Wednesday, December 11, 2013

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
2013, William Morrow Paperbacks

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: While the issues dealt with in All the Summer Girls weren't the happiest, the book still reads in the manner of most chick lit - short, easy and perfect for the beach.

The Bad: All the Summer Girls is just sort of depressing. These people's lives are pretty bad and I can't understand why they took so long to deal with their issues. Why did it take a mini-vacation and a friendship meltdown for them to even consider different paths in their lives? Ugh. It was was enough to kind of hope they all failed. Letting something they refuse to be truthful about effect their entire lives? To what? Punish themselves? It was hard to care.

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