Title: The Last Time I Saw You
Author: Elizabeth Berg
About: (from the book flap): From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and The Year of Pleasures, comes a wonderful new novel about women and men reconnecting with one another—and themselves—at their fortieth high school reunion.
My thoughts: Imagine getting ready for your 40th and final class reunion. That’s what the characters in Elizabeth Berg’s latest novel are doing. Everyone is a little nervous but since it’s the last one they make the effort to attend. We meet the popular jock, the beautiful cheerleader, the nerds, and a host of others. It was easy to fill in with my own high school classmate version of each character. The event finally arrives and it was interesting to watch it unfold. Berg made me laugh out loud one minute and feel the ache of sadness the next.
Since there are several characters some of them are not as developed as I’m used to finding in Berg’s novels – probably due to the fact that the book is only 244 pages. There are comic moments as well as bittersweet but, as with most Berg novels, the end is hopeful – not wrapped up with a pretty bow – but hopeful nonetheless. I liked that.
Recommend? Yes, for Elizabeth Berg fans and anyone who has contemplated going to a high school class reunion.