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Title: The High Season
Author: Judy Blundell
Publisher: Published May 22nd 2018 by Random House
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In a beach town overrun with vacationers and newly colonized by socialites, one woman goes to extreme lengths when the life she loves is upended. The ultimate summer read, this novel of money, class, and family is perfect for fans of Meg Wolitzer, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest. No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has In a beach town overrun with vacationers and newly colonized by socialites, one woman goes to extreme lengths when the life she loves is upended. The ultimate summer read, this novel of money, class, and family is perfect for fans of Meg Wolitzer, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest. No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. Lovingly renovated, located by the sea in a quiet village two ferry rides from the glitzier Hamptons, the house is Ruthie’s nest egg—the retirement account shared with her ex-husband, Mike, and the college fund for their teenage daughter, Jem. The catch? To afford the house, Ruthie must let it go during the best part of the year. It’s Memorial Day weekend and Ruthie has packed up their belongings for what Jem calls “the summer bummer”: the family’s annual exodus to make way for renters. This year, the Hamptons set has arrived. Adeline Clay is elegant, connected, and accompanied by a “gorgeous satellite” stepson. The widow of a blue-chip artist, in a world defined by luxury and ease, Adeline demonstrates an uncanny ability to help herself to Ruthie’s life. Is Adeline just being her fabulous self, or is she out to take what she wants? When an eccentric billionaire, his wayward daughter, a coterie of social climbers, and Ruthie’s old flame are thrown into the mix, the entire town finds itself on the verge of tumultuous change. But as Ruthie loses her grasp on her job, her home, and her family, she discovers a new talent for pushing back. By the end of one unhinged, unforgettable summer, nothing will be the same—least of all Ruthie. In a novel packed with indelible characters, crackling wit, and upstairs/downstairs drama, Judy Blundell emerges as a voice for all seasons—a wry and original storyteller who knows how the most disruptive events in our lives can twist endings into new beginnings. “Sharply observed and beautifully written, The High Season is like a cold martini on a hot summer night: Refreshing and intoxicating at the same time.”—Janelle Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear “Judy Blundell’s debut novel The High Season will hit the summer like a blazing comet of wit, poignancy, and lines that make one stop and sizzle with awe. I’m a fan of Judy Blundell for life!”—Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion

30 review for The High Season

  1. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    4.25 Beachy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25 This book was a beach vacation without the sand🏖 it was definitely not a “summer bummer...“ that’s how Jem referred to the fact that they had to move out of their house in the summer, in the high season.... This book was about the rich and the privileged... and a lovely village in the north fork of Long Island.... geography lesson (I did not know this before this book) the Hamptons are on the south fork of Long Island and this charming village was on the North Fork... A v 4.25 Beachy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25 This book was a beach vacation without the sand🏖 it was definitely not a “summer bummer...“ that’s how Jem referred to the fact that they had to move out of their house in the summer, in the high season.... This book was about the rich and the privileged... and a lovely village in the north fork of Long Island.... geography lesson (I did not know this before this book) the Hamptons are on the south fork of Long Island and this charming village was on the North Fork... A village filled with farmstands and charming museums... where the rich vacation in the summer.... sometimes it’s nice to read a book that allows you to escape reality... because some of the characters are not living in the same reality that you are... but don’t worry this is not a book about snobby rich people, in fact the most important characters in this book are not rich... Ruthie, loved her! Now Ruthy really had a” summer bummer...” you know that saying ,”kick them when their down!”? That was pretty much her summer, she could not catch a break... but she found out who her true friends were, and she grew a lot... Ruthie was such a likable and relatable character... she was a mother, she was a friend, and she knew what it was like to earn a dollar....Jem, Ruthie’s teenage daughter was also a very likable character... The author did a very good job with the teenage angst.... Absolutely recommend as a summer read whether you are on the beach or not... *** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this beachy book ***

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    What a breathe of fresh beachy air!! This is definitely what the book doctor ordered for Kendall ;) The High Season by Judy Blundell is a funny and quirky novel with just the right amount of gossip! Ruthie Beamish has the perfect life... living in a cute beach town located close to the famous Hamptons. Ruthie lives in a world of money, class, and glamour. What more can she ask for? Director of a high-class museum, mother of a sassy 15. year old, and living in the house that is everyone's dream. Th What a breathe of fresh beachy air!! This is definitely what the book doctor ordered for Kendall ;) The High Season by Judy Blundell is a funny and quirky novel with just the right amount of gossip! Ruthie Beamish has the perfect life... living in a cute beach town located close to the famous Hamptons. Ruthie lives in a world of money, class, and glamour. What more can she ask for? Director of a high-class museum, mother of a sassy 15. year old, and living in the house that is everyone's dream. The catch? In order to afford this high class home, Ruthie, her ex-husband Mike, and daughter Jem have to rent out their home every summer to tenants in order to afford the luxury. It's Memorial Day weekend and boy... here comes the new renters from Hamptons. Meet the renters: Adeline Clay who is the widow of a well known famous artist Peter Clay and her twenty three year old sexy stepson Lucas. All of a sudden Ruthie's world starts to turn upside down. This mysterious billionaire Adeline Clay is pushing herself into Ruthie's life and taking over..... She's losing her job? The home of her dreams is being sold under her feet? And strings are starting to unravel with her family. Judy Blundell is such an amazing storyteller! I was laughing at the sarcasm and wit to her sense of style!! Characterization was flawless and made this story. I loved Ruthie's character the most and she was hilarious! Here are some of my favorite quotes " Your own familiar image could be a frightening thing." "Don't shovel bullshit if you're not a farmer." I loved how Judy portrays class so well in this novel. I felt this quote sums it up so well ""He wasn't a good-looking man, but he was a billionaire, so everyone and everything was available to him, and everything about him said that he knew it." Don't we all know.... somehow opportunities are delivered to you on a silver platter when you have money. I highly recommend this one! It doesn't have to be a summer day with his gem. It can be storming, sunny, snowing, or hailing. Put this sassy and chic read on your list! 4.25 beachy stars! Thank you so much to Random House and Netgalley for an advanced arc in exchange for my honest review. Published to GR: 2/1/18 Expected publication date: 5/22/18.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    DNF - SOOOO many characters have been introduced and I'm not feeling any of them. Maybe I'll try again another time but for now it's going back on the shelf. I would like to say that I do believe there are many people that are going to devour this novel. Many have mentioned it being a perfect beach read (Seriously! Look at that gorgeous cover!) Unfortunately, for me, I had such a hard time keeping all the characters straight and it was incredibly confusing. Also, a lot of the characters seemed to DNF - SOOOO many characters have been introduced and I'm not feeling any of them. Maybe I'll try again another time but for now it's going back on the shelf. I would like to say that I do believe there are many people that are going to devour this novel. Many have mentioned it being a perfect beach read (Seriously! Look at that gorgeous cover!) Unfortunately, for me, I had such a hard time keeping all the characters straight and it was incredibly confusing. Also, a lot of the characters seemed to have unusual names which made it even more difficult to remember them. Because I was so confused the story line just didn't grip me at all. I couldn't become invested. Thank you to BookishFirst for providing me with an early arc in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Ruthie Beamish is living a complacent life along with her 15-year old daughter and ex-husband Mike. They’ve been amicably separated for three years and jointly own a house located in a quaint but tony village on the north fork of Long Island (the Hamptons are on the south fork). They’re not one of the wealthy residents but their lives are interwoven with them as Ruthie is the director of the town’s museum, the Belfry. However, in order to afford the upkeep on the home and survive financially, ea Ruthie Beamish is living a complacent life along with her 15-year old daughter and ex-husband Mike. They’ve been amicably separated for three years and jointly own a house located in a quaint but tony village on the north fork of Long Island (the Hamptons are on the south fork). They’re not one of the wealthy residents but their lives are interwoven with them as Ruthie is the director of the town’s museum, the Belfry. However, in order to afford the upkeep on the home and survive financially, each summer they must vacate it for rentals and relocate to cheaper accommodations. Unfortunately, this high season brings turmoil from every direction for Ruthie, causing her to abandon her typical way of being and fight for what’s most important in her life. This is a unique view into the personalities and behaviors of the ultra wealthy, not the standard fare you would expect to find (high-handedness, snobbery, extravagant spending, etc.). There is that but just as background. What’s really illuminating is the insight into their outlooks, values and aspirations that lie beneath the veneer. The contrasts between them and those who rely on their support was enlightening, seen through the eyes of Ruthie and Doe, a young woman who also works at the museum and has found a way to survive in this velvet jungle. I vacillated between admiration and frustration for Ruthie but came to respect her as she was forced out of the cocoon she’d created for herself. It wasn’t always pretty or above board but she faced the realities head on, even when it was excruciatingly painful. Doe was a tougher character to embrace but eventually I came to appreciate her, completely unconventional with an ethical code that was sometimes questionable. I loved this story, even when I didn’t like many of the people in it. Ruthie’s journey was authentic, boils and all and I liked how her choices weren’t even close to being predictable. Things aren’t wrapped in a bow but seeing a person come to fit in her own skin was enough for me. Tough story but one I’m glad I read. Julia Whelan delivers her typical outstanding performance, distinguishing the relevant characters and elevating an already fine story. 4.5 stars (I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meredith B. (readingwithmere)

    3 Stars...maybe even 2.5 if I'm being honest First off, thank you to Goodreads and the publisher, Random House for this ARC via Goodreads giveaway. This book just wasn't for me as you can see from my rating. I unfortunately struggled to stay engaged with this book through the entire thing. I was confused with the characters throughout the book however I kept going because I had hoped it would continue to get better. Ruthie was married to Mike. They were two artists who dated, got pregnant and rush 3 Stars...maybe even 2.5 if I'm being honest First off, thank you to Goodreads and the publisher, Random House for this ARC via Goodreads giveaway. This book just wasn't for me as you can see from my rating. I unfortunately struggled to stay engaged with this book through the entire thing. I was confused with the characters throughout the book however I kept going because I had hoped it would continue to get better. Ruthie was married to Mike. They were two artists who dated, got pregnant and rushed to get married because it was the right thing. They had owned a property off the coast called the Orient. Once they separated they had to rent it out in order to stay afloat. This summer Adeline, who is as rich as can be, comes to rent the property. Mike and her fall in love, this makes Ruthie upset meanwhile Ruthie and Mike are trying to raise their 15 year old daughter, Jem, who is going through typical teen stuff. She encounters bullying, sex, loneliness, etc. While all of this is going on we also have a story line of Doe who works at the museum where Ruthie was employed until recently. She is living a double life (you'll have to read to find out in what way). She gets involved with Adeline's Exes child who is also super rich and this is how the stories kind of tie together. Honestly? This book just felt like a bunch of people whining for no reason. Look, maybe being around rich neighbors is hard at times but if you're not going to do much about it how can I feel empathy for you? The dialogue in this book was very hard for me to follow. As I stated earlier, it took me 200 pages into this book to start to understand who all the characters were. I found them all annoying and in no way relatable. I'm sure they are to some people but I struggled with every single character in this book. Also, the text/email chapters were a little weird. I'm trying to figure out why they were in there? This book could have easily been cut 100 pages due to incessant dialogue and email/text chains. This book was sent to me with the cover "Best Summer Read of 2018" and I'm sorry to say it was not for me. I could see how some people would like this book. I wouldn't go into it with the expectation of some complex situation which may have been my issue. If you want to read about Rich people with issues then you may like this book, it just sadly wasn't my cup of tea.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    This is nothing like her historical YA novels. Rich people having problems while relaxing in the Hamptons. Pass.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    First off, this cover screams SUMMER!!! And what a great cover it is. Other than the cute cover, this book did not hold my interest. I kept losing track of who all the characters were and I stopped reading at 20%. It did get a lot of great reviews so maybe it’s just me. I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

    A quiet, family oriented town – Orient Point, Long Island – was slowly being infiltrated by frequent visitors of the more glamorous Hamptons. “Was” being the choice word because this summer season the town will be overrun by outsiders looking to take stock in the quiet beach town. They will bring along their “new” ideas for how the town should run and are not quiet about it at all. Being from Long Island and reading countless books on Hamptons life in my twenties (i.e. Four Blondes and Sex and th A quiet, family oriented town – Orient Point, Long Island – was slowly being infiltrated by frequent visitors of the more glamorous Hamptons. “Was” being the choice word because this summer season the town will be overrun by outsiders looking to take stock in the quiet beach town. They will bring along their “new” ideas for how the town should run and are not quiet about it at all. Being from Long Island and reading countless books on Hamptons life in my twenties (i.e. Four Blondes and Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell), I find stories describing the Hamptons socialite scene to be rather old. I look back at those stories as someone in my late thirties and now feel they were rather vapid, certainly not something I would reread. Like looking back at my early 2000’s wardrobe: I question my judgment. But that is my opinion and not a reason to stay away from this book. I’ll provide a brief, spoiler free synopsis and you can decide if this would be your beach read jam: Ruthie and Mike consciously uncoupled, but still share the beach house they inherited. In order to afford to live in the beach town they have to rent out their home during the busiest months of the summer. This year they rent out their home to billionaire Adeline Clay; who always gets what she wants, and she wants Ruthie’s life. Insert a whole slew of other characters: wealthy artists, social ladder climbers, trust fund babies and you have one interesting summer. I liked Ruthie a lot, the people around her though: not my cup of tea. There is one scene involving Ruthie and a lilac tree and all I will say is “Go Ruthie!” Author, Judy Blundell, is a well-known young adult author; I believe The High Season is her first adult novel. Her YA roots will come through during Ruthie’s daughter Jem’s scenes. I received the arc of this book from Random House as a participant in their Spring Open House book club discussion on said book. Thank you Random House! To read my reviews visit: www.saturdaynitereader.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    BookGypsy

    I loved this story! If you're an art lover you'll love this. An emotional yet humorous read. A story of a family and how one summer suddenly changes everything. The haves and the have not's. Smart,classy,real! One of our top picks for summer. Dawnny BookGypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate Vocke

    Summer Drama never felt so good! I really enjoyed The High Season - it was just what I needed to get me into a summer mood, and it made me love to loathe the rich and famous Hamptons crowds even more! (kidding... sorta.) This book kept me wicked entertained and I breezed through it in two days. The writing is so good, hilarious at times, and the story is masterfully crafted and really clever! Ruthie is sort of losing it all. Her marriage is over, her 15 year old daughter is struggling and distant Summer Drama never felt so good! I really enjoyed The High Season - it was just what I needed to get me into a summer mood, and it made me love to loathe the rich and famous Hamptons crowds even more! (kidding... sorta.) This book kept me wicked entertained and I breezed through it in two days. The writing is so good, hilarious at times, and the story is masterfully crafted and really clever! Ruthie is sort of losing it all. Her marriage is over, her 15 year old daughter is struggling and distant, her job is on the rocks, friendships are tested ... and it's shaping up to be one crazy summer. The Hamptons-ish house Ruthie lives in with her daughter Jem, is rented out during the summer to the rich, in order for her to pay for it the rest of the year (aka The Summer Bummer). Adeline Clay, a wealthy artist widow rents her house and in turn, unknowingly shakes up the entire summer, for just about the whole town of Orient. The dynamic of these characters and how their lives intertwine is artfully crafted through exclusive parties, a small local museum group, a summer farm stand job, secret rendezvous, texts/emails, and typical small town gossip. There is art forgery, a $250,000 watch, past lives and secrecy and the unnerving balance of power and social statuses. It's all so cleverly written and flows together seamlessly. I was thoroughly impressed how Judy Blundell twisted it all together so skillfully. As an artist I love the snippets of the artist scene and it's inner workings and social circles. I loved the references to various famous artists and painting descriptions. I hated the museum board members and the way some people tossed money around and waved it in the locals and year-rounders faces. The characters were well developed and you feel for each and every one of them, especially Ruthie, who loses so much, and starts to lose herself while making some seriously questionable decisions. My decision to read this was NOT questionable though! I really enjoyed it and would give 4.5 stars!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    Just didn’t work for me, usually summer themed books in New York with wealthy characters are right up my alley, but alas. Audio narration was lovely (Julia Whalen always is!) but I never really connected with the story or characters, I kept having to restart chapters as I lost my attention quickly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anbolyn

    I've changed my rating on this book because after thinking about it for a few days I realized that it is really kind of vile. The writing is good, the plotting is good, but the characters are just awful people, grasping and greedy. And there is a situation that happens between an older man and a teen girl that is really offensive and made light of in a troubling way. I think it will probably be a big hit this summer, but I can't personally recommend it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    lucky little cat

    Okay, here's my favorite book of the summer. In a novel stuffed with fascinating beautiful people behaving rawther badly, one very good woman gets fed up with being the little red hen and gives badness her own best shot. Intrigue and flirting-with-disaster ensue. Blundell handles multiple perspectives and a twisty, satisfying plot beautifully. keywords: the perils of being the reliable decent one; curse your sudden and inevitable betrayal; I'd help you but I don't wanna break a nail; here' Okay, here's my favorite book of the summer. In a novel stuffed with fascinating beautiful people behaving rawther badly, one very good woman gets fed up with being the little red hen and gives badness her own best shot. Intrigue and flirting-with-disaster ensue. Blundell handles multiple perspectives and a twisty, satisfying plot beautifully. keywords: the perils of being the reliable decent one; curse your sudden and inevitable betrayal; I'd help you but I don't wanna break a nail; here's why you shouldn't let your charming ex live in; beware the stealth-Instagrammer

  14. 5 out of 5

    Doreena Silva

    I received this ARC book from Random House as part of the Spring Open House book club read. I thought I would love this book as it takes place on Long Island in place most of which I am familiar with. I found it very hard to get into, too many back and forth characters in the beginning that I had to keep going back and reading it again to figure out who was who. I ALWAYS finish books whether I like them or not and I'm glad I continued with this one because it definitely got better as I kept readin I received this ARC book from Random House as part of the Spring Open House book club read. I thought I would love this book as it takes place on Long Island in place most of which I am familiar with. I found it very hard to get into, too many back and forth characters in the beginning that I had to keep going back and reading it again to figure out who was who. I ALWAYS finish books whether I like them or not and I'm glad I continued with this one because it definitely got better as I kept reading

  15. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    DNF Ooooof... too many insignificant characters introduced so quickly and sloppily. I lost track of the cast and couldn’t muster the interest to continue. Not for me...

  16. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka

    *********** FREE FROM GIVEAWAY *********** Ruthie is a complete train-wreck, highly entertaining, but a train-wreck all the same. Though there are multiple POV's it mostly centers around Ruthie. Ruthie is bat shit crazy. Which meant she was all kinds of fun to read about. Best character: Doe At first she seemed like an afterthought addition, but she ended up being my favourite.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Thank you to Random House and Judy Blundell for this novel I won in a giveaway!! I would most certainly read any other future adult novel of hers. On page 188, Chapter 30, there's a small paragraph about relationships and the things left unsaid that I really, really loved - but seeing as I have an uncorrected proof copy, I am not sure I can share it? For those who have the book, or will buy the book, you'll see it, you'll know which lines I'm referring to.

  18. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Summer awakenings! Oh my! The opening paragraph describing the detritus sitting around Ruthie Beamish's household was so aptly familiar I was hooked from the get go! Those "post-it's with phone numbers marooned from their meaning." What could I do but read on, beckoned by an understandable world into something completely different. Fast, witty and acidic, a look at relationships ending and new beginnings in unexpected ways. A glittering story of the summer invasion of the Hamptons. Only this time Summer awakenings! Oh my! The opening paragraph describing the detritus sitting around Ruthie Beamish's household was so aptly familiar I was hooked from the get go! Those "post-it's with phone numbers marooned from their meaning." What could I do but read on, beckoned by an understandable world into something completely different. Fast, witty and acidic, a look at relationships ending and new beginnings in unexpected ways. A glittering story of the summer invasion of the Hamptons. Only this time the quiet remote village of the Orient is invaded by the rich and famous. Add in the competitive world of art blazing into being, a teenager's unhappy foray into sexuality, a separated woman finally facing some hard truths, and you have a winner. The story revolves around Ruth Beamish, the local museum director, her ex husband, their celebrity summer house renter, and various side characters as they interweave throughout the story. Powerful and addictive. I couldn't put Ruthie's story down. A NetGalley ARC

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dana Blazsek

    Thank you to Bookish First and Random House for this book in exchange for an honest review. I would honestly rate this book between 2 and 3 Stars, but that’s still not an option on goodreads even in 2018. The High Season by Judy Blundell was a read I thought would be completely up my alley. It slightly missed the mark. There were many characters to follow— almost too many. So some characters were extremely developed and others became background pieces that would just pop up every now and again. Thank you to Bookish First and Random House for this book in exchange for an honest review. I would honestly rate this book between 2 and 3 Stars, but that’s still not an option on goodreads even in 2018. The High Season by Judy Blundell was a read I thought would be completely up my alley. It slightly missed the mark. There were many characters to follow— almost too many. So some characters were extremely developed and others became background pieces that would just pop up every now and again. While I felt for Ruthie, I found myself wondering about some of her choices. Especially her one to plan anything with Lucas, who was despicable and just awful. While I am rating it “lower”, I do think there will be people who enjoy this book. I think I was just expecting something a little different.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Amazingly, this was my first book by Judy Blundell. I had no idea that she did the Star Wars book series. Although not really my genre. However, this is her first adult novel, so that definitely explains it. This book, wow! I have never seen so many snarky, greedy, narcissistic and shady characters all in one book. Some of these people were downright vicious! And the mercilessness and attitude of some of them was downright incorrigible! However, I really did enjoy reading this book. The main char Amazingly, this was my first book by Judy Blundell. I had no idea that she did the Star Wars book series. Although not really my genre. However, this is her first adult novel, so that definitely explains it. This book, wow! I have never seen so many snarky, greedy, narcissistic and shady characters all in one book. Some of these people were downright vicious! And the mercilessness and attitude of some of them was downright incorrigible! However, I really did enjoy reading this book. The main character, Ruthie (seriously?), got on my nerves some but it wasn't to the extent that I wanted to slap her or anything like I did with some of the other characters. I would like to see a follow up to this book wherein Lucas (??) ends up hanging by his balls. Or maybe just down and out with no money, home, job, family, life, etc. Possibly living on the streets would be good for him. What an entitled A$$ he was! And Mindy and Cartha (Carta??) could hang with him on the streets with all the garbage as well. HA! While many of the characters were irksome and Ruthie could get on my nerves, I enjoyed rooting for her against all these loathsome snobs. As for a beach read? You don't need a beach for this read. Just get the hardcover, remove the cover and look at it during your reading. It's beautiful! I was very disappointed I could not have those salted caramel cookies shipped to me from the Orient Country Grocery. And yes, I checked. HA!! A really entertaining read that had me absorbed in this town near the Hamptons and all it's inhabitants. Thanks to Random House Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Betsy DeVos would probably like this book a lot because it's about her people and her people are rich assholes who sold their souls to the devil for expensive yachts and hired help who would later be turned over to immigration officials. Yes, the characters here are that miserable. No, this is not a story about people growing, smoking, or selling pot. That would have been more interesting than 393 pages of rich people doing nothing. I tapped out at the halfway mark and skimmed the rest hoping th Betsy DeVos would probably like this book a lot because it's about her people and her people are rich assholes who sold their souls to the devil for expensive yachts and hired help who would later be turned over to immigration officials. Yes, the characters here are that miserable. No, this is not a story about people growing, smoking, or selling pot. That would have been more interesting than 393 pages of rich people doing nothing. I tapped out at the halfway mark and skimmed the rest hoping that bombs would land on the faces of every character. That didn't happen but should have. Reasons why this is a gigantic steaming pile of shit: - Entire chapters were text and email conversations, not a lot but enough to be obnoxious. - There are about 4,977 characters, 99% are useless, and the names are ridiculous. A couple named Kim and Tim, kids named Verity, Dashiell, and Arden. Some shrew named Catha. - "You know how it is, leaving for France for the entire summer, there are a thousand details and I can't find my Ambien!" - "Margarita is a love, but she has one fault," Carole confided. "Every time I yell her name, I desperately want a cocktail." That's where the list stops because one of our cats puked on the rest of my notes. Don't let the pretty cover fool you into thinking this is a fun beach read. If the plot were a person it would be someone who washes down Ambien or Xanax with a bottle of wine.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie Daniels

    This was really good and I loved all the stories of the different characters and how they tied together. I definitely appreciate the bigger moral of the story though- that life is about what you make it. Not being the victim. But there were a few things that bothered me with one of the ways the author tried to go about making that point. I don't want to give anything away but it was the reason I took a star off. Other than that it was a really enjoyable book that I do recommend. If you're lookin This was really good and I loved all the stories of the different characters and how they tied together. I definitely appreciate the bigger moral of the story though- that life is about what you make it. Not being the victim. But there were a few things that bothered me with one of the ways the author tried to go about making that point. I don't want to give anything away but it was the reason I took a star off. Other than that it was a really enjoyable book that I do recommend. If you're looking for a great Summer read, look no further. This was a great Summer novel. You feel Summer as you're reading it. The author does an amazing job of transporting you to the beautiful, Summer setting. There's also an intriguing story with even more intriguing characters toi get wrapped up in. I found myself unable to put the book down because I needed to find out what happened. My favorite character turned out to be a side character, in fact. Doe. She was just so interesting and intelligent. She was tough but truly had a heart. Her story really drew me in and made me love her and root for. But I still loved Ruthie and wanted to see her have her version of a happy ending. I could see this being a great movie. Besides the one thing I mentioned, which I won't reveal for spoiler reasons, this is an awesome Sure read that i highly recommend! *Thanks to Bookish First and Random House for the early finished copy for review*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    The elitist of the Hamptons come on down as we celebrate how to one up each other as the key to fame. Perhaps if I was wealthier and not bankrupt I could get into all the glitter, glitz, and glam but for me it just fell short. Those who focus on material possessions as achieving fame wind up in the end seeking outsiders to applaud them and for me I don't seek applause I work for a cause. When the possessions are long gone you need to have internal peace, tranquility, happiness and a legacy to lea The elitist of the Hamptons come on down as we celebrate how to one up each other as the key to fame. Perhaps if I was wealthier and not bankrupt I could get into all the glitter, glitz, and glam but for me it just fell short. Those who focus on material possessions as achieving fame wind up in the end seeking outsiders to applaud them and for me I don't seek applause I work for a cause. When the possessions are long gone you need to have internal peace, tranquility, happiness and a legacy to leave that doesn't center upon one's wealth but rather one's character. Life is about being selfless in giving freely to help and be of service to others not selfish for the me, me, me generation. Ruthie is set in her ways and is thrilled she received the house as her nest egg but not so happy to have to rent it out during peak holidays to vacationers to afford the rent. Plenty of characters to keep a variety going but I just wasn't having it. Thank you Judy , the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC e-read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am probably going to get a lot of disagreements with this review but sorry I am asked to be honest. I somewhat liked this book but not really. I felt it was a rich against the poor book. The poor family moves out of their house every summer so the rich people can move in and then the bills are paid for the next winter. The young daughter falls for the rich ladies son even though he treats her like crap. The high and mighty ladies on the museum board go behind Ruthie’s back to get her off the bo I am probably going to get a lot of disagreements with this review but sorry I am asked to be honest. I somewhat liked this book but not really. I felt it was a rich against the poor book. The poor family moves out of their house every summer so the rich people can move in and then the bills are paid for the next winter. The young daughter falls for the rich ladies son even though he treats her like crap. The high and mighty ladies on the museum board go behind Ruthie’s back to get her off the board and even Ruthie”s friend Carole can’t help because she is vacationing in Paris for the summer. The story continues like that throughout the book and the poor do triumph in the end but to me it was a little to much on the oh I hope to get invited to that high end party or my world will be shattered forever. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I really wanted to like this book but didn't and was disappointed as I love Blundell's teen books. Maybe it was my mood (that does happen, you know, great books are skipped because maybe it was the wrong time to try that particular title), but I did find the characters very annoying and it was hard to find anyone to like--not that's always totally necessary but I expect to find someone I have some empathy for, especially in what I think will be a lighter summer-type read. Thanks to the publisher I really wanted to like this book but didn't and was disappointed as I love Blundell's teen books. Maybe it was my mood (that does happen, you know, great books are skipped because maybe it was the wrong time to try that particular title), but I did find the characters very annoying and it was hard to find anyone to like--not that's always totally necessary but I expect to find someone I have some empathy for, especially in what I think will be a lighter summer-type read. Thanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beachreader

    The publisher says this is the author's first adult novel. That statement is debatable. At best this is a mashup of chick lit and YA. I quit after page 36, having spent a few chapters reading texts and emails between sixteen year old girls. Honestly, what mature adult finds this epistolary nonsense entertaining or even interesting. The author needs to stick to writing for the teen audience that finds this narrative riveting. Even then she is insulting the teens, because not all of them are shall The publisher says this is the author's first adult novel. That statement is debatable. At best this is a mashup of chick lit and YA. I quit after page 36, having spent a few chapters reading texts and emails between sixteen year old girls. Honestly, what mature adult finds this epistolary nonsense entertaining or even interesting. The author needs to stick to writing for the teen audience that finds this narrative riveting. Even then she is insulting the teens, because not all of them are shallow and self absorbed. Not recommended for any age.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This book might be fun to read for pleasure on the beach but also I found it to be a bit depressing and it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Slow start and I found it difficult to relate to the characters. About halfway through I became more interested and enjoyed the last half of the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Roesel

    Ruthie has the perfect life, but she has to give it up every summer, so she can keep it. On Long Island, New York, whether you're on the south shore in the Hamptons or the North shore, on the Sound, THE HIGH SEASON begins Memorial Day and ends Labor Day weekend. Author, Judy Bundell sets her sight on the rich and not necessarily so famous of the North shore in her novel, THE HIGH SEASON (RandomHouse). It puts the microscope on those who live to wine and dine and spend the money they have and don't Ruthie has the perfect life, but she has to give it up every summer, so she can keep it. On Long Island, New York, whether you're on the south shore in the Hamptons or the North shore, on the Sound, THE HIGH SEASON begins Memorial Day and ends Labor Day weekend. Author, Judy Bundell sets her sight on the rich and not necessarily so famous of the North shore in her novel, THE HIGH SEASON (RandomHouse). It puts the microscope on those who live to wine and dine and spend the money they have and don't, in order to get a really great tan. (just kidding) It's social-climbing on steroids. Ruthie Beamish has the house. But in order to keep it, she has to rent it out during the best time of the year - the summer season. No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. It's on the north shore, right on the Long Island sound, two ferry rides from the glitzier Hamptons. The house is her nest egg, the retirement account she shares with her ex-husband, Mike. They plan to leverage it so they can send their daughter, Jem to college. This year, the flashier Hamptons set decide to crash the North shore. A-list Adeline Clay rents the house and brings along her rich, connected lifestyle and is about and to put the North shore on the map. Adeline decides to help herself to Ruthie's life, which she finds quaint and hers to take. The widow of a blue-chip artist, living in a world defined by luxury and ease, Adeline demonstrates an uncanny ability to help herself to Ruthie’s life. In a novel packed with indelible characters, crackling wit, and upstairs/downstairs drama, Judy Blundell emerges as a voice for all seasons—a wry and original storyteller who knows how the most disruptive events in our lives can twist endings into new beginnings. I could picture myself walking along the shore, in the sand, with the waves gently coming on shore and a copy of THE HIGH SEASON in my beach bag. Afterwards, it's time to stop for a nice chilled Sauvignon Blanc and caesar salad with shrimp.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    I read this book over the course of the summer... each section on the summer holiday it too place, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Except I forgot to finish it on Labor Day. Turns out, when I discovered it unfinished on my stack (it happens), it was just as good when they’re threatening snow flurries tomorrow than it was while the months were hot. This is Judy Blundell’s best yet. Her YA is quite good, but this was very fine. She does an excellent job of pacing, dribbling enough conflict that the I read this book over the course of the summer... each section on the summer holiday it too place, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Except I forgot to finish it on Labor Day. Turns out, when I discovered it unfinished on my stack (it happens), it was just as good when they’re threatening snow flurries tomorrow than it was while the months were hot. This is Judy Blundell’s best yet. Her YA is quite good, but this was very fine. She does an excellent job of pacing, dribbling enough conflict that the stakes are high but believable. For those of you that ask about its rating, lots and lots and lots of language. A bit more than my personal tastes care for, but it wasn’t gratuitous; just mercy, New Yorkers curse a storm. Read if you liked Little Fires Everywhere.

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