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Summer Rental

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  21,278 Ratings  ·  2,137 Reviews
Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction…

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Oct 04, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
So, Mary Kay Andrews is my FAVORITE author! I've read every one of her books and I've never once been even slightly disappointed. I was worried that I may not love Summer Rental so much as it didn't seem to contain much decorating and/or junking as I would usually find in her books. Summer Rental focuses more on relationships; maintaining old ones and making new ones. Plenty of great drama, romance and what I love the very most about MKA's books - FUN! Her characters are so real you feel like yo ...more
May 22, 2011 Jeanne rated it it was ok
I won an advanced copy of this book from a First Reads giveaway here on Goodreads.

I'd never read anything by Mary Kay Andrews before but I had heard good things about some of her other novels. I hate that this was my first of her books because I really struggled with it. It was my understanding that Mary Kay Andrews writes fun and quick "beach reads" so I already had somewhat lowered expectations for this and I was still disappointed.

The whole thing felt too contrived for me to become attached t
Kathy Hiester
May 10, 2011 Kathy Hiester rated it it was amazing
In my childhood taking a house-rental at the beach included fun in the sun and time spent with family. On the downside there was no TV, no AC, no telephone and no videogames.

Such are the long-gone surroundings in which three best friends from school days find themselves on a month long reunion on the beach at Nags Head, North Carolina.

Ellis, the hyper-organized planner, has been downsized from a large-bank in Philadelphia. Married briefly and unsuccessfully, fresh out of college, Elly threw her
May 11, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Alrighty, so I won this on Goodreads, automatically making me quite happy. However, I was in a reading slump and didn't really want to read, but forced myself to anyway. Oh my gosh, I am so glad I did. Summer Rental was so fun to read and I really couldn't wait to write this review. I spent the past for days reading this, rather than studying for my exams.

So, Summer Rental is about three best friends who are all thirty-five and kind of at a turning point in their lives. They had planned to rent
Jun 25, 2015 Victoria rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a fun, easy read. Not a lot of depth, but then I wasn't expecting too much anyway. It's a beach read, obviously. Four women in seaside rented house dealing with relationships and careers and other life choices.

The main character Ellis has a farcical relationship with the guy next door. He's also the landlord and that's supposed to be one of their obstacles to "happily ever after." It's pretty forced and unrealistic, but fun to read for the most part.

Dorie and Julie, her life long friend
May 03, 2016 Dianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, read-2016
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

Considering that, this is a book about women in their mid thirties, who are educated and worldly I had to say I was rather amazed at how Ms Andrews portrayed them.
We get to spend the month of August with best friends since elementary school—meet Julie, Ellis and Dorie who are spending the month in a beach house on the outer banks of North Caroline. A very diverse group of women that in “real life” may never bond as well as this group does. Add into the mix the se
Jun 14, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
The title and cover say it all. Light, frothy beach read. You certainly don't need to pay close attention or think much while reading it--actually,the less you think, the more you will like this book. Squelch all those "if she was a missing, wanted person, how hard would it be to triangulate her cell phone?" and "wait, didn't we already read this paragraph in the last chapter--where's the editor?" thoughts and spend the afternoon on your imaginary beach towel, drinking your orange crush, and lis ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Christie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Based on writing alone this should be a 2 star book. But what can I say? I enjoyed it. As I noted in one of my updates, it's the kind of book that is like a soap opera. You feel ashamed to admit it, in fact your hate yourself for it, but you really like it. You don't care that the phrase "bracelet of bruises" actually appears in the text. You don't care that it's full of beautiful people who behave predictably and whose stories end sappily. You don't even care that you, yourself have begun to ov ...more
Jul 15, 2011 Nicole rated it did not like it
I didn't realize this was the same author as a book to which I gave one star until after I purchased it. It was an ok read. Some of the turns of phrase in this book (and in her other one), struck me as...racist. I'm sure the author meant everything in a benign way (or, at most, in a damn-you-PC-people-I'm-not-racist way). I'm sure I'm just a bleeding heart, overly PC type. But, it bothered me, and took away from the otherwise summertime escapism of this beach read.

The good thing is that I will n
Jul 23, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun "beach" read. Relax and let Ms Andrews entertain you with "the girls of discovery summer".
Aug 19, 2011 Tami rated it really liked it
Summer Rental was the lightest of my summer beach reads. I enjoyed the interaction between the three friends. They knew each other so well that they could speak bluntly and even argue, but they always came back together. Each of them faced a life-choice, which made for three separate interesting stories, but the main focus was their bond and how they joined together to help an outsider. Romance, mystery, and chick lit - great reading choice if you happen to be on a beach or just wish you were.

Jayne Ormerod
Aug 30, 2011 Jayne Ormerod rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beach-reads
Having just returned from a vacation just a stone’s throw north of the outer banks of NC, I couldn’t WAIT to dive into this beach tale. Happy to say Mary Kay Andrews did not disappoint, and I was immediately transported back to that blissful state of feeling sand in my shorts. On a craft level, gotta give the author props. Descriptions were well (but not overly) done, dialogue rang true to the characters, and timing was impeccable with secrets being revealed at perfect point that “goosed the gas ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Antoinette rated it did not like it
I should start by saying I felt dirty for even finishing this book, it was so awful. I'm pretty sure I lost IQ points somewhere in the middle of it. Don't get me wrong--I'm all for trashy, brainless novels, but this one was god-awful. Every person in it is a caricature, and the author, who apparently can and has written much better novels (though I've never read any and am not likely to start after this one), relies on tired literary devices rather than actually giving her characters and her plo ...more
Lori Henrich
Nov 16, 2011 Lori Henrich rated it really liked it
Ellis, Julia and Dorie have been best friends since Catholic grace school. Ellis, recently fired from job she devoted her life to, has put together a plan for the three of them to stay at a rented beach house in Nags Head, North Carolina. Upon arrival Ellis finds that the house isn't all it was advertised to be, and the illusive owner/manager is hard to pin down, and the tenant over the garage is suspicious.

So starts a month at the beach. Each women arrives with secrets and a heart in turmoil.
Paul Pessolano
Nov 08, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“Summer Rental” by Mary Kay Andrews, published by St. Martin’s Press.

Category – Fiction/Literature

This is Chick Lit and Beach Read at its best. If you have not read any of the novels of Mary Kay Andrews this would be a great time to start. Her stories take place in the south, in such wonderful locations as Savannah, Georgia, and Nags Head, North Carolina. They are funny, they are witty, and above all they are all good reads.

Ellis Sullivan and two of her friends since grade school decide to have
Jul 01, 2012 Candie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a good, light and easy early-summer read which shouldn't be too surprising given its title, "Summer Rental." I thought it started off pretty strong. Andrews clearly developed the four main characters in the first half of the book. From the beginning, it seemed that Ellis was somewhat of the main character and the other ones were often in the peripheral -- that remained consistent throughout the book, even when the story shifted its attention to the other characters temporarily. I d ...more
Denise Moncrief
Jan 28, 2012 Denise Moncrief rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
I usually can't wait for a new Mary Kay Andrews to hit the shelves, but it took me a while to get around to reading Summer Rental. I looked forward to this read with anticipation. The book is basic chick lit. Three friends, Ellis, Julia, and Dorie, go to the beach to get away from their lives and find out what they really want from life... sort of.

Andrews usually writes with charm and wit and just a bit of attitude. Her stories are generally full of southernisms and over the top characterization
Jul 03, 2012 Brianna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
I loved this book! It was a great summer read - with just the right amount of suspense and mystery! It's the first one I've read by Mary Kay Andrews, but I will definitely be reading more!

I love that each character had his or her own dilemma to figure out. I also love that even though the girls are best friends, they still had secrets that they've kept from each other. But a month on the beach proved to bring the girls closer and allow them to share their secrets with those they loved! I also r
Deanna Drai Turner
Jun 03, 2012 Deanna Drai Turner rated it liked it
My Bookmobile Librarian snuck this into my book order this week...thinking she knew my taste, hoping I would like her gift. It was alright. I did want to return and read often to see what would happen next. I liked the characters, actually...every single one of them, who were all rather different but with a common thread. They were all passionate about something. The women were rather loud-mouthed, so I fit right in at their table. On a month's holiday in a sand worn cottage, tucked in the dunes ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it
Cute and predictable!
Mar 07, 2013 Sidna rated it liked it
Not Great Literature, but a fun, fast read. After reading a lot of heavy books for my book clubs this year, I thoroughly enjoyed reading a lighter book.

Three friends who grew up together, but now live in different parts of the world, rent a summer home on the Outer Banks in North Carolina for a month so they can spend some time together and reconnect. Each of them comes with a problem she needs to solve. I have friends who have a second home on the Outer Banks. I have never been there, but have
Apr 30, 2013 Stina rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
These women were idiots. All of them.
April Loebick
May 10, 2013 April Loebick rated it really liked it
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews makes the perfect beach read, or in my case, the perfect read to get you ready for the beach. The fun story is full of sand, secrecy, and summer romance. There’s nothing too deep going on here, there are no surprising twists, and there’s nothing that the reader really has to think about. It’s just an entertaining story, pure and simple.

Ellis has just been downsized from her job. She needs this vacation. She and her friends, Julia and Dorie have been planning it
Mary Ronan Drew
Jul 13, 2013 Mary Ronan Drew rated it liked it
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Jun 02, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
Three thirty something childhood friends meet in Nags Head for the month of August. Recently unemployed and anal Ellis, supermodel Julia hiding bruises on her arm, and newlywed Dorie whose husband didn't make the trip as planned. To save money, they rent the fourth bedroom to Maryn/Madison, who they don't realize is running from her husband with the money she's taken from him (which he stole).

SUMMER RENTAL is a lighthearted beach read that tackles some serious topics, though not well. In my opin
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Summer Rental is delicious! I am so glad to have "discovered" Mary Kay Andrews! She surely can spin a good story. And it is a great beach read - I have taken it to the beach. Andrews reminds me of Dorothea Benton Frank. Her writing style is smooth and her pace is steady - not too slow nor too fast. I felt as if I gained 5 new friends in Ellis, Dorie, Julia, and Ty. I really didn't want to put this novel down and start my current book. Of course I did and went back home shortly thereafter.

Jun 25, 2013 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook
I adore Mary Kay Andrews. She had me at HISSY FIT. And SUMMER RENTAL continues the love. Very mellow, the perfect light fiction for the summer beach or even a winter's day when you would like a reminder what the beach can be like with your friends.
It's a story of three lifelong friends who are at their own individual crossroads and they manage to get together for a month at a beach house in North Carolina.
There's friendship, arguments, romance. And mystery in the form of a elusive woman who th
Jun 25, 2015 Patty rated it liked it
Summer Rental is a very nice summer read which takes place in Nags Head. Four women who grew up in Savannah Georgia have agreed to go to the beach for an entire month, all in their mid 30's to be able to reconnect again. One of the friends bails out of the trip making the trip more expensive for the other three.

All three women are at a time in their lives where major changes are taking place. Ellis the main character has just lost her job in the banking industry and doesn't know where her next
Jul 02, 2013 Crystal rated it liked it
Easy book to read, kept me interested. Fun book to read when you want to read something light and easy.
Jul 10, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
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Generally, I liked this book. I liked the characters, each of which came with her (or his) own personality, complete with secrets, flaws, and insecurities. I most identified with Ellis, who likes order and schedules, and I loved seeing her grow and change throughout her month at the beach house. I think that there’s something in all of the characters to be admired, though. I loved Dorie’s willingness to stand up for herself and move on when she knew it wa
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Mary Kay Andrews is the pen name of American writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck, based in Atlanta, who has authored a number of best-selling books under the Andrews pen name since 2002.

Trochek graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in 1976. She worked as a reporter at a number of papers, and spent 11 years as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before leaving to wri
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