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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Time Trials by Terry Lee follows the lives of eight friends - the Bad-Ass Girls - from when they first met in college through the next forty years of their lives. The story covers their friendship, their personal journeys, and the changes that came along the way from their teenage years through to the fifties. With each of the girls yearning for something more in life, going to college was, in a way, a promise of a new beginning; a chance to live life on their own terms. Terry Lee flawlessly narrates their journeys and experiences as they try to hold onto the friendship, eventually settling into their separate lives until a tragic event brings them back together. Follow the journeys and shenanigans of the Bad-Ass Girls as they move from strangers to best friends and back again, helping each other navigate through life's ups and downs.
Time Trials by Terry Lee is the tale of a vibrant friendship as it is tested by time. The most amazing part of the story is how such a diverse set of characters came together to form a dynamic friendship that would span decades. Each of the girls had a different story to tell and each brought something special to the group. There is real depth to each of these characters and their stories; each as memorable as the other but in a completely different way. The character growth across the decades was phenomenal as portrayed by the way each of them adapted to the changing times and circumstances, yet at the core they all remained the same people they were when they first met. I also enjoyed how the story began with the characters on the road to college, which felt like such a powerful symbolic indication of the new journey they were embarking on. Time Trials by Terry Lee is the tale of a true and fierce friendship. I especially liked that the friendship was not painted too rosily, which would have come off as corny and, by avoiding this, it felt genuine and relatable.