Publisher : Delacorte Press
Genre : YA Fiction
Rating : 4 Star
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The Whole Thing Together is the story of a family coming together in the most unexpected way. Ever since childhood, Sasha and Ray have shared almost everything together but they have never met before. Sasha's father and Ray's mother were married once and had three daughters (Quinn, Emma & Mattie) until a bitter divorce that formed two new families but the beach house was part of the divorce that neither one could give up. Everything was going good with this arrangement until the Summer that everything changed for everyone.
It takes Emma to get a job for Ray and Sasha for them to finally start talking through e-mail. With Emma hiding her new relationship from her parents, Quinn trying to discover who she is and Mattie having questions of her own of who is she really related to; it all comes down to a party when everyone crashes with each other with the most tragic way to end a party. With this tragedy, everyone is forced to face the music and to maybe just maybe, be the family that was meant to be.
If you read this book expecting it to be like The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, you are not gonna like this book. It's a different kind of story that you will either hate or love it. For myself, it was a good story from a Author that knows how to push the boundaries with her writing and not be a cookie cutter story. It was a little hard keeping track of who was saying what during certain times and it could have used more chapter breaks with each person having their own chapter. The ending was a bit strange for what had happened and seemed a little rushed for my taste but overall, it was a good read that kept me interested in it until the very ending!
Thank You to Ann Brashares for not having a book like your previous books that was so different from the rest that made me like it even more!
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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!