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The Girls of August

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  9,084 ratings  ·  1,378 reviews
Anne Rivers Siddons's New York Times bestselling novel about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer.

For fifteen years, four "girls of August" would gather together to spend a week at the beach, until tragedy interrupts their ritual. Now they reunite for a startling week of discoveries.

The ritual began when they were in their twenties and
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing
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Kari Stemm-wolf totally they were grown up mean girls. Did not like them.

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Dec 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Wow. To use the words "major disappointment" would be an understatement. I have read every book that Siddons has ever written, but this one reads like what results when an author has a contract but no concrete ideas for a story. It's nothing more than a mishmash of random bits of stories; there's no characterization, no plot to speak of and nothing to hook a reader.

I believe the publication date of this was pushed back at least once. The publishers should have pushed it back again or, better
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Siddons employs all of the hackneyed developments that make for a good beach read--affairs, cancer, unexpected pregnancy, clueless trophy wife--all capped by the requisite storm. Unfortunately, it's all been done before, and while I have loved Siddons' earlier books, I was ultimately frustrated and annoyed by these characters and the cliched subplots, not to mention some of the trite writing and phrases.

If you've never read Siddons before, earlier books such as COLONY, OUTER BANKS, and the
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, published-2014
I'm not entirely sure where to start with this review, because I almost didn't finish the book. At 240 pages it was a quick read, which was an incredibly good thing. Had it taken more than two or three hours to read this book, I would have put it down. I was looking forward to a sweet, touching book about women supporting each other through their friendships, and instead I got a ridiculous, scrambled book about women acting like mean middle school girls.

The characters were flat, cardboard people
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
Disappointing. Still enjoyable for the beach-house porn she's always been so good at, but the house was the only likable character in the whole thing.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Back in the 1990s, I read a lot of Anne Rivers Siddons books and enjoyed them. Not sure if my tastes have changed, or her writing, but I thought this one was not so great. The story and all the characters seemed overly simplistic, and the writing wasn't very good either. Note: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
I've read a lot of Anne River Siddons books in the past. Some favorites include Colony, Hill Towns, and Low Country. As I haven't read anything of hers of late, I thought I'd pick up The Girls of August as a nice summer read. I couldn't even finished the book as the writing was so bad. The book shouldn't have been published.

Abandoned. 1 out of 5 stars.
Courtney Benson
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read some bad reviews about this book, but still decided to give it a try since I am a fan of Siddons. Plus I had pre ordered the book awhile ago. Yes, the book is very predictable and a typical "beach read". Someone is pregnant, someone has cancer, and someone is getting a divorce. All foreshadowed of course. I grew to love the characters and their daily adventures on Tiger Island. The Girls of August vacation together for one week a year, this is their reunion story. The book ended with me ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is the first book I've read by this author, I was very disappointed and struggled to read each page. I don't think I've ever seen such superficial characters and a storyline that was totally boring...nothing happens. There's really nothing else left to say about it.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
No. Just no.
- no development
- no story
- no personalities
- no recommendation.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Jul 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
Oh my, Anne Rivers Siddons. I hate to say it, but I think it's time to retire.

I can't believe I ever used to enjoy and look forward her novels. Granted, it was way back in the 90s when I was a big fan of her work. I loved reading one of her big, family dramas on vacation every year. Have my tastes changed so drastically, or has her work gone downhill so significantly?

Whatever the reason, this particular novel was b-a-d. The dialog was forced and unrealistic. The characters were flat and
Jan 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book tells the story of the Girls of August, a group of friends who for years have met for an annual women-only vacation by the sea. A few years before the start of the story, one of the original Girls died in a car accident, leaving the remaining women heartbroken. After a hiatus, the Girls of August are back at the beach again, this time accompanied by the new, young trophy wife of the widower of their dear friend.

Every time I turned to a new page in this book, I hoped that it would
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Girls of August by Anne River Siddons should probably be titled The Mean Girls of August. It is a rushed, relatively undeveloped story that goes something like this. Mean girls (who are really middle aged women) unite against the new girl. New girl perseveres. Repeat. Repeat some more. Insert some big melodramatic events that may or may not change relationships. Repeat. The end. That's it. A disappointing re-introduction to the author's work for me.

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Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it

This would be a fantastic book to listen to in the car on the way to the beach for a week. Or while basking in the sun on your back deck. It's a beach read... about the beach and its freedom and isolation and peace.

I admit I went into this book expecting something heavy. Instead I found an easygoing story about four women who get together for two weeks at the beach. The catch is, one woman is the new girl. The other three don't let her forget it, and make her life miserable until personal
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Four women have been getting together for 20 years and going away for 1 week each summer to the ocean, but then one of them dies and so they don't get together for a couple of years, but when that widowed husband remarries they decide to all get together again along with the new wife, who is 18 years younger than them. They go to Tiger Island and instead of a week they go for two weeks, and get to know each other. The three older women don't always treat the new wife very well, but she endures ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
I can't say I wasn't warned that the reviews weren't great but I had the book in hand so I decided to read it. This book had so much going on that it had NOTHING going on. Each character had major woes but none of them were developed well enough to elicit any emotional response from me.
karen otto
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2014
I only wish it had been twice as long - it definitely feels like there still more stories to tell about the Girls of August
Mahoghani 23
The blissful days of youth is something every one remembers when they get older. Friendships that appeared to withstand the test of time can be shattered by life events.

These women; Rachel, Madeline, & Barbara plus Cornelia & Melanie, were known as the girls of August. The girls of August was a group of four women but due to divorce and death, the main three drifted away from each other. This summer, they have the opportunity to enjoy two weeks on Tiger Island. The only catch is the
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great book, as usual, from Siddons. She has such a wonderfully rich & full vocabulary, and she uses her words in her books. I can see a sequel in the future since many questions were left unanswered in this story.
Naomi Kelsey
Aug 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didn't even get 50 pages into this. Just dreadful!!

I am a HUGE A.R.S. fan. I have owned multiple copies of all her books (up to Burnt Mountain) and have read and reread favorites like Outer Banks, Downtown, Hill Towns, and Peachtree Road upwards of 5 times each. Of course, the quality of her last few books, starting with Sweetwater Creek, has gone down slowly, I imagine that she has been getting older and running out of steam as the years go by. Burnt Mountain, Off Season, and now this book
Sandy Crux
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Why did I like The Girls of August? I liked it because it is a novel that is true to what happens when women reach middle age. In my opinion, it was not meant to be anything else.

Yes, there are the usual stereotypes. One woman is dealing with cancer. Another is dealing with an unexpected late in life pregnancy. Another is dealing with a wandering husband and divorce. And, all are dealing with the unexpected death of a previous girl of August.

In other words, this book is about how real women
Andrea Guy
Have you ever read a book that you know you've not read before, but when you finish it, it felt like you had, because the plot was so similar to about a dozen other books that you've read?

That sums up The Girls Of August in a nutshell.

If you've read one book about women who rent houses on the beach each summer, you might have read them all.

Considering how great a writer Anne Rivers Siddons is, this book is quite a let down.

You have 3 original wives of doctors (ho hum, I'm supposed to feel sorry
Cindy Conlan
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny at times , fast read...they drank too much. A
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Anne Rivers Siddons is never going to win the National Book Award, but I can usually count on her for a good mindless beach read. This book, however, was just preposterous. A good 4th of July weekend i'll never get back
This is the first book I have ever read by Anne Rivers Siddons and if this is typical of her work, I don't think I'll be reading anything else by her in awhile. The characters were flat and the storyline was practically nonexistent. The house on the island sounded beautiful and I was really hoping that at one point it would be a haunted house plot. But, alas, that fell flat also. It's a good thing that this book will fill in some spots in my Goodreads reading challenges.

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Sep 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
There comes a point where an author has to ask themselves a serious question: why am I still publishing novels? Not why am I still writing . . . it's as much as addiction as it is a way of life . . . but why am I allowing my agent to push me to publish another darn book?

It's a question Mrs. Siddons should have asked herself long before she let this howler be published. So much is so wrong with it-- and it's terribly painfully horribly clear that she isn't even remotely close to forty anymore and
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The women had all met years before, in Nashville, and they had all married doctors: Teddy, Hugh, Mac, and Oliver. Their first August getaway had cemented their bonds, despite the fact that the first divorce among them took Teddys wife Cornelia shortly thereafter. They didnt miss her, but they did love her summer house.

Teddys next wife, Melinda, was a favorite friend who was lost too soon in a terrible accident. After her death, and despite fifteen years of getaways, the August escapes ended.
Denise Hlavka
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I used to read Anne Rivers Siddons books along time ago, then stopped because they started to all seem the same. Skip ahead about 10 years, and I see this new one at the library, so decided to try again. This is not a horrible book, but it certainly wasn't good either. Formulaic from the start, and no surprises.
Wish I could get the time back that I spent reading this book! Still nothing new....wealthy southern women battling from a list of "wealthy southern women" crisis; difficult to gather up
Vera Wilson
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Four friends began to take a vacation together when all the husbands was in medical school/interns. This become a yearly thing that all enjoyed. For 13 years and then one died. So for a few years little contact. When the guy remarries, he ask the girls to try again and include his new wife (Baby). Baby is only in her 20's and the girls not sure about this.

They meet and agree to give it a try. Baby has a secluded beach house that can only be gotten to by boat. So they are dropped off with
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While at Auburn she wrote a column for the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that favored integration. The university administration attempted to suppress the column, and ultimately fired her, and the column garnered

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