Sometimes letting go of an obsession leads to something better instead.
A twenty-five-year high school reunion is Conrad’s chance to finally come face-to-face with his unrequited love, Todd. Instead, he discovers he himself was an unrequited love for Gary, his friend from the chess club. When the two return to their old gym locker room, long-lost friends at last become found loves. As for Todd, well, let’s just say that karma can be quite the bitch.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package "Never Too Late."
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The twenty-five years in Rob Rosen’s delightfully snarky Twenty-Five Years are those between eighteen-year-old high school seniors and the forty-three-year-old graduates they become, attending a hopeless twenty-fifth reunion in the school gym. (The years in this story fall between 1989 and 2014.) Conrad decides to attend the reunion only to see what’s become of the man he fell in love with in high school and still can’t get out of his mind: president-of-the-class Todd Smith with his “runner’s calves, swimmer’s [butt], and Adonis’s face.” Conrad and Todd shared one mutually satisfactory moment. After that, though, Todd abruptly cut Conrad out of his life. The reunion at least brings Conrad some sweet revenge. He has kept his body youthful. “I still have all my hair, a narrow waist, few wrinkles, and a healthy bank account.” The years haven’t been so kind to his former classmates. “I grinned at their misfortune.” As for Todd, “There was aging badly and then there was this.” No wonder Conrad, despite his endless searches, hasn’t found any photos of Todd on the Internet. Conrad is admirably honest about these matters: “Call me shallow, but it’s much easier to tread in that end of the pool.” The reunion brings another revelation. Gary, a member of the chess club Conrad presided over, shows up. “I was happy to see him. Happier still that the years had been kind to him too.” Gary admits he also had a crush on Todd, but he wanted another classmate even more. And the locker room where the long-ago tryst with Todd took place is just down a darkened hallway from the gym. What a lovely story!
Okay, so I don’t have a lot to say about this story. It’s simple. Man goes to 25 year reunion with the thought of seeing his secret crush again, only to find there’s someone so much better. Great premise. The problem was, the lead character consistently sounded like a twenty year old boy, not a 40-something man. It took a lot away from the story for me. I liked who he ended up with, but his love attraction/interest came across as juvenile as well. 3 stars Reviewed by a-nony-mouse for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*