Thursday, January 22, 2015

All the Summer Girls

~I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis: In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her fiance the day she learns she is pregnant with his child. In New York City, beautiful stay-at-home mom Vanessa finds herself obsessively searching the Internet for news of an old flame. And in San Francisco, Dani, an aspiring writer who can't seem to put down a book--or a cocktail--long enough to open her laptop, has just been fired . . . again.In an effort to regroup, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani retreat to the New Jersey beach town where they once spent their summers. Emboldened by the seductive cadences of the shore, the women begin to realize just how much their lives, and friendships, have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful night on the beach eight years earlier--and the secrets that now threaten to surface.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I am not sure why, but All the Summer Girls just didn't grab my attention while reading it. I was not feeling that urge to get back to the book.  Afterwards, reflecting on the book, it is a great story, just moved a little slower than I would like.  It is a perfect book to take on vacation or when you are in the mood to read.  That might have made a difference for me.  I really enjoyed how all the girls were finally able to behind them a haunting past and move on….they are true friends.

Favorite Character(s):  I connected more with Vanessa. I can see why she wanted to connect with an old flame after giving up so much of herself when she become a mother. I liked all the characters though.

Setting:  A beach in New Jersey.

Fast read/slow read:  Slow. I just couldn't connect.

Cover:  LOVE it!  The cover grabbed my attention right away.

What Others Are Saying:  "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, bestselling author of Beautiful Day

"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."
     -- Allison Winn Scotch, bestselling author of The Song Remains the Same
 and Time of My Life

"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
 and the forthcoming The Smart One

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would. I have read great reviews on How to Eat a Cupcake.

Meg Donohue is the author of How to Eat a Cupcake. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two young daughters, and their dog.

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