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We All Love the Beautiful Girls

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  674 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Perfect for fans of Rick Moody, Lauren Groff, and Celeste Ng, a propulsive literary breakout about three suburban families whose lives spiral dangerously out of control after tragedy strikes.


Who suffers when the privileged fall?


One frigid winter night, Mia and Michael Slate's comfortable world dissolves in an instant when they discover that their best friend has cheated them o/>
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing (first published August 22nd 2017)
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Julie
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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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 Finn is i
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Erin Clemence
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Patrice Hoffman
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Susan Johnson
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
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
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
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Barbara
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, giveaways
- 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, Mich
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Cathie
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 st
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Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Review to come.
Michelle
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 swi
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Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 heartb
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Denton
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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: https://dentonlovingblog.wordpress.co...

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 Robb in an interview. And althoug
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Ann
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 reall
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Christie
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 a
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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 b
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Mc
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ann Piquette
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF.
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.
Gem
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2018
Excellent book.

It took me half the book to realize it was set in the city I live in. Oops.
Elissa Bass
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Kitty Yau
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jen
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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 this bo ...more
Donna
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Kayo
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Erin Duffey
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read in a day. Engaging storyline. Well developed characters. Dark and depressing but also sprinkled with little happiness that everyone does find during trauma. I liked this and think there would be a lot of book club discussion.
Kelsi H
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please read all of my reviews at http://ultraviolentlit.blogspot.ca!

Mia and Michael Slate and their son Finn are a healthy, happy and prosperous family. They co-own a successful company, giving Mia time to pursue her passion as a photographer, and they live in a beautiful home in which they want for nothing. However, their perfect lives are shattered one night when they receive an unexpected visit from their accountant – he interrupts their cozy evening to tell them that their best friend and business partner has been em
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Paula
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Goodreads and Penguin Random House Canada for a free copy of this book.
We All Love The Beautiful Girls is a heartbreaking, beautifully written story about flawed characters and relationships. Michael and Mia Slate are a golden, prosperous couple with a beautiful son, Finn, but all that changes in the course of one day. How they handle their misfortunes is often frustrating and gut-wrenching, but there is a sliver of hope at the end. The dual storylines of 17 year old Finn and his middle a/>We
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