Published by Delacorte Press on April 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: the publisher
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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 received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I don’t read very many contemporary books a year. Usually it’s all fantasy, horror and romance all the time. On the very rare occasion that I want read a contemporary book, I want it to be worth the read. I like contemporary books that really hit me right in the feels or make me think. The Whole Thing Together did both.
I loved how The Whole Thing Together was all about a parent’s divorce and how it effected the entire family. First two people married and had three little girls. Then the family fell apart and went through a very contentious divorce. In fact, the parents no longer talk or want to see each other ever. They both remarried and each have a single 17 year old. One boy and a one girl.
The way that the boy, Ray and the girl, Sasha feel about their blended family was fascinating to me. Ray and Sasha both have the same sisters but they aren’t related to each other at all and have never met. The family shares a beach house and Ray and Sasha share a room, one week at a time. First Ray sleeps in the room and then they leave at 11am on Sunday. Sasha arrives at 1pm and stays for the next week until they switch again. I loved how Ray and Sasha know all about each other, even though they have never seen each other. Their feelings about their family were incredibly understandable and relatable. Plus, it really made me think and wonder about how divorce affects kids, even if they weren’t alive when the divorce took place. Ray and Sasha’s blended family turned their lived upside down.
If there was one thing that really hurt me about this book, it was the abrupt end. I thought the content was good but I wanted more. I definitely didn’t want the book to end when it did. In my opinion, it could have been like 5o pages longer. That’s hard when you are loving a book and it ends and leaves you wanting more.
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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