Saturday, May 26, 2012
Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham + ARC Giveaway!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
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?
What could be better than a cross country road trip with your three best friends, or ex-best friends, as the case may be? This book packs so much fun, mayhem, laughter, tears, and girlbonding into one amazing story. I love a book that can deliver unique, kick ass characters, crazy adventures, and music. Reunited delivers all of these in spades!
Alice, Summer, and Tiernan are as different as any three girls could be, but they have two things in common, their love of the band Level3 and the fact that they used to be inseperable. High school, boys, and misunderstandings got in the way and the girls don't talk anymore. Until Alice finds out that Level3, the band they obssessed over when they were younger, is reuniting for one night only. Sure the concert is on the other side of the country, sure the girls haven't spoken in years, and sure a roadtrip in Alice's VW camper van seems like the craziest idea she's ever had, but when has anything been too crazy when it comes to Level3? So with the hopes of reconnecting with her former besties, Alice buys the tickets and sets the plan in motion.
I loved all three girls in this book. Alice was smart, organized, and so determined to make this all work out. Tiernan was sassy and more than a little rebellious. Summer is a rule follower, who also happens to be extremely popular, and a little bit sassy. Initially it's hard to see how the three of them were ever so close, but as the story goes on we learn more about them and their shared pasts, and you really start to see how much these girls cared for each other. And maybe, deep down, still do. I don't want to forget the Pea Pod, Alice's VW camper van, which is just as important a character as the girls. Their friendship, and Level3 obssession, blossomed and endured in that vehicle. And it carries the three of them on some awesome adventures along their trip.
There are a few cute boys thrown into Reunited as well, but it's not really what the story is about and I found myself enjoy the girls journey with each other, even more than I needed the romance. Okay, I'm going to share something that got me totally geeked while reading, feel free to laugh at me. One of the characters has the same name as me. First and last, which is so silly, but I loved it! Haha.
This book is so much fun and definitely the perfect summer read. It's got a little bit of everything and I have so much love for the story that she has told here. And thanks to the awesome and so generous, Hilary Weisman Graham, I have got an ARC copy to giveaway to one of you! Check out the Reunited book trailer below, then scroll below it for instructions on how to enter :0)
This book is the perfect summer roadtrip book and it's got plenty of good music stuff, too. So with that in mind, if you were going on a roadtrip with a few of your best girlfriends, what would your perfect playlist be? Playlist should have a minimum of five songs and a maximum of ten, and it will count as your entry into the giveaway. Email playlists to me at sarah(at)thebooklife.com and at the end of the giveaway a winner will be chosen randomly. Their name and playlist will be posted on the blog!
Giveaway ends on Saturday June 2nd, at 11:59 PM EST. One entry per person. US/Canada only.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask :0)
*Cover photo and synopsis from Goodreads*