All the Summer Girls

All the Summer Girls

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by Meg Donohue
     
 

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In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her fiancé 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

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In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her fiancé 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Donohue (How to Eat a Cupcake) sounds an irresistible call to spread a blanket on the nearest beach with three best friends who reunite on the Jersey Shore to commiserate, imbibe, and confess the dark secrets that have haunted them since college. The ladies—newly jilted Philadelphia lawyer Kate, restless Manhattan “yummy mummy” Vanessa, and drug-and-alcohol-abusing San Francisco writer Dani—are a hot mess in “the summer of our discontent,” mishandling the past and present as they move Kate’s canceled Las Vegas bachelorette party to their favorite summer haunt in Avalon, N.J. But problems old and new follow them to the beach: Kate is pregnant; Vanessa is flirting with an old boyfriend; and Dani can’t keep a job, find a home, or finish her novel. The elephant in the room at their rambling beach house, however, is the eighth anniversary of the drowning death of Kate’s troubled but lovable twin brother, Colin, a disaster that became a “lever pulled, sending them each hurtling down a different track.” The girls’ shared and private guilt predictably brings them closer, but 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. Agent: Elisabeth Weed, Weed Literary. (July)
Karen White
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.”
Elin Hilderbrand
“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.”
New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch
“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.”
Jennifer Close
“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!”
Booklist
“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.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Engaging.”
New York Times Best-Selling Author - Allison Winn Scotch
"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."
Kirkus Reviews
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. The book opens with Kate, now a lawyer in the girls' original hometown of Philadelphia. Kate's fiance, a man she met in law school, breaks up with her the same day she learns she is pregnant with their baby. Then we meet Vanessa, now living in New York City. Vanessa has given up her career as an art dealer in the city to raise her daughter Lucy and is struggling with her husband's confession that he recently came close to cheating on her. Then we meet Dani, an aspiring novelist who has just lost her job in a bookstore in San Francisco. Dani is still dealing with drug and alcohol addictions and is still looking for Mr. Right. When the three decide to get together and spend the 4th of July holiday back in Avalon, they are each haunted by memories of Kate's twin brother, Colin, who tragically drowned there eight years earlier when they were all on the cusp of adulthood. Woven into the mystery of Colin's demise are other issues of childhood that influenced each of the young women. As they look back on the painful past and flirt with future opportunities, the women finally share the secrets they had kept all those years, forgive one another and prepare themselves to move on in positive ways. A good beach read, set in a beach town.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062203816
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
266
Sales rank:
365,326
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Elin Hilderbrand

“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.”

Meet the Author

Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake and All the Summer Girls. 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, three young daughters, and dog.

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All the Summer Girls 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
All the Summer Girls: A Novel by Meg Donohue This book follows the three women-they are best friends. NY: Vanessa and Drew have a daughter Lucy and she gave up on the gallery job to raise the baby. Philly: Kate is in and her husband to be-is also a lawyer but he breaks up with her the night she discovers she's pregnant. CA: Dani worked in the bookstore and writes her novel at night while sharing the apartment with 2 other females. The book is about Kate's twin brother who died while they were all summering on the island 8 years prior.. Rather than going to Las Vegas for the bachelorette party they will go to Avalon where they always summered. It's been 8 years since Colin's death and it seems each of them feels a bit responsible for his death. We learn more as their story continues-the fear they each hold and wanting to be free of their guilt by telling others their held secret... Love hearing about the travel, each of their cities where they live and of the Jersey shore as I've yet to travel there myself. Such detailed descriptions. I received this book from Edelweiss by William Morrow Paperbacks and Harper Collins Publishers in return for an honest review.
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Donohue has done it again and I could not be more happy. There is a risk that when you love an author's debut novel the subsequent books may not meet your high expectations. I loved How to Eat a Cupcake and I am happy to report that I also loved All the Summer Girls. Donohue writes compelling characters, ones that you can relate to. In ATSG Donohue brings three friends back together for a weekend getaway, back to the place that all feel at home. All of the women are facing person struggles, mixed with ghosts of the past and guilt that has fractured the foundations of the friendships years ago. What unfolds in ATSG is not only a universal story about love, friendship and ultimately finding ones self among the chaos of life, but also a story of the weight of secrets kept, forgiveness, growth and redemption. ATSG is a book to take to the beach, to share with a friend or is your next book club pick. This is a must read for summer 2013. Donohue knows how to write novels that cause you to become invested, to turn pages and to ruminate on what you read after the book is finished. A talent worth noticing. 5 stars.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Three friends who grew up just as close as sisters have now grown apart and are brought back together and their shared history will either tear them apart or bring them closer.  Each of the friends were unique, but it was easy to realize how they would become friends and that they each were a part of how they stayed friends for so long.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this book but it never really grabbed my attention fully. I found it a bit boring and predictable. For a good read about summer friends, try Judy Blume's SUMMER SISTERS?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a Philly gal, so I liked reading about the towns I'm familiar with, however, it went slow at times.,the back and forth between the characters. I do recommend this book, it keeps you wanting to know their secrets.
CarolFinucane More than 1 year ago
Loved the book!! Great summer read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good summer or beach reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this read. Very easy to follow and kept me interested at all times. Would highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written book, a perfect summer page turner. I couldn't put it down once I picked it up :) I'm excited to read more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the chsaracters and the story, great relaxing escape
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just ok. I honestly just would skip over parts hoping it would get to a better more exciting part. I just couldnt wait to finish it to start a new book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a little boring.. it was a cute chick-beach read kind of book.. but honestly i just wanted to finish it , so i can move on to my next book.  Thought it would have been better- i was a little excited to read a book about a group of friends going down "the shore".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book but it just couldn't keep my attention. I read everthing from 1000 page historical fiction to young adult supernatural quirky fluff, to classic romance. With Summer Girls, I found myself constantant drifting. I hate to say it but I was relieved when the book was over. I recommend reading a sample before purchasing.
KateUnger 9 months ago
This book is a fun beach-y read. The exposition is a little long, but I really enjoyed all three of the main characters. I was able to relate to them all. Kate is the responsible one. She's grown up to be a lawyer, and she has a plan for her life...that is until her fiance, Peter, breaks up with her 3 months before her wedding. Vanessa is the beautiful one. She's married to the son of a TV news anchor, and she's quit her job at an art gallery to raise their 2 year old daughter. She's feeling like she lost herself and is questioning her marriage after her husband kisses another woman. Dani is the proverbial screw up. Still working on her novel after eight years, she loses her job at a book store, and she still drinks and does drugs way more than a 29 year old should. All three women have issues stemming from the summer they were 21 years old when Kate's twin brother, Colin, drown. All three of them have carried some guilt ever since. When they return to Avalon, NJ for a girls weekend, the truth finally comes out. This story was fairly predictable, but I really loved the characters, so I didn't mind. I enjoyed watching the drama unfold. I always love stories of long friendship, especially ones involving trips to the beach. http://www.momsradius.com/2015/10/book-review-all-summer-girls.html
Teresa Washington More than 1 year ago
Not as good as some reviews state. Rather slow.
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This book spears light hearted and chick-lit like, but honestly it is very saf. Not at all what I was expecting!
nookgeekCD More than 1 year ago
Great story about 3 friends returning to the place of summer fun, excitement, tragedy, and secrets. If you vacationed in the summer, you can connect to the characters.