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Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  78 reviews
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of May 2019
A TIME Magazine Best Book of May 2019

A Cosmopolitan Best Book of May 2019
An Oprah Magazine Best LGBTQ Book of 2019

A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house--a debut memoir of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family.

They call Montauk the end of the world, a spit of land j
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
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Larry H
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Self-esteem can be a powerful weapon, but a lack of it can cause us more problems than we could ever imagine. At age 27, John Glynn was seriously suffering from a general feeling of unworthiness, a debilitating sense of loneliness that he couldn't explain, nor could he determine its source. He wondered if he would ever find someone to love, someone to be with, and if he did, would they love him back? His parents told him to be patient, but with many of his college friends pairing up, h
May 22, 2019 added it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
DNF'd at 25%.
Giving up on this one. Just not for me. The writing and the characters are just too immature for me.
Basic B's Guide
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you @grandcentralpub for the free copy.

I first heard about this book on @sarahsbookshelves podcast. I adore her podcast by the way. She’s snarky, sassy and so very honest. I admire how she has no qualms about DNF’ing a book. I’m taking a cue from her this year and trying not to force myself to finish a book that I’m really struggling with.

Onto the book…
John is a few years out of college, living in NYC with friends and working at a publishing house. All appears to be okay on the outside, bu
Elissa Sweet
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OUT EAST is a fantastic coming-of-age and coming-out memoir set in a hedonistic party house on Long Island, told with a sharply observed wit and heartbreaking candor—basically, it's Joan Didion meets The Real World. At the beginning of the book, John is an anxious, lonely 27-year-old New Yorker who, while grieving the death of his beloved grandmother, uses her small inheritance to buy into a summer house on Montauk. That summer, amid the binge-drinking party and beach scene, he finds a true trib ...more
Tyler Goodson
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This is a memoir about self-doubt--especially when you're still figuring that self out--but also about friendship and first, heart-crushing love. It has all the addictive qualities of a great novel, and veers seamlessly between moments of quiet introspection and raucous expansiveness. It's beautiful, romantic, and bittersweet, just like the end of Summer.
Shira Selkovits
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pub date May 14

I loved every page of this sweet memoir. You can smell the ocean, the booze, the hair products, and the sweat of this buzzing beach house in Montauk during the summer of 2013. This story is filled with so much vulnerability and heart, and each personality was treated with utmost respect and care. Every reader will likely picture his or her own emotional awakening while moving through this story - remembering the people who shaped us, the events that made us realize who we are, and
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charming. Authentic. And so real. Reading along and joining John Glynn's journey is a great joy and privilege.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, memoir, debut
I thought this was great. Glynn is a gifted writer- he so accurately captured that post college existential dread that many of us face. He shared his coming out story with bravery and heart. The men and women of the Hive are privileged and they party hard, but there's depth to this story. This is a perfect summer memoir- who knew those were a thing?
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good memoir. Lots of reference to places I have been in Montauk.
Ross Garner
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in idyllic Montauk, this book is poignantly written and is a very powerful coming out / coming of age story. Out East is filled with wit and humor with its robust gaggle of characters all living in the "Hive" and unconditionally supporting each other. This book is a MUST READ for a good cry, a good laugh and a very relatable story.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Out East is a coming-of-age memoir about finding love and identity in the Hamptons party scene. Recent grad John Glynn joins a summer houseshare where his college friends and friends-of-friends will spend weekends in Montauk. The house, known as the Hive, quickly becomes the scene of friend dramas, the beginning and ending of relationships, connections and missed connections, and realizations. This is a personal memoir, so the plot is basically watching people go to the Hamptons and back to the ...more
Elle Rudy
May 30, 2019 added it
Shelves: giveaways
I don't like to not finish books, even if I skim or skip sections. But yeah this wasn't for me. I got about halfway through before throwing in the towel.

To be fair to the author, I won't leave a rating. There's nothing wrong with his writing. John Glynn seems like a nice guy. The subjects of his memoir just remind me so much of some of the people I went to college with. The ones who never really grew out of those days--not necessarily the drinking or partying, but the mindset. I'm only a few yea
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this beautifully written coming-of-age story about a summer of self-discovery and a boozy share house. John's writing will put you on the beaches and in the bars of Montauk but also into his head as he navigates his way through falling in love for the first time with a man. OUT EAST is a book full of heart and kindness and one that I couldn't put down. A perfect summer read.
Donna Hines
This was like a frat party turned drink fest turned sex fest for the ages.
It was not my cup of tea for this woman who never drank, got stoned off her rump, or had wild nights as a mother of three teens.
I pray I never have to experience this wildness with my teens as they are 18, 16, and 12 and pray that these love fests are not something anyone should have to go through.
The reason being one should love oneself not go outside for such comforts and lessen one's soul to feel accepted by anyone.
Samuel Warren
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of LGBT literature recently and it was refreshing to read about another person's experience that was similar to my own - a story not about the 1970's or a high schooler or about conversion therapy or about experimenting in college, but about someone who figured it out a bit later and dealt with the struggles that exist in today's society.

John's words are real, his story left you with hope while also not painting a fairytale experience. Out East had me laughing out loud on one pa
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John Glynn has written a tender, wonderfully sensitive memoir of finding one’s authentic self amongst the crowd. When the ‘fear of missing out’ begins to mean more than just attending the right parties in the summer playground of Montauk, Glynn begins a path of self-discovery upon meeting a handsome guy who stays with him in a share house for the summer—along with thirty other people. In the midst of decadent partying, and the pressure-cooker environment of young professionals in New York City, ...more
The Lexington Bookie
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

While perusing NetGalley, the cover of Out East caught my attention, and I decided to look into the book. After reading the description- a memoir of the author's summertime in Montauk- I thought it sounded like it would be a fun pick-me-up style read. I've been reading some heavier novels and thought this sounded perfect.

As I read, the author shared about how he came upon the opportunity
Kristen Beverly
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic read. As others are saying, it’s so much more than a book about coming out. It’s a book of self discovery and the anguish of feeling like you don’t quite fit in. I really, really enjoyed it and felt like I could relate to the story at different parts in my life.
Blake Meredith
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book quickly and deliberately gathered up the strings stitched to my heart and then proceeded to yank them like a lawnmower cord.

Read this book if you like stories about vapid, entitled ~young professionals~. Think mid-twenties Gossip Girl characters on beachtown vacation.
Marie (Marie Meets Books)
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is going on my favorites of 2019 list. I loved this book so much. A memoir that reads like fiction (with a little reality tv thrown in), John discovers who he is through sharing a Summer house in Montauk. This book is full of heart and hope and I devoured every page and didn’t want it to end. Please write more books, John!
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book! I read the advanced copy in one weekend. Fantastic!
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I thought of all the selves I’d been, all the selves I would become. I would never return to Montauk as this person.”

An authentically told narrative of friendship, love, and discovery — set among the idyllic palette of a Montauk summer. Written with great humor, precise detail, and balanced by the sweet story of his family History, Out East is a must read.
May 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received Out East by John Glynn for free through Goodreads Giveaways program. I wanted to like this book. The premise-- a twentysomething man heading to Montauk for a summer share-- was intriguing. I couldn't get past the first 50 pages, though.

Glynn talks a bit about the loneliness he's felt throughout his life, but doesn't delve too deeply into this. I wanted more depth and got snippets instead. In a memoir, you want to feel empathy for the author, and I felt some, but very little. Memoirs c
R. Eric Thomas
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Glynn has a documentarian's eye and a poet's tongue. He describes an idyllic, privileged summer suffused with personal turmoil and millennial malaise with such beautiful precision. This book is a rare glimpse into an elusive feeling, part dreamlike crush, part seismic shift. This is a memoir about his life but it also generously and wisely shifts perspectives to give a fuller portrait of a group of friends in transition.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I loved this book so much. Highly recommend picking it up. If I didn't have to work I would've read this so quick. Very easy and quick read. I really enjoyed reading about the summer time, and imagining Montauk and the Hamptons, places I now really feel the urge to get back to. John was a character I could care about and root for, and a lot of the other characters were really brought to life too. I read this as an early review copy, so I'm not sure how much of this will change upon it's release, ...more
William Cosgriff
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honest. Funny. Brave.
A heartfelt and inspiring story told with a genuine voice expressing the struggles and successes we all experience as we attempt to learn who we are. I was touched and moved by it. Tricia
Carla  (happiestwhenreading)
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-4
#partner @grandcentralpublishing

I hadn't heard of this one until Sarah (@sarahsbookshelves) mentioned it on one of her podcasts. I love coming-of-age (and coming out) stories, so I moved this one high up on the TBR list.

The first half of the book reminded me of the a tv show I used to watch (not sure of the name) on Bravo or MTV about young New Yorkers that make the trek to the Hamptons every weekend to party it up. Because this is so far removed from any lifestyle I've ever know, I was intrigue
Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
[4.5 stars]

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.

You might expect a memoir about a Hamptons share to be 100% debauchery (think Bravo’s Summer House) and Out East certainly contained a lot of that, but it’s one of the most heartfelt and emotional memoirs I’ve ever read about friendship and love. Glynn perfectly captures that unsettled feeling you can get in your mid-twenties when your friends are at very different stages of life (some are single, some
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John Glynn is an editor at Hanover Square Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. He grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and lives in New York City. OUT EAST is his first book.
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