I went to, gulp, my twenty-year high school reunion this past weekend. It's funny how after not seeing many of my former classmates for two decades, how easily we reverted back to our high school-like behavior. Once cocktails were consumed, behavior became rather juvenile (in a fun way), old rivalries were brought up and even some crushes and first love feelings resurfaced. And the same clicks quickly formed around the room. The popular crowd, the jocks and the band geeks (although geeks are chic now!). And it got me thinking about those roller coaster relationships we all experienced in high school: first loves and friendships. And it reminded me of some great novels that take me back to those "intense" emotions I felt as a teenager that had me professing my love on the back of our butcher paper covered text books, spilling my heart out to my diary or crying what felt like endless tears over something that was probably small, but felt huge to me.




Friendships. The ultimate rollercoaster ride. I wouldn't have survived high school without my friends. And although there were times we argued and didn't speak for a full day (gasp!), It was my girlfriends I could always count on. They were the ones who helped me through those awkward stages (maybe the red glasses were a mistake!) who listened as I cried over broken hearts (where are you now, Chris M.?) and were there for me after those incidents that had me curled up in a ball and never wanting to show my face at school again (I think I'll keep those to myself!). So I loved The Summer We Came to Life  by Deborah Cloyed because it's a lovely novel about lifelong friends whose bond helps them through the most difficult time of all.

















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