Title: East Coast Girls
Author: Kerry Kletter
Synopsis: 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.
If you're looking for a beachy read to get you through this pandemic, East Coast Girls has you covered. Though so much more than just a beach read, the setting of Montauk is so wonderfully alive in this novel. It's a character in and of itself - making you feel like you are back in the beach house and town with these girls.
"But there was no way to explain a phobia to anyone who didn't have one."
Being in Hannah, Blue, and Maya's point of view in alternating chapters gives this novel a depth that I think would be lost if there was only one POV. I identified most with Hannah, having my own OCD tendencies and fear of germs. Some of the descriptions of her panic attacks and obsessions felt so real to me. (Trigger Warning: if you have an anxiety disorder or anxious tendencies, read this book when you are in a good place mentally).
"How much she'd taken those friendships for granted. No one told her how much harder it was in adulthood to build a family out of nothing. How unmoored a person could be without those connections. but then, who would have?"
I love the friendship of the four girls. The found family dynamic is one that I really enjoy in novels, and I liked the added depth that each of these girls felt uniquely rejected by their families, but bonded over the universal hurt that came with those rejections.
"May was starting to think that all people were in need of love's rescue and women were sometimes just more honest about it."
What I love most about this novel is how unique each woman is. Their stories are so different, but each one is super important and integral to both the group's past and future. In the end, nothing can keep them from coming together, to be there for each other during life's toughest moments.
This novel is about forgiveness, love, friendship, and most of all, growing up. What a wonderful follow up novel for Kerry Kletter.
East Coast Girls by Kerry Kletter releases May 26, 2020. You can preorder it wherever books are sold.
*I received a copy of the novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*