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Gincy Gannon doesn't quite fit in with the Vineyard scene. Raised in Nowheresville, New Hampshire, she finally escaped to Boston, establishing a career at PBS and a freewheeling sex life. Commitment is definitely not her thing. So why, when Gincy's supposed to be reeling in lifeguards, is she getting hooked on a single dad? Life is good for Danielle Leers. She's got a closGincy Gannon doesn't quite fit in with the Vineyard scene. Raised in Nowheresville, New Hampshire, she finally escaped to Boston, establishing a career at PBS and a freewheeling sex life. Commitment is definitely not her thing. So why, when Gincy's supposed to be reeling in lifeguards, is she getting hooked on a single dad? Life is good for Danielle Leers. She's got a close-knit family, a killer wardrobe, and a job that keeps her in manicures and massages. Now that she's set her sights on settling down, her good grooming will attract great husband material. Which should mean a well-heeled Jewish professional. Not a townie fisherman. Blueblood Clare Wellman doesn't worry about keeping up appearances--her boyfriend, Winchester Carrington, III, is in charge of that. Actually, he's in charge of pretty much everything...and never lets Clare forget it, especially after proposing. An engagement ring shouldn't feel like an albatross--and this summer may be Clare's last chance to see what could be--before what is ties her down for good. This summer, three city-smart girlfriends are about to take the plunge into love, lust, and letting it all hang out, Vineyard-style. But whatever happens, long after the tan lines have faded, they'll still have each other....

Title : The Summer Of Us
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ISBN : 9780758201461
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 480 Pages
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The Summer Of Us Reviews

  • Johanna
    2019-06-09 23:57

    Yet another chick lit novel given to me by a co-worker. But I keep reading them, so maybe I really AM secretly enjoying these Bridget Jones-ey copy-cat atrocities. Plot predictable. Moral of the story: you'll find a man once you don't need one. Rawr, I am woman and I look fantastic in heels!Not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm just confused by my morbid fascination with this genre, since I'm a t-shirts and jeans nerdgirl.But enough about that. About this book. It's a quick read. It's told from three roommates points of view during the course of a summer. The story-telling is a little choppy. It took a quarter of the book before I realized they were only at the shared beach house on was disorienting. Switching between work week in the city and weekends at the beach also made it difficult to follow the progression of their friendship. One second they're strangers with nothing in common and then poof! Best friends. I wasn't buying it...Meh. This is one of those books you read in summer because it's been left on a bookshelf in your beach rental and there's nothing better to read.

  • Erin
    2019-06-06 03:19

    I HATED THIS BOOK! I can not say it strongly enough. This book is the epitome of everything wrong with the current American publishing scene. I don't know why publishers think women want to read about characters who are losers. This book was filled with nothing but stereotypes and typical forced left wing politics. Ugh! I couldn't even finish it. I skipped the last 30 pages because I just didn't care what these lame annoying characters did.

  • K.E. Garvey
    2019-06-04 06:10

    To be honest, I purchased this book solely for it's 90% discount when Border's was going out of business. One of her earlier novels, I read it and completely fell for Holly's style. I will admit, I am a scanner. An author has about a half a paragraph of 'bore' before I start skipping entire passages to get to the good stuff. I did not have to do that at all throughout this entire book. Her descriptions were crisp, but she did not overlaod the reader with trivial details that were essentially uneeded. Told in the first person POV, between the three main characters, each had a very distinctive voice and a more distinctive personality. What I liked most about the book, which someone else may not have was the subtle change in characters. Holly begins each chapter with the name of the POV character rather than a chapter number. There really was no need as each one was quite different in her own outlook, internal reflection, voice and language. But, toward the end of the book, I actually had to refer back or re-read a time or two to see who was speaking. Generally, that would be considered poor writing, but in this case, I believe it was very clever writing, whether that was the intent or not. They began so obviously different in the ways and their speech, but after a summer of 'bonding' which none had the intention of doing, they actually began to pick up on the other's moods, habits, feelings and even speech. And to me, THAT is the subliminal change people go through. We expect the obvious changes for any given situation, but it's the subtle, almost subliminal changes that separate a writer from someone who writes. Very well done - and I just went out and bought 'One Week in December' and 'Tuscan Holiday' to follow up an excellent read!!

  • Rebekah
    2019-06-17 00:20

    For a so called "easy read", I found this book incredibly difficult to get fact, I almost completely gave up on it barely 2 chapters in. I found the characters incredibly one dimentional, predictable and in most instances incredibly unlikable. I especially disliked the character of GIncy, who seemed lazy, scruffy, short tempered and generally mean and judgmental...there was just no heart to her, she was all bark and bite, with no soft center. I usually like my main female characters to be spunky or sassy, but this went beyond that, and I found myself hoping she'd get dumped on her arse by the mid point of the book! Not an enjoyable read at all!

  • Corby
    2019-06-22 04:56

    So I knew going into this that I was in for a chick lit ride, but I can handle that genre when it has some great character development, can evoke a bit of travelogue, and includes an interesting plot line. However the 20-something path to self-discovery here was so poorly drawn that even the non-wealthy-down-homey main character was Just. So. Shallow. Nevermind the wealthy Long Island Jewish Princess and midwestern upper class Sandra Dee caricatures that were the other two main characters... Of course they were going to grow by the end of the book -- they started out so damn low there was no place for them to go but to get more mature. I think my 12 year old is more adult than these women. The Vineyard itself could have been it's own, separate character, but again the backdrop was just a set of location names dropped here and there (shallow, again), with no regard for painting the summer scene for a reader with words. Two stars for an easy read that had a clear beginning, middle and end, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to forget all about this one in a month.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-27 06:11

    Though the writing was still jarring at times, the story grew on me as I progressed. I enjoyed the examination of the different girls' lives, though it would've been nice to have more of an "aha" moment for Danielle in particular.

  • Stephanie Joines
    2019-06-26 08:00

    A fun summer fluff read. Beach book.

  • Denise
    2019-06-24 08:11

    Easy beach read for my winter getaway......definitely chick-lit.....

  • Dyan
    2019-06-04 04:11

    A beach read about three very different women who astonishingly form a close (highly unlikely) friendship. High drama and extreme behaviors.

  • Lori Winslow
    2019-06-18 01:18

    I was looking for an easy to read, escapism book and this fit the bill. I loved being able to escape to the beach in the middle of winter. The story is about 3 young ladies who rent a beach house together and become friends over the course of the summer. My favorite character was Gincy, the hard edged girl who doesn't know she is looking at true love. Clare was interesting as an engaged woman who realizes she isn't in love with her fiancee anymore, but she can't bring herself to leave a long standing relationship. Danielle was the character I related to the least, but she was a woman with a mission. All in all a good read.

  • BA
    2019-06-07 06:09

    I usually read books on my iPad, but was going on vacation so I needed a good paperback to take on the beach with me. I was looking for a light beach read and Holly Chamberlin's "The Summer of Us" jumped out at me from the shelves of Barnes & Noble. It started out slow and I wasn't sure that I liked it at first. The story is told from three different points of view of the three main characters: Gincy, Clare, and Danielle. Some of the chapters are really short, even as short as two or three pages sometimes. And when the chapter changes, the point of view most often changes with it. That being said, it started out a little choppy feeling and I had some difficulty getting interested in the story of three 29-year old women who have no real friends of their own in Boston, so decide to go in on a summer rental together as complete strangers. However, as the story progressed, it did become more entertaining. About halfway through, I became invested in the book and the characters. While I wished I would have gotten that feeling a little earlier on in the book, I was pleased with the end result. "The Summer of Us" is good story true friendship, love, and how people grow as individuals as they go through life.

  • Christine
    2019-06-03 07:06

    Three strangers on the verge of turning 30 decide to rent a house together on Martha's Vineyard for the summer. Gincy (an outspoken woman who resents her family and despises her hometown in NH), Claire (uptight teacher who is in a loveless long term relationship with her college boyfriend) and Danielle (curvy girl from Long Island who is shopping for a husband) are initially wary of each other but end up developing a lasting friendship. I just didn't care for this book. It is written in alternating narratives but it seemed like Gincy (my least favorite character) had more than the other girls. She is almost 30 and repeatedly calls her hometown ridiculous names like 'Armpit, NH'. Her maturity level was at a middle school level and the relationship she engages in (with a successful single dad) was completely unbelievable. While the other girls weren't as cringe worthy as Gincy, they were all one dimensional and many of their conversations didn't sound like things actual people talk about. I was hoping for a light beach read (in fact, I found this book at our condo on a beach vacation) and while it was a light read, it was not enjoyable. Skip this one.Grade: 1/5

  • Julie Barrett
    2019-06-18 07:10

    The Summer of Us by Holly ChamberlinGincy, Danielle, and Claire all come together for the summer and rent a house on Martha's Vineyard. They only have the weekends and they find when they first get there they do not really have anything in common.As time goes on they learn about one another to the point they help each other out. There are very short chapters, some as short as 3 pages long. A lot of life events occur and they deal with them in one way or another.They are all single, one engaged to be married and one can be her wedding planner. They all come from different backgrounds and religions. What they find on the island with the time they do spend together makes themas close as sisters. Really a good read about the under 30 aged women, its about 457 pages long with an excerpt of Last Summer. They come to also realize that they can see themselves in others and a change is needed, to risk it all, take the next step.I rate this a 4 out of 5 because of the friendship gained and how they got there, and all the descriptive travel.

  • LuAnn
    2019-06-05 04:06

    I have really been enjoying the latest surge in novels about relationships, especially those that deal with friends and how they interact with each other. The Summer of Us fits nicely into that category and is such a wonderful story!This book totally captured my attention right from the start. It’s the story of three women who decide to rent a summer cabin together, even though they really don’t know each other very well at all. As you read their story, you watch their relationship with each other grow and develop. And even though they refuse to admit it at first, they have become very close friends and learn to care about one another. They finally realize they can turn to each other in times of need and times of joy.It’s a great story and a super summer read.

  • Frankie
    2019-06-04 00:24

    This is definitely a summer, beach type of read and I chose to read it in February. I got it at target when I went to pick up the eleventh Sookie Stackhouse novel. (I guess I read some pretty non-thought provoking books this winter.) The Summer of Us follows the story of Danielle, Gincy and Clare as they summer on the Vineyard. It's interesting, albeit the characters are quite stereotypical. The most interesting character development is Clare's, as she finally realizes something everyone around her practically screams in her face. I enjoyed it. I wish it could've had a bit more sustenance. It does start out very slowly, and then ended up being a pretty quick read.

  • Catie
    2019-06-10 07:24

    I finished this book! I finished a book! This definitely wasn't my favorite but I kept reading cause I was actually kinda interested with what was going to happen to the characters. Danielle, Gincy, and Clare were an interesting mix but I was happy with the mix of characters. I liked Danielle the most but sometimes I was upset with her. Gincy was the most annoying character. She was rude and mean most of the time. I understand she had the most development in the book but some things she would say, I was shocked.Clare was really nice to read about. She was actually really interesting as a character, going through a wedding disaster.

  • Justina
    2019-06-21 00:03

    The book was okay. I found it hard to like any of the characters in the beginning of the novel, although towards the end my favorite was 'outspoken'Gincy. In any case, it was a basic Chick-lit story that was all fluff. One thing is for sure, I have got my quota of chick-lit reads in for this year and I definitely will not be reading another one for a long time to come. So it's back to reading books that offer more challenging topics than deciding whether the right pair of shoes were chosen for that special occasion.Thank God!

  • Sue
    2019-05-31 04:11

    With giving this one star...obviously its not a book high on my list. I went on vacation to the beach for a week..picked up a light chic book that takes place mainly at the beach. What I did not realize that the writing lacked "so" much - very predictable (which I was not surprised about) - but what I was surprised at was how many typos and/or grammar errors there were. If there is a spellchecker on the editor's word processing system - he/she needs to use it and then reread every page!!! Time to move on to something substantial to read!

  • Sandy Bliss
    2019-06-09 08:14

    I thought this book started out very slowly but with patience it ended up being a real page turner.A book about three girls renting a house together. The three girls didn't know each other at the beginning, as it plays out the reader might assume they don't even know themselves. Truly a good read about self discovery. Also alot about sadness, what is really important except for being happy. What can you do for YOURSELF to make YOU happy!

  • Amy
    2019-06-18 06:05

    The kind of book I'll forget I read in a day or two. Definitely going to take it for trade. Not bad, just not good. After my last read (Undomestic Goddess). Too much going on. One chapter about jury duty that a good editor would have cropped. It had nothing to do with the rest of the book. I think the author just wanted to express her political views. She voiced it on sexual preference, too. I won't read any more of her.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-08 08:10

    I picked up this book on my way to the beach in Truro, MA.The selection at the grocery store was pretty slim. Truro is a very small town with not a whole lot of options as far as shopping goes. I wanted something to read while enjoying the sounds of the waves. What caught my eye was that it takes place on Martha's Vineyard, where I once lived. It was a cute girly book. The characters were all a little quirky in their own way. It is the perfect book for a lazy summer day, or a rainy afternoon.

  • Angie
    2019-06-10 01:24

    I thought this one was interesting. The summer roomies are kinda like college roomies in some ways. Not really knowing one another, stuck in a house for the summer. The girls learn a lot about each other over the course of their rental period, but they also learn a lot about themselves... seasons change - literally and figuratively. The leaves change, but the experiences of that time can change people.

  • Christine
    2019-06-05 08:22

    3.5 stars. Light and entertaining read for a sunny day on the beach. I liked the character of Gincy the most because she didn't mince words or seem fake. She said some pretty funny things, even if she was a bit awkward at times. I really enjoyed her way more than Clare or Danielle. A lot of the story was fairly predictable, but it was well-written and kept me engaged. I will read more from this author.

  • Cathie
    2019-06-23 04:14

    I think my favorite thing about this book is seeing how the characters grow throughout the story. Three women nearing 30 and looking for true love. I found two of them really irritating at the beginning of the story and by the end liked them much more. Nice suspense with the other one, the L.L. Bean girl, not standing up for herself throughout the story and at the end doing so nicely.

  • Joy
    2019-05-28 06:18

    This was the first book I read by this author (maybe the last also.) Did not finish this book as it had absolutely no direction or plot value. The characters were so self-involved that they had no redeeming qualities so that you could become interested in anything they did or how their lives progressed. Not the book for me.

  • Sandy Coffman-Towner
    2019-06-20 08:07

    Excellent read. Holly rights in first person and I love that. I have read some of her other books and I will admit this one was a little harder to get into at first, but once I did I couldn't put it down.I also like that most of her books are set in New England. I have always wanted to visit Maine and she describes it so eloquently and makes you feel like you are right there.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-13 04:10

    The main characters are annoying but at the same time interesting. They are self absorbed single women who meet to rent a house for the summer on Martha's Vineyard. I love the Vineyard so I thought to read this book. I loved the setting. I felt like I was peeking in the windows of the Vineyard house and watching these folks. It was a mildly entertaining read.

  • Shauna
    2019-05-29 03:08

    I picked up this book with the intention of a quick, easy, summer read. It did fit that description, but I didn't really enjoy the book. I felt like the characters were very shallow, had no depth. The story was pretty unrealistic, which sometimes works well for a summer read, however this time fell short.

  • Natalie
    2019-06-19 00:00

    Your typical chick-lit, except (for me, anyways) I found it lacked a good, strong story. It had a hard time roping me in, wanting more. About halfway, when Clare met Finn, I thought "Finally! This is starting to get interesting.", but it was short lived.Easy read (although, it took me forever to get through it because I just wasn't into it), chapters are really short.

  • Jennifer Stenger
    2019-06-17 00:24

    This is a wonderful story about how three different women with very different personalities can find friendship and love. I liked that the chapters are short and told by each character. The book is light and easy reading....a good summer book. If you are looking for an award winning story, this isn't it, but it's a good read to enjoy on a porch, beach, or poolside, for sure.