The Summertime Girls (Paperback)

By Laura Hankin

Berkley Books, 9780425279632, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2015



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...

About the Author

Laura Hankin has been published in The Washington Post, has written regularly for numerous websites, and, since graduating from Princeton, has become all too familiar with the confusing experience of being a twenty-something in NYC, where she's done everything from starring in an off-Broadway show to planning flash mob marriage proposals. The Summertime Girls is her debut novel.

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  1. The Summertime Girls is told in alternating viewpoints by Beth and Ally. Did you relate to one character more than the other as you were reading—and did you change your mind at any point? Why?generic viagra price canada
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  3. When they first meet as children, Ally decides Beth is like the kind and quiet Beth March from Little Women, while Beth silently thinks that Beth March was “kind of boring. Jo got to be the one with adventures, with the fire inside of her.” How is this significant, and does the sentiment fit in with Beth’s actions as an adult? By the end of the novel, do you think she’s lived up to her real March sister hero, Jo, or is she still catering to the expectations of others?generic viagra price canada
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  5. Toward the beginning of the novel, Beth philosophizes on life: “You had to be good, because if you weren’t, where did you put all the guilt? How could you ignore it, as it piled itself higher and higher?” What is “guilt” to Beth? By the end of the novel, what other ways has she found to face this guilt?generic viagra price canada
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  7. When Ally and Beth fight, Ally says, “a best friend doesn’t necessarily stay your person forever. She stays a person, an important person, but she also gets boyfriends and spends time with them. It’s not that big a deal, it happens.” To what extent is she right or wrong about their relationship’s falling out?generic viagra price canada
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