Book Review for THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER by Ann Brashares

Delacorte Press

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THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER is a wonderfully written story about family, love, and what happens when secrets come to the surface. Brashares manages to capture the dynamic of a fractured family with a distinctive and fresh take on the subject.


The place where this book shines for me is in its characters. I loved how the author developed Sasha and Ray. The way they reacted to each other as well as how their relationship grew without really knowing who the other is face to face is so great. At times, I felt for Sasha as she seemed to be permanently on the quest to discover who she really is. Yet, it is not just those two that made an impression on me. There is a true three-dimensionality to all the people that you meet throughout the book. Their interactions, thoughts, and emotions have a truth to them which really elevates the story.

If you are looking for a young adult book that hits heartstrings, has a bit of teen angst, and deals with the difficult realities of divorce, this is the book for you.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Plot Summary:

We live in the same place, but never together.

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.


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About the Author: Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit Ann’s website at and follow her on Twitter @AnnBrashares.

A Delacorte Press hardcover / on sale April 25, 2017
978-0-385-73689-3 / 304 pages / $18.99 / $24.99 Can. / Ages 14 up / EBook: 978-0-399-55600-5 / $12.99
Also available as an audiobook from Listening Library.

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