Jessica Stratford is a thirty seven year old budget analyst living in the suburbs of Maryland She has an established career, the love of her husband Kyle, and the friendship of five fascinating women she calls best friends She has it all then she joins Facebook It seems innocent enough, but what happens when she finds her old high school crush online after twenty years When an innocent internet correspondence turns into a face to face reunion, lines of fidelity begin to blur Fortunately, Jessica has the advice and experiences of her closest friends to help her navigate her conflicting emotions Will Jessica remain faithful to her steadfast husband, or will she succumb to nostalgic desire for the one that got away


10 thoughts on “Reunion

  1. Christy Christy says:

    I seriously hope this was a book that I paid next to nothing for my Kindle The writing was seriously horrible In many places, it read like a 15 year old s diary For instance We both indulge a bit Kyle with bacon and sausage and me with a croissant and a big blueberry muffin Yum And previously, she states We have a yummy dinner and Kyle even remembers to ask about my spa appointment with the girls.When the would be lover and the husband meet in the mall, the narrator exclaims These ar I seriously hope this was a book that I paid next to nothing for my Kindle The writing was seriously horrible In many places, it read like a 15 year old s diary For instance We both indulge a bit Kyle with bacon and sausage and me with a croissant and a big blueberry muffin Yum And previously, she states We have a yummy dinner and Kyle even remembers to ask about my spa appointment with the girls.When the would be lover and the husband meet in the mall, the narrator exclaims These are two worlds I foolishly never really envisioned colliding and yet earlier, seemed relatively non plussed that the would be lover winds up staying with a group of guys in the beach house next to the one where the narrator is staying with her girlfriends.Given the premise of the book, it wouldn t surprise me if the author is an actual teenage girl, fantasizing about what it would be like to be an adult and be reunited with her current high school crush Oh, to be 15 again and dreaming of yummy dinners at the Cheesecake Factory, Outback and TGI Friday s


  2. Maria Maria says:

    J.L Penn s Reunion is longer than a typical romance or Chick Lit read at 82,000 words, yet never feels so, due to the smooth pacing throughout most of the book Only the first couple chapters seemed bumpy and unpredictable to me after that, the scenes and the plot unfolded quickly and held my interest throughout The book is written in first person, present tense, which I personally dislike, but must admit, gives the story an ultra modern polish, entirely appropriate for this tale of virtual J.L Penn s Reunion is longer than a typical romance or Chick Lit read at 82,000 words, yet never feels so, due to the smooth pacing throughout most of the book Only the first couple chapters seemed bumpy and unpredictable to me after that, the scenes and the plot unfolded quickly and held my interest throughout The book is written in first person, present tense, which I personally dislike, but must admit, gives the story an ultra modern polish, entirely appropriate for this tale of virtual flirtation and temptation and where they may lead While the content is not appropriate for young audiences, neither is it overtly sexually graphic, and handles the necessary sexuality gracefully.The one bone I would pick with this author is with her consistent failure to use commas before conjunctions that join complete phrases While I firmly believe a fiction author can and should bend grammatical rules to suit his story, his characters, and his voice, this particular omission makes it difficult to read the longer sentences and seems likeof an oversight than an intentional stylistic choice That one minor flaw probably only caught my eye, however, because the book is otherwise so well edited.Overall, Reunion really hit the spot for me with its delicate balance of drama and humor It is not laugh out loud funny from start to finish, but I did find myself chuckling, giggling, and grinning throughout the story, while simultaneously feeling pensive, thoughtful, and at times, even a bit misty eyed I eagerly await the next production from J.L Penn


  3. Lizz Lizz says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was one of those books where you were PRETTY sure how it was going to end, and that really was how you thought it SHOULD end, but you just weren t sure if that would be the outcome As I look back on the story however, I think I would have felt cheated had the author ended the story any other way Jess is a mostly happily married woman who reconnects with her high school heartthrob via Facebook Other story lines chronicle her friends and their relationships The book resonated with me, I w This was one of those books where you were PRETTY sure how it was going to end, and that really was how you thought it SHOULD end, but you just weren t sure if that would be the outcome As I look back on the story however, I think I would have felt cheated had the author ended the story any other way Jess is a mostly happily married woman who reconnects with her high school heartthrob via Facebook Other story lines chronicle her friends and their relationships The book resonated with me, I was just head over heels in love with a guy in high school Sadly the guy never even knew I existed, and I ve not searched for him on Facebook due to the whole who the heck ARE you factor After 15 years with her husband, Jess s marriage is predictable and she is enthralled with the newness and the what if idea of her relationship with her high school crush I can understand how that would be intriguing So what does Jess choose to do Will she leave her husband Will she have an affair Will she say the heck with it and go document penguins in the Antarctic I suggest you read the book to find out Yes, I know I m wicked that way


  4. Bridget Bridget says:

    Here s the thing or things about this book I had just read 2 serial killer books and needed some fluff This was perfect fluff I also plowed through it, so I can t give it 1 star because clearly a part of me the same part that STILL watches the RW RR challenges enjoyed it All that being said, OH EM GEE This was justpoorly written It honestly felt like a 15 year who thought she knew what a cool 35 was like wrote this book I should have known it would be like that since the plot cent Here s the thing or things about this book I had just read 2 serial killer books and needed some fluff This was perfect fluff I also plowed through it, so I can t give it 1 star because clearly a part of me the same part that STILL watches the RW RR challenges enjoyed it All that being said, OH EM GEE This was justpoorly written It honestly felt like a 15 year who thought she knew what a cool 35 was like wrote this book I should have known it would be like that since the plot centered around reconnecting on Facebook The main character was beyond unlikeable and my god, if she said yummy onetime or talked about the food she ate onetime.But I digressI think it was 2.99 on Kindle It was a fine little story but could have definitely used some better writing


  5. Carla Carla says:

    Ever wondered what happened to past boyfriends or crushes from high school Reunion, by J.L Penn, takes this as its starting point when its protagonist, 30 something Jessica Stratford, begins using Facebook and makes contact with a former high school crush, David.Reunion is an enjoyable, light read Its plot is appropriately paced and its characters are consistent Readers of a similar age and life stage will likely find much to relate to and smile about Although typical of the chick lit genre Ever wondered what happened to past boyfriends or crushes from high school Reunion, by J.L Penn, takes this as its starting point when its protagonist, 30 something Jessica Stratford, begins using Facebook and makes contact with a former high school crush, David.Reunion is an enjoyable, light read Its plot is appropriately paced and its characters are consistent Readers of a similar age and life stage will likely find much to relate to and smile about Although typical of the chick lit genre, Reunion also raisesserious ideas concerning married love, fidelity and finding a balance between appreciation of what you have and what you could have.This isn t a genre I am normally drawn to but I enjoyed Reunion and it was perfect rainy day Sunday reading


  6. Jeri Jeri says:

    I really liked reading this book It was easy to follow and easy to relate to Facebook is exploding now with everyone wanting to find people they have not seen in years This book shows how reconnecting with someone from the past can make you question yourself and what is really important to you I enjoyed following Jessica through this journey she took with her friends and the challenges they were all going through in their lives It is always interesting the path that life presents to us and I really liked reading this book It was easy to follow and easy to relate to Facebook is exploding now with everyone wanting to find people they have not seen in years This book shows how reconnecting with someone from the past can make you question yourself and what is really important to you I enjoyed following Jessica through this journey she took with her friends and the challenges they were all going through in their lives It is always interesting the path that life presents to us andimportantly how we react to it


  7. Maria Hooley Maria Hooley says:

    When I read the premise for this novel, I was intrigued, and Reunion definitely delivers what it promises a what if story with a moral about being very careful what you wish for Since I don t particularly enjoy spoilers, I won t reveal the end, but I was very satisfied with Jenn s final decision The only thing I had a little trouble buying was that two other characters were in the middle of affairs in the novel I think I would have accepted just one better Aside from that, this is a novel t When I read the premise for this novel, I was intrigued, and Reunion definitely delivers what it promises a what if story with a moral about being very careful what you wish for Since I don t particularly enjoy spoilers, I won t reveal the end, but I was very satisfied with Jenn s final decision The only thing I had a little trouble buying was that two other characters were in the middle of affairs in the novel I think I would have accepted just one better Aside from that, this is a novel that is well written, funny, and definitely a reality check when it comes to Facebook temptation


  8. Julie Julie says:

    Halfway through, I began to wonder if the author s first language WASN T English Then wondered if the sentences were computer generated or edited by somebody who violently opposes contractions Who says I am glad that we spent time togetherThe dialogue was like listening to two statues in its formality.Sucker that I am, I read on, skimming a LOT Who among us hasn t wondered about a high school crush Interesting premise and story but they lost me somewhere in the stilted language Halfway through, I began to wonder if the author s first language WASN T English Then wondered if the sentences were computer generated or edited by somebody who violently opposes contractions Who says I am glad that we spent time togetherThe dialogue was like listening to two statues in its formality.Sucker that I am, I read on, skimming a LOT Who among us hasn t wondered about a high school crush Interesting premise and story but they lost me somewhere in the stilted language


  9. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I absolutely loved this book It was a very fun read for me and I couldn t put it down I felt like the characters were all people that could easily be my friends and I am sad that my time with them is now over I would love to read a sequel and I am very excited to see what J L Penn writes next Whatever it is, it will definately be on my to be read list


  10. Stormy Stormy says:

    This book was very interesting What would happen if the guy you crushed on in high school suddenly wanted you too This book brings a whole different perspective on reconnecting with old friends and flames on Facebook