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Outer Banks

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  8,432 ratings  ·  292 reviews
“Captures the richness and complication of female friendships in a way few writers have done. . . incredibly rich characterizations and a profound sense of place.”  — Cosmopolitan

In her magnificent classic Outer Banks, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons brilliantly recalls a lost time of hope and dreams—of comradeship, love, secrets, and betrayal—and creates c— 
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Avon - HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1991)
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Sharon Miller
Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book better. Miss/Mrs. Siddons has lovely sentences, and her characters are unique and human, but the book was bogged down by a decidedly gossipy banality, a lack of the poetry of the mundane that made it as much soap opera as a portrait of the human condition; the latter perhaps her failed goal. The drama and events are too contrived to be believable.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Virginians obsesses about the Outer Banks all summer long - telling stories about it, packing for trips, posting pictures. I saw this book on the sale rack last summer and grabbed it. I've never been to the Outer Banks but am itching to.

The book is the story of enigmatic Kate Lee Abrams and her relationship with her 3 college suitemates. Their bond was intense and their eventual betrayal was paralyzing. Kate tells the tale by weaving intricate stories of her college years and giving us a snapsh
Brennan Sigel
Jun 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
I thougth this book would be a perfect beach read for my summer vacation in the Outer Banks. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I'd been in a sorority in college...

I'm also kind of suprised that this was an option for one of the "Modern Fiction" choices during my Junior year of high school. I'm glad I chose to read Pat Conroy that year instead.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oh-the-drama
This book is a stunner!! I never saw the twists and turns coming. It's wonderfully wicked and an engrossing story of friendships, love, jealousy and betrayal.
Claire Fullerton
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Anne Rivers Siddons and have been steadily moving through her arsenal of twenty four books, often times wondering which book to read next. When a friend recommended "Outer Banks," I bought it sight unseen, thinking anything Siddons writes will be good. "Outer Banks" is yet again another of Siddons' captivating reads. Its first person narrative from the voice of a woman, now in her early fifties, as she reflects on the people involved in the most pivotal phase of her life is resplen ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Anne Rivers Siddons, the author of Outer Banks is comfortable explaining the southern soul, but she also understands the depth of friendships that develop during a young woman's formative years. Many of us can remember the deep friendships we formed when away at college for the first time. We often look at these friendships with idealism and nostalgia.
Kate who is fighting a battle with cancer is asked to attend a reunion with her three closest college friends, Cecie, Ginger and Fig. Kate i
Oct 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this many years ago, and I loved it. I would like to re-read it some day.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
I was surprised that I ended up liking this book as much as I did. I felt myself pretty drawn in by the story, except for the part at the end. Now that, I thought, was downright bizarre.
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Elegant Kate, walking a tightrope over an abyss of lies; Cecie, self-contained, sensitive and sensible; Ginger, the sexy, vibrant, richer-than-sin heiress and poor, hopeless, brilliant Georgina, nicknamed Fig - came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus in the 1960s. Four women bound by rare, blinding and early friendship. They spend two idyllic spring breaks at Nag's Head, North Carolina, the isolated strip of barrier islands where grand old weather beaten houses perch defiantly on ...more
Kerry Hennigan
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the second Anne Rivers Siddons book I ever bought and read (on the strength of how much I enjoyed "Hill Towns"). Many years later I am belatedly revising it and enjoying it afresh.

Kate is a married woman who has battled deadly ovarian cancer for nearly five years, and now, just shy of getting the 'all clear' she believes it is coming back. Before she surrenders to another round of debilitating chemotherapy, she wants to enjoy one last magical summer with the three fri
Sep 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, fiction
Kate, Cecie, Ginger and Fig were sorority sisters in the 60's. Thirty years later, the group gathers again for a week at Ginger's place at Nag's Head to get caught up and reminisce about old times. All is not as it seems...
I'm sure I read this back in the 90's when it first came out - I read several of her books about that time. So I added it to my Goodreads list without read dates or review. Recently, I found a second hand copy and thought I'd read it to be able to post my thoughts. The
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Outer Banks is one of my favorite Anne Rivers Siddons books. She is a middle-aged woman looking back to her college years in a sort of "how did I get here" experience. I always enjoy getting to know her characters and locations and have taken several East coast vacations largely due to the interest in the area that her books left with me. I read this book again when years later I finally went to the Outer Banks on vacation and found a tattered copy where we stayed. Having read everything ARS has ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
I bought this book, because my family has rented a beach house in Kill Devil Hills for years and I love the Outer Banks or OBX as we call it. I was hoping for a story line with the Outer Banks as the setting, instead it is a boring, tale of college roommates and their lives before, during and after college! (again!) I tried three times to finish this book, but finally gave up this time at the half way point, because it was wasting my time and boring me to tears!
Karenbike Patterson
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
This reminded of South of Broad. It has the same unbelievable characters and plot. It has a big storm at the end too. The end was phoney and unbelievable. It is only redeemed by some beautifully written passages. The woman can write but she needs to get to some kind of reality.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this several years ago, and loved it. Fantastic. I love her stuff though. This one had lots of suspense toward the end, and lots of electricity between characters.
Ron Thompson
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Please ignore the negative reviews of this book. I feel compelled to open each one and look into the faces of the profile pictures to understand more clearly what exactly poor taste looks like. Those who claim the characters are "unbelievable" are simply wrong; in fact, these characters are classic archetypes seen both in fiction and real life. Each reminded me, easily, of someone I know or have known in the past. Siddons develops her characters beautifully and with great care. Anyone who says a ...more
Rachelle Ayala
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book better than Peachtree Road up to 98%. The story theme was about false appearances, people acting on the surface in civilized and splendid fakery, like the elegant dancing of 18th century Baroque minuets. The setting is four middle-aged sorority girls and a reunion at a grand house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We have Kate Stuart Lee, neither a Lee of Virginia nor offspring of General Stuart. Her boyfriend Paul Sibley, a prostitute's son whose mother took the last name ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, read-again
Anne Rivers Siddons has a gift for story-telling. Her use of language is unsurpassed in this era in which just about anyone can write a novel and get it published. Her stories have the ring of truth. You believe they could have actually taken place.

Outer Banks was the first is Siddons novel I ever read. Actually, I listened to it probably 20 years ago and I never forgot it. Years later, I took it out from the library and read it again. Recently, I bought a first edition at a local li
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have wanted to read this book since college, but I just never got around to it, and I think I also was a bit embarrassed to read a book by Anne Rivers Siddons. When I saw it in the bargain section at the Tattered Cover, I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad that I did, because I'm truly surprised by how much I liked this book, and for all the reasons that it appealed to me when I first read the reviews back in my Davis days. It is all about female friendship and the complex, unpredictable ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is awful. I picked it up because I love the Outer Banks and I thought it would be a nice way to reminisce about family vacations. It was also a book about sorority women, of which I am one. I thought it might be nice to view sorority life from a middle-aged perspective. No. There is absolutely zero plot and the syntax is jumpy, with very little contextual interplay. Flashbacks in literature should be seamless; these are jerky and unwarranted. The drama and events are unrealistic and un ...more
Jul 23, 2009 rated it liked it
This was the August 2005 Branigan BookClub selection.

Kate, Cecie, Fig and Ginger were college roommates. As grown women, one summer, they meet at Ginger's beach house on North Carolina's Outer banks for an informal reunion. After some bittersweet reminiscing they discover unsettling things about their friendship. And when Paul, the one true love of Kate's life, and whom Ginger married, shows up, they are forced to confront the truths about their past.

Siddons has an unerring eye for
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
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Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Having read several of Anee Rivers Siddons books, I will say that this is my favorite so far; starts off a little slowly but once the main character enters college and makes some friends the story really becomes moving. Every woman can relate to the love-hate relationships that these friends have with each other. Also, a trip back to the sixties is always worth a visit (especially to the South if you weren't raised there). The story also jumps ahead from time-to-time to the main character's life ...more
Amy O'neal
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was a book with a compelling story, but the book was very hard for me to read. I put this book down with every intent not to pick it back up, but ended up finishing it. The way that the author writes was hard for me to get into and continue reading, but the plot was very well put together. I liked the book well enough, but will not read another book by the same author, because of the problems I already noted. The stars are for the plot, not the writing.
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tells
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May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I give up. Uncle. Made it about three quarters of the way through, and then realized I hated all of the characters and the storyline was weeeeeeeeak. Does this author not have any real life friendships to draw from in her writing? It's not enough that she barely uses it as a setting, but using the title "outer Banks" ensures that many women vacationers will buy the book for their OBX vacation ( I found a copy of it in the last place we rented.) clever girl!
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good vacation read - esp if you're at the beach. Lot's of character development and probably a lot more lingering on the descriptive than it needs to be. At times I felt the author was showing off with big fancy words (just too many) and too much quoting of literature and poetry. But despite its slow moments, enough happened that I wanted to push on and see how it would all turn out.
Heather Rae
May 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
While I appreciated Siddons' vocabulary usage, I spent most of this book waiting for . . . something, anything. Maybe I'm just not a good chick lit reader, but this was mostly a waste of my time. I should know better by now, but for $2.00 I threw aside my instincts and gave it a shot. Silly, silly me.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars for the lovely prose and the character development. I've noticed Siddons' characters all have some major flaws, and that's what I love about them. My review would have been 5 stars if the last 50 pages or so had never been written. Talk about going off the rails. Were these pages written by a different author? What happened?
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