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All the Summer Girls: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – May 21, 2013
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“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)
Top Customer Reviews
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"....
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.
This book might be a favorite to others, but it really missed the mark for me. There was nothing wrong with the writing; in fact, I enjoyed the dialogue, depth of characters, setting, and secrets a lot. I identified with Kate and Dani both (not so much with self-absorbed Vanessa). But even with all of these ingredients, somehow the end result was a chore for me to get through. I think the greatest issue I had with this book is that I had no emotional connection to Colin whatsoever when the author wanted me to feel as pained as Kate, Vanessa and Dani regarding his death. Yes, the fact that he died was sad, but as a reader I felt rather indifferent because I've never felt what they experienced first hand and Donohue did not equip me with the tools to understand what the women were feeling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the Summer Girls was a book selected by my bookclub. This was a fast and easy read for the summer. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jolee
Lesson learned: everyone is responsible for their own actions, culminating in a misunderstood tragedy.Published 1 month ago by Sarah Harris
Everyone needs to let themselves be happy. Forgiveness, even of yourself, is necessary for happiness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol Hyche
This was a slow read for me. Once I got into the story it got better. I enjoyed each of the girls and I loved the fact their stories were so vastly different.Published 2 months ago by Diane8513
Juvenile read. Predictable, silly.
Maybe ok for the beach or a plane ride .... Really not worth the time.
Very good story of three high school friends. Getting together after being apart for a few years. There is a painful past that is finAlly exposed.great characterizationPublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Entertaining and satisfying if you are looking for an engrossing story with some insights that is not too heavy.Published 4 months ago by Clara Beard