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Chapter 43 - The Last Time I Saw You

If you, like I, graduated from high school or college in any year ending with a "5" chances are your reunion has been cancelled this year because of COVID-19. This is sad for some of us and others are probably happy they don't have to make the decision whether to go and see people who appear to have made more of their lives than they have.

I am one of those people who like reunions. It is fun to see people I haven't seen in a long time. Thankfully with social media I still get a chance to see and catch up with people who meant a lot to me when I was younger but whose paths have diverged from mine over the years.

Here are some books about reunions and keeping in touch. I hope you enjoy them even if you don't get to go to a reunion in person.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt - While I was not a fan of The Goldfinch by Tartt, (in fact it ended up in my DNF pile), I love this book. It is about a group of misfit students at an elite New England college who end up pushing the boundaries of acceptable behavior.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - Ishiguro's book is a futuristic look at a school for very special students and their lives after graduation. Three students who meet at a boarding school in England are constantly being told by their teachers how special all the students are. It is only after many years that they are able to identify why.

Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King - A group of Southern women who have been holding biannual reunions since their college days, this wonderful book takes up through their ups and downs, happiness and heartaches and everything in between.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware - Another boarding school in England story this one is told by a wonderful writer of suspense. Four girls played the Lying Game at school telling lies to their teachers and the other students until one fateful event separated them all. Years later they rendezvous in the aftermath of a horrible discovery taking them back to their student days.

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg - This is one of my favorites by Berg. It centers around a 40th high school reunion and the hopes, dreams, and achievements of those who have come. So many roads taken and not taken and yet the friends have so many opportunities ahead.

Do you have a favorite reunion or friendship book? Let me know!


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