Divorcee Dorothy hopes to have one last chance to fulfill her fantasy of attracting the high school football star, Pete, the boy all the girls were mad about. Poor plain Mary Alice, the social outcast who was always made fun of and left out, is still alone, but we discover she never minded as much as others thought, and that she has made peace with her solitary existence. Brainy nerd Lester, now a widowed veterinarian, is content with the single life since he has never found a worthy successor to fill his late wife's shoes. And Candy the class beauty queen married well and became an obedient society wife with no children (her husband didn't want them) and gave up her dream of being a nurse. The most popular girl in school has no friends, except her pet bulldog, Esther, only numerous acquaintances. Then there is Pete, the school's star jock, now a middle-aged man juggling a mistress and a wife, who regrets that he can't turn back the clock, but he won't let a heart attack stop him from attending the reunion and making one last attempt to win back his wife.
The Last Time I Saw You is a book of surprising revelations, of saying farewell to old dreams and hello to new beginnings. Though the characters represent the stereotypes that can be found in any school, behind these facades lurk surprisingly real human beings, all realistically rendered. This is an enjoyable read that makes a person think, but not enough to ever induce me to attend any of my high school reunions.