Monday, April 3, 2017

The Whole Thing Together ~ Reviewed by Elizabeth Barnes

"We shared almost everything. From reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, and laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table."

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"The Whole Thing Together" was written by the same author who blessed us with "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series for many years. Ann Brashares has always been one of my favorite authors and I was looking forward to reading her new book! So when it came on NetGalley, I had to have it.

This book follows Sasha and Ray - two seventeen year olds who have shared a bedroom for years but have yet to meet. Sasha's dad was once married to Ray's mom and in their bitter divorce they decided to share the summer house in the Hampton's on Long Island, New York. Sasha and Ray share three sisters - Emma, Quinn, and Mattie.

"The Whole Thing Together" follows the dysfunctional families throughout one summer that will change all their lives forever. Their were various narrators throughout the book and I adored that because it gives much more insight on each character. We watch as new and unexpected relationships form and how the effect of bitter hatred between the divorced parents ripples down into the children's lives and relationships and eventually leads into a disastrous event.

I have read many reviews about how people are freaked out about the relationships between the siblings. I agree that their relationships are a little too clingy and weird, but you honestly cannot help if you love your siblings. This should be expected in their case because of the things they have been through with one another.

Ann Brashares is finally back and she is fresh with an honest look into the emotional, tricky dynamic of family divorce. She did a great job of portraying just how divorce can affect the children and their relationships in and out of the family.

I highly reccomend this book to anyone who has experienced divorce, anyone who loves Ann Brashares, and especially the readers who love YA!

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Special thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for the copy!

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