All the Summer Girls: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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)
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
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!”
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: 9780062203823
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 2,029
  • File size: 695 KB

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted May 23, 2013

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    All the Summer Girls: A Novel by Meg Donohue This book follow

    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.

    31 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

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    Donohue has done it again and I could not be more happy. There


    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.



    22 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Three friends w

    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.    

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Good Summer Read/Escape

    Good read

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    2.5 stars just okay

    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?

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Nice beach read

    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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

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    Recommend!!!

    Loved the book!! Great summer read!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    very good

    Good summer or beach reading

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Engaging read!

    Loved this read. Very easy to follow and kept me interested at all times. Would highly recommend this book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Very well written book, a perfect summer page turner. I couldn't

    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!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Reallly enjoyed,over too soon!

    Loved the chsaracters and the story, great relaxing escape

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Rock ob

    ?MuST read

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Don't Bother

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    I thought it was a little boring.. it was a cute chick-beach rea

    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".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    I really wanted to like this book...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Very good read

    This book is a great read for all of us with close friends and those friends we miss!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Great storyline

    This book is a very catching story line about lifelong best friends that meet up for a summer reunion at a beach bungaloo that they visited many summers together during their youth. Several shocking secrets will be revealed. This book is definatly a page turner.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Facbook

    Its a good book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    To kas

    Bout wut

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Francesca

    You should read this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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