I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
High school sweethearts may be a cute concept, but most will tell you that it's not feasible. You've met before you've grown up. You need to know what's out there to truly know love. No one knows this better than Kyle and Alison. While they have their own dreams, the dream of being together forever keeps weaving in and out of their young lives.
Alison and Kyle go on separate paths, with Kyle pursuing his career as a pediatrician and Alison as an actor. But fate and a shared hometown keep bringing them back together. And every time they are in the same room together, it's like they've never left each other's side, with what they love most and hate most about each other staying on the surface. They stay within the limits of Midwestern pleasantries, but both challenge each other, trying to get them to see that, as in Alison's case, the career may not be the right fit, and as in Kyle's case, he's given up on his dream to practice medicine around the world too soon.
What I liked about this book is that it seemed raw in its realness—there was no sappy reunion that cleaned things up between the two. They struggled with their own problems of family and career separately and yet still had their moments of debating whether being together or being apart would have more of an impact on their lives. It's messy and it's sad, but it behaves like a real relationship. That's why this book is such an interesting read.
*Received copy of book from Penguin First to Read
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