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All the Summer Girls: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – May 21, 2013
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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
“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 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.” (Booklist)
“Engaging.” (Entertainment Weekly, "The Best Summer Reads 2014" on ALL THE SUMMER GIRLS)
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Kate is getting ready for her big day. Her morning is going normally except her finance has changed his schedule. He wants to discuss their relationship. He breask the engagement and says that she needs help. Kate has two very best Friends since Kindergarten Vanessa and Dani. Vanessa is facing a different delimma. She gave up her career to be a stay at home mom. How happy is she really when she worries about her gorgeous husband having affairs? Then there is Dani the third friend she as well has spent a great deal of time with Kate and her family. Dani’s parents are divorced. She only has a relationship with her father. Dani has been living out in San Francisco trying to finish her novel and not keep a job. Each woman has a cross to bear for what happened years ago when they shared a beach house. These events surround Kate’s brother Colin. Will they be able to put the past behind them?
I did not enjoy this novel very much. I thought that the characters are great. They are well developed. The novel was a little short. I wondered the climax of the story really got resolved. There is a part of me that wanted to find out more. The story did not feel resolved to me.
I did feel that author asked an interesting question. How does the past impact your future? A death that touched Kate, Vanessa, and Dani’s lives all made them choose a different future. Have you ever thought what would have happened if I had chosen differently? I know that I have these thoughts all the time myself. I then tell myself that you can’t change the past but can only move forward.
Now, years later, they come together for one more summer, hoping to heal from the secrets of the past and a tragic event that left them all reeling, and the problems in their present. Kate's fiancé Peter has just broken up with her only weeks before their wedding; Vanessa is still reeling from her husband Drew's betrayal with another woman; and Dani is suffering from her own guilt and unable to maintain any kind of life out in San Francisco.
Will their secrets break them apart, or will they find enough strength in their friendship to help them heal? All the Summer Girls: A Novel (P.S.) is alternately narrated by the three friends, and the reader can jog along with them as they agonize over the past and try to carve out a future.
An enjoyable and somewhat predictable read, it was also very satisfying and the perfect ending to a summer. 4.0 stars.
I really liked Kate, Vanessa and Dani and could relate to them all for different reasons. Colin is the main character, as you will see and I found
it very clever the way his story unraveled through the stories of each girl. I also liked the fact that although it took place primarily in Avalon, Nj,
down the shore (I am a former Jersey shore girl myself), each character lived in an interesting big city, Philly for Kate, San Francisco for Dani,
and NYC for Vanessa. Her placement of characters reflected each of them well. Their friendship seemed real and although bumpy was based in love and loyalty. Inspired me.
Dialogue was very well done and writing was excellent. I look forward to other books by this author.
I thought this was a really engaging story about three young women, friends since childhood, each holding onto a secret regarding the death of one of the woman's brothers and how the secrets all come out during one summer week at the beach. The secrets were hinted at early on, but not revealed until much later and I read the book very quickly in anticipation.
The personalities of each woman were very distinctive and well fleshed out and while I didn't relate to any of them completely, I recognized a part of myself in each of them. They were all flawed and sometimes annoying and unlikeable but aren't all human beings?
I really enjoyed the author's writing style and how she seamlessly spun lyrical prose while maintaining the easy-breezy flow of the novel.
Although the ending made me happy, I thought it wrapped up a bit too easily to be realistic.
I will absolutely read this author again.
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