About 2 decades ago, a group of 6 Penn students lived together in a house, and they all thought that the bond they had would last for centuries. But one horrible night, when Bea, the team's ringleader, died, the group was divided in half. Today, they don't really know each other, but the surviving 5 members come together in that same house to celebrate what could've been Bea’s 40th birthday.
Obviously, it's hard on all of them, but they simply couldn't say "No" to honoring their long-past dear friend. However, when the former friends gather around, everything else from the early days comes forward, including decades-long grudges, strange feelings, and hidden secrets. Owen, who's now a stay-at-home dad, and Cathy, who managed to become the CEO of a pretty awesome company, used to be just the perfect college couple, but now they can barely stand each other.
Lindy is a famous musician and she's trying to stay afloat in an industry that's dominated by young boys and girls. She's slowly heading towards self-destruction, and there's nothing she can really do about it. Colin is a great-looking surgeon, but even he has something to hide behind that perfect smile. He and Bea used to have a history of their own, and he can't let the secrets come out. And finally, Annie is all about the social media and doesn't like stepping out into the real world, because it will make it clear that her real life is empty and sad.
In Twenty Years is a story about old "friends" who are forced to relive all the memories from the college years and try to make sense of it all. In order to move on, they'll have to face their past, and that's easier said than done. Allison Winn Scotch's brand-new novel is both powerful and revealing. The characters are relatable, the narrative is captivating, and the fact that the story is told from 5 perspectives makes the book that much more interesting.