Friday, April 10, 2015

REVIEW: Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

1 Concert
2000 Miles
3 Ex-Best Friends

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan are ex-best friends.

Back in middle school, the three girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3.

But when the band broke up, so did their friendship. Summer ran with the popular crowd, Tiernan was a rebellious wild-child, and Alice spent high school with her nose buried in books.

Now, just as the girls are about to graduate, Level3 announces a one-time-only reunion show.

Even though the concert’s 2000 miles away, Alice buys three tickets on impulse. And as it turns out, Summer and Tiernan have their own reasons for wanting to get out of town. Good thing Alice’s graduation gift (a pea-green 1976 VW camper van known as the Pea Pod) is just the vehicle to get them there.

But on the long drive cross-country, the girls hit more than a few bumps in the road. Will their friendship get an encore or is the show really over?

This book didn't wow me, but I thought it was a very fun story about friendships, and non-friendships.

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan used to be best friends, obsessing over the band Level3. One they reached high school, the band broke up and so did the girls. Now the girls have graduated and a one time reunion concert from Level3 is happening many miles away. Alice automatically buys three tickets to the concert and decides to ask her ex-friends to come with her, hoping they can mend their old friendship on the road. Easier said than done.

This book has the prevalent plot of them traveling all the way to Texas for the concert. It is not easy at all. Not only do they have to deal with the fact that they are no longer friends, but the trip is a complete mess. They run into so much trouble along the way with just their car, the concert, and just the trip in general. Road trips are never easy aren't they? Add in three no-longer-friends who may still have a few problems with each other and are complete opposites and you have even more problems. So, you have a mess of drama, adventure, yet there's still some fun.

As I mentioned, this book is about the friendship. The three girls grow into getting along and figuring their problems out. That's what I really liked about it. I liked seeing these old friends get together ans stick with one another through this hard trip, yet still have fun and even become friends again. Also, from the start these ex-friends may have hard feelings for each other (except for Alice. She's the nice girl who tries to fix things), but you could tell that there's still something between them. Why else would they do this? I know I'm rambling, but I just found it oddly wonderful.

Also, there really isn't any romance in this book! There are some brief mentions, but they never take up the story!

Overall, I liked this book. It's a really nice contemporary book with adventure, friends, and a very eventful road trip. If you enjoy books with road trips and friendships, this is the one for you!

I hereby give this book
3 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it

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