Tuesday, June 25, 2013

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

Who does not like to read books set in relaxing island community? Three friends since childhood, meet for a weekend in Avalon, New Jersey, to escape the stresses of everyday life and to finally discuss their past. Kate is lawyer with her life mapped out ahead of her. That all changes the day her fiancĂ© breaks of their engagement, and she finds out she is pregnant with their child. Vanessa is a beautiful woman that gave up a successful career to be a wife and mother. She starts to wonder if it was all worth it when her husband cheats on her and her past boyfriend reconnects. Danni has been writing a novel for the past eight years, but can’t seem to put away alcohol and drugs long enough to finish the novel and hold on to a job. While on the island, they discuss these problems as well as the part they all played in the mysterious death of Kate’s twin brother Colin on the island eight years before.

I flew through reading this short novel. I will truthfully say that all three main characters annoyed me, but that Colin was the real star of the novel. I really wanted to know what exactly happened to him and how that in affected the three protagonists to become what they are today. I was not disappointed in the riveting conclusion.

In short, read All of the Summer Girls for the great mystery of the death of a 21-year old twin eight years before and how this changed the lives of the summer girls forever. You will not be disappointed.

Book Source: Review Copy from William Morrow. Thank-you!

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