Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Review: Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Reunited
By Hilary Weisman Graham
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Source: Author
Summary: 1 Concert
2000 Miles
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?


Review: I cannot believe this was Hilary's debut novel because it was absolutely FANTASTIC! There's nothing better than reading about a summer road trip of three ex-best friends during a nice summer day! The girls are all so different, but completely lovable in their own way that they made they made the book as awesome as it could be. 

Alice heard of the Level3's reunion tour, the same band who united the once best friends so many years ago before their falling out. Before she could chicken out, Alice bought the tickets and approached the other two girls right after graduation, asking them to do this one last hurrah together. Well, one thing turns into another and before they know it, all three girls are on their way to Texas in Alice's 1970s pea green VW van. Talk about a road trip! 

Alice has everythign meticulously planned out, Tiernan brings her angst attitude and blue hair, while Summer is still dealing with boyfriend drama and endless calls from her other popular friends. Despite their completely new lives, these girls forgot everything and being in the Pea Pod (their van) again makes it seem as if they're back in middle school, obsessing over their favorite boy band together. 

And the trip is just so entertaining! New things pop up around every corner and, of course, nothing ever goes as planned. You don't even know if the girls will make it to the concert until the moment actually arrives, which adds a little anticipation to the story. They meet so many interesting people that help bring the girls closer to each other, despite feeling like complete strangers in the beginning. I loved every second of the trio's trip and I was so sad when it finally ended. Maybe there could be a second one for the next summer after the girls have gone their separate ways to college? Because that would be awesome and I know I would read that book! But even if there's not a second book, I would recommend Reunited to anyone who loves a nice Young Adult summer read. It's perfect for laying out in the sun and dreaming of summer road trips and lazy days with your best friends :)


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