All the Summer Girls
ARC provided by William Morrow in exchange for a fair review
Description from Goodreads:
In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her fiance 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.
All the Summer Girls is pretty much a perfect beach read. The is a story about three best friends and their lives after the fateful day eight summers earlier that sent each of them down different paths. It is a story of friendship, loyalty, love, betrayal, choices and coming to terms with one's own actions. I just loved this book. Each of the friends has her own life issues to contend with as well as trying to cope with her own ideas of responsibility and guilt over what happened that summer eight years ago.
I was going to go into a detailed synopsis of the characters' lives, but that isn't necessary. If you are looking for a great book to read this summer about friendship, fun at the beach, love, grief, growing up -- you know, all those things that make up life, then definitely pick up All the Summer Girls. It's a fast read, the characters are likable and I felt empathy for each of their situations.