Summer People

Summer People

by Brian Groh
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Summer People by Brian Groh

Nathan Empson has just accepted the most unusual summer job of his life. In exchange for serving as a "caretaker” for Ellen Broderick, the eccentric matriarch of an exclusive coastal community, he'll earn a generous paycheck and gain access to one of the last bastions of old New England wealth. But not everyone in town is welcoming—or even civil. And while he discovers companionship with a philosophical, ex-punk Episcopalian pastor, and more than companionship with the alluring nanny to the pastor's children, Nathan finds it increasingly difficult to ignore his employer's unnerving behavior. With each escalating mishap, a new aspect of Ellen's colorful past comes to light, exposing the secret lives of her old friends, flames, and enemies, as well as the story behind a scandalous incident Nathan must prevent her from repeating. Yet to sound the alarm about her condition would mean leaving his beachside oasis and the romance that may well change him forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061209970
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Brian Groh grew up in Ohio and has lived in Great Britain, Costa Rica, and Maine. He has written for the New Republic, MTV, and National Geographic Traveler. Summer People is his first novel.

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Summer People 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I don't have much to say about this book. It was a fast read but just a okay read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad quick read. It's just that it reads a little bit like a morality tale at times. I think that if this is a first book, my advice to the author would be to get into his characterization more, so that he seems to have more sympathy and insight into their situation.  Not a bad plot though otherwise.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up late waiting for the excitement, the twiste, the secret, the anything...
Basta4love More than 1 year ago
Don't bother  - kept waiting for the story to pick up and didn't.  Main Character - What a sad sack!
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SpunkyRead22 More than 1 year ago
I was expecting this book to be better than it really was. There wasnt really any character development and it had a really stupid ended. I was expecting more from the main character but by the end of the book, I was still thinking that the guy was kind of mentally challenged in more than one way! It was an interesting read but it took me forever to read it because I never really could get going.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flat awful read - main character likeable enough - other than that - the best thing about it was the book jacket - oh, those awful people who just happen to have the asset of a beach house.......................snore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprized at the quality of writing in this author's first attempt. A clever, intraspective look into the mind of a young man finding his place in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like to read first novels by new, young writers and am often pleased at what I find. That was not the case with Brian Groh's first book. It sounded as though gallons and gallons of rum and Coke were the central theme. The characters seemed very one-dimensional. Like other reviewers I stayed with it until the bitter end and wish that I had tossed it after about 20 pages. Unless Groh is willing to attend writer's workshops, and even that may not help, I do not see this as his genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. It dragged to the end. I actually forced myself to finish it just in case there was a big finish...there wasn't. I found no humor and the young man in this story does nothing but drink rum and coke after rum and coke. I do not reccomend this to anyone it is a waste of your money and/or your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly a boring book and extremely slow. I didn't find any humor in this book at all - just very drab.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a waste of time. The author clearly wanted to write a memoir without taking the inherent risks of the genre--telling his own story by thinly disguising it as fiction. What results is a watered-down, dull book full of stereotypes and unbelievable coincidences. Mr. Groh seems too concerned about his own reputation--particularly with the people he tries to satirize--to concern himself with basic good writing. The worst kind of first novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't be fooled by the cover, this excellent book isn't a trashy beach read. It's hard to put down this wonderful, funny novel. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't ultra-light reading but it isn't hard reading either. I loved it. I thought it was a thoughtful, funny book about what it's like to be a young person trying to find your way in a rich community and in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this book and thought it would be a great summer read. Now that I am living in New England I thought it would spice up my time laying in the sun. It was slow in the beginning and hardly picked up throughout the book which was disappointing. If you are looking for a light book to pass the time don't bother with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I definitely recommend. You will fall in love with the characters and won't be able to put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful, charming, and well written novel. I'm glad I gave the book a look despite reading the reviews. Groh offers an insightful perspective and keen dialogue. I was never on the edge of my seat but I was also never bored and happily anticipated what turn Nathan's life would take next.
of-course More than 1 year ago
Failed my 100 page rule - 90 pages in I could care less about the characters.