Reunited By Hilary Weisman Graham
Published June 12 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Summary: 1 Concert
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?
Before I get into the review, can I just say how gorgeous this cover is? The bright yellow cover really catches your eye from a far!
Now lets get down to business.
I really wanted to love Reunited. Reunited has been on my to-be-read list for a very long time now and I have to say I’m slightly disappointed with the outcome. Have you ever read a book that you’re so excited about, can’t wait to find out what the big secret is and when it comes…. ka-put. You feel nothing, and the days and hours in which you’ve spent reading it, you want it all back. That’s how I felt about Reunited.
It wasn’t the writing nor the plot per se that didn’t allow me to fall in love with it. For the most part I enjoyed it and I appreciated that the road trip it promised happened almost immediately. But what disappointed me was the great reveal, in which we find out the reason why the girls stopped being friends. To me, it felt like the reason was bigger. That they hated each other because they did something horrible. But it wasn’t like that. It was a misunderstanding at best and I felt a little cheated — that it was set up to be something big but ended up being so minuscule.
Add a dash of hype (mine, particularly) and expectations to the equation and you have that book you almost loved but just like it enough.
But Reunited isn’t terrible. In fact, it’s actually pretty good and takes you on an adventure. It’s a wonderful light hearted road trip book, with three different and colourful characters. The characters are flawed, human which makes them realistic and likeable. It explores friendships in its most delicate (even if I was disappointed by the reason!) and the bond that these friendships build over the years.
Reunited isn’t meant to be complicated. It’s supposed to be fun, and in that aspect it is. Personally, I feel like the ending was a bit of a let down but if you can overlook that, it is an enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a fun road trip book, I’d definitely recommend this.