Book Review #148: In Twenty Years

Author: Allison Winn Scotch

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Date of publication: 1 July 2016

No. Of pages: 332


6 Penn students shared a house and a belief that their friendships will endure the test of time. 20 years later, the distance has never been more and the only reason they come back to the same house because the one who held the group together has espressed a wish in her will that was to be opened on the eve of her 40th birthday after her death. 

Reunited in the place where many dreams  began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past and come to terms with their present and future self. 


This was a book was definitely an interesting find. Mostly because the title and the description evokes a hint of nostalgia amongst the readers. The plot line is quite simple – dreams and aspirations often change over the course of time. What starts out as an idealistic vision converts into something that can make an individual look into the mirror at least twice. The profound message behind the plot will definitely resonate with the readers. 

The style of writing is quite smooth and simple which makesnit easier to follow and understand. However, I do wish that some of the elements of reminiscing and flashbacks were written in an italicised font so as to make it easier for the readers to experience the whole moment of nostalgia. The characters are quite interesting and the unique blend of personality definitely lends a pitif credibility to the book. 

The title and the cover image definitely resonates with the plot and the main idea behind it, making it easier to relate with the book. 

My opinion: This is definitely one of those books that I will recommend it but I am not going to swear by it. It’s quite unique to a person’s taste. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5


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