11 May 2017

Engaging Family Drama | The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

ABOUT THE BOOK

A beautifully written novel about love, class differences, and betrayal playing out over the course of a fractured American family’s Long Island summer from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares, author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

“A gorgeously written novel on love, loss and family.” —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

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.

★ "Masterful. "—PW, starred review

★ "A continuous, consistently engrossing narrative . . . deeply moving."—The Bulletin, starred review

“A gorgeous exploration of family, secrets, and love.”—Teen Vogue

“You absolutely must read it.”—Pop Crush


MY REVIEW

Since I loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I couldn’t wait to read Ann Brashares’ newest YA novel, The Whole Thing Together. With plenty of summer and relationship drama, Brashares shares a story revolving around the children of two people once married, now divorced and remarried—Sasha, Ray, and their three shared sisters. It’s full of family, love, secrets, dreams, and I enjoyed reading The Whole Thing Together. It engaged me (and my emotions) so well in its drama, and I think any fan of contemporary YA fiction should check it out.

★★★★

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a complimentary copy of The Whole Thing Together and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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