The Reunion

Atria. Jan. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781668001943. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
In YA novelist Olson’s (This Splintered Silence) first foray into romance, Liv Latimer, the star of the popular teen drama Girl on the Verge, has returned to film a reunion episode of the show. This reunites her with co-star and former best friend Ransom Joel, who she hasn’t spoken to since their friendship imploded after the series finale 14 years prior. Sparks quickly fly between the two, but Liv, whose career has taken a different, more serious trajectory since the end of the series, must figure out how to balance her career ambitions, the possibility of a Girl on the Verge reboot series, and her budding attraction to Ransom. The second-chance, friends-to-lovers romance is well-paced and well-developed, as are Liv and Ransom’s external ambitions and challenges. Readers, especially those who were fans of Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, and similar shows, will enjoy the Hollywood setting and cast of fully realized supporting characters in this excellent contemporary romance.
VERDICT A must-read for fans of Christina Lauren, Emily Henry, and early 2000s teen drama shows.
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