Oh doesn’t this look like so much fun?! I adore the women on this cover and in the banner. They look so freaking beautiful don’t they?
Shout out to this full month tour hosted by RockStar Book Tour! Head down to the bottom of my post to see the full schedule. Trust me, there’s a lot of good people on here. There’s also a giveaway being hosted by RockStar! Three (3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE THROWBACK LIST, US entries only. Click here to enter and good luck!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to RockStar Book Tour, Hyperion Avenue, and Lily Anderson for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
I absolutely adore Lily Anderson and her writing from the moment I read Undead Girl Gang. So I knew that I was going to like this novel because she hasn’t disappointed. The only thing that I really couldn’t handle – and that’s from a personal experience that really messed me up – was one of the main character’s name. I had to try to block it out of existence and remember that Anderson’s character was not this person that put me through so much crap I still have a full reaction when I see or hear that name anywhere.
Anyway, I like stories where characters as adults end up going back to a place that was important in either their childhood or teenage years. It’s a place where they spent their formative years, learning and growing up, and it’s always interesting to see how a place can be different once you’ve been gone for years and come back with a fresh perspective. Can friendship stand against the test of time and distance? That’s what our main characters find out when they go back to their hometown, as well as rediscovering who they are and what they want in life.
I think Anderson did a great job with this story, and I truly look forward to reading more of her novels in the future. Give me all the Anderson stories!
The Throwback List
by Lily Anderson
Publisher: Hyperion Avenue
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 400 pages
Welcome to Sandy Point, Oregon: a sleepy beach town that’s home to a giant anchor statue, a sometimes-karaoke-bar, and Frosty’s questionably legendary Sunday Sundae Surprise. A town Jo, Autumn, and Bianca thought they’d left far behind when they graduated high school, finally moving on to greener pastures than the midway point for tourists heading to the Goonies house. But life seldom goes according to plan.
Bianca Boria-Birdy, former prom queen and valedictorian, has always been an overachiever. As she juggles managing the family tattoo parlor, caring for her grandmother, and adjusting to a new marriage, Bianca’s schedule becomes stricter than ever, with no room for disruption. What she really needs is a vacation, but not even Bianca Boria-Birdy can achieve the impossible.
Autumn Kelly used to be an actress. Now she teaches drama at Sandy Point High. She may have had to kiss her movie-star dreams goodbye, but molding the next generation of performers has given her life meaning in a whole new way. Until the sudden reappearance of her ex-best friend throws everything off-balance.
Jo Freeman has it all together. With a cool job in Silicon Valley, connections at the trendiest fitness studios, and a down payment on her dream condo, she’s well on her way to reaching every one of her goals before thirty. Or she was, before she got fired and landed right back home with her parents and teenage sister.
When Jo finds an old bucket list in her childhood bedroom, it sets the three women on a path that brings them closer to one another with each task. And it just might lead to a life none of them could have planned.
Praise for The Throwback List
“Witty and fiercely relatable. Lily Anderson writes about what it’s like to realize you’re totally failing at this adulting thing and how it makes you turn to that one, special, friend who always knew you best. A fun, funny, and surprisingly emotional look at how friendship evolves but always endures.”—Sarah Watson, author of Most Likely and creator of The Bold Type
Lily Anderson is the author of The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You; Not Now, Not Ever; and Undead Girl Gang. A former school librarian, she is deeply devoted to Shakespeare, fairy tales, and podcasts. Somewhere in Northern California, she is having strong opinions on musical theater. Find her online at http://www.mslilyanderson.com.