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The Summer We Read Gatsby

3.2  ·  Rating Details ·  3,255 Ratings  ·  533 Reviews
A delightful comedy of manners about two sisters who must set aside their differences when they inherit a house in the Hamptons

Half-sisters Cassie and Peck could not be more different. Cassie is a newly divorced journalist with her feet firmly planted on the ground; Peck is a vintage-obsessed actress with her head in the clouds. In fact, the only thing they seem to have i
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Viking Adult
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Apr 26, 2011 Jakcie rated it did not like it
I forced myself to finish this book because I figured it would get better toward the end. But no, I hated it at page one and by page 280 I was thoroughly disappointed with my follow-through.

In summation, this book is a shallow narrative about equally shallow and underdeveloped characters living in an exaggerated trying-too-hard-to-be-unique Hampton summer home with stereotypical everything, a crime that could have been solved in one page stretched to fill about 150 of them, and rushed romances
May 15, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok
Like the women in the novel, my Aunt (who I adore) has a house in the Hamptons, one where I have spent many a summer weekend, and of which I have many fond memories. Couple that with the fact that The Great Gatsby was one of my favorite books, back in High School, and that, like the narrator, I am a single, twenty-something, aspiring writer, and I thought to myself, "This book has my name written all over it!"

Well, it turns out it did . . . except my name was written in pencil. And about a quart
Jason Pettus
May 17, 2011 Jason Pettus rated it liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

I picked up this breezy beach read literally on a whim the other week, after spying it on the "New Releases" shelf at my neighborhood library, suspecting the entire time that it might turn out to be an inexorable piece of chick-lit; and indeed, while author Danielle Ganek admirably attempts to add as much
Oct 22, 2014 Elizabeth☮ rated it liked it
a cute, if predictable, story about life in the hamptons. half-sisters peckland and stella are asked to sell their beloved aunt's house after she dies unexpectedly in paris.

the girls love the house for different reasons and as they spend their last summer there, they bond in ways they never did living separate lives.

romance is around the corner for both girls and it's fun to watch the events unfold around various parties and hijinx involing a "fool in resident" biggsy.

a quick and enjoyable summe
Farrah Cole
Jun 09, 2013 Farrah Cole rated it it was ok
This book is a prime example of why one should never pick a book based solely on its title. The writing isn't terrible, the plot isn't ridiculous or anything, it's literally a forgettable book. I just finished reading it a few hours ago and my brain has already forgotten...what was I writing about?
Yes, the whole book is like that. There are two things I did like about this novel: the title (genius! makes it sound like the novel will be something worth remembering!) and the author's ability to ma
This charming book is for someone who: loves books and literary references, appreciates chick-lit but also wants something well-written/non-fluffy, and a novel full of unforgettable (and realistic) characters, as well as an intriguing plot. This book has all of these things.

I am so thankful I "splurged" on this one-dollar find. When I say splurged, I mean took a risk. I wasn't all that sure I'd like this novel. However, I truly believe that books find the reader, and if someone is meant to read
Aug 02, 2011 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing
Some of my favorite memories have come from long summer days. So when I'm trying to decide what to read while sitting in the sun, on the beach or in a pool, I always gravitate towards summer-based fiction. I want to be able to read words that capture this feeling of complete and total relaxation, freedom and happiness. I am so glad I picked THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY. Danielle Ganek, author of Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, has hit a home run with this novel that explores the lives of two sisters ...more
Megan McBeath Hay
I got this book as a Christmas present because my friend saw Gatsby in the title and thought I'd enjoy it. And in that regard I very much did. I was a little afraid that this would go the same way as "The Jane Austen Book Club" (if I had been on Goodreads when I read that one it would be one star blech) with unrealistic characters acting like F Scott Fitzgerald was an evangelist and his books all divine. I love F Scott Fitzgerald, he's probably one of my top five favorite American writers, but I ...more
John Porter
Jun 07, 2010 John Porter rated it it was ok
The appears to be my summer of Chick Lit. Or, at least, "quality" chick lit. But this just doesn't cut it. Gaudy and overblown characters, which may make some people scream "Delightful!" and, sadly, provokes the opposite reaction in me: "Nap."
Garlan ✌
Jun 12, 2012 Garlan ✌ rated it really liked it
This was a pretty quick, light read that could probably be classified as chicklit, but I still really enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of the books by Sarah Addison Allen even though there was no magical realism and it didn't take place in the deep south. Still, the characters and their relationships were very closely related IMO.
Two half-sisters inherit their quirky aunt's home in the Hamptons, and must decide what to do with it before the summer is up. The house has served as sort of an artis
Jul 26, 2010 Hil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I decided to read this book after seeing it on quite a few summer reading lists, including Oprah's. I can somewhat understand why Oprah put it on her list. She seems to be a fan of thoughtful writers, and Danielle Ganek falls into that category. But other than that, I cannot say I enjoyed the book. I had such little interest in it that I quit reading a little before the half way point.

It is a story about half sisters that have to come together when their aunt dies. Their aunt, Lydia, writes in
Jun 02, 2010 Meg rated it really liked it
Danielle Ganek’s The Summer We Read Gatsby was a unique novel about two sisters who become an unlikely pair of friends. Dramatic, theatrical and over-the-top Peck is a total counterpoint to Cassie, a practical writer and expat who returns to the United States after years of living abroad. Both girls seem to share little and know even less about one another, though they’re predisposed to love each other. And that’s what sold me on this novel: despite the antics, banter and occasional bickering, y ...more
Jun 09, 2010 G rated it it was ok
I’m giving away 1 copy of the book The Summer We Read Gatsby. Since summer is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun for you to have a chance to win a summer beach read that takes place in Southampton.

The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek can best described as chick-lit meets mini-mystery, with a dash of comedy thrown in for good measure. It is the story of half-sisters Cassie (also known as Stella Blue, as in the Grateful Dead song) and Pecksland (Peck, of course!) who have b
Jan 30, 2012 Tina rated it liked it
Once again, I don't know where I read about this book and added it to my audiobook rental shelf, but it was VERY interesting. It was a slow start, however. Meeting the two half-sisters and understanding that they are VERY different people would have been more interesting if one of them hadn't irritated me so much. But their tale of discovering they like one another, and the personal growth each experiences over their month together, preparing to sell the house of their summer childhood, grows on ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it
The book started off as the beach read it was reviewed to be (with some cringe-worthy lines and more telling than showing in terms of character description), but by the time I was done it felt like a satisfying read. Not particularly memorable, and will not keep the book, but being brought to a beach in mid-fall isn't the worst thing.
Be Like the Squirrel, Girl
Meh. It captured my attention after a bit. It reminded me of Big Little Lies, where characters are caricatures of themselves, with a little mystery mixed in to keep things interesting. The house was my favorite "character" by far.
Angie Fehl
Pecksland "Peck" Moriarty, an NYC theater actor, gets invited to a summer Gatsby-themed party in the Hamptons. She convinces her half sister Stella Blue (named after the Grateful Dead song) Swiss to go with her because Peck is nervous that a certain fella she has a history with is going to be at the party and Peck doesn't want to face him alone. This guy, Miles Noble... Peck makes him out to be a modern-day Jay Gatsby, all slick, smart, funny, wealthy & well-traveled. Stella's never met him ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2015
After Cassie’s Aunt Lydia passes away, she has to move to her South Hampton home, and, with her half-sister Peckland, decide what to do with the house and contents.

Cassie is closed off and stiff. Jaded after her divorce and hiding behind sarcasm, just wants to sell the house and go back to Switzerland. Peckland – dramatic and social. Flighty and convinced the world revolves around her, wants to keep the house for its perfect location, and enjoy the summer.

It seemed like Cassie wasn’t complete. S
Ashley Lynn
Meh, I picked this book up because of the title (I'm a Gatsby fan), but ended up putting it down around page 90ish. Not horrible, just a bit too bland for me. Plus, I couldn't connect with the characters. No point in trying to force myself through another 200 pages. (sadly)

Wouldn't advise you to stay away from this book if light summer romance-y beach reads are your thing. They just don't happen to be mine.
May 26, 2014 Danielle rated it liked it
I bought this book years ago on clearance and planned on using it as a fun summer read, but never picked it up until this year. I read a few reviews before starting it and saw that they were relatively poor, but decided to go ahead and give it a read, get it over with, and prepare to donate it.
The first half of the book was very slow for me, and I almost had to force myself to read it. The characters weren't very enjoyable, and all the plot details seemed pretty obvious. My enjoyment increased i
Wendy Kendall
Aug 26, 2015 Wendy Kendall rated it it was amazing
Extend your summer delights with this beach read. It’s a quick trip out to Southampton, and then weeks languishing by the sunny shore. Two sisters, with very different mothers, share memories of a beloved Aunt Lydia and their summer visits to her beach home. Eccentric Aunt Lydia has now passed away. The two sisters are very different women, one quietly practical and the other a larger than life romantic. They meet for a few weeks at Fool’s House, so named long ago by Lydia, to pack it up and sel ...more
Maria Burnham
Oct 30, 2014 Maria Burnham rated it it was ok
I was thoroughly disappointed in this book. It sounded good, and the plot summary really drew me in. And let's face it, anything associated with The Great Gatsby is certainly interesting for me. However, I thought this book fell completely flat. Lacking characterization, detailed dialogue, and transitions between scenes, I almost abandoned the book.

The story takes place in the Hamptons, modern day. Two half sisters are brought together to their deceased aunt's home in the Hamptons. As complete
Basically I am playing this game where whatever book I can get for free from my public library via audiobooks on Overdrive app I listen to at work, so I get through them very quickly and without much thought.
This story, told from the first person narrative of Stella Moriarty, thirty-something young woman returning to the United States to settle the estate of her aunt Lydia. Along with her half-sister Peck the two begin their last summer in the Hamptons but not without a mystery, romance and par
Kristin Runyon
I purchased this book for $1 at the Champaign Public Library bookstore. It was well worth the $1! And I read it while on a cruise--definitely a beach/ summer read. It was a predictable plot but fun nonetheless. As an American lit teacher, I enjoyed finding all the Gatsby references, the obvious and not-so-obvious.
Jul 12, 2014 Annaliese rated it liked it
The Summer We Read Gatsby was a mediocre book, in my not-so-humble opinion. I picked this up at my library, excited with the term "Gatsby" in the title. :)
However, the start was EXTREMELY slow. I enjoyed the characters, but if I had read the first couple of pages at the library instead of shoving it into my book bag, I assure you I wouldn't have checked it out.

After the book picks up, it's pretty good. There are a lot of cute scenes that I love to love, and there is a bit of a mystery in it, wh
Bonnie Robinson
Jan 22, 2015 Bonnie Robinson rated it it was ok
There are two kinds of books: one that makes me stay up reading in the wee hours; the other that puts me to sleep after a few pages. This book was the latter. It was a story of two half-sisters who inherit their aunt's summer home in the Hamptons. I kept complaining about how shallow the characters were and Jesse kept asking me why I was still reading it. I continued because it was a bit of a palette cleanser in between another dense book I was reading. Despite complaining through the first half ...more
Alexandra Consolver
Abandoned at page 70. I just couldn't get into this one. I was hoping to, it sounded interesting enough... two step sisters inherit a beach house in the Hamptons... they are very different but have to work together to decipher a clue their aunt left them related to "the most valuable thing" that she left them. I just really didn't like one of the sisters, and the other one wasn't showing a lot of personality, it's like she was overshadowed and therefore just reflected her sister. I don't know, i ...more
May 30, 2012 Jeimy rated it really liked it
It's a very light read, not too heavy on the Gatsby references but you don't need to have read Fitzgerald to enjoy it. The style is reminiscent of Jane Green.
Oct 27, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a fun light read, you've got it with this book! Just what I needed this week.
Kayla Nicole
Apr 01, 2014 Kayla Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book was listed as a young adult fiction novel, but I don't really see the connection to the genre, but maybe I was mistaken. During beginning portion of the book I was comparing all of the tidbits the author put in. It was as if she took aspects of The Great Gatsby and jumbled them up into a new story. I found the characters hard to connect to, because they they were either emotionally detached or so over the top that they were annoying and unrealistic. It was apparently supposed to be a c ...more
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