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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  16,778 ratings  ·  1,497 reviews
Their Nantucket neighbors thought of the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers as a friendly, self-contained, self-sustaining community. Often seen together, these close-knit friends cherished their group strolls in the sand and outdoor barbecues. All that changes when Greg and Tess MacAvoy drown in a late-spring boating accident. Like the rest of the islanders, their ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Little, Brown & Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Linda C
This book disproves the idea that it is hard to get a book published. It is published and it is absolutely ghastly. What a waste of time!

The only good thing that I can saw about wasting the day reading it was that it was supposed to be snowing, so there wasn't much else to do. The kids were home watching movies or using the computer and all their activities were cancelled because of the snow. This is a book to read either on a snow day or a beach day, and only then if you don't expect much. I wo
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Just - The romance reader
I give this book two stars instead of one because I haven't actually read the entire book yet. (Honestly, I'm not sure if I will pick it back up later and attempt to.) I really enjoyed "A Summer Affair" so I was excited about "Barefoot" but it just didn't pull me in, so I put it down and moved on to something else after a chapter or two. I had hopes that it was just a fluke and I would eagerly devour "The Castaways".

Hilderbrand has come up with a great plot. Four couples living in Nantucket, sud
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Rachel
I really wanted this to be the perfect summer read but I had trouble with it from the start. The writing from multiple points of view was not interesting for me, but instead rather hard to follow, and I found myself flipping back to remind myself who characters were far too often. About 100 pages in, it was a tad clearer, but I never really got into the story. For 300 pages of character build-up, I was hoping for a twist at the end, but instead the ending unveiled what the reader would've alread ...more
Shea
I'm not really sure how I felt about this book. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it...so I settled on "it was okay."
I thought there were too many narrators for the story. A lot of times when I'm reading novel, I'll think I wonder what so-and-so is thinking but I think this took it to an extreme. Six points of view is a bit much, if you ask me. But, I also think it would be weird if the story was about six friends and some were left out, point of view-wise...well, actually, now that I think of it,
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Cheryl
Let me begin by saying I truly enjoy "chick-lit". On top of that, I have truly enjoyed several of Hilderbrand's other novels (albeit before I joined Good Reads).

However, I read someone else's review of this book, and although most people loved it, at least one person agreed with me - - - what are these so-called "friends" doing, sleeping around or WANTING to sleep around with each other? And can you really feel sympathy or warmth toward a character that so blithely throws away their own family
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Sue
Elin Hilderbrand is a master at character development. You know what the characters think, wear, eat for lunch, and what they thought, wore and ate for lunch 20 years ago, too. I enjoy that type of character development. That being said, what I find odd about her books is the fact that her characters seem to have a heightened sense of responsibility and integrity in some areas and are totally lacking in morals or conscience in other, more obvious areas. Characters have extra-marital affairs with ...more
MomIsReading
I couldn't get into this book, it was all over the place. Very rarely do I ever not finish a book I started reading even if I have to suffer through. The older I get the more I realize that life is too short to read less then at least good books. I couldn't even make it halfway through. Sorry, I tried.
Caitlin Lacey
I didn't go in with very high expectations, which allowed me to enjoy the book for what it is: a perfect-for-the-poolside, perfectly shallow summer read. Admittedly, it's not so great; the character development from their youth to pre-accident was believable, but the development after the deaths of the MacAvoys was less actual, logical development and more like Hildebrand was casting the melodramatic ideal of soap opera-brand grief on her characters without caring if their actions reflected at a ...more
Megan
My mom always picks out summer reads that are about groups of friends (women, mostly). This one was a bit different; it was about a group of friends who are all couples. What happens when one of the couples dies? How do those friendships go on, and how do those different friends deal with grief?

It definitely was a summer read, not one that has terribly deep insights but it is fun to be reminded how intertwined our lives are with some of those around us. And maybe I just needed to read a book ab
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Brenda
Just don't read this book. Too many married people sleeping around, too much profanity, too much drug & alcohol use. I knew it would be a 'light read' but this was just junk - not in the way that an occasional candy bar is junk and fun to eat anyway - but junk in a way that I didn't even enjoy for the lighthearted fare it was supposed to be.
Leonel
It seemed a good idea: reading this book, Elin Hilderbrand's "The Castaways." the book started out great: a couple dies in a boating accident, and three other couples who they are good friends with are severely affected by their loss. I kind of was drawn in by what could have really happened, as well as the repercussions the incident will do to their friendships. But as I discovered more and more about the characters, I found myself disliking them immensely: drug addicts, depressives, liars. It ...more
Katrina
This is the story of six friends that have to deal with the death of two of their best friends Tess and Greg MacAvoy. Greg and Tess died in a sailing accident but there are so many suspicious things surrounding their lives and the accident that people begin to wonder who is to blame? Was it really an accident or was it murder?

This bittersweet tale is set in Nantucket, MA. I adore books set in New England so this book had promise from the beginning. There was mention of a number of Massachusetts
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Jeanne Julian
There were only 2 of us in our book group who really liked this book. The other person said she approached it as a "beach book" and enjoyed it as such. I agreed, but I think I give it more credit than that, too. We've read a number of other contemporary novels "formatted" this way, with the chapters each dedicated to a character, told from his or her point of view. I've come to think this trend is in many cases just an easier way for authors to organize their material and move it along, rather t ...more
Ashley Ludwig
One book, four couples, eight lives intertwined, six of them--in grief after losing two of their own.

Did you get that? Sounds like my daughter's word problems from math homework, but in reality--it's the Castaways, by Elin Hilderbrand. One wonders if an author of this caliber takes time to read or scan every review of her work. If so, I'm offering a hearty hello! and bravo! You've gone and made a fan for life. Expect a spike in back-list sales!

In The Castaways, I identified most with Delilah--a
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Hattie
Monday, July 13, 2009
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

While reading "The Castaways" by Elin Hilderbrand, I couldn't help but think of the title more than one time. "The Castaways" is about a tight group of friends living on Nantucket. There are eight friends, four couples. Each character feels castaway, lost, due to the same or different circumstances. In one particular way all, Addison, Ed, Jeffrey, Phoebe, Delilah and Andrea are enduring the pain of loss, grief for one couple of the eight.

I lo
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Cinnamon
Summer is one of the most perfect times of the year. It's warm out, the sun is shining bright (hopefully) and everyone seems to be in a great mood! Longer days means that there is more time to be outside and in general the atmosphere seems much more relaxed. More relaxation means more time and more time means more gossip! THE CASTAWAYS by Elin Hilderbrand is a fun, mysterious and intriguing beach read. I know, those words don't necessarily always fit together, but in this instance, they do!

Every
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Janene
Another First Reads Win this week! That makes 3?? Whahoo! Very much looking forward to this one! It looks like one my 'reading partner' & I will really enjoy.

More later..........

Update:

Well, I finished Castaways in about 3 sittings. I've been sitting here trying to think of how I'd review it..and was really stumped. I was really excited to read this book.....but after finishing, I forgot to even rate it. That's how unexcited I had become. I then read 'Debbie's' review, and I hope she doesn't
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Kelly
I had never read anything by Elin Hilderbrand, and have always wanted to. I love stories that take place on the East Coast as I lived there for half of my life. I am especially drawn to stories that involve islands back East or coastal towns.

This is one of the first books on CD that I have read that made me also want to read the book. This really says something because it was unabridged so I have listened to the whole book already, but it really was that good!

The Castaways is a story of a traged
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Kim V
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand reads like a modern day Big Chill set on Nantucket. The novel follows the unraveling lives of six friends after one couple in the group, Greg and Tess, drown. The friends: Andrea, the Chef, Phoebe, Addison, Delilah, and Jeffrey individually cope with the couple's deaths as each has a secret from the rest of the group.The chapters are narrated by alternating members of the ensemble cast. This narrative style is fairly confusing in the beginning of the novel, but ...more
Jessica
Nov 07, 2011 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any woman
This is ultimately one of my favorite books. I found myself identifying with the characters bit by bit. I started reading Elin Hilderbrand after I picked up Barefoot for a nice easy read and ended up not being able to put it down. The best way I can describe this book is simply its "moving". I definitely had that moment at the end where I closed the book and was truly sad the journey was over. Elin is one of my favorite new authors and this book did not disappoint. The only thing negative I can ...more
Liz
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Trisha W.
I could not finish this book. I found the writing boring, confusing and not believable at all. The book seemed to ramble on a lot, I kept thinking to myself-'who cares?' at certain parts of the book. The book was confusing with all the different characters. For example, on page 42.. Let me remind you that this is still towards the beginning of the book, their are 8 people in this story and this is the beginning of the book I am still trying to remember names and the author throws names out right ...more
Stephanie
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Kimberly
I enjoyed The Castaways, it delivered and was a fine, easy read. A book like this has its faults when it comes to believability of characters and their actions, but I find value in the fantasy of those characters’ lives. For example, that these four couples could remain friends for so long and have the time and means to take extravagant vacations together – even after having children, or that Nantucket is a magical place filled with attractive people with interesting back-stories, beautiful land ...more
Barbara
There are eight main characters in this book comprised of four married couples.

The chapters move back and forth between all eight, causing it to be difficult at first for me to keep them - and their intertwined relationships - straight. I actually made a freaking chart to keep all the characters and their issues straight.

It was a beautiful chart: solid lines connecting the married couples and dotted lines connecting the affairs and other intrigues. I know, I'm way too analytical, but at least
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Pamela Pickering
Sep 05, 2010 Pamela Pickering rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ann
Shelves: nantucket
"Oh what a terrible web we weave, when we practice to decieve." I'm not quite sure how to rate this book so I'm going to give it a rating smack dab in the middle. Did I care for it? Not really. Could I put it down? Hardly! Breezed through it in one day which is not my normal reading pattern. If you aren't a fan of stories told through multiple voices this will not be the book for you. I like the the technique as long as the transitions are noticeable. The hard part for me, I really only liked 2 ...more
Stephanie
I had to DNF this one. I feel so bad because I rarely DNF books. I had a hundred pages left but I just couldn't do it. This book took me months to read, I kept putting it down. It was boring, there was no dialogue. It was just all backstory. This book is in 6 pov's and it was just the character's history/backstory. My main problem with this book is, nothing happens. I usually don't love lots of action in books but this book had no plot. The author told instead of showing so there was hardly any ...more
Paige
I liked this one. I like EH's style where she jumps from character to character instead of chapter 1,2,3 etc...

I like the Nantucket vibe but didn't love this best out of her books. Sometimes I begin to think....'does everyone on Nantucket have affairs'?!?
Laura de Leon
I really enjoyed this book. I read it pretty much straight through.

I was impressed from the beginning, when the 8 main characters were introduced in a way that allowed me to keep track of them. This is usually a challenge for me. All 8 of them were real people to me, with good points and flaws. I was very frustrated with some of the them at times, which shows the writing drew me in enough to care.

I liked the way the story built and unfolded. I learned more about the characters, The picture of w
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Jessica
I was a little skeptical when I first started this book because I had seen where it got a lot of mediocre reviews. However, I really enjoyed it. I had no problem differentiating between the characters (a complaint in most reviews)and thought everyone's personality was very well defined.
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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