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The Whole Thing Together

Author:  Ann Brashares

We live in the same place, but never together.

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.

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May 11,2017

This book starts with step-families and blended families on steroids.  It took me a while to connect who was with who, considering the two main families took weekend about to live in the family beach house.

Then as the characters evolved and relationships blossomed I really started to enjoy the book and care about what was happening.  Each sibling trying to come to terms with the acerbic relationship of their parents,

Unexpected twists and turns,


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