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Leaving Green Island [Kindle Edition]

Em Barrett
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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Book Description

** "If you enjoy Emily Giffin or Jennifer Weiner, then add Em Barret to your list!" ~The Indie Bookshelf **

** Honorable Mention ~ Beach Book Festival 2013 **

More than simply a modern love story, Leaving Green Island is a poignant yet lighthearted tale of friendship, family and the search for a place to belong in the complex world of today's twenty-something women.

With a new job at a prestigious Chicago law firm and an engagement ring on her finger, everything seems to be falling into place for Brecken Pereira these days. However, all this perfection quickly unravels when Reed Whalen, Brecken’s first love, unexpectedly resurfaces. The complicated history of the enigmatic Reed unfolds as the two summers that Brecken spent as a teenager on posh, exclusive Green Island in northern Michigan are interspersed with her relatable and humorous modern day trials and tribulations.

After Reed's reappearance, Brecken is torn between her longing for the past and the life she has carefully built for herself since Reed vanished years before. Her true-to-life and complex relationships with her two best friends provide the backbone that supports Brecken, both as the life she knows quickly dissolves around her and as she struggles to pick up the pieces.

This unputdownable novel is certain to pull on the heartstrings of anyone who ever had a first love.

{This book contains underage drinking and a bit of explicit language and sexual content.}


Product Details

  • File Size: 3158 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HSRCHQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Read! July 23, 2012
By NKC
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I absolutely adored this book. I stayed up late into the night finishing it because I couldn't put it down! I've been desperate to find more books like this - books like Emily Giffin's that I like to call "smart" chick lit. Just because I'm looking for a lighthearted and entertaining read, it doesn't mean I want to sacrifice great writing, quality character development, and a thoughtful plot with depth. Em Barrett gets this and she totally delivers. I can't wait to read what she writes next. Also, apart from being a touching and engaging story, with real characters, experiences and emotions I could relate to, it's also a perfect summer read. I was stuck in the city on a sticky summer weekend, and Barrett's writing transported me to Green Island -- the golden afternoon sun, the sparkling water, the warm summer breeze...and the nostalgia for those cottage friends and the sense of shared history that always sticks with you. Five stars for sure...I'm jealous of all of you that haven't read it yet!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Beach Read! July 13, 2012
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"Leaving Green Island" seems like the perfect book to read on the beach with your feet in the sand.

The story sucked me in from the very first page. Brecken, the main character, is a young lawyer in Chicago with a creepy boss and a job she doesn't like but can't afford to lose. In some shape or form, we've all been there. Without giving too much away, her life takes a dramatic turn when over a few days, she becomes engaged and then encounters Reed Whalen, a mysterious ex-boyfriend who broke her heart. Barrett builds up the mystery surrounding Reed throughout the first part of the book and I was scratching for clues as to who he really is and why he disappeared. Sidenote - whenever I read a book I always think in my head about which actors should play the characters if they make it into a movie. I have a few ideas for Brecken but I feel like Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights would make the perfect Reed Whalen.

The story cuts back and forth between the present and the past, when Brecken met Reed while on vacation with her friend on Green Island. Most of the flashbacks are set on Green Island, which seems like a wonderful vacation spot. The present action takes place in Chicago. If you're from the Midwest, you will appreciate all of the small touches which indicate the author knows this area well. There are also several funny pop culture references, including a great shoutout to the original "Beverly Hills 90210."

I don't want to give too much of the story away, but by the second half of the book, I was reading as fast as I could to get to the end and find out what happened. $2.99 for this book is a steal. Do yourself a favor and check it out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!!! August 20, 2012
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This book is amazing. I hope that everyone will read it, because it really is that good! The writing is perfection the characters are easy to love and the storyline is fantastic. It's so much fun to read a book that draws you in from the first page. This book covers 10+ years of life and love. Em Barrett, I hope you will be writing many more books. The ending to this book is perfect, although if you wanted to write another story with these characters you wouldn't get an argument from me! I've ready A LOT of books this summer and this one is in my top 3. Thanks for writing such a great story! :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story, easy read July 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was absolutely dumbfounded when I saw this is the #30,303 most downloaded book on Amazon. Then I realized it is a new release and just picking up steam, much like a freighter leaving Green Island for the big city of wind. I didn't have an e-reader, but when I heard that Em Barrett was finally going semi-public with one of her underground coffee shop masterpieces, I splurged for one. I can't find any other novels of hers on Amazon, but i've heard there are a few others out there? Has this always been her pen name? Anyways, to hell with the critics, give me Fifty shades of Green Island!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little piece of nostalgia! July 9, 2012
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I absolutely loved Leaving Green Island - truly couldn't put it down after reading the first few pages! It's one of those light-hearted yet sentimental stories that will bring you back to your high school/college days. The author's writing style will have you feeling connected to the lives of each character which, in my opinion, is the sign of an excellent book!
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe these 5 star reviews October 27, 2012
By lkh
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I'm not a plot spoiler but I was shocked by all the ALCOHOL being given to under aged kids (by their parents, kids who continued drinking and getting drunk throughout the book. Was that necessary to even put in this book? The F bomb totally didn't need to be in the story. I ended up speed reading to get past have the crap that didn't need to be there to be a good love story and ONLY at 90% did I finally slow down and finish the book. I'm actually surprised I did finish. I've lost too many loved ones to alcoholism to enjoy such a story. I should have just deleted at the beginning. MY BAD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop your search! July 6, 2012
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I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to get lost in an exciting love story. I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put it down until I finished it! I laughed and cried, in a good way! The perfect read for a day on the beach or to cozy up with on a cold winter day.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book before summer ends! July 14, 2012
By Digger
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Awesome! Em Barrett is a natural storyteller with a keen understanding of life, love, friendship, and the magnetic pull of the past. Leaving Green Island drew me in with its subtle humor and fluid prose, and it wasn't long before I was hooked reading about Brecken Pereira's unforgettable experiences as an outsider navigating the unfamiliar world of a wealthy vacation community and the confusion she later faces when her first love from Green (as the residents call it) comes crashing back into her life as a young lawyer and musician a decade later. Barrett's captivating plot, multi-dimensional characters, and well-placed references to the sights and sounds of the late `90s Midwest and present-day Chicago make Leaving Green Island an absolutely delightful read from start to finish. Five stars - you should definitely check it out this summer!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I liked the story but found I kept wanting to go ahead it wasn't keeping me interested enough. I really like the ending though.
Published 3 months ago by Sandy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!MUST READ!!!
this book is a highly recommended book! i love everything about it. GOOD JOB EM BARRETT. it makes me wanna read more of her books!
Published 4 months ago by Madleyn Star Yepez
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Enjoyable
Young love resurfacing several years later is the premise of this story. The story is told by Brecken, the female lead, in first person. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joy Cagil
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect summer book
Loved this book and recommend if you want a fun, easy ready - perfect for the beach or roadtrip! I loved the characters and really became engrossed in their story; completely... Read more
Published 5 months ago by kris728
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Leaving Green Island was a breath of fresh air. It would probably be the perfect summer read but I'd read it at any time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Barrett is a natural writer, great storytelling for a great price
~~ARC provided for an honest review~~

This novel was too cute. I had trouble getting into it and took a week off from reading it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Farida B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new author
This new author has written an insightful book that I couldn't put down! Hope there are more of her books to read.
Published 8 months ago by Kristine S. Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story!
I'd like to thank the author Ms. Em Barrett for this opportunity.
Leaving Green Island is a beautiful story of true love amidst time & distance. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jona Dauz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer or Anytime Read!!
Could not put this book down -- it grabbed me right from the beginning. The character and story development got me right from the beginning. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brenda Korthauer
5.0 out of 5 stars loved leaving Green Island and the almost
I loved leaving Green Island and this is a new author for me.they held my interest from the get go and were page turners - all three of her books I have read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by patty lynn
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Bios are so tough...! Let's see, I grew up outside Detroit and then went to college and grad school at the University of Michigan. After moving to Chicago for six years, I recently moved back to Michigan with my husband and young daughter.

Big fan of fountain Cokes and hoodies.

If there's anything else you want to know about me - send me a message :) And, be sure to add me as a friend on Goodreads and check me out on Facebook!

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