Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Read it, or save your time? I highly recommend. This book is pure entertainment in any era, but that fact that it takes place in the 1930’s gives it a little something extra.
Quick Summary/Review: This novel is a hidden gem. It has a little bit of everything; a love story, a friendship so complex it will give you a newfound love for your own friends, and WASPY socialites, all set in 1938, when people still knew how to party. Oh, and a surprising (if not a bit farfetched) ending.
What’s it about? There is a lot going on here, so I will just hit the highlights. The year is 1938. Lily Dane goes to Seaview, Rhode Island where she and her family have summered with other rich, yuppie families for years. All is well at first – she hangs out on the beach with her adorable little sister, her somewhat nagging mother, and hilarious Aunt. Then, her cousin and ex-best friend, Budgie Greenwald (Budgie is a great name), returns to town. Budgie is now married to Nick Greenwald, Lily’s ex-fiancee, which causes quite the gossip around town.
Budgie is beautiful, charming, and manipulative, and manages to worm her way back into Lily’s good graces and become her friend again. However, as the summer unfolds, the truth about Nick and Budgie’s marriage slowly starts to come to light, and the love that Nick and Lily once had becomes hard for everyone to ignore. Oh, while this is all happening, Lily is also hooking up with Nick’s best friend, a charming and gorgeous ex-football player. Add this all together and you get drama, drama, drama.