Meg Donohue’s All the Summer Girls is a thoroughly enjoyable book, ideal for a long weekend or a holiday—as Elin Hilderbrand writes in the front-cover blurb, it’s a “Beach Book Extraordinaire!” It’s the kind of book to save for when you have the leisure to put your own work and life aside and tear through a series of other people’s (characters’) problems.
Like any good “beach book,” All the Summer Girls’ main characters, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani, each have their own trials and tribulations: men, careers, children, romance, breakups, drugs, failure, secret pain. (And isn’t secret pain always best, from the reader’s standpoint, anyway?) The three are high-school friends who come together again when they are approaching the end of their twenties. They are held together by memories, not just of high school, but also of the time they