The Whole Thing Together
by Ann Brashares
About:Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.
Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.
The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control…or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.
Parents who have Young Adults who like YA fiction, I wouldn't recommend this book. I would highly encourage that they stay away from this book. Although the book has great characters, a good story premise and I felt that I connected to the characters, I could not by pass some major issues with this book. The author in my opinion wrote things out of context, I'm not about to have body shaming to be an issue for youth be more prevalent in our culture. I think this book isn't helpful in that department. The author use stereotyping and even at times in my opinion was racist. I would not recommend this book. I feel that because of the character depth, I can give this book 2/5 stars. I would not recommend this book. Thank you to the publisher for sending it.