The Summertime Girls

Author: Laura Hankin                                     summertime girls
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Source: BEA



Goodreads:  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…

Ope’s Opinion:  The friendship story was very enjoyable.  I liked that their was a friendship between two young women paralleled two older women.  Female friendships cross time lines.  It was interesting to see the older women learn from the younger women.

The story, the characters and their feelings were all very realistic.  I did not care for the casual attitude toward sex.  Ally acted like it was a sport or a time killer instead of something with meaning.

I would have given this book a 4 rating, but the constant use of the “f” word made me feel like I could not recommend this book to several of my friends.  I wish authors would be more creative and find other words to express their characters thoughts and words.

Rating:  3 –  I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.

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