Title: Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham
Read by: Anna, a Teen Central Librarian
Summary: 3 ex-best friends, 1 concert, 1 1976 green VW camper van, and 1 long road trip. How bad could it be?
Genre/sub-genre: contemporary fiction/humor
Length: 325 pages
Hilariously funny and achingly real, Reunited had me hooked from page one.
Summer, Alice, and Tiernan are well developed characters, that easily drive the story forward, and keep the reader turning pages. With the point-of-view rotating between the three ex-best friends, we get to see their fears, their anger, and their joys, as they navigate the wild events of their road trip and attempt to forget the night they broke up at the school dance several years before. Along the way, the girls learn a little something about life, love, friendship, and about themselves.
Peppered throughout, are the catchy lyrics to Level3’s songs, including title and album information, making the band feel that much more real and a part of the story.
The ending was unpredictable, realistic, and hopeful. It’s clear that there is still work to be done for these three friends, but the ending was every bit satisfying. I’m just sorry I didn’t read this sooner.
I recommend this for anyone who enjoys reading contemporary fiction about best friends and music, especially with a good dose of humor.
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