Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares


A beautifully written novel about love, class differences, and betrayal playing out over the course of a fractured American family’s Long Island summer from  #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares, author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

“A gorgeously written novel on love, loss and family.” —NICOLA YOON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control . . . or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

Penguin Random House.


September 21, 2017 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Romance | , , | Leave a comment

The Comet Box by Adrian Stirling

‘If  I told you the truth, you’d run away as well,’ she said so quietly that  I could barely hear it. ‘Go to bed, Andrew, and forget about  everything.’

Adrian Stirling is a Geelong author who taught at Oberon High. This is his second

The year is 1986 and Halley’s Comet is about to return for its once every seventy-six
year visit to our fragile blue planet. The planet is not the only fragile
entity. Several individuals and families of the fictitious Melbourne suburb of
Merton, located on the city’s rapidly growing urban fringe, share this characteristic.
The ‘Comet Box’ of the title alludes to Halley’s return, a classroom metaphor
for a wishing well. “Careful what you wish for…..’

author, Adrian Stirling, has been the feature author on the Children’s
Literature website, Inside a Dog. You
can read his thoughts on writing, reading and being an author by following this
link: http://www.insideadog.com.au/blog/Residence

August 25, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment