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Book Review: All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

Who’s ready for a great summer novel?

All the Summer Girls: A Novel (P.S.) is a new novel by Meg Donohue, author of How to Eat a Cupcake, that tells the story of three friends whose lives were forever changed by a tragic night years earlier. Their friendship, once strong and bold, has deteriorated from the stress of secrets they held from each other. But when their lives are all in turmoil — an unexpected pregnancy, job loss and unhappiness in marriage bring them together. Together they return to the New Jersey beach town where they spent that last summer together — the one that changed everything for all of them.

When I was offered a copy of this book for potential review, I accepted because it sounded like a good beach read. The title and description evoked bits of memories and experiences that I cherish. The part about secrets and a night that changed anything? Though it doesn’t speak to my personal experience, it piqued my interest a little more.

I haven’t been to the area of New Jersey in this novel, but I did spend a few weeks at the Jersey shore as a girl and loved it. In fact, I took my family a few years ago just to share the joy of a place special to me.

This book tapped into some of my favorite parts of summer on the shore while weaving an intricate, complicated story about love, relationships and how we can so easily hurt each other. Picking this book up, I didn’t expect to find a novel that’s so well-crafted that I literally couldn’t put it down (read: I stayed up way too late reading) — but I did. Meg Donohue writes so evocatively, creating a heart-wrenching story about friendship and family. This book is, in a word, simply beautiful.

I can’t recommend this one enough.

This page contains affiliate links. I received an editorial copy of this book for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

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