image and Synopsis from GoodReads; Gifs from Giphy


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