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Product Details

  • Series: P.S.
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062203819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062203816
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Kate Harrington finds out she’s pregnant minutes after her fiancé dumps her. Vanessa Warren loves being a stay-at-home mom, but she can’t stop thinking about her college ex. Dani Lowenstein might be living the writer’s life in San Francisco, but she can’t hold down a job, and her taste for drugs and alcohol is becoming more pressing than fun. The three women, childhood friends who have drifted from their Philadelphia private-school roots, decide to reunite for Fourth of July weekend at Dani’s father’s beach house in Avalon, New Jersey, like they did as girls. Vanessa and Dani want to support Kate with a fun, forget-about-him girls’ weekend, but none of the women can escape the growing tension in the friendship or the specter of Kate’s twin brother, Colin, who died eight years before on a similar Avalon summer weekend. Donohue captures the beauty and frustration of reconnecting with old friends—they know you so well, and they don’t know you at all. Perfect for a staycation for readers who like the beachy drama of Elin Hilderbrand and Susan Wiggs. --Susan Maguire

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All the Summer Girls is a beautifully wrought story about the tender yet resillient bonds of friendship and the damage of kept secrets. Meg Donohue writes with keen insight, prodding readers to re-examine their own past choices, while gracefully examining themes of family, friendship and forgiveness.” (Karen White, New York Times bestselling author)

“Beach Book Extraordinaire! Donohue’s three protagonists are irresistibly sympathetic as they try to unbury their true selves from the ruinous secrets of their shared past.” (Elin Hilderbrand)

“Meg Donohue’s All the Summer Girls is an intimate, heartfelt, beautiful exploration of friendship, family and the ties that bind and the secrets that destroy us. Read it first, pass it to your girlfriend later. She’ll be grateful.” (New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch)

“All the Summer Girls is an honest and engaging look at the complicated and powerful bonds of female friendship. Donohue takes us on a weekend reunion full of secrets, resentment, and regret-in other words, once you start this book, you won’t be able to put it down!” (Jennifer Close, bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses)

“A fast-paced novel about the enduring friendship of three young women who spent their summers in Avalon on the Jersey shore before dispersing across the country....A good beach read.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Donohue gives the chick-lit buddy trope an appealing twist and a lot of depth, turning a familiar yarn of regret, trust, and loyalty into an elegant ode to late bloomers.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Donohue captures the beauty and frustration of reconnecting with old friends—they know youso well, and they don’t know you at all. Perfect for a staycation for readers who like the beachy drama ofElin Hilderbrand and Susan Wiggs.” (Booklist)

“Engaging.” (Entertainment Weekly, "The Best Summer Reads 2014" on ALL THE SUMMER GIRLS)

More About the Author

Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of DOG CRAZY (coming March 2015), ALL THE SUMMER GIRLS, and HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE, which was translated into Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish. She has an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three young daughters, and dog, and is working on her next novel.

For more on Meg, please visit www.megdonohue.com. Follow Meg on Twitter at @megdonohue.

Customer Reviews

Good book to read on the beach.
marye
The characters were likable and the story was very interesting.
Jchaul
The characters were more like caracatures.
T. Blake

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robin Lee TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 31, 2013
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Author, Meg Donohue wrote an excellent summer novel right at the Jersey Shore....Some say this novel is a coming of age, but I believe it's more about death, tragedy and dealing with the aftermath....The plot is compelling, emotional, humorous and mysterious at times...The three main characters are complicated and relatable....Perfect depiction of people dealing with guilt, alcoholism and anxiety disorders...You could connect with "All The Summer Girls" and actually feel their emotions coming from the pages....Stunning picturesque details of the Jersey Shore, that I could hear the ocean waves, smell the salty air, feel the sand and sun on my face...This story brought back memories of a wonderful time of fun, summer boys, girlfriends, crushes, part time jobs and lazy days.....

Kate Harrington has just been dumped 3 months before her wedding and finds out she is pregnant at the same time..She is still, after all these years traumatized by the drowning death of her twin Owen..Instead of going to Vegas for a "Bachelorette Party" she cancels, invites her two friends, Vanessa and Dani down to the old familiar summer house in Avalon, NJ, for one last get together.... They are all dealling with their own personal demons and have deep dark secrets from each other......This trip will awaken long dormant, painful memories, that have been slowly simmering on the surface and are about to boil over in the summer heat....Will Dani become a writer, Vanessa decide to remain with her husband or summer love, and Kate face the future without Peter..

Will this trip bring them closer together or tear them apart for ever.....

"Stronger Than The Storm"....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beach Lover on September 21, 2013
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I bought this based on several other reviews and based on those, this wasn't quite what I was expecting. It took awhile to get the story going but there were some twists and turns I didn't see coming. This is the first Meg Donohue book I've read so I don't know if they all start slow, but it's definitely worth the read!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anita on July 30, 2013
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This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning. They were very warm and human and they kept my attention all the way through. I really enjoyed her last book also and I am looking forward to her next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CM on July 30, 2013
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This book has a fun setting with great characters that are written with great psychological insight. A fun and satisfying summer read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. Nathe on July 28, 2013
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I found this book, due tot he fact that I enjoyed her debut novel so much. Will be ready for another book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth K. Ruh on July 26, 2013
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Made me think of my days as a kid on the Jersey Shore. I really enjoyed Meg Donohue' s book. I highly recommend it!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cbryce on October 1, 2013
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Each of whom is convinced that they are responsible for the death of the twin brother of one of them, eight years earlier. Probably, none of them were, as it seems like he was on his own downward spiral and they each gave their own part in his life too much importance.

The three are unlikely friends (of course) each very different and struggling with their lives as they hit thirty (of course). Really nothing special or startling about this book. It is short, probably can be read in one long plane ride, if they exist any more. None of the women were especially likable or unlikable, just kind of stereotypes of women in these kinds of books. One is convinced she invented motherhood, yet pines for the status of a career. Another is a career woman who pines for a family. The third is the mixed up "creative" one who, of course, is trying to write a novel.

Overall, the writing is fine, but the women, especially Vanessa, are tiring. Lots of "naval gazing" going on with these three.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nuttya22 on July 29, 2013
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This book was wonderful from the beginning to the end. I was sucked into the three women's lives. I couldn't put the story down.
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