Book Review : The Reunion by Amy Silver

October 7, 2013 Book review 6 ★★★★

The Reunion is a lovely saga about friendship. How friendships can go badly wrong. Sadly the realistic truth is that the deeper the friendship was, the bigger the rift can be.

Book Review : The Reunion by Amy SilverThe Reunion by Amy Silver
Published by Random House UK on 12 Sept 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Womens Fiction
Pages: 432
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

Jen, Andrew, Lilah, Natalie and Dan were inseparable at university, but in the seventeen years since they left they have hardly seen each other. Until Jen invites them all to stay at her house in the French Alps. The house where they once spent a golden summer before tragedy tore them apart.

When a snowstorm descends, they find themselves trapped and forced to confront their unresolved issues, frustrated passions and broken friendships. And as relationships shift and marriages flounder, the truth about what really happened years before is slowly revealed. And Jen realises that perhaps some wounds can never be healed...

My Recap :

The Reunion does exactly what it says on the can. It sets the stage for a reunion of college friend who have drifted further and further apart. Will getting together in a familiar setting be what they need to get back on track?

My Thoughts :

The plot of this book isn’t unique. I can think of half a dozen books with similar themes however it carves our its own corner in this little niche. The characters are so strong that you get drawn into their dramas and shenanigans, I found myself caring and at times just wanted to call out for a group hug. Everything can be sorted with tackle hugs, right?

Even though the characters are strong, I started out not liking them all but the more of themselves that they revealed, the more I understood them. I hated some of their actions but we all make mistakes so it just made them feel even more human to me. What I loved about this book was that I kept changing my mind. I started off disliking Natalie for example but then as I got insights into her younger self, I got to see a whole other Natalie. There are six friends so we get six different viewpoints but all just seem to work.  You can see the group dynamics and you get a really good feel for exactly why these friends are friends.

The setting varies between Ireland, England and France but by far my favourite part was the French setting. The reunion takes place in what seems to be an amazing French house, the kind dreams are made of. The location is so well described that you can all but smell the lavender and rosemary and I can see myself sitting on the dry stone wall with a glass of wine and a book.

The writing is really good and Amy has a lovely way of bringing characters to life. However I did feel at times that it got a bit too descriptive, not overly so but enough to grate on me at times.

The pace worked really well. At one stage I was just thinking, ok the book is going to drag now and then suddenly there was a bit of a twist and it just made everything more dramatic and urgent. Perfect timing.

Overall a very entertaining read and kudos to the author for making this plot very much her own.

Who should read The Reunion ?

This book is highly recommended to all those who enjoy adult fiction. If you want a book with a realistic plotline and interesting characters, then here you go!
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

four-stars

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6 Responses to “Book Review : The Reunion by Amy Silver”

    • trish

      This book was so funny as I kept changing my mind about who I liked. In some cases I liked the younger characters and not who they grew into and visa versa with other characters. When I found out what really happened then I changed my mind again! Made for a bit of a rollercoaster but a good one 🙂
      If you feel like mixing it up someday with some adult fiction, this would be a good one to try.

    • trish

      Thanks Chelsea! I have read a few with this type of plot but I always really enjoy them. They are a mix of NA and adult as you get the college student stories and then what happened them in later life. Good mix as it leads to really interesting character development.

    • trish

      I love reunion books as they have so much potential. I love the mix of college age characters and then seeing what exactly happened after they left college. If you do get to read it, I hope you enjoy 🙂

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