Sasha and Ray share everything in their Long Island home, including their sisters, but they are complete strangers. An interesting start to the new novel by the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Ann Brashares, she’s back with The Whole Thing Together. A novel about family, loss, pain, love and pretty much every other emotion you can think to cook up. Crack this one open this summer, it will leave you mesmerized.
Sasha’s dad used to be married to Ray’s mom, and the ex’s couldn’t give up their summer home. This means that Sasha and Ray grew up sharing their room, their toys, and their books, but they never even set foot in the same room at the same time. Now at seventeen, they are beginning summer in that old house on Long Island, and they are starting a summer job- one that of course, they share.
This summer is a little bit different than the ones of years past, as the worlds of both families collide, secrets are revealed, lies are uncovered, and finally lives merge for one huge crescendo that grips you to your core.
Every character that Ann writes is multidimensional, and you can tell she takes time and thought into each and every personality that she writes. Sasha and Ray are definitely my favorites in this book, they both have given up so much through the divorce of each of their parents, and it’s really interesting to see how their worlds continue to coincide with each other, but never mingling. I really enjoyed reading about these two, and their relationship with each other.
One thing that I felt was true about this book, was that the ending was quick, almost too quick. The pace of the story was going well, we were learning about the characters, getting into their lives, and then all of a sudden it was as if the author needed to finish her deadline and slapped some problems on the pages and ended the book in two minutes. If it would have been longer, it could have really packed a punch. Even though I did enjoy the story of the two families, I did feel like maybe she could have taken more time on the conclusion.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is one of my favorite series that I have ever read, and this one doesn’t quite live up to that hype, but I did enjoy the story. It was like nothing I have read before, and it made me feel like I needed to call my family members. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, it’s a great read for summer, but I don’t think it’s going to have lasting impressions.