High school reunions: the chance to relive the glory days of Friday night football games, first crushes and heartbreaks, and the time before the responsibilities of being an adult set it. In author Elizabeth Berg’s latest novel, six men and women prepare for their fortieth, and final, high school reunion and all the drama that comes with it. This reunion is the last chance for all of them. For Dorothy, it is her last chance to finally be with her crush, former star quarterback, Pete. For Pete, it is his last chance to save his marriage to his high school sweetheart, Nora. For Lester, a former nerd, it is his last chance to connect with his crush, Candy, the former cheerleader and the most popular at school. For Mary Anne, it is her chance to finally find out why she remained invisible for all four years.
Berg deftly alternates between the funny and the heartbreaking. Dorothy, now the vapid and vain divorcee, is determined to do whatever it takes to land Pete and is the quintessential high school mean girl, forty years later. Candy, now stuck in an unhappy marriage and facing a serious disease, is looking to make amends for her treatment of others, especially Lester and Mary Anne, during high school. Anyone that has gone to their high school reunion can relate to this book: the dread, the panic, and the anticipation. Berg captures all those emotions and brings some closure to these six classmates. Overall a fun, leisurely read down memory lane.