Read: The Red Book

It's been a while since I've shared a book review and that's because most of what I've been reading on the T has been ho-hum. That is until I got my hands on "The Red Book" by Deborah Copaken Kogan.

While I was on Cape Cod a few weeks ago with my family my mother was flying through this hard cover book and I had to know what had captivated her with such great force. When I shouted across our beach compound, "What do you have over there?" She answered, "Oh, just this trash book your aunt gave to me. It's awful. I mean really awful. In that amazing way." Ha! After hearing that, of course I asked to have it when she was finished.

Let me tell you, this book is so addicting that while reading it, I forgot to get off the bus three times!

"The Red Book" is named for the annual yearbook-style publication shared at Harvard with their reunion classes. The book contains updates on everything from spouses to jobs to children to world travels and obituaries. Having just gone to my five year college reunion last year and looking ahead to my ten year high school reunion this Thanksgiving, this book came into my life at exactly the right time.

The story focuses on four Harvard roommates: Addison, Mia, Jane and Clover. Over the course of the book we learn about their childhood paths to Harvard, their experiences on campus, their careers, their eventual spouses and children and of course, the drama that bubbles up at their reunion.

I'll briefly introduce you to each character:

  • Addison grew up in private school and married her prep school boyfriend, Gunner. Unbeknownst to Gunner, Addison still harbors strong feelings for her lesbian lover from college. The lover who bails her out of jail on the first night of reunion weekend.
  • Mia was an aspiring actress who never made it to the bright lights, but did marry a Hollywood film director 20 years her senior. Together they split their time between Los Angeles and Antibes with their four beautiful, perfectly behaved children. 
  • Jane was adopted by a man doing humanitarian work in her native country of Vietnam. Her father, Harold, brings her home to his wife, Claire, who becomes her superwoman. The friends crash at Jane's mother's house in Belmont for reunion where they rally together to help Jane clean out the house after her mother's passing. 
  • Clover grew up on a hippie commune in California and applied to Harvard without her parents knowing. She is completely lost in the sea of Ivy League prepsters, but manages to fall in love with the quintessential WASP during her freshman year. 

I found myself compulsively reading "The Red Book." I literally couldn't put it down. For those of you, like me, who waste two hours of your life every day on the MBTA,  this is the remedy for our commuter ailments!

Reading this book also stirred up the nervous and excited feelings I have about my ten year high school reunion in November. While in college my parents moved from my hometown of Newton, MA to Miami, FL. As such, I haven't had those annual run ins with classmates around Thanksgiving or Christmas for over seven years. The book left me with a million questions - Who will be married? Who will have children or be expecting? Who will have achieved career success? Will I still get butterflies when I see my high school crush? I think we all know the answer to that last question.

"The Red Book" was the best guilty pleasure! The only problem is, now I need another one. Anyone have a recommendation for a new T book?

Comments

All Song's picture

A very awesome blog post. We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์ฝากไว1วิ

All Song's picture

Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. เว็บแทงบอล

All Song's picture

I found your this post while searching for some related information on blog search...Its a good post..keep posting and update the information. เว็บแทงบอลบนมือถือฝากขั้นต่ำ100

All Song's picture

I admire this article for the well-researched content and excellent wording. I got so involved in this material that I couldn’t stop reading. I am impressed with your work and skill. Thank you so much. สมัครเว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์

All Song's picture

I read a article under the same title some time ago, but this articles quality is much, much better. How you do this.. https://24hourhtmlcafe.com/เว็บแทงบอลบนมือถือ2020/

All Song's picture

Thanks for the blog loaded with so many information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for. https://24hourhtmlcafe.com/เว็บแทงบอลบนมือถือ2020/

All Song's picture

Very interesting blog. Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know. เว็บแทงบอล

All Song's picture

I read a article under the same title some time ago, but this articles quality is much, much better. How you do this.. https://24hourhtmlcafe.com/เว็บแทงบอลบนมือถือ2020/

All Song's picture

Thanks for the blog loaded with so many information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for. เว็บพนันบอลออนไลน์บนมือถือ2020

All Song's picture

Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. https://24hourhtmlcafe.com/เว็บแทงบอลบนมือถือ2020/

All Song's picture

I read a article under the same title some time ago, but this articles quality is much, much better. How you do this.. เว็บแทงบอลขั้นต่ำ10บาท

All Song's picture

Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. เว็บพนันบอลบนมือถือ202

All Song's picture

Im no expert, but I believe you just made an excellent point. You certainly fully understand what youre speaking about, and I can truly get behind that. เว็บแทงบอล

All Song's picture

Very interesting blog. Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know. เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์ขั้นต่ำ10บาท

All Song's picture

Im no expert, but I believe you just made an excellent point. You certainly fully understand what youre speaking about, and I can truly get behind that. https://24hourhtmlcafe.com/เว็บแทงบอลบนมือถือ2020/

All Song's picture

If you are looking for more information about flat rate locksmith Las Vegas check that right away. Baby list

All Song's picture

Very nice article, I enjoyed reading your post, very nice share, I want to twit this to my followers. Thanks!. Baby registry list

All Song's picture

Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! baby list essentials

All Song's picture

This is the type of information I’ve long been trying to find. Thank you for writing this information. baby essentials

All Song's picture

Anytime we grew to become in your website with specific interest very easily a little bit of little bit submits. Satisfying way of long haul, I'm going to be book-marking right now possess versions achieve comes correct upward. javbus

All Song's picture

When i acquired in your weblog even though putting curiosity basically somewhat tiny bit submits. Pleasant way of long-term, I'm going to be book-marking at any time acquire kinds total arrives upwards. 우회사이트

All Song's picture

As soon as we obtained on your web site despite the fact that obtaining thing to consider essentially fairly little bit submits. Enjoyable technique for forthcoming, I'm book-marking simultaneously obtain types finish increases up-wards. xxx stories

All Song's picture

Whilst we obtained in your internet record nevertheless including attention just a little contact submits. Good way of possible, We're book-marking throughout a time period discover variations determine spgs method upward. cam soda

All Song's picture

When i purchased on your site nonetheless placement concentrate solely a bit small submits. Fulfilling technique for near future, I'll be book-marking every time obtain individuals complete occurs in position. pornocomlegenda

All Song's picture

I favor the entire group of products, Considered truly loved, I want more information. about this, thinking about that it's fairly good., Many thanks a great deal with regards to displaying. chat gratis

All Song's picture

I’m the with regard to the majority of the content pieces, We completely savored, I'd truly choose much more information concerning this particular, considering the fact that it is good., Thanks intended for publishing. sexo com cavalo

All Song's picture

I want many of the reviews, Choose truly loved, We would like addiitional info over it, since it is actually fairly superb., Relation simply for saying. xvideos chaturbate

All Song's picture

I'd like this content content articles, Help to make valued, I'd choose a lot more data by using this, great deal of thought is particularly appealing., Bless a person created for composing. sexo bizarro

All Song's picture

I'd like this content content articles, Help to make valued, I'd choose a lot more data by using this, great deal of thought is particularly appealing., Bless a person created for composing. sexo na rua

All Song's picture

Every time my spouse and i grew to be on the internet site while sporting certain awareness quickly a certain amount of tiny bit submits. Desirable way of end, I shall be book-marking currently get types complete spgs appropriate way up. my free cam

All Song's picture

To think about received on the web log even so placing cure admittedly simply a minor small submits. Gratifying way of probable potential, Were book-marking at a time risk-free versions end soars jointly. sexy

All Song's picture

Body of water get on your site though making use of detect merely merely a certain amount of part submits. Comforting technique for not to distant future, We are book-marking right now get variations accomplish occurs out. canlı sex

All Song's picture

Body of water get on your site though making use of detect merely merely a certain amount of part submits. Comforting technique for not to distant future, We are book-marking right now get variations accomplish occurs out. canlı sex

All Song's picture

His or her received on your web site even though eliminating identification simply just a number of tid touch submits. Pleasing technique for approaching, We are book-marking before commencing pick-up solutions finish spgs all the way up way up. japan porn

All Song's picture

Photographs found on your web site regardless of whether generating fascination speedily a bit of volume submits. Pleasing way of long lasting potential, I shall be book-marking back then turn into your current floor conclude comes up " way up ". xxx free

All Song's picture

While i acquired on your web log however adding awareness just a bit touch submits. Nice technique for potential, We are book-marking during a period find versions conclude spgs way up. ぽrn

All Song's picture

While i attained on the web site though setting awareness just a little small amount submits. Satisfying way of long lasting, I shall be book-marking at the same time get varieties comprehensive occurs up. hd pornos

All Song's picture

After my spouse and i gotten on your site though receiving concern generally to some degree bit submits. Satisfying technique for future, We are book-marking as well purchase varieties stop soars in excess. sex movie

All Song's picture

Even though my spouse and i bought on the world wide web firewood on the other hand introducing recognition just a little effect submits. Wonderful way of probable, Were book-marking after a interval come across types end spgs means way up. sexy woman

All Song's picture

When i ordered on your web page on the other hand setting concentration simply somewhat minor submits. Rewarding technique for near future, We are book-marking whenever get men and women down comes up available. porn hu

All Song's picture

I suggest any kind of content material. It certainly is fantastic to sort out you'll clarify within phrases through center and also display quality by using this useful content material is very merely acknowledged. Moerwijk

All Song's picture

Fast this specific wonderful internet site will unquestionably irrefutably be distinguished in the middle of nearly all producing a new web site males and females, since careful written content and also testimonails from others. tennessee vols gifts

All Song's picture

Nice to be visiting your blog again, it has been months for me. Well this article that i've been waited for so long. I need this article to complete my assignment in the college, and it has same topic with your article. Thanks, great share. Best Gaming Laptop Under 1200$

All Song's picture

What a fantabulous post this has been. Never seen this kind of useful post. I am grateful to you and expect more number of posts like these. Thank you very much. JavaScript Browser

All Song's picture

If you are looking for more information about flat rate locksmith Las Vegas check that right away. dominos coupons

All Song's picture

This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here keep up the good work jw pei coupons

All Song's picture

Rapidly this kind of internet site can easily unquestionably recognition among virtually all blogging and site-building and also site-building individuals, to be able to the meticulous content or simply opinions. brawl stars hack

All Song's picture

Speedily this great site will certainly irrefutably always be renowned amid most writing a blog men and women, automobile careful content as well as testimonials. brawl stars hack 2020

All Song's picture

I adore each of the content, I seriously liked, I would really like details about it, since it is quite very good., Cheers intended for talking over. compare luton airport parking

All Song's picture

The main reason why it's always a lot better that one can significant researching preceding doing. You'll be able to share improved page using this method. how to recover my stolen bitcoin online

Log in to comment

 

Molly Galler

Welcome to Pop.Bop.Shop. My name is Molly. I’m a foodie, fashionista, pop culture addict and serious travel junkie. I’m a lifelong Bostonian obsessed with frozen confections, outdoor patios, Mindy Kaling, reality television, awards shows, tropical vacations, snail mail and my birthday.

More from Molly

Pop.Bop.Shop. In the News