Review: I Thought You Said This Would Work

Title: I Thought You Said This Would Work
Author: Ann Garvin
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: May 2021
Length: 301 pages
Series?: no
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

A road trip can drive anyone over the edge—especially two former best friends—in bestselling author Ann Garvin’s funny and poignant novel about broken bonds, messy histories, and the power of forgiveness.

Widowed Samantha Arias hasn’t spoken to Holly Dunfee in forever. It’s for the best. Samantha prefers to avoid conflict. The blisteringly honest Holly craves it. What they still have in common puts them both back on speed dial: a mutual love for Katie, their best friend of twenty-five years, now hospitalized with cancer and needing one little errand from her old college roomies.

It’s simple: travel cross-country together, steal her loathsome ex-husband’s VW camper, find Katie’s diabetic Great Pyrenees at a Utah rescue, and drive him back home to Wisconsin. If it’ll make Katie happy, no favor is too big (one hundred pounds), too daunting (two thousand miles), or too illegal (ish), even when a boho D-list celebrity hitches a ride and drives the road trip in fresh directions.

Samantha and Holly are following every new turn—toward second chances, unexpected romance, and self-discovery—and finally blowing the dust off the secret that broke their friendship. On the open road, they’ll try to put it back together—for themselves, and especially for the love of Katie. 

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This book made me laugh so hard and cry so hard. The chapter titles are hilarious.

Three girls meet in college and have all gone on in life. Two have married, one has had a child (now grown and going to college), and one has pursued a successful career.

Samantha doesn’t know what happened to cause Holly to leave town at warp speed after graduation, without a word since. Katie, the last to join and complete the trio, still maintains a friendship with both of her friends, but also doesn’t know what happened to make Holly leave in the way she did or to make her maintain such a cold and critical view of Samantha.

And now Katie has is hospitalized again – and needs both her friends. Her dastardly ex-husband has surrendered her dog, Peanut. Halfway across the country.

While Samantha also has an ailment that afflicts her, Holly does not believe it. Because of this reason, Samantha can’t go alone, even though she’d like to. Together, Holly and Samantha must travel together to save Peanut.

Once they arrive in L.A., they pick up a third road trip passenger. Summer Silva is a (small scale) celebrity. She’s wacko and insightful. Believes in a lot of woo woo stuff. For most of the book, she’s presented as an airhead.

Once Summer joins in their trip, things become comical and frustrating. Their ordeals and shenanigans were hilarious. I don’t know if I’ve enjoyed a book as much for its comedy.

There were also heartwarming and painful moments, too.

I found so much wisdom wrapped up in this novel that I could apply to my own life or rang true for me. I could identify with different aspects of each of the women. Their friendship reminds me of my own friendship formed with two dear friends, strengthened during college.

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