Best friends Kate, Vanessa, and Dani haven't gotten together in ages. They were supposed to be partying in Vegas to celebrate Kate's upcoming wedding, but now the groom has walked and it looks like the whole thing is off. As Kate struggles with her broken relationship and the discovery that she's pregnant, Vanessa has marriage issues of her own. And Dani, well... she's just been fired, again. It's Dani who suggests that the three of them keep their trip plans but move it to the Jersey Shore instead. It'll be a great chance for each of them to take a break and spend time together. But it'll also be the first time they've returned as a group to the place Kate's twin died so many years ago - an event none of them has truly recovered from and one they've all been keeping their own secrets about.
After Donohue's How To Eat a Cupcake, I kind of expected something a little lighter in tone than All the Summer Girls. This is not to say that her debut was all that light and fluffy - I mentioned in my review of that one that I found it had quite a bit of welcome substance, but still, All the Summer Girls was definitely heavier in tone.
While I found I could easily sympathize with each of the characters at times, I also found that there were moments when I didn't completely like any of them. It's hard to be too critical of that considering it's all the lumps and bumps - or in this case personality quirks - that make the characters seem real. It was that lack of connection, though, paired with the weightiness of the book (and the fact that I'd read this one and He's Gone one right after another) that turned me off of this one a bit. I have to say this was a downer of a weekend in terms of reading!
Like He's Gone it was still a good read and one that I've no doubt lots of folks will enjoy. It was certainly bad timing on my part, though!
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