The Whole Thing Together

The Whole Thing Together

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A beautifully written novel about love, class differences, and betrayal playing out over the course of a fractured American family's Long Island summer from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares, author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

"A gorgeously written novel on love, loss and family." --NICOLA YOON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

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.

★ "Masterful." -- PW, Starred

★ "A continuous, consistently engrossing narrative . . . deeply moving." -- The Bulletin, Starred

"A gorgeous exploration of family, secrets, and love." -- Teen Vogue

"You absolutely must read it." --PopCrush

An Amazon Best of the Month Selection

A Teen Choice Book Award nominee!
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385736893
Branch Call Number: FIC BRASH A


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Dec 10, 2018

Sasha and Ray come from two different families. During a bitter divorce, the beach house property cannot be settled so the families share the house. Neither family is in the house at the same time so the two blended families are not so blended. While Sasha and Ray may share the same room, some of the same books, and even the same summer job, the two have never met. Bitter family relationships will change this summer as events will cause the two families to come together but secrets could tear them further apart. A good book that will have you thinking about how you treat people.

Aug 09, 2017

The Whole Thing Together tells a story of friendship, family, love, and loss. Ray and Sasha live in the same house but never at the same time. Once upon a time, Sasha’s dad was married to Ray’s mom. They had three children, but the marriage ended badly leaving the children confused. This summer a large event is about to happen that will bring the family together but will things go smoothly or end in a catastrophe. This book seemed interesting when I found it, but I did not enjoy it. Ann Brashares started the book well, but this family was very confusing and I did not remember the characters very well. I do not recommend this book, it was confusing and the plot needed more action. Rating- 2/5 stars
- @readit12 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Ray and Sasha lived in the same beach house for 17 years, but they have never met one another. Once upon a time, Ray’s mother was married to Sasha’s dad, but the marriage ended on bad terms as they can no longer stand each other. The only thing left of their damaged relationship is their three children, Quinn, Emma and Mattie. During the summer, the lives of these two families become entangled with one another. Secrets are revealed, relationship are repaired, and sparks begin to fly. This was the most confusing book I have ever read. It was written in the perspective of five characters and there was nothing to signify who was speaking. Every chapter is in at least three different character’s perspectives. To make matters worse, the plot was all over the place. I would never recommend this book to anyone.
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

What is it like to have a counterpart? Another person that is so similar to you, but utterly real and almost your opposite/complimentary? Sasha and Ray, of a complex family, have never met each other. Yet, they have shared the same room, bed, books, sisters, and so much more. (This is all the result of marriage and divorce and remarriage). Sometimes, they imagine what it would be like to meet the other. Until they do... I enjoyed this book for the most part, as it did have its nice ups and downs. The elaboration on dynamics (family) was quite helpful, but I think that the relationship between Sasha and Ray wasn't quite "enough" for certain things to have happened.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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