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We All Love the Beautiful Girls

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  837 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Who do the lucky become when their luck sours?

One frigid winter night, the happily prosperous Mia and Michael Slate discover that a close friend and business partner has cheated them out of their life savings. On the same night, their son, Finn, passes out in the snow at a party -- a mistake with shattering consequences.

Everyone finds their own ways of coping with the ensu
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Viking
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Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
We all Love the Beautiful Girls by Joanne Proulx is a 2018 Grand Central publication.

This is an incredibly absorbing tale, set in Canada, which weaves around Mia and Michael, an affluent couple with a teenage son, named Finn.

In a very short span of time, this couple, who feel so very blessed and sure of their worthiness of such bliss, will see their world come crashing down around them. As their heartbroken son, Finn, lays out in the elements, barely surviving his ordeal, lucky that he only los
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 sordid, family secrets stars to We All Love the Beautiful Girls! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

We All Love the Beautiful Girls is an elegantly-told story of the darker side of family.

Mia and Michael Slate are married and appear to have it all: an accomplished teenage son, Finn, and a happy married life heads and shoulders above their friends. They are that couple everyone envies. But as the stunning facade of their family starts to chip and peel, they are left in shambles as their finances are in jeopardy, and
Erin Clemence
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for the chance to read this novel in exchange for an honest review!
Mia and Michael have a great life- a wonderful son, a beautiful home and a happy marriage. On the night they find out Michaels’ business partner (and his best friend) has been cheating them out of millions, their son, Finn, is injured after a night of drinking and partying. Both Mia and Michael struggle with putting their family back together in different ways. Michael finds a comrade
Patrice Hoffman
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A full review to follow but I could not put this one down. Joanne Proulx totally sucked me into the lives of this upper class Canadian family as they grapple with life after loss. Such a profoundly raw read that was interesting from beginning to end. Usually rich people annoy me when they become like us regular folk but somehow Proulx made me care for the slate family.

Tiffany PSquared
"Knowing everything strips back to beautiful. Knowing everyone melts down to love."

Michael and Mia begin to have marriage problems after their son, Finn, suffers a near-death experience. This is the story of the Slate family and their revelation of how love is measured between neighbors, friends, and family.

Joanne Proulx writes a beautifully poetic story about very ugly events in an affluent Canadian town. We are immediately thrust into the middle of the life of a family with very little int
Susan Johnson
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't like any of the characters in this book. There was no one to root for and no one to care about. It is the story of two couples where the husbands have known each other since high school. They go into business together and do quite well. Michael, one of the three narrators in the story, stands back while his best friend, Peter, loots the company and makes tons of personal purchases out of company funds including an expensive boat. Michael does nothing. Then one day he discovers that Pet ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways, 2017
- 2/5. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via the Goodreads giveaway.

"We All Love the Beautiful Girls" is told in 3 perspectives: first, we have Finn, a seventeen year old boy who is in love with his childhood babysitter, Jess, who happens to be dating Finn's best friend's older brother. One cold winter night, Finn lets his feelings get the better of him and leaves the party intoxicated and alone, only to pass out in the snow. Frost bitten, Finn's father, Michael, finds h
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
We All Love the Beautiful Girls, by Joanne Proulx, is a very different story from what I normally read and what I am attracted to. However, the synopsis intrigued me and, given the fact that she is a Canadian author, I added it to the top of my TBR pile. I am so glad I did. From Proulx’s strong prose to the different narrative voices that are portrayed, I found myself hanging on to every word.

The novel opens and builds slowly with the introduction of several different characters that all have a
It was a pretty strong beginning. And just like that, we get into the details where it begins to all fall apart.

I would have to say this wasn't an easy read for me. I agree with one reviewer that "the tone so dark that I had a difficult time reading on". I couldn't stomach much further; ended up skimming through the rest of the book if only to find out what happens to Finn.

Such a profoundly raw read from such a powerful writer. Vivid and disturbing with alternating POVs eliciting strong contemp
Jamie Rosenblit
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Review to come.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Note: Received a copy of this book from NetGalley

It might be a strange thing to say, but I just didn't feel good reading this book. It was like I had this low-key anxiety through the whole thing. I'm generally a fan of novels that are dark/depressing, or have unlikeable characters, but there was something about this one that just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

The characters were all fairly well-rounded and I liked getting different people's viewpoints (although the switch to first person
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

Joanne Proulx writes lovely sentences, but I still had a hard time caring about any of the characters in her novel. I don't think they were necessarily intended to be likeable, but after the very compelling introductory chapters, I never felt connected to them. It seemed that the author wanted to make several points about feminism, class, and male entitlement, but none of them felt as fleshed out as I wanted them to be. I did really love the l
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Mia and Michael Slate have a pretty wonderful life: solid marriage, good kid, nice house, and wealth.
That life crumbles over the course of one night. First, they find out Michael’s business partner (and best friend) Peter has swindled them out of millions of dollars and removed Michael as a partner in the company. Later, when their 17 year old son Finn doesn’t show up at curfew, Michael goes in search of him only to find him passed out drunk in the snow, barely alive.

The heartbroken Finn must co
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this novel, and it’s so good that it hurts—heartbreaking and full of hope all at the same time. You can check out a longer discussion of the novel (along with review excerpts) on my blog:

Proulx says this novel was written in part because she saw a terrifying rise in violence against women all over the world. “It was always there but the conversation seemed to be moving more to the centre,” she told Peter Ro
Olivia Lam
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I knew this book wouldn’t be AMAZING when i started it, but I thought I needed some real life plot and internalized thinking after reading some random summer fling book but yea it didn’t really meet my semi-low expectations.
It didn’t captivate me, I read the whole thing because my leg is broke and I didn’t have any new books in yet. It is missing the inspiration or that little bit of magic that real life books have. I don’t feel like I’ve taken anything away from this book besides a kind of bl
Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was tedious at best. The characters are all self-involved, horrible people. There was no actual plot or point to this entire story and I really wish I hadn’t bother to read it at all.

I’d recommend some consistent punctuation in any future novels that the author may write. The haphazard quotation marks we’re truly infuriating.

Two very generous stars from a reader who normally gives too many in the first place.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The characters in Joanne Proulx’s second novel We All Love the Beautiful Girls are so perfectly imperfect that you can’t help but fall in love with them.

At the centre of this finely crafted family drama is the Slate family, Mia and Michael, and their seventeen-year-old son, Finn. Then there’s Jess, Finn’s former babysitter who now sneaks into his bedroom at night to…you know. Frankie is the daughter of Michael’s business partner, Peter. Peter’s wife, Helen, is Mia’s best friend. Frankie and Finn
WTF Are You Reading?
We All Love The Beautiful Girls is a novel that you love not because of what it is. But in spite of what it isn't.
Because what we have in the case of Mia and Michael Slate. And to a thankfully lesser degree, in the case of their son, Finn.
Is a prime example of when monetary privilege coupled with this supposed security of social affluence; allows one to wrongfully assumed that tragedy can no longer befall them.
Leaving them the epitome of what might be characterized as a rudderless boat. When tho
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gritty and unnerving.
Cindy H.
Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an ARC of We All Love the Beautiful Girls by Joanne Proulx. I apologize for my delayed review.

The premise peaked my interest but from the early pages my attention was tested. The characters were so loathsome and the tone so dark that I had a difficult time reading on. It’s a story of rich people problems which I generally like but this time I did not care for anyone. I spent more time cringing then enjoying that I ultimat
Ann Piquette
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too much tell>show and unrealistic dialogue.
Also a weird amount of marijuana demonization?
Spent a lot of time wishing that dumb kid would have died in the snow so the story could have ended there.
Highly do not recommend the audiobook narrated by Josh Hurley. He does that cringey thing in which he feminizes his voice for the female characters and sounds like a bad news reporter for the rest.
Elissa Bass
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would when I started it. It starts sort of gimmicky and cliched but finds its way once the plot lines are laid. Two twists caught me by surprise and I ended up relating to the characters a lot. I also liked the author’s style of moving between characters’ perspectives and the use of voice.
Karen Sokoloff
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when things go happily right, how do you cope? easy, right? more or less. does money buy happiness? what happens when things go horribly wrong? and then snowball. beautifully written and told, in 'honest' and not always likeable voices, a family falls apart and then struggles to put the pieces back, but some pieces never come back. painful to read at times, emotionally jarring - ultimately a 'good' book. i like 'real' - this was real, sadly. ...more
Kitty Yau
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This took a very surprising, 'what on earth why is this book so frigging good', turn.

Deliciously heartbreaking and unbelievably honest. It definitely surpassed all expectations.
It was .... fine? Just extremely boring and derailed my book goals for this month.
Robin Loves Reading
Well. I feel cheated - both during the time it took to read the book, which, admittedly was less than a day, but especially after finishing it. Let me try and explain why. As a reviewer, I try never to read reviews until after I wrote mine, and maybe not even then. In the case of We All Love the Beautiful Girls, I didn't read a single review. What I did read was the effusive quotes on the back cover of the hardcover book. There were seven quotes. Effusive. Made me wonder why I let the ARC of ...more
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Good characters, with their flaws on show, but occasionally I found myself thinking, really? The book contributes to that body of contemporary fiction about disintegrating families, the greed and superficiality that we mistake for happiness. This is not new territory, of course, and I didn't find Proulx added much. This and the fact that the book is a little preachy and awkwardly ended kept it from being great, but I liked it. ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three families are central to the novel. Mia and MIchael have a 17 year old son Finn. Michael's business partner Peter and his wife Helen have a teenaged daughter Frankie. Living not too far from them are wealthy teenagers Eric and Eli. On the night that Michael's accountant told him that Peter was stealing from his business, Finn attends a party at Eli's house and winds up falling into the snow for several hours and narrowly escaping with his life but not all his limbs. The story delves into th ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome book you won't want to miss. Characters you will miss once book is over. Great job! Loved it.
Thanks to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it.
Jamie Jones Hullinger
The writing style is good but the characters are insufferable; the adults especially.
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