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All the Summer Girls

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ISBN13: 9780062203816
ISBN10: 0062203819
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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 ambiance 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 cant 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.

Review:

"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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!” Jennifer Close, bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses

Review:

“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....A good beach read.” Kirkus Reviews

Review:

“Donohue captures the beauty and frustration of reconnecting with old friends — they know you so well, and they don't know you at all. Perfect for a staycation for readers who like the beachy drama of Elin Hilderbrand and Susan Wiggs.” Booklist

Synopsis:

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.

About 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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gerin123, January 1, 2014 (view all comments by gerin123)
Looking for a book to get you out of the doldrums of the bleak East Coast weather? Meg Donohue's "All the Summer Girls," will give you a blast of New Jersey shore sunshine. Her three main characters, friends from elementary school days, are well-crafted. Kate, Dani and Vanessa are three twenty-somethings following very different career paths. Kate is a lawyer in Philly, Dani is a wannabe novelist living in San Francisco, while Vanessa is a stay at home NYC mom who wants to return to the art world. This is a quick and enjoyable read; yes it is chick-lit which I usually disdain, but there is also a bit of a mystery involving Kate's twin brother's death, that makes for a page turner. If you are yearning for the return of warmer weather, have ever been to the Jersey shore and like friendship stories, this book is for you!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062203816
Author:
Donohue, Meg
Publisher:
William Morrow & Company
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.720721 in 10.4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , 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!”
"Review" by , “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....A good beach read.”
"Review" by , “Donohue captures the beauty and frustration of reconnecting with old friends — they know you so well, and they don't know you at all. Perfect for a staycation for readers who like the beachy drama of Elin Hilderbrand and Susan Wiggs.”
"Synopsis" by , 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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