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Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Last Time I Saw You

Elizabeth Berg has a new book out, "The Last Time I Saw You", a story about several different characters who are going to their 40th high school reunion. The book is light hearted, fun, and a quick read.

For those of us who grew up in the 60's, she was able to capture the parenting and societal rules from that era. You know, like the clad-iron rule to never be seen in public wearing curlers, or keep your knees together at all times when you sit, and all those practice sessions of walking with a book on your head over and over and over again. Now days you can smile and even laugh about the techniques used to help guide our transition to adulthood.

The story captured how everyone had different roles in high school (the jock, the cheerleader, the nerd, the wallflower) and how even though it now was 40 years after high school, those same labels were being carried over to the reunion. But what was so refreshing was how the author changed those perceptions and feelings, allowing the characters to show their true self. The former roles and perceptions finally were able to disappear with frank and honest discussions. Soon everyone discovered something new in each other as well as withing themselves. Old hurts were healed, new relationships emerged.

I enjoyed the book, and if you are in the middle of your life journey (such as in your 50's), I think you will, too.