We follow Alice on the eve of her 40th birthday- she is working at her old school, She has a romantic relationship, still sees her best friend from her school days, but something is "unfinished" in her relationship with her father. He raised her as a single parent, He's a successful sci fi writer, but he's in the hospital now. Binge-drinking, she wakes up on her 16th birthday. Can she make changes in her life that keeps him from getting so ill so early in life? And what about her HS romance? Listened to Libro-FM ALC— Pat Fowler
June 2022 Indie Next List
“Time travel and 1990s teen angst and awkwardness with Emma Straub at the helm? Sign me up! This is the perfect blend of heartbreak and heartfelt laughter that we could all use a dose of right now.”
— Javier Ramirez, Exile in Bookville, Chicago, IL
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER "The pages brim with tenderness and an appreciation for what we had and who we were. I could not have loved it more."--Ann Patchett
"The kind of book that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you call the people you love. Exceptional."--Emily Henry "Delightful"--Boston Globe
"Poignant"--New York Times What if you could take a vacation to your past?
With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, beloved New York Times bestseller Emma Straub offers her own twist on traditional time travel tropes, and a different kind of love story.
On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice's life isn't terrible. She likes her job, even if it isn't exactly the one she expected. She's happy with her apartment, her romantic status, her independence, and she adores her lifelong best friend. But her father is ailing, and it feels to her as if something is missing. When she wakes up the next morning she finds herself back in 1996, reliving her 16th birthday. But it isn't just her adolescent body that shocks her, or seeing her high school crush, it's her dad: the vital, charming, 40-something version of her father with whom she is reunited. Now armed with a new perspective on her own life and his, some past events take on new meaning. Is there anything that she would change if she could?
About the Author
Emma Straub is the New York Times-bestselling author of four other novels--All Adults Here, Modern Lovers, The Vacationers, and Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures--and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in twenty countries. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.