All the Summer Girls: A Novel

All the Summer Girls: A Novel

by Meg Donohue


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All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue is a riveting coming-of-age tale set on the New Jersey shore. Donohue, the author of the bestselling novel How to Eat a Cupcake, is a master of literary fiction; her skill is demonstrated in this charming and moving second novel.

Set among the sunsets and dunes, All the Summer Girls is the story of how three former best friends, their lives rapidly unraveling, are reunited at the beach town of their past—where the ambience of summer encourages them to explore new experiences they would never otherwise attempt.

When dark secrets threaten to surface, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani begin to realize just how much their lives—and friendships—have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful summer night years ago. In the hope of finally moving forward, the women turn to one another for forgiveness—but how can they forgive each other when they can’t forgive themselves?

Meg Donohue is a phenomenal talent, and fans of Sarah Pekkanen, Susan Mallery, and Catherine McKenzie, will be enthralled by this rich and detailed novel about women, relationships, and forgiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062203816
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 456,591
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. 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 children, and dog.

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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.”

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All the Summer Girls 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure I will finish it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just did not do it for me it took a whole boring book to reach a conclusion.
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Boring. Struggled to read the whole thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great easy read.
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This book changed me and showed me that i need to live a little. I am a mother of 12, and lve how it shows girls wanting to comfort each other when somebody is pregnate or is already a mom!!! Makes me feel like somebody is there to comfort me at the same time. :):):):)
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KateUnger More than 1 year 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.