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Barefoot Girls

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
*** Best Beach Read, Chick Lit Cafe's Best Books of 2012 *** The famous and beloved foursome - they are both things on Captain's Island in the Great South Bay of Long Island, New York, where they grew up and developed their fun-loving defiantly-barefoot reputation - helped raise one little girl together, their "Barefoot Baby" Hannah. Now grown, Hannah has done the unthinka ...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published February 11th 2012 by Bramblevine Press (first published February 10th 2012)
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Catherine Coffman
May 20, 2012 Catherine Coffman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
Barefoot Girls is one of the most unique and intriguing summer seeming books I’ve read in ages! It seems like it should be a completely light and fluffy summer read (even though the action doesn’t actually happen in the summer) but there’s a whole deeper plot to this book that just makes it fantastic.

The story is told from alternating perspectives, and alternating between the past and present, which I would think would be incredibly difficult to pull off for an author, but is done exceptionally
Jul 13, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Can I give this six stars? Seriously! If you really want to know about the complicated and joyous nature of women's friendships, read this book. The story is gripping and deliciously page-turning, the characters genuine and fascinating and so loveable you want to know them in real life. Reading it made me call my mother and thank her for all she's done for me and then call up my friends to go out for margaritas, the Barefooters favorite drink!

The novel shifts back and forth from the present to t
Erin Walsh
Jun 11, 2012 Erin Walsh rated it it was amazing
Put up your feet, relax, and pour yourself your favorite beverage, because this is a book you can't put down! It's unbelievably entertaining and will have you turning the pages like mad! The story flows perfectly, and the characters are funny and deep at the same time. Keeley is zany and wild and full of a zest for life, the kind of person who's extremely intriguing to me. Hannah, on the other hand, is delicate and sensitive and somewhat struggling to get along(get how that is). And you can't he ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Kelli rated it really liked it
Oh, this was a good book! I love reading women's fiction, especially women's contemporary fiction. And Barefoot Girls fit the bill perfectly. I was in the mood for a story about love and relationships, and that's what I got, in spades.

One of my favorite things to read about is a story within a story. Barefoot Girls had that on several levels: Hannah is an author who has written a (mostly) fiction novel, so that's one aspect, but then, there is the story of Hannah's past, as well as the Barefoot
Aug 08, 2012 Literary rated it liked it
I'm not typically a chick-lit kind of chick. I soooooo expected not to like this book. I had a chip on my shoulder from the get-go when I started Barefoot Girls. I thought, here comes a ripoff of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a book which I read many years ago and don't remember being all that enthralled with. I even went back and read the summary of that book and there are a lot of similarities. But make no mistake - this is a totally original work and not at all like Rebecca Well ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Hannah O'Brien has a lot to look forward to in her life: she just had her first novel published; she is engaged to a wonderful man; she lives in a cute little carriage house in Greenwich, CT; and she has the love and support of her mom and three special "aunts", the Barefoot Girls. When a book reviewer from Hannah's hometown newspaper, the Fairfield Tribune, suggests that the novel is not fictional but rather a memoir of her life with a neglectful alcoholic mother who abandoned her at times duri ...more
Kate Lucas
Jun 20, 2012 Kate Lucas rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful and moving book. It has stayed with me for weeks now and I can't wait to forget a little of it so I can reread it again! Women everywhere can relate - with envy - to the Barefoot Girls, four women who have stayed friends since they were 7 and living on an island together every summer. Also deeply sympathetic is Hannah, the "Barefoot Baby" raised by the four women and the daughter of Keeley. My heart just reached out to Hannah over and over throughout the book as she struggled to ...more
May 10, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This book was the best I've read this year! A poignant story of a young woman, Hannah, coming to terms with her mother, Barefoot Girls is both heartbreaking and joyful. I loved the setting of Long Island and Connecticut and felt like I was home again (that's where I'm from originally, near Montauk, NY).

Barefoot Girls is a brilliantly written, compelling story about the intricacies of female relationships. McTiernan seamlessly moves between past and present while telling each woman's story eloqu
Janice Mifflin
Jul 30, 2012 Janice Mifflin rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this book down! Every time I thought I'd stop at the end of a chapter, I just couldn't... there was just too much I had to know. Don't start this book unless you have a good chunk of free time. I made the mistake of starting this right before bed one night and ended up reading until three in the morning...not a good idea when you have little ones at home and need some rest. The characters are loveable and well fleshed out and very believable and there were so many plot twists that s ...more
Jessica  Sinn (Chick Lit Cafe)
Overall Barefoot Girls is a captivating story about forgiveness, new beginnings and the everlasting bond between women. At 400+ pages it’s a little on the long side, but once you get into it you won’t want to leave the idyllic little summer getaway. Through the author’s prose, you can practically smell the salty air and feel the sand beneath your toes. If you’re looking for a sweet escape, this book will do the trick!

Go to Chick Lit Cafe for the full review!
Jun 13, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Being an author should be a wonderful thing, but when a reviewer claims Hannah O'Brien's new novel is not fictional but in fact a memoir of her life with her neglectful alcoholic mother Hannah doesn't know what to do. Her mother Keeley has not even read the book but believes her daughter has written lies about her and completely cuts Hannah out of her life.

Then Hannah life starts to fall apart and puts her engagement to Daniel at risk. Her landlord wants her to move to his daughter can live ther
May 05, 2012 Jael rated it liked it
After reading Barefoot Girls by Tara McTiernan I could only think of one book to compare it to: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. In this book, a group of four friends comes of age together on a island off the coast of Long Island. When they are together nothing else matters. They will do anything for each other. Sometimes I found that endearing, but towards the end I found it to be a little strange.

Hannah O'Brien is at a crossroads in her life. She is engaged to a man who would do anythin
Apr 29, 2012 Lucy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
At first I was a little unsure about whether or not to accept this book is I'm completely honest. The author described Barefoot Girls as woman's literature which pretty much sent off chick-lit sirens in my head. It's not that I don't like chick-lit exactly, but it does tend to be rather formulaic and predictable which does give a bit of a trashy air. I do read chick-lit but only very occasionally, usually when I want something easy to read, something I don't want to have to concentrate on. The s ...more
Lorna Munro
Aug 17, 2012 Lorna Munro rated it it was amazing
Well written AND great characters AND gripping plot? Oh, my! Barefoot Girls has it all. My friend let me borrow her copy after raving to me about it and I literally read it in one night. That's right, no sleeping AT ALL. This book is just plain yummy and you just can't put it down.

This book is about a young woman's efforts to come to terms with her mother and her discovery of a long-held secret that her mother and super-close friends have harbored. The girl is also recently engaged and troubled
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Apr 29, 2012 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
There are several story lines in this story but the one at the focus of the book is the relationship between Hannah and her mother, Keeley. Hannah writes a story that becomes a minor bestseller and Keeley is devastated because she is upset for Hannah either using or being inspired by (something that is never totally clear throughout the book) the story of her childhood. I can understand why Keeley would be upset. As I said, the inspiration or using of the story is never totally clear. We only se ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author for review. At first on reading the prologue my heart slumped as I thought this was going to be a difficult one to review and I had a sense that I would not like the book. However, as I got well into the first chapter, this feeling lifted and I could see hope for me after all.
My final thoughts are what a well written, if complex story. Full of difficult relationships, asking many questions, wanting to know truths and topped off with some lovely locations. I t
May 14, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, for-review
I really enjoyed this novel. Hannah, whose life seems to be coming unraveled at the seams, is searching for answers, but she's not even sure what the questions are. She's at an inexplicable loss as to what is missing in her life. She looks to her mother and the other barefooters for answers but they are such a fiercely loyal group it's like trying to crack a vault.

When Hannah goes to Captains's Island she feels like the answers are right in front of her, if only she knew what she was looking for
Deb Jackson
Mar 08, 2015 Deb Jackson rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this novel of four friends from childhood, who met one summer on an island that they loved & grew up together. One has a daughter, who is really searching for answers... Well written, really enjoyable, at times left you wondering ..Really?? I basically think it was amazing for the writer to have such a wonderful knack to think of this.. made it all seem very real at times..
Feb 27, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I have read from this author. I will definitely read her other books. Liked this book.
Donna Peake
Jun 25, 2014 Donna Peake rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books-read
very good beach read. Believable Characters and liked the descriptions of the scenery.
May 31, 2013 Brooke rated it it was amazing
This novel reminded me of the reason I love reading. It's such a fun escape! So loved the Barefooters. A group of perfectly real and loveable girlfriends. Also, the setting of the island was beachy perfection. The story of Hannah and her journey to understand her mother was heartbreaking and poignant and just plain beautiful.
Kathy Harris
May 28, 2012 Kathy Harris rated it really liked it
Tara McTiernan's Barefoot Girls is a wonderful, universal story of both mother-daughter turmoil and close friendships that last a lifetime ... a novel full of well-drawn characters and spot-on emotions. In some ways, it's like a "Yankee" version of the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
Aug 01, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
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Tara McTiernan is the author of two novels, Barefoot Girls and Cocktail Hour, as well as a collection of short stories, Earth and Air. She is a voracious reader and also enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and on an island in the Great South Bay on Long Island, New York, which has been the setting for her novel a ...more
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