Summary: In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her finance the day she learns she is pregnant with his child. In New York City, beautiful stay-at-home mom Vanessa finds herself obsessively searching the Internet for news of an old flame. And in San Francisco, Dani, an aspiring writer who can't seem to put down a book or a cocktail long enough to open her laptop, has just been fired . . . again. In an effort to regroup, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani retreat to the New Jersey beach town where they once spent their summers. Emboldened by the seductive cadences of the shore, the women begin to realize just how much their lives, and friendships, have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful night on the beach eight years earlier and the secrets that now threaten to surface. ~powells.com
Review: I am from New Jersey and love all things NJ (except for the Real Housewives of New Jersey – yuck). I get mad when Pennsylvanian’s call me a flat-lander because obviously they never left PA long enough to realize NJ is far from flat. I roll my eyes when someone asks me “What exit?” I know there is a world of difference between North Jersey and South Jersey and that line is divided cleanly by the Driscoll Bridge. I watched the Sopranos and the Jersey Shore, not because those shows are an accurate depiction of my beloved state and the people who live here. I watched because they were filmed here and it was awesome seeming local landmarks and our sandy beaches on TV each week. When I read the description of All the Summer Girls, I knew this a novel for me with beautiful Avalon, New Jersey as the backdrop.