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East Coast Girls

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,391 ratings  ·  246 reviews
They share countless perfect memoriesand one they wish they could forget.

Childhood friends Hannah, Maya, Blue and Renee share a bond that feels more like family. Growing up, they had difficult home lives, and the summers they spent vacationing together in Montauk were the happiest memories they ever madecampfires on the beach, salt-spray hair and the effervescent
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by MIRA
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May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is out today, and I wanted to elaborate just a bit on what to expect.

This is the epitome of a book that breaks you down and builds you back up. You will feel anxious, sad, irritated as hell, angry, ecstatic, and healed. It's a beautiful book about friendship and forgiveness, and finding ways to move on. I wish so badly I could be rereading it on the beach with my best friends splayed out on towels next to me, but reading it, period, will make you feel like you are.

One of my
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
What a beautifully written, raw, and evocative story. Kerry Kletter has a new fan and constant reader in me.

East Coast Girls is the lyrically-gifted story of four friends who experience a terrible tragedy during their final summer together before college...and the long-term mental and emotional suffering which ensues throughout the years that follow. It explores the bonds of friendship so perfectly...those complex, somewhat fractured relationships which had me in tears one minute, and snorting
Susan Johnson
2.5 stars

This was a real page turner for me but not for the reasons you think. I couldn't wait for it to be done. If I had to spend one more minute with the obnoxious Maya, I would have literally gone screaming from the room. What an unlikable character. Unable to manage money, jobs, relationships she was so clueless to the other people around her, supposedly her best friends for over 15 years, she had no idea of their true feelings or desires that it was a joke. All Maya cared about was what
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, I was definitely intrigued by this one by that gorgeous cover!!

East Coast Girls is a compelling, raw, and beautiful book about female friendships. Kerry Kletter does a wonderful job of portraying the complexities of female friendships and the power of moving on.

Kerry is one hell of a writer and found myself going back to re-read paragraphs that were just absolutely complex but beautiful. This was my first read by Kerry Kletter but certainly not be my last!

I was a bit sad when the
Jeff Zentner
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Its no secret to anyone who knows me that I worship Kerry Kletters writing. And if youve ever wondered why, just read this book. From the first sentence to the last, its a wrenchingly gorgeous, vital, lyrical, funny, and true-to-life portrait of four best friends. I love books about friendship. Theyve always been my favorite sort of books. And EAST COAST GIRLS has entered my canon of best friendship books ever written. It perfectly captures how the best sorts of friendships are their own ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow. No one writes as beautifully as @kkletter does. I repeatedly went back & reread many lines (& also read them to coworkers) because EAST COAST GIRLS is gorgeous. & powerful, & heartbreaking & funny & so very compelling. ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four best friends who lack strong mother figures become their own chosen families. Summers in Montauk, Long Island provide their best memories until tragedy struck before the girls were set to go off to college. They vow to reunite in twelve years. To celebrate their thirtieth birthdays, a visit back to Montauk is planned between Hannah, Blue, and Maya. Renee, the fourth friend, is not invited to the getaway to take place at Blues family beach house. Blue and Renee have not spoken since the ...more
Adriana Mather
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything. This book has everything to love. Wonderful and complex female friendships that both break your heart and make you laugh-snort, and writing that is so gorgeous that you go back to reread Kletters sentences. But the best part is that its good fun. You look forward to this story with anticipation and you miss it when its over. ...more
Amanda Fredericks
I loved this book so so much. It has everything I adore: beautiful writing, complicated female friendships, humor and heartbreak. As soon as I finished I wanted to start it over again. Seriously, magical!!
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
DNF @65%

Ugh. I have been pushing myself through this book in the hopes that it will somehow turn around. The pacing is very slow and the characters are very mundane and hard to relate to. I have just arrived at the point in the story where the "mystery" of what happened to Henry and the group of friends is revealed. I am very surprised that it is so unbelievably unrealistic. I have to give up on this one, unfortunately.
Tabatha (tab.talks.books)
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
East Coast Girls is a story about the bonds between four childhood friends that suddenly become complicated and fractured after a traumatic incident when they were 18 years old. Now, after 12 years apart, the foursome decides to reunite at the cottage in the seaside town of Montauk, New York where they spent many summers in their youth in the hopes of renewing their friendship.

While the focus is on the friendship between Maya, Blue, Renee and Hannah, there's also a couple of mysteries. The main
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a confession to make. I started reading this two to three months ago and, although greatly impressed by the author's writing skills, put the book down without the least desire to pick it up again. This has much more to do with me than with the book itself. I am an emotional wimp who doesn't like to read books that make me feel too sad or are gut-wrenching and unsettling, especially at this particular moment in time.

So when this novel begins with Hannah and the tragic state of her present
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really good story that I read in one sitting. It centers around Maya, Hannah, Blue, and Renee, who were close childhood friends but have become disconnected from each other over the ensuing 12 years after finishing high school, and after an event that changed the course of their lives. They reconvene for a last weekend at Blue's family's beach house in the Hamptons before it is sold, and reveal some of the secrets that had fractured their friendship over the years.

Each character was
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
An interesting story of 4 childhood friends, their friendships with each other, and how trauma from their teens still impacts them today. I was hoping for more of a beach read but this book is fraught with tension and bad decisions. I had a hard time getting invested in the characters. This one didnt work out for me like I had hoped and I had a hard time finishing it. My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review. ...more
Lindsey (Bring My Books)
DNF @ 12%

It was evident very early on that the purple in this prose was too much for me to handle. I skimmed for another 10-15% to see if any of the other POVs changed my feelings, but I could not get into it.

Thank you to NetGalley, MIRA Books, & HarperCollins for the opportunity to read and review this book before it's publication date! This in no way affected my review, opinions are my own.
Eileen T
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, heartwarming, and a bit sad. I felt like I know a version of all of these women.
Yvonne Puig
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely beautiful story about the power of female friendship. I loved it so much. Would give more than 5 stars if I could.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kerry Kletter is back! This time in the adult market with one of the best books about friendship I've read in a long time. Brava!
Laura Hankin
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
East Coast Girls will make you laugh, break your heart, and have you running to the phone to call up all those old friends who made you who you are. Kerry Kletter creates characters that feel so vivid, they could jump off the page and right into your home (with some wine coolers, of course). I read it in just a couple of days, always telling myself I would stop after the next chapter. (Spoiler alert: I never did.) All in all, it's a beautifully written ode to the complexities of female ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sun is beating down on your shoulders and youre in the presence of your best friends. The ocean waves lap in front of you as you hold a cone in your hand dripping with vanilla ice cream. Its sweet on the tongue. The sticky drops landing on your fingers as the sun competes with you to make the ice cream vanish create a reminder that nothing lasts.

That night the happiness and love you hold dear, the friends you think you have for a lifetime, vanish, you break down. Youre not whole anymore.
Genevieve Trono
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story, while not as light as I expected, held my attention throughout. I love stories that go back and forth between present and past, uncovering details as it goes. This book was about a group of four close-knit friends who after a tragic night in high school, part ways for many years.

Their attempt to rekindle their friendship is full of challenge, hardship, and honesty, while ultimately proving how strong true friendships can be. While I did find the subject matter a little heavy for the
Chris breeh
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. 5/5 Stars. I am so so happy i got sent this arc it was the book i was most excited to read in 2020 and it lived up to my hype for it. The author is such an amazing woman and such an amazing personality on twitter i was so excited to read her work for the first time and it was great.
It was about friends reuniting after along time on a short vacation and alot happened that i dont want to spoil but one part in the book made me emotional and i dont really ever get emotional with books but this
Barbara Conrey
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
East Coast Girls is one of the most beautiful stories I have read in a long time.

It's the story of a lifelong friendship between Maya and Hannah and Blue and Renee. Four flawed friends whose common denominator is dysfunctional family life. They create a family to replace what they don't have in real life, but adulthood finds them drifting apart.

Can their friendship endure a night so horrific yet so well-written I found myself racing through it and then re-reading it again and again?

I highly
Sandra Mather
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, the writing is sumptuous, gorgeous. Kletter is a gifted wordsmith. The story is raw and true; it reveals so much about the human heart, its strengths and frailties. I love the richness of the womens friendships, the support they give and receive, the pain of perceived betrayals. Few books address this so richly. I also love the way Kletter dealt with the Hamptons. Only someone who truly spent time there would write about this area in this intimate manner. This is a book worth reading more ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy of this book, and I absolutely loved it. The writing is gorgeous, the story is gripping and the characters are wounded, lovable and so very real. I related to all of them in different ways. Just like real people, they are maddening, endearing, brave and deeply human. A wise, life-affirming and sometimes hilarious coming of age story about finding your family, the healing power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit.
Jeff Giles
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kerry Kletter is such a beautiful, empathetic novelist-- so good on love and pain and memory. I loved these characters and devoured this book
East Coast Girls by Kerry Kletter is an intriguing novel of friendship and healing.

Twelve years after a tragedy that altered their lives, Hannah, Maya, Blue and Renee have all gone their separate ways. They are still friends but they rarely see one another. When Blue's grandmother's beach house is put up for sale, Maya convinces her friends to get together to celebrate their thirtieth birthdays. Although Blue is easy enough to convince, Hannah is reluctant to return to Montauk.  Finally agreeing
Laurie Flynn
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, 2020-debuts
I had high expectations going into this, because I so loved Kerry Kletter's YA debut (The First Time She Drowned, 2016). But East Coast Girls more than exceeded my hopes. The writing, in typical Kerry fashion, is stunningly gorgeous and evocative, and the story itself is thought-provoking and poignant. The lingering spirits of summer, youth, nostalgia, and lost innocence are perfectly captured. Reading this made me want to be at the beach, with salt-spray on my face and the smell of sunscreen ...more
Let me preface this by saying...the cover was definitely more satisfying then the book.

A promising synopsis ....four friends reunite in Montauk years later after a devastating accident changed their lives forever. The book was mostly just anticipation of finding out what this fateful accident was....not much more substance than that.

I literally dragged getting through this. I just wanted it to end. And thats a BAD sign. The BEST books I wish would continue on forever....that definitely did NOT
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