There has been a lot of discussions online about seeing positive reinforcement of women bolstering each other up. This is a prime example of one such book. We have four college friends, each with their own paths and one pair being closer friends than the other. It has been quite a few years since college and everyone has strayed from the original idealistic plan they had for their futures. One lousy day leads Raina to bring their old group back into focus and start to egg each other to do better.
All four women were black as were most of the supporting cast, which is also something I have not read since most mainstream books from the US that I have read have one or two characters maximum. This was, therefore, a new experience, something that I liked. I will not go into the details of the four women for two reasons, one is that there is enough in the blurb and the other being that each woman defines her life and goals in their own unique fashion and it is better to meet them one at a time. It might not appeal to people who do not like multiple voice narrations because we have four, pretty distinctive voices. Each has their own struggles, some they choose to share and the others they hold closer to themselves. I like the fact that their friendships had some realistic boundaries. The story also spans more than a single year giving us and the characters settle into their changes.
Overall, I would recommend reading it for the women and their bonds as well as for their journey. To anyone who has had a group of friends, enduring for years with only subtle changes, this will bring back memories of one form or the other. Finally, I should warn that at the end of the day, there is some form of happily ever after when it comes to the romance department for all of them. I like sappy parts, but given the depth of discussions previously handled not everyone would be happy with that style of ending. With this forewarning though, if it is something that appeals to you, I would recommend giving it a shot.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.