Book Review | All the Summer Girls
*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this novel.*
Author: Meg Donohue
I remember my days as a teenager, wandering the water’s edge by my home town, listening to the gulls screech overhead. The sun beat down on me with such intensity, it felt like it was piercing right through me. I was blissfully unaware of what the future held. The feeling of invincibility a rawness in everything my friends and I did back then. I remember nights down by the lake, fires, parties and laughter. The sweet bitterness of making memories, which sometimes tuned into heartache.
All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue pulled me back into the past with such great force, it felt like I was there again. An awkward teenage girl, trying to find out who she was. Who she wanted to become. This is an unforgettable story. This is a story about love, loss, and secrets, that have haunted Kate, Vanessa and Dani for almost a decade. We are immersed into their present lives, which have been shaped by the tragic night that took away something from them all those years ago. Flashbacks of their lives as they grew up are splashed in between the uncertainty of their present day. We are brought into each of their lives one by one. From New York City to San Francisco. We see how each one has been holding a secret inside them that has slowly festered and burned. Until one weekend, eight years later, all the lies and all the secrets are revealed in an emotional and heart stomping confession by each girl. Will their friendship survive this? Can any one of them hold onto what they all shared for so long? Can they finally let go of the boy they lost so many years ago?
These burning questions are the reason I sped though this book. Why I couldn’t put it down. This book can be read anywhere and at anytime. On the beach with the heat and the glow of the suns rays. Tucked into a cozy blanket by a fire with a glass of wine. On the train home with the buzz of the world just out of focus. On the plane flying over vast distances. But one thing is for sure; you wont be leaving it behind for the next person. You will take it with you and carry it in your heart, like all the memories of your childhood.