Review: All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
Expected Publication: May 21, 2013
Format: E-ARC provided via Edelweiss
Publisher: William Morrow & Co.
Rating: 2.5/5

Summary via Goodreads
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 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.

My Thoughts
Let’s start off by saying that although I gave this book 2.5 stars, it’s not a bad book. I just had high hopes for this book and it just wasn’t what I thought it would be. I thought it would be a light fluffy beach read. Instead I personally felt it kind of heavy.

Three friends who come together to reconnect after a few years, to the one place where they disconnected in the first place. All with their own problems in their current lives, they come to place where Kate’s brother died. All thinking they had something to do with it.

For some reason I just couldn’t connect with some of these characters. I just didn’t feel like I wanted to invest anytime with them. I liked Kate and I just wished her story with her fiancĂ© was explored more. I would’ve loved to know more of Dani’s story. Exploring her personal life and why she’s so cut off emotionally and to see if she could finally find true love.

All in all it was an okay read in my opinion. I far from dislike it but not the summer beach read I was expecting.


  1. What a shame... It feels terrible to have expectations for a book, only for it to fall flat :/ I thought this was a light fluffy read too, but the topics now feel heavy and the characters don't seem likeable, not going to be reading this any time soon! Great, honest review :)

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

    1. It is. I need to just go into a book free of anything. I need to have an open mind and attitude. I saw this and it screamed beach read. It's not an awful book just not what I wanted it to be.