Book Review · Books · Young Adult

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

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Genre

Young Adult

Description

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.

Review

The Whole Thing Together is an emotional story of family secrets, love, loss, and complicated family dynamics after divorce. So much of this story resonated with me. The prose is astoundingly beautiful and the story is one that felt personal to me. As someone whose parents divorced at 8 years old and later remarried and went through another divorce with their second spouses, I have witnessed firsthand how divorce and parental conflict hurts the children the most.
I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2p6vMws

Rating

♥♥♥♥♥

Quotes

“It was a familiar weakness, not wanting the people she loved to want things too badly. Her protection could only extend so far.”

“If you want to be taken seriously, be serious. Take yourself seriously.”

“Like all slow and terrible wars, it was fought and borne by those who had no grievance, the most innocent enduring the worst.”

“Because we are the ones who want peace among the grown-ups , and they still want war.”

“Let the pain in. Give it a voice if it needs one.”

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