What do you do when you lose a childhood friend? What do you do when you know everyone is expecting you to come home? What do you do if you don’t want to?
Phillip, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Maxine, Grant, Melanie and Josh grew up in a small town where they spent their high school years together as an inseparable clique. But high school has ended, and they are all living their own “grown up” lives, each under the impression that their group has basically come to an end. When Phillip dies in a hit and run accident, Kaitlyn summons the others to all come back home, forcing a reunion that no one is particularly interested in partaking in.
Coffee at Little Angels follows how each character deals with the death of a childhood friend while at the same time dealing with their own ignored demons after years of separation. Events unfold as the group tries to rekindle the friendship they once shared to honour the memory of a friend they will never see again.
This was an emotional gathering of old friends for a sad event. I thought it was mostly a character study of how people react differently to the same situation, and how things never stay the same. Everyone grows up and becomes someone other than the kid you used to hang out with all the time.
Each person in the book had a unique story with both happy and sad parts. Seeing how they all fit together was an intricate puzzle of “real life”-ness.
A note about the ending, I was surprised by the ending, and thought it had both good and bad aspects. Not sure I agree with all of it, but like the rest of the story, it didn’t just have one dimension.
Challenges read for:
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
2012 Ebook Challenge
2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge