Book Review: The Whole Thing Together

Friday, May 5, 2017

Author: Ann Brashares
Summary from Goodreads:
Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control…or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

Personal Review:
When I saw that Ann Brashares had a new book out, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I enjoyed her previous books and I am glad for the chance!

In this book, we meet Sasha and Ray. They have complicated families who have had overlapping lives, different lives, and then a meshing of their lives back together again. Throughout the book we get multiple perspectives of their lives and how they did a number of the same things, just at different times in their lives.

I enjoyed this book because it explores complex family emotions. I think that can be a hard topic to write about, but Ann does it in a straight forward way. I recommend this book for those looking for a summery read. I appreciated the opportunity to read this book.

Disclaimer: I was awarded this book as part of the Blogging for Books. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

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