Lara lives in the small town of Turnpost, South Dakota. She’s not sure why she started writing a blog. In 2002, it’s just the thing to do. She’s not the only one blogging. Follow five characters in different walks of life as their paths overlap (or just miss each other) in a variety of ways. A story about unexpected connections and the difficulty of change, “Another Year or Two” is a charming, multilayered glimpse into the thoughts of people who have no idea who is reading what they post.
Another Year or Two is a very unique novel with an interesting premise and format. The author Robin Stephen chose to write this novel in the form of blog posts by 5 different characters. When I first started reading the novel, the constant change in perspective took me out of the story and made it difficult for me to get to know the characters. However, I soon began to see many the layers of connections between each character in the story. Once the novel began to flow and the pace began to pick up I really enjoyed that it was told in multiple perspectives. This format made it easy to see how characters can see and experience the same event differently and see how each character relates to the others.
The thing that I liked the most about Another Year or Two was that it was very character-driven. Since there were 5 main characters whose point of view we saw throughout the novel, I was able to see each character as they grew and developed throughout the story. Each character was extremely realistic. I could even see a little bit of my high school self in Lara, my least favorite character through the majority of the novel. My favorite character, Madison, like me was a twenty-something substitute teacher who was unsure where to go with her life. Robin Stephen has successfully developed a novel where both teenage and adult characters share stories that overlap with each other.
While this is not the type of novel that I would usually pick up and read, I enjoyed reading it and it went very quickly for me. I look forward to reading more by Robin and hope that some of her future stories contain some of the same characters as Another Year or Two.
Rating: 4/5 stars. I recommend this novel to both adults and teens as they both can find a character or characters they they can relate to.