All the Summer Girls

Title: All the Summer Girls

Author: Meg Donohue

Genre: Chick Lit

Readers: Professor Michal, media professional Denise, blogger From Grind to Whine Stacey and stay-at-home mom Shawna.

Summary: 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.


For a summer beach read, All the Summer Girls is OK. It doesn’t take a ton of concentration to follow, although the constant switch between writing in present tense and past tense annoyed me a bit. The narrative switched between Kate, Vanessa, and Dani enough to make the story flow but not so infrequently that you got tired of the current narrator. The reveal of the big secrets was a bit heavy-handed. There was no stealth or layering to the secrets that all three girls held and by the time they were revealed, the anticipation had been built up so much that I honestly wasn’t too surprised. I was jealous of their beach house and their vacation in Avalon- the descriptions made me want to pick up and spend the rest of the week on the beach but not with any of these women. The moral of All The Summer Girls: don’t keep secrets, they just screw up relationships. For a summer read, give it a try, especially since it doesn’t require much thought but don’t go in expecting the next great American novel.

Grade: B-



All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue is the perfect poolside book for the summer! Sometimes all you want to do is immerse yourself into someone else’s life. With this book, I was able to completely lose myself in the lives of three friends hoping to reconnect with each other after years of avoided conversations and presumed betrayals have seemed to tear them apart. I have to admit that the plot line was a bit predictable but it’s forgivable. Any book that I can’t wait to pick up and start reading again is a winner and well worth referring.

Grade: B+

Read Also:  Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah


FGTW Stacey

All the Summer Girls is a fun, quick beach read. You’ll follow the story of three Philadelphia girls who grow up together spending their summers in Avalon, NJ. The story takes you through how one mysterious event in their early twenties shapes each of them differently into adulthood. This is a great read for those who want a light read about girlfriends with a hint of romance and mystery wrapped together in a coming of age tale. The writing is simple with unique characters, and is a good book for a weekend getaway to pass the time between the tides.

Grade: B-



All The Summer Girls is a book to read when you want something quick and easy. The book follows three women who are tied together by a dark secret in their past. They agree to return to their beloved summer vacation spot to rekindle their friendship and attempt to come to terms with events happening in each others lives, what each woman doesn’t know is that each of the other ones is hiding a secret she has kept for a long time.

Unfortunately, I think I had too high of expectations for this book. The story was a bit too predictable. The book started slowly and just never picked up speed. I found the characters to be slightly one dimensional and not incredibly interesting.

ATSG is definitely a quick summer-time read that if nothing else, will leave you wanting to visit the beaches of Avalon.

Grade: B-


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