Some stories are like watching a drunk person trying to navigate a complicated task…you can see where they are headed and that it is going to end badly for them. Yet, at the same time, you can’t help following along to see just how messed up they get before they figure it out. Is that just human nature or am I just twisted? Oh, I’ll go out on a limb and say both!
Lillian, 38, thought she had a good marriage until she was left unceremoniously by her husband of 12 years in one night. Stunned and miserable, she takes a forced sabbatical from her job and winds up living with her parents. To me, this sounds like a nightmare come true but for Lillian it is the perfect opportunity to do whatever she wants and have no responsibilities. With her reunion coming up she reconnects with her high school friends and sets her sights on the guy that got away. Is Lillian regressing or just enjoying the fleeting passions that only high school can produce?
A fairly predictible tale of a lost woman trying to find herself by becoming who she was in high school. The characters don’t do anything that surprises the reader and you can see the ending coming from a mile away. Still, despite these flaws, it was a laugh out loud funny sometimes and even if we probably shouldn’t-we all think about high school and the friends and people we loved then. The quirky side characters help move the pace along. 2008, 276 pages.