The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Published by Random House on April 25, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary
Format: Hard Back
Source: Personally Bought
I would give this book 3 for a review.
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 like the concept of this book. But i wish the story was stronger. All the voices and POV did add to my confusion. I was happy that it stayed a family story and did not really develop the romance between Ray and Sasha. It was a super quick read. Somewhat heartbreaking at points. I just wanted more of the family bonding. We had so much drama and just wanted a little bit more happiness and love at the end. I almost would have preferred this story if we only had two POV of only Ray and Sasha. Those characters I felt he most connected too. I just wanted more family bonding and less family drama throughout the novel!