The friendship breakup
A premenopausal woman fed up with her exclusionary friends must face her past to save her friendships.
Fallon Monroe, mama bear of one, self-help book junkie, shoe connoisseur, and budding chocolatier, sticks her head in a grocery store freezer to quell a hot flash, and stuffs her face with chocolate to forget that her conservative Creekside neighborhood mom friends excluded her from brunch, Bunco, and a ballet. She has a “B” word she’d like to call them, but she’s left her smart mouth back in college 20 years ago. So, instead she tries to save her friendships by hosting a Cinco de Mayo party that goes disastrously downhill when a stripper barrels into her backyard like a runaway truck and the guests find themselves ass deep in a pile of broken glass.
After her failed attempts to win her friends back, she joins a friendship app to find new friends and to prove she’s a good friend.
In the process of balancing new friendships while breaking up with old ones, tension builds and culminates into a mud-fight shitshow.
Just when she’s about to throw in the dirty towel on all her friendships, she uncovers a letter she stubbornly refused to open 22 years ago. Reading the letter forces Fallon to face her deep-seated fears she’s buried somewhere next to long forgotten chemistry formulas. Now looking at her friendships with fresh eyes, she must decide between hanging on or letting go.
Samantha Stone desperately needs to rid herself of guilt, and she fears she’ll die trying.
Faced with the fast ticking clock of her mortality, Samantha tracks down her first love, Mack, after twenty years to pay off her guilt for her involvement in a tragedy that tore them apart.
This dual timeline switches between today and twenty years ago. The story flashes back to their college years and their crazy experiences, including mysterious unsolved pranks, Mack’s gambling addiction, Samantha’s lack of commitment, their lapses in judgement, and the events leading up to the night of the tragedy—a tragedy that changes the course of their lives and one in which they believe they can never recover from.
Afraid Mack will turn her away again after all these years, Samantha gathers up her courage and finds him in his Chicago bar to come clean about the undeserved life she’s lived since the accident and bequeath to him a significant gift while there’s still time.
In a twist, over the years, both Samantha and Mack have been confiding their deepest desires to the same person. She’s ready to speak up and what she has to say will change their lives again.