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"A gorgeously written novel on love, loss, and family," raves Nicola Yoon, the bestselling author of Everything, Everything, about this novel from the author of the Sisterhood of the...
"A gorgeously written novel on love, loss, and family," raves Nicola Yoon, the bestselling author of Everything, Everything, about this novel from the author of the Sisterhood of the...
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  • "A gorgeously written novel on love, loss, and family," raves Nicola Yoon, the bestselling author of Everything, Everything, about this novel from the author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Two teenagers share the same room on alternating weeks at a shared summer house, imagining what it would be like to meet in real life. Previously published as The Whole Thing Together.

    For Sasha, summer means time at her family's sprawling old house out on Long Island. For Ray, it's the same. Sasha and Ray aren't related—and they've never met—but long ago, before they were born, Sasha's dad and Ray's mom were married. Then came a bitter divorce, remarriages, and a new generation of children. Now, the two families have an arrangement: use the summerhouse at your designated time and never cross paths. 

    Sasha and Ray do connect, though, by email—joking around, confiding in one another, forming a friendship. They've shared so much already . . . what would happen if they met in real life?

    ★ "Masterful." —PW, Starred

    ★ "A continuous, consistently engrossing narrative. . . . Deeply moving." —The Bulletin, Starred 

    "A gorgeous exploration of family, secrets, and love." —Teen Vogue 

    "You absolutely must read it." —PopCrush

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  • From the cover The smell of home for him, more than anything else, was the smell of a girl he didn’t know.
     
     
    Home wasn’t the creaking three-story brownstone on Carroll Street in Brooklyn where he lived most of the time, but this big house on a pond that let out into the ocean on the South Fork of Long Island in a town called Wainscott. He’d spent half the weeks of every summer here and half the weekends for most of every year of his life.
     
     
    Ray sat on the floor of his bedroom amid piles of books, clothes, old toys, blankets, rain gear, fishing stuff, and sports equipment, and he breathed it in, seeking her part in all of his.
    It was an old smell, habitual and nostalgic, associated with the happiness and freedom of summer, the outdoors coming in. It was also a new smell, recharged every other week, adding particles of new shampoo, a new dress, shiny stuff she put on her lips. 
     
     
    On the achy and full feeling of it, he got up and lay on his bed, where her smell was always the strongest. It instilled old comfort, the privacy of nighttime. He always had better dreams here, almost never nightmares. In his bed in Brooklyn he had nightmares.
     
     
    He lay there in his shorts and T-shirt. He let his sandy, dirty bare feet dangle, out of deference. He used to never think about things like that.
     
     
    Sleep in this bed, though sweet, had gotten fitful in the last year or so. Sweetly fitful. Sweetly frustrating. The smell, with its new and extra notes, got to be as stimulating as it was comforting. He didn’t know exactly what those notes were, but they stirred his night thoughts in a new way.
     
     
    “How’s it going in there?”
     
     
    He sat up. His mom’s knock and entry were practically one motion.
     
     
    “You’re taking a nap already?” she asked. 
     
    “No, I was just—”
     
     
    “Did you empty out the whole closet?”
     
     
    He glanced back at the dark, walk-in closet. “Most of it. I tried to leave Sasha’s stuff how it was. But some of it is mixed together. And some of the stuff I’m not sure of.”
     
     
    “It would be easier if there was a light in there,” his mother pointed out.
     
     
    He nodded. He probably hadn’t replaced the bulb in two years. He hadn’t cleaned the place out in a lot longer than that.
     
     
    “Can I be done now?”
     
     
    Lila gave him a look. “Seriously? You just threw everything on the floor. You have to deal with it.”
     
     
    “That’s why I went back to bed.”
     
     
    She retied the bandana around her head. Her pants were covered in old paint and clay stains. “You should see the kitchen. You’re lucky I’m not asking you to help with that.”
     
     
    He got up, not feeling lucky. “Why are we doing this again?”
     
     
    “The girls organized it.”
     
     
    “The house looks fine.”
     
     
    “The other family is doing it too, next week.” 
     
     
    “We should have gotten them to go first.”
     
     
    “Just get back to work, Ray. I left trash bags and boxes in the hall. Stuff you want to save put in boxes. You can bring them out to the storage room when you’re done and stack...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from January 30, 2017
    Brashares (the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series) traces the tangled threads that connect two households in this moving novel set in and around New York City. Before Ray’s parents met, his mother was married to a man named Robert. That marriage ended in a bitter divorce, but one good thing came out of it: Ray’s older half-
    sisters, Emma, Mattie, and Quinn. Remarried, Robert has another daughter Ray’s age, Sasha, whom Ray has never met. Ray often wonders about Sasha when he stays at the Hamptons summer house both families share; he and Sasha stay in the same bedroom during the weeks their respective families are there. Then one eventful summer when Emma gets engaged and Mattie discovers a buried family secret, Ray finally meets Sasha and there’s an instant mutual attraction. Both funny and tragic, this sharply observed drama recognizes the complexity of split families trying to heal and the ill effects of longstanding grudges. Brashares’s masterful orchestration of plot, multidimensional characters, and intriguing subplots will delight her fans and newcomers alike. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, William Morris Endeavor.

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