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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 (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,955 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)

More About the Author

Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of 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, two 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

Very enjoyable book that kept my interest.
kathy
The characters were one dimensional and the plot predictable.
Maria Ekpo
I would definitely recommend this book for a light beach read.
Tennessee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 15 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Brandon on July 24, 2013
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Donohue's pacing keeps you involved, and wanting more. Her characters seem like people one would really meet. One quickly comes to care about each one, and wants to know if she can resolve her life crisis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FryLady on July 30, 2013
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This book is a serviceable, but not particularly memorable, classic summer beach read. It tells the story of three very different friends who have known each other since childhood, but have gone their separate ways due to life, growing up and a deep, dark secret about something that happened the last summer they spent together. They go back for a summer weekend at the beach house where "it" happened. Will they resolve their tensions? Will they get back with their men? We pretty much know what is going to happen, but there is some slight suspense, so you have the satisfaction of seeing all the pieces fall into place as you know they will in this type of book, along with just enough curiosity to propel you along.

As another reviewer mentioned, I felt that Kate was the best drawn of the characters, while the others seemed a bit more cardboard. Perhaps this is just because I related to Kate the most!

Strong suits of the book:

--Using three friends instead of the traditional four sets up a nice triangle where one is frequently on the out with the other two or one is the "peacemaker."
--Strong sense of place--the author clearly knows the Jersey Shore (not from the reality show) of which she writes. I felt like I was there.
--Affection for characters. Overall, the three girls (OK, they're 28 but to me they seemed much younger) are likeable, not always the case in this type of book.

This book was well crafted and is something you can read in a day. Also, it is not the type of book where you're so sucked in you can't put it down, which can be useful for summer reading that may be interrupted. To put it another way, if you're reading this while watching your kids at the beach, they won't drown....(now if you're reading Gone Girl or something, watch out).

Overall, I felt this was a nice, solid basic "summer beach read 101" that might be enjoyed best by younger women.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on July 24, 2013
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I absolutely loved it! I stayed up all night reading! I kept saying one more chapter, but couldn't put it down! I'm a Philly girl, so I loved reading about Avalon and knew of all the places they talked about in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on November 25, 2013
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The Good: While the issues dealt with in All the Summer Girls weren't the happiest, the book still reads in the manner of most chick lit - short, easy and perfect for the beach.

The Bad: All the Summer Girls is just sort of depressing. These people's lives are pretty bad and I can't understand why they took so long to deal with their issues. Why did it take a mini-vacation and a friendship meltdown for them to even consider different paths in their lives? Ugh. It was was enough to kind of hope they all failed. Letting something they refuse to be truthful about effect their entire lives? To what? Punish themselves? It was hard to care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V.L. Mason on October 14, 2013
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I just could not get through this book. I didn't expect it to be great literature but gees Louise, I'd hoped it'd be at least readable.

The characters were shallow and predictable, the story was trite and predictable, all of which might have been somewhat overcome with
great writing...but that wasn't the case here.

I could not get past the fist quarter of the book, I decided not to waste my time as well as my money.
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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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