After more than twenty years together, Andrew and Elizabeth’s marriage is still strong, although it has its ups and downs, and their son Harry seems to be the perfect 17-year-old. On the other hand, Zoe and Jane’s marriage is in trouble while their daughter Ruby has been rejected from all the colleges she applied to and doesn’t seem to have any plans for the future. As both parents and children struggle with their own problems, the past resurfaces as Zoe, Elizabeth and Andrew are asked for the rights of a song they created when they were in college. The trio were part of a band with Lydia, who went on to become a famous rock star and died of an overdose when she was only 27.
This is a very well-written, relatable and thought-provoking novel about love, friendship, family and finding your own identity. For once, I didn’t have a favourite character as they all have deep flaws and can be irritating so I couldn’t find myself siding with any of them, although I enjoyed reading Harry and Ruby’s developing love story. There are no surprising moments or twists but there is enough drama (and some funny scenes) to keep you glued to the page. (NP)