Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 288 
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon  
Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Three friends who grew up just as close as sisters have now grown apart and are brought back together and their shared history will either tear them apart or bring them closer.  Each of the friends were unique, but it was easy to realize how they would become friends and that they each were a part of how they stayed friends for so long.    

I loved the combination of a story about friends with some mystery included.  I spent the entire book trying to figure out what secrets they kept from each other for so long and why they would keep anything from each other.  The author definitely kept me guessing as to what happened to the twin brother, Colin, and who was involved.  I was glad when it all came out and how all the details surfaced, it felt real and not too perfect.  

I would recommend this book as a great summer read, it was light enough to enjoy on vacation, but still had some depth and substance.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 36 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

The tour schedule

Tuesday, May 21st: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, May 22nd: Mom in Love With Fiction
Thursday, May 23rd: A Bookish Affair
Friday, May 24th: Sweet Southern Home
Monday, May 27th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, May 28th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Thursday, May 30th: I Read a Book Once
Monday, June 3rd: A Musing Reviews
Tuesday, June 4th: Giraffe Days
Wednesday, June 5th: Tina’s Book Reviews
Monday, June 10th: Literally Jen
Tuesday, June 11th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, June 12th: Write Meg


  1. This sounds good. As a writer, I love reading books where there's a character who's a writer.

  2. "real and not too perfect" is a difficult balance but it sounds like this author got it just right.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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