The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

The Whole Thing Together
Ann Brashares
Young Adult Fiction
Delacorte Press

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.

My Thoughts:

When I was asked to review Ann Brashares’s new book, I couldn’t turn it down.  I am such a fan of her popular series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, so, of course, I have very high hopes for anything she writes.

Well….The Whole Thing Together did not disappoint!  This novel was very beautifully and eloquently written, dealing with the issues of young love, family, and loss.  It also showed the great lengths people will go to during a divorce to maintain normalcy for their children.

The book is set on a beach in Long Island and makes a perfect summer read for those lazy days in the sun.  Ann Brashares has an amazing way with words and her images of this picturesque setting came alive for me between the pages.  It is definitely a quick read, and one can easily finish it in a weekend.

I would recommend this great novel for anyone who enjoys a good family love story.

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About the Author:

Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, 3 WillowsThe Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children.  She can be found at





P.S.  Here goes my little disclaimer…

Thanks goes to Delacorte Press and for allowing me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication. All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine and I did not receive any payment.

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