All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue is a perfect summer novel for women. It features friendships, loves, losses, secrets and much more. Plus, it takes place during the summer on the New Jersey shore.
“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.” – All the Summer Girls
All the Summer Girls is a true summer read. Perfect for a beach trip or summer vacation at a resort, or anywhere this summer. If you can’t get to a beachy summer vacation spot, this book will transport you there while you read it. You will get lost in this book for a while though, so if you are outside in the sun while reading it, be sure to apply plenty of lotion with SPF in it (or get in the shade).
The three main women in the story all come back together to this New Jersey shore town where they hold deep secrets that tie them together. You’ll learn more about this through well-crafted flashback scenes in the novel. Although the women weren’t so close in their adult years, they all find themselves back together for the summer. Their lives have changed dramatically since their teenage years and the trauma that has been haunting them ever since.
This novel is an excellent story about friendships, secrets, and lives that can be ruined if deep secrets and traumas aren’t dealt with. This is a beach read that is more than just fun and sexy, it has a true story that will keep you reading longer than you planned for each sitting. I definitely recommend this book for your summer reading list!
* Thank you to the publisher of All the Summer Girls, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.