The Girls of August: A Book Review

16131115Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.

My Review: I love the premise of this book. A group of women who even though life has taken them different directions, they continue to make their friendships a priority and gather together every summer to spend quality time together and strengthen their bond. Sadly, after the tragic loss of one of their own, they drift apart for a few years, only to be reunited again with an new addition to the group.

I really loved the idea of this book, but I had a hard time loving any of the characters. I tried really hard to get to know them and to care about them, but they weren’t nearly as developed as I would have liked. Even though there were only four girls in the group, I kept getting two of them mixed up for the first half of the book because none of them really stood out.

What I enjoyed about this book is that it was a light, summery read and it didn’t take long to finish. I enjoyed reading descriptions of their daily meals and activities, but I really would have liked to have seen more character depth. Two of the ladies were very catty and mean toward the newcomer to the group and it felt overly dramatic. The newcomer, whose nickname annoyingly was “Baby” was a very strange character. She did and said some rather odd things throughout the book, and yet she was more likable than most of the others.

About halfway through the book, the author attempts to add character depth by giving each of the girls some “situation” she is dealing with. Instead of adding depth, it made the story more predictable and rather depressing. If the characters were going to be so one-dimensional, I would have preferred the story-line remain light as well.

There were some odd moments in this book and the ending was rather strange as well. This is one of those reads that is good if you want something light and predictable and quick to get through, but don’t expect it to leave any lasting impressions.

  • I received this book from Goodreads Firstreads program. My review was optional and all opinions are my own.
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