All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
This week I am reviewing a fantastic summer read, All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue. This was a first time for me reading any of Donohue’s work, but she came highly recommended by Elin Hilderbrand, whom I adore, so it seemed like an easy pick. I chose this book to fit my challenge category: A book with a season in the title. I found this book through my library’s online database: Overdrive, and listened to it will updating databases at work.
In Meg Donohue’s novel, three old friends find themselves in desperate needs of a holiday return to their childhood vacation spot, and quickly come to understand the idiom, “you can never go back.” Kate finds out she is pregnant on the same day her fiance breaks of their engagement. Dani loses her job, falls in to the bottle and can’t seem to find her way out, and Vanessa feels lost in her relationship and is considering finding herself in a different one. The three women, lost and confused, retreat to their old vacationing spot on the Jersey Shore and come to realize how much this town, and the mistakes made here have changed and shaped their lives. Will they reveal their harbored resentments and secrets so that they can grow together once more? You will have to read to find out.
I found this novel refreshing, as it was a very different type of story to what I’m accustomed to reading. I enjoyed the emotional aspects as well as they mystery in this story. The characters and their struggles seemed very real, though the plot was somewhat flat and easy. This seemed like the epitome of a beach read to me, quick, easy, somewhat fluffy, and emotional. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read or listen, who enjoys having their heartstrings plucked, or who appreciates emotional drama. All of the characters experience personal growth and delve into the darker sides of their issues.
If you’ve read this book and are interested in some similar recommendations check out How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue. I haven’t read this yet, but it has great reviews and follows a similar cast and story line as All the Summer Girls.
If you’re murder mystery is more your style check out The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand. In this sassy novel a wedding is interrupted by a body washed ashore and the groom realizes family isn’t everything.
Another great summer read would be The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares, the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, one of my favorite summer books of all time. Whenever I think of summer reading, my mind travels back to Brashares writing and I can practically feel the sand in my toes.
Have you read All the Summer Girls or any of Meg Donohue’s other novels before? What about any of the other recommendations? What is on your beach read list for this summer? As always, I love hearing what you have to say so please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!