All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
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 is obsessively searching the Internet for news of an old flame. And in San Francisco, Dani, the 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 being to realize 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 only now threaten to surface.
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.
My Rating: 4 Stars
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