#BookReview: The Summertime Girls by Laura Hankin

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

the summertime girlsSummary:

When two lifelong friends reunite for one more summer in small-town Maine, they must bridge the gap caused by the dreams and secrets that tore them apart…

Ally Morris and Beth Abbott were beyond inseparable. From the very first time they met, the girls knew they’d found a once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But sometimes, life can’t help but get in the way.

As time goes by, disappointments and petty resentments begin to alter what they once thought was forever. Ally’s boho lifestyle leaves her drowning in confusion and cheap whisky, while a terrible secret threatens to shatter Beth’s carefully controlled world. By the time they need each other most, Ally and Beth are nearly strangers to each other.

When a family crisis prompts Beth to contact Ally for help out of the blue, the girls reunite in Maine. But the distance between them is overwhelming. To save their friendship, Ally and Beth will have to confront painful moments in their past and redefine who they are—before their incredible connection fades away for good…


I love reading books about female friendships, and this book explored that deeply. In addition to learning about Ally and Beth, we also get just a brush of a sub-plot with Grandma Stella and her once best friend as well. Ally and Beth seem to have quite the complicated friendship throughout the years, but it was enjoyable to see even though they were quite different and not always the best people to each other, the bond they had established allowed them to remain firm friends no matter what was thrown at them in life. A steady that I enjoyed.

4 stars

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