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All Summer Long

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  127 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
They got together for their 25th high-school reunion, and came up with a crazy, enticing idea--to hop into a Ford and hit the highway for one more mellow, footloose summer in the sun. So Ben, a divorced TV journalist and his two best friends, Ronnie, a high-powered CEO, and Michael, a high school English teacher, hit the road to remember who they were--and still are.
Paperback, 437 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 1st 1993)
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Ken Heard
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most beautifully written novels I've read in a long, long while. I offer it as my favorite work of fiction I've ever read, but I may be biased. I've been in news for more than three decades and I've been a huge Bob Greene fan ever since reading his columns in American Beat back in the early 1980s.

The premise of this one is simple: Three friends meet at their 25th high school reunion and decide to spend the summer together in one last grasp at youthfulness and immortality. They
Ellie Revert
Jul 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe you needed to have been raised in the MidWest---or maybe you just need to imagine. Bob Greene, Jr., has written so many wonderful books. "Duty"--the man who won the war--about Paul Tibbetts who was the pilot of the Enola Gay which dropped the bomb on Hiroshima---a wonderful story. Or some of Greene's fiction--right now, I am reading All Summer Long, and keeping Brent awake as I laugh outloud at this novel. Bob is 4 yrs younger than me, and 6 yrs younger than Brent--so close---and all raise ...more
Neil Friedman
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This work of fiction, published 24 years ago, brought back memories of a shorter summer road trip with two childhood friends over a decade ago.
Though we didn't travel as much mileage or confront life-changing moments as the book's protagonists, it felt as close to home as a novel could, despite the fact the novel's characters grew up in a small mid-western town, while my friends and I are products of a a major urban center.
Greene's writing is captivating, entertaining, warm and funny, as the nar
Jay Dewey
I picked this up from my shelf thinking that it was a book I had not read. It turned out to be one that I forgot, and after 60 pages or so I found out why. It's back on the shelf.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this one several times and always get a little more out of each reading. The author has the same love of summer that I do and takes you back to youth and sunshine with every page. Even though the main characters are male, he makes them seem so real, you imagine you have already met them.
What adult wouldnt want to run away from jobs and responsibility for the summer--much like we did every summer as kids. These guys make it a reality, and its amazing to ride along with them. Its not all
Jenn A.
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle aged men
I had high hopes for this book- I read a lot of "chick" books, so I thought a man's viewpoint would be interesting and informative. It turned out to be rather boring. This book was about twice as long as it needed to be- descriptions went on and on, and there were SO many childhood memories. I felt that not only did I get to know the characters, I got past the honeymoon phase and into boredom. There were a few twists and turns, but none of them completely surprising. I liked some of the phrasing ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book to read over labor day weekend to reflect on my summer. Incidently, this guy just got back from his high school reunion and was all nostalgic; I wanted to see what similarities there were between boys and girls post reunion. I guess not a lot. I can't imagine traveling three months to nowhere with anybody. And I never did really figure out their reason for going, but of course, they discover who they are and who they really want to be when they get home, so it all works out. I ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon Bob Greene's All Summer Long a couple of years ago when I read his "Hang Time" book about Michael Jordan. The subject matter of several friends putting everything aside for a Summer and roadtriping around the country has always been appealing to me and this story didn't disappoint. Although this is a fictional account, you really feel as if the author is recanting a journey that he actually took. I found myself really wanting to do something like this someday as well. I highly re ...more
Robert Enzenauer
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bob Greene is a favorite author of mine, especially BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOl and better, yet DUTY. But ALL SUMMER LONG will appeal to ALL guys between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age. Three best friends from school head out on an all-summer-long "road trip" 25 years after graduation. A great book about life-long friendship told by an expert story teller
Teresa Kmetz
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story of friendship, adventure, looking back and growing up. Three men, who have been friends since high school, embark on a summer long adventure. Leaving behind work and family, the three men visit a variety of locations, find love and companionship, and grapple with the life's realities butting in an ideal summer vacation.
Peggy L
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming novel that could easily be autobiographical in origin.
It starts out being a book that partners old friends and long drives to relive lost summers and turns into a book that teaches the characters more about each other, themselves and their friendship.

Janelle Revier
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ron r
ok, it was nice...not WOW or i-can't-put-this-down-good, but nice just the same. not necessarily one i would recommend, but as a bob greene fan I'm glad i read it. premise...3 high scholl buds spend an adult summer together.
Cindy May
This is one of my all time favorite books. I absolutely love the story about these three childhood friends taking the summer off to just drive around and reminisce while observing life around them.

I can't see doing this with my best friends, but I very much enjoy Bob Greene's story.
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this author. He is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. I will read more of him. This book tells the story of three best friends who got together for their 25th High School reunion. They decide to take off for the summer and go on a trip. A nostalgic book.
Jenn LeBow
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favorite books. Read this out loud to my husband on a road trip long ago. We both loved it.
Anne E
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me. I expected a light comedy, silliness and instead got quiet, thoughtful wisdom.
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