or at the library.
I love a novel on friendship. The story follows four friends over about 20 years, starting with finishing up college in England. It is a coming-of-age story of adults in the real world. Each chapter seems to be a year or two apart, highlighting the interactions of these four scattered across Europe. I thought the characters were well-developed, but the author didn't exactly hold your hand. Rather in-depth, the reader witnessed snapshots of their real lives. I wish I knew more about particle physics or finance to really understand what was going on! Or even a better understanding of England would have been helpful... I wouldn't say that I loved one of the four main characters. I adore being in my 30s, so the fact that the protagonists were around this age kept my interest. The themes of friendship, love, loyalty, and life appealed to me. Starting in the mid-1990s, I think the writing captured the time and atmosphere fairly well. Overall, I thought the story truly depicted real life. You don't always get what you want. ...or it can be majorly delayed. You can certainly make bad decisions and suffer the consequences. Friends can help you through tough times. With hard work, love and friendship can prevail. I liked this book, just didn't love it. I think if this kind of thing piques your interest at all, then it is worth borrowing from the library and reading once.