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The Girls of Summer

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This book had potential, but then it wasn't bad OR great; it just was. It was compared to The White Lotus, and wasn't that at all. I feel like this could have been so much better; however I did mostly like Rachel's "voice" as she told the story. 2.5 stars

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3.5 stars

The Girls of Summer was a slow burn, with main character Rachel that you just want to shake sense into. Every decision she made was hard to fathom, but her age in the flashback chapters made it somewhat understandable. However, once she was married and still torn up about her ex, her actions became inexcusable.

The writing was really good, I just found it hard to root for Rachel when it was so easy to see that Alistair was manipulating her. Still, I thought the storyline was good overall and a good Me Too reckoning. The story really picked up in the second half, while the first half had some very slow reveals. This would be a perfect read for a Greece vacation - it made me want to visit again!

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I’m not gonna lie. This book pissed me off so many times. I really wanted to smack the main character Rachel sometimes. She was a very unlikable character in my opinion.

My biggest issue though was with the timelines. At times I couldn’t tell the difference between. I’m not sure if this is due to me listening to the audiobook or not.

Overall this was okay. It had a lot of important topics, it just felt way too long.

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Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This explores a theme that needs to be discussed, where people of power have a hold over the younger and more vulnerable. It is a hard topic, but a lot of us could put ourselves in the MC's shoes, and I think that makes for a unique and well-told story.

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This is a well written novel which is full of intrigue, suspense and tension and as you read on you feel a sense of dread at the callous disregard of lives. The growing menace is palpable with manipulation, control and ultimately betrayal which is heartbreaking and moving in places. The character of Rachel is very well portrayed, she’s not as confident or as worldly wise as some of the other girls she meets on the island which of course makes her “perfect“ in the eyes of some. This means it’s a disturbing read at times although the author is careful and sensitive in her treatment of the characters and the situation but it is inevitably uncomfortable on occasions. You see very clearly how the past impacts and informs the present leading to bad decisions and affecting current relationships.

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As far as easy thrillers go, this one was ok. I think at the time I chose this one because it was likened to White Lotus but then it wasn't really like that at all.

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this one fell a little flat for me. it was hard to keep up between the flashing back and forth between present and past. It was good but not the thriller I expected it to be.

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The Girls of Summer is a then and now suspenseful novel about Rachel, a seventeen-year-old from London who takes the money she is saving for a car and uses it to travel during the summer to Greek islands with her best friend, Caroline. Rachel meets Alistair, a thirty-something year old financial manager for a wealthy tycoon. Even with the locals cautioning her, not to mention her friends and parents, Rachel decides to stay on the island with Alistair. That is the then. The now sixteen years later. Rachel is married to Tom who wants to start a family. Rachel is more interested in finding Alistair than having a baby with Tom. The novel contains little dialogue and many paragraphs with Rachel remembering and slowly revealing what happened on the island and then telling the readers about her separate lives with Tom and Alistair.

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The perfect summer read! Definitely recommend reading this on vacation, in Greece, on the beach!! I will definitely be picking up more books from this author. The setting and the atmosphere of this story was great! Highly recommend,

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Dramatic, full of suspense, predictable, but well written. Since I caught on fairly quickly to what was/had happened to Rachel there were parts (revelations) that weren't very surprising, but otherwise I think the story was powerful. Katie Bishop really seemed to push through the messaging that something that may seem innocent can turn a persons world around and leave them with a lifetime of scars. I really fwlt for the female characters, both in the then and now. I really felt how their confusion impacted their decision making and how it impacted their future relationships. I did enjoy how the novel embraced and supported strong female friendships that showed women who stick together and stick up for each other. I would probably give this a 3.5, but with no halfs I'm ok to round up instead or down here.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the the arc.

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This is a dark, slow-moving tale of men manipulating women. While I had the ebook, I chose to listen to this on audiobook and I think it didn't allow me to connect with the characters as much as I would have liked. I very much liked the author's writing style and will look for more from her in the future.

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Unfortunately this was a DNF for me. I had interest until almost half way through. The plot was unclear for more than I would have liked. I just couldn’t connect. Mainly with the main character Rachel, I even found her to be unlikeable at times. Thank you for the opportunity.

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So this was not the book for me. I couldn't really follow the back and forth of the story and it didn't hold my attention. That is from a personal level.

I do however, feel that this book, tackled a lot of things in a very delicate and understanding way. Kudos for that!

I just couldn't jive with the book.

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this one made my skin crawl. this book is dual timeline, told from when Rachel was 17/18 and than again when shes in her early 30's. She falls in love with an older man when she was young and when she goes back to greece later on, she realizes things were not as they seemed. this was addicting and so good.

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17 year old Rachel and her best friend Caroline decide to travel to a Greek island the summer before college begins. There Rachel meets an older man named Alistair that she instantly feels drawn to. 15 years later, she returns to the island with her husband Tom, which stirs up memories that she has been keeping buried.

The story is told in multiple timelines of the present, 15 years ago and flashbacks of Rachel's past, which I think really enhanced the story. It's a very slow burn read, and I think that the pacing worked very well for the overall vibes of the story. The book focuses heavily on trauma, predatory behaviour, manipulation and the #metoo movement. I wouldn't say this is a particularly plot driven novel, definitely more character driven story. I was so invested in Rachel and all the trauma she had endured, and how she couldn't move past what happened on the island. I wasn't the biggest fan of Rachel overall, and the choices she was making as an adult... but I do understand that her trauma played a big part in those decisions. I also really disliked the way she treated Tom, he was so nice and loving to her and she was nothing but cold and rude. It just rubbed me the wrong way, and I don't think she really had much character development in the end either. I did read this debut all in one sitting, as the writing is easy to read and I did find the story to be addictive.

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This was just ok to me. I was expecting for of a thriller, but got alot of mean girl gossipy vibes. It was still enjoyable. But not what I was expecting. i would reccomend this to adults who used to love pretty little liars.

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I wasn't a huge fan of this one, unfortunately. It left me kind of lacking. I like the whole storyline/concept but found myself slightly bored.

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This book started with an absolute bang for me. Totally pulled me in… but then it fizzled a bit.

🏛️ So when I first started this it felt a little ‘Bad Summer People’ a little ‘We Were Never There’ and I was all in on it. Then it just kept dragging a bit for me. What I did love though: was the brain food this one feeds the reader.

🏛️ What is consent? Is a consensual relationship when we are young, still viewed as consensual through our lens as an older woman? Or do we look back on some things we thought were ok when we were young and say hm… that was actually kind of weird. Should that man have been asking me out? Should my boss have said that?

🏛️ The author purposely wrote this a few years into the #metoo movement as an effort to further those conversations and keep us thinking about these topics. And for that, I thank her.

🏛️ Overall, I did enjoy the book and I am glad I read it. It’s just not my favorite ever. This came out over the summer— did you read it? Is it on your TBR? I ended up listening to it and I will say the audio was well done!

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The Girls of Summer is about the group of teenage girls who go on vacation to a Greek Island. While there they meet this guy who invites them to a party. One thing leads to another and soon these girls are being used by these older men. This story takes place years later with Rachel, the main character, still obsessed with the man who used her. Her friends have all realized what really happened to them, but Rachel still believes they were in love.

While I didn't enjoy this book as a story itself, I can't deny what it does. This shows how easily it is to get caught up in situations without realizing what exactly is going on. Other than that point, I really don't have anymore opinions on this book one way or the other.

I did receive this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you to author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me this arc in exchange for my honest review. The girls of summer was a captivating read that hooked from me start to finish. I had to find out what happened from chapter to chapter. It also left me wanting to vacation to the Greek islands! Highly recommend.

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