The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Published by Delacorte Press on April 25th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
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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.
I think one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book was that it was so different. I hadn’t read a book before that dealt with characters that were connected yet didn’t know one another. I really liked how broken the book is yet how wonderful things got tied together. It kind of felt like real life that way.
I can understand why some people would shy away from this book or not like it because of a plot line that could skeeve people out. Honestly, I have no problem with this. There are way worse things and there is no bloodline between Sasha and Ray, no real relation whatsover. So, it really doesn’t bother me a whole lot.
One thing that I did wish there was more of within this novel is a little less POV switching. I wanted to get to know the characters a little more. But then again, that’s also part of how the book is broken yet ties things together. I know this story won’t be for everyone, but if you like Ann Brashares writing and are willing to read a story that is unique and a little out there, you should give this one a try!
About the Author
Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit Ann’s website at AnnBrashares.com and follow on Twitter @AnnBrashares.
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