Author: Beck Dorey-Stein

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: June 29, 2021

Book Description: Old friends discover how much has changed (and how much has stayed the same) when they reunite in their seaside hometown for one unforgettable summer—from the New York Times bestselling author of From the Corner of the Oval

When Kate Campbell’s life in Manhattan suddenly implodes, she is forced to return to Sea Point, the small town full of quirky locals, quaint bungalows, and beautiful beaches where she grew up. She knows she won’t be home for long; she’s got every intention (and a three-point plan) to win back everything she thinks she’s lost.

Meanwhile, Miles Hoffman—aka “The Prince of Sea Point”—has also returned home to prove to his mother that he’s capable of taking over the family business, and he’s promised to help his childhood best friend, Ziggy Miller, with his own financial struggles at the same time. Kate, Miles, and Ziggy converge in Sea Point as the town faces an identity crisis when a local developer tries to cash in on its potential. The summer swells, and white lies and long-buried secrets prove as corrosive as the salt air, threatening to forever erode not only the bonds between the three friends but also the landscape of the beachside community they call home.

Full of heart and humor—and laced with biting wit—Rock the Boat proves that even when you know all the back roads, there aren’t any shortcuts to growing up.

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Review: Kate Campbell thinks her life is set. She has a good job and is about to get engaged to her long term boyfriend. Except one thing, on the night of the expected proposal her boyfriend breaks up with her and kicks her out of their Manhattan apartment. Kate ends up back home at Sea Point, nursing a broken heart and reconnecting with old friends.

Miles Hoffman is also returning to Sea Point to prove to himself and mother that he can run his family business. Along with his best friend Ziggy who is financial ruin and Kate they spend their time rehashing their lives and what happened to their friendship.

This book was quite bland for me. I did not care about these characters at all, and I found myself wondering when this book when end. I am sure people will love this book, but this one was a miss for me.

Thank you NetGalley and Random House for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Posted by:Lauren A.

You really can say I am an obsessed reader as I read 200-300 books per year. I love Literary Fiction, Memoirs (I don't really care what kind), Mysteries and Thrillers. Once in awhile I will thrown in some YA and Romance. When I am not reading, I am a Sales Engineer for a software company, and I take care of my three cats with my husband. I love music, which my college degree is in. Looking forward to share my thoughts on all things reading.

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