East Coast Girls by Kerry Klett, 3 Stars

Ah Spring. The sun is shining, flowers are starting to push themselves up (but they really should stay put another month or so..), and everyone is in a better mood.

I was just driving home from Aldi, with Shoop turned up high, rocking out with my 5-year-old in my minivan. And it felt great. And I realize how wrong all that is together, but my son doesn’t know what any of those lyrics mean. It’s fine!

But spring is really just an appetizer to the main dish, summer. When the days are long, and it always feels just right to kick back and soak up the sun. Reading East Coast Girls made a me a feel a bit like that.

I’m not an East Coast Girl. I’m a Midwest Girl, but I can only imagine how amazing it must be to have that group of friends you grow up with amidst the sand and boardwalks. It sounds idyllic!

From the Publisher:

Childhood friends Hannah, Maya, Blue and Renee share a bond that feels more like family. Growing up, they had difficult home lives, and the summers they spent together in Montauk were the happiest memories they ever made. Then, the summer after graduation, one terrible night changed everything.

Twelve years have passed since that fateful incident, and their sisterhood has drifted apart, each woman haunted by her own lost innocence. But just as they reunite in Montauk for one last summer, hoping to find happiness once more, tragedy strikes again. This time it’ll test them like never before, forcing them to confront decisions they’ve each had to live with and old secrets that refuse to stay buried.

My Review:

When we meet Hannah, she’s stuck. She has an okay job as an advice columnist and spends her days caring for her high school boyfriend who has been in a semi-vegetative state for the past twelve years. Sounds fun, right?

While we don’t know what happened to Hannah’s boyfriend, but it’s clear that something traumatic happened, and that Hannah blames herself. It all very Dive From Clausen’s Pier-esce. So when her old friends, who she spent her summers with on Montauk growing up, decide to reunite for a weekend, Hannah reluctantly gives in.

Things have changed and the girls have grown into very different women. They can’t really go back, but there is something that stays the same when old friends get together. Spending the weekend together, memories are dug up, some good, some bad, and secrets are shared.

East Coast Girls is a solid novel dealing with friendship and what we carry with us from our past. I normally love these types of books. Give me some female friends, a beach, some secrets, maybe a hunk or two and I’m set.

This one took a little bit of time for me to get into. And it’s not quite straight female friendship, but also a little suspense, so I wasn’t sure exactly what I was reading for maybe the first fourth of the novel.

Still, it’s a great read for anyone who loved Summer Sisters, Maine, or even Dive From Clausen’s Pier. Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out May 26, 2020. Get your copy!


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