I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Summertime Girls by Laura Hankin
Published by Berkley on August 4th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Friendship
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When two lifelong friends reunite for one more summer in small-town Maine, they must bridge the gap caused by the dreams and secrets that tore them apart…Ally Morris and Beth Abbott were beyond inseparable. From the very first time they met, the girls knew they’d found a once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But sometimes, life can’t help but get in the way.As time goes by, disappointments and petty resentments begin to alter what they once thought was forever. Ally’s boho lifestyle leaves her drowning in confusion and cheap whisky, while a terrible secret threatens to shatter Beth’s carefully controlled world. By the time they need each other most, Ally and Beth are nearly strangers to each other.When a family crisis prompts Beth to contact Ally for help out of the blue, the girls reunite in Maine. But the distance between them is overwhelming. To save their friendship, Ally and Beth will have to confront painful moments in their past and redefine who they are—before their incredible connection fades away for good…
I’ve got a lot of love for this book, and have recommended it to everyone! The relationship between best friends is amazing, and I think this book portrays that perfectly.
The story is told from two perspectives, Ally and Beth. They’ve been friends since they were children and then one day they just drifted apart. Beth’s grandmother moving out of her house brings them back together and forces them to see where their friendship stands.
Ally is very much an artistic type. She’s a musician and tends to go with the flow. (One of the things I love about her) Beth is very controlled and likes to have a plan. It’s a shock that they are even friends sometimes. Each of them has gone through a major thing and feel let down by the other. I love both of these characters. They both have their faults and great qualities. It’s finding the balance to deal with their lives and still be a part of each other’s life.
I think the thing I loved about this book is that while there’s a bit of possible forming romance, it’s not the main focus. I always love stories about friends. We get to see the ups and downs, and sometimes how hard it is to maintain a friendship. I think their misunderstanding of what happened on a specific day is important in showing how they drifted apart. Both feel alone after the absence of each other, and it takes a lot of work for them to try to be how they were before adulthood.
If you like books about friends, then this is definitely for you!!!
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