When happy-go-lucky Wade is dumped by his longtime girlfriend, he's left to wonder whether she might have a point about his lack of ambition. Needing a distraction from the heartbreak, he begins programming a video game, which soon becomes a passion project as he strives to prove he can follow through on his own.
Meanwhile, his brother Ian barely has time for games now that he's overloaded at work and struggling to connect with pregnant wife Kat, who's starting to doubt whether she wants a baby at all. In fact, without the shared experience of college, their entire friend group is splintering.
Needing his friends more than ever, Wade becomes obsessed with turning back the hands of time. But with everyone's hopes and expectations so tangled up, it might take an outsider--someone like painfully shy librarian Eleanor--to provide some much-needed perspective. That is, if she could get out of her head long enough to risk making a connection.
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"Through a well-realized cast of characters, the author explores marriage, friendship, romance, family dynamics, and parenthood, all during the uncertain point in life that is post-college but not yet settled. Poignant, quirky, cleverly humorous, and infinitely relatable, the story manages to be simple yet surprising, offering a skillfully layered reading experience that will be thoroughly enjoyed by 20-somethings, and even those well beyond the millennial generation." - Booklist (Starred Review)