The High Season by Judy Blundell

The High Season

In a beach town overrun with vacationers and newly colonized by socialites, one woman goes to extreme lengths when the life she loves is upended. The ultimate summer read, this novel of money, class, and family is perfect for fans of Meg Wolitzer, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's The Nest.No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. Lovingly renovated, located by the sea in a quiet village two fe...

Details The High Season

TitleThe High Season
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews The High Season

  • Kendall
    What a breathe of fresh beachy air!! This is definitely what the book doctor ordered for Kendall ;)The High Season by Judy Blundell is a funny and quirky novel with just the right amount of gossip!Ruthie Beamish has the perfect life... living in a cute beach town located close to the famous Hamptons. Ruthie lives in a world of money, class, and glamour. What more can she ask for? Director of a high-class museum, mother of a sassy 15. year old, an...
  • Doreena Silva
    I received this ARC book from Random House as part of the Spring Open House book club read. I thought I would love this book as it takes place on Long Island in place most of which I am familiar with.I found it very hard to get into, too many back and forth characters in the beginning that I had to keep going back and reading it again to figure out who was who.I ALWAYS finish books whether I like them or not and I'm glad I continued with this one...
  • Anbolyn
    I've changed my rating on this book because after thinking about it for a few days I realized that it is really kind of vile. The writing is good, the plotting is good, but the characters are just awful people, grasping and greedy. And there is a situation that happens between an older man and a teen girl that is really offensive and made light of in a troubling way. I think it will probably be a big hit this summer, but I can't personally recomm...
  • Cathy
    Slow start and I found it difficult to relate to the characters. About halfway through I became more interested and enjoyed the last half of the book.
  • Cindelu
    I won this book on Goodreads. I thought the writing was good and the story could work for another reader but not for me. I will give it to my adult daughter and see if she likes it. It was very modern and really into the posing and the business of people one upping each other. I didn't like the chapters of the daughter texting either. I found it rather boring and quit after 4 chapters.
  • Amy
    When I received an email with the opportunity to request a copy of The High Season for a lunch book club discussion at Penguin Random House's Spring Open House, I saw it as the opportunity to continue my quest to read novels outside of my comfort zone. After taking a half day at work yesterday in an attempt to give myself some much-needed rest time, I sat down on the couch with the intention of reading for an hour or two. I ended up reading almo...
  • Jane
    Thanks to Random House and Goodreads for this ARC for my honest opinion.Rounding this up to 3.5 stars.I love books about Summer and Summer places and this book was one of them. The people, the goings on. Orient is the opposite of The Hamptons (which is close by) and Ruthie and Jem are living in in a house they inherited from Mike's family, (her ex who she is not divorced from), which they can't afford, which means that Ruthie has to rent it out b...
  • Karly
    I was not familiar with author Judy Blundell previous to reading The High Season, but I will certainly be on the look out for her work in the future!Ruthie Beamish has the perfect house and the perfect life in the perfect beach town. Well, except to afford the perfect house she and her family have to move out and rent during the high season and as for the perfect family, she and her husband Mike are divorced but have remained close friends and co...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- “A shimmering story of art, money, and celebrity, The High Season is wicked summer fun.”—Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last StandRuthie has the perfect life. She just has to give it up every summer.No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the hou...
  • Kim
    I am probably going to get a lot of disagreements with this review but sorry I am asked to be honest.I somewhat liked this book but not really. I felt it was a rich against the poor book. The poor family moves out of their house every summer so the rich people can move in and then the bills are paid for the next winter. The young daughter falls for the rich ladies son even though he treats her like crap. The high and mighty ladies on the museum b...
  • Anissa
    If I hadn't read it now, this is just the sort of read I'd be looking to take along when I head off to our beach destination in summer. I enjoy books about communities that are tony vacation or resort havens. My mother in law lives in one year round and used to live in an one adjacent that was likely sleepy some time before I was born but is rapidly building on seemingly every scrap of available grass and dune. It's remarkable to see a place chan...
  • Lynn
    Ruthie Beamish lives in the “uncool” northern fork of the Hamptons in a town called Orient, and in order to afford her house, she lets it out each year for the summer. Ruthie and her husband had moved there from New York after 9/11 when her husband inherited a fixer upper. They spent the next several years investing themselves physically and emotionally in this house while raising their daughter, Jem. Both Ruthie and Mike were artists and Rut...
  • Shahna Seal
    I received an advanced copy of The High Season from Netgalley, Random House Publishing, and author Judy Blundell in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by those mentioned above.I wish I could have finished this faster but work got so busy this week. The book is being compared to The Nest but I luckily don't see much of the comparison other than the theme. This book had a few more likable characters , th...
  • Michelle
    This is not your typical summer beach book, I love a good light beach book ofcourse but there’s something more substantial here. In a way, it’s the opposite of a beach book because the lead character leaves her beach house every summer and rents it out to someone else.Ruthie has lived in a quiet little town near the Hamptons for years. The only way she can afford her house is by giving it up at the most desirable time of year to own a beach h...
  • Jena Henry
    Ah, The Hamptons. Where summer is a forever season, dinner parties are presented under shady trees, the wines are exquisite, the women are slender, and the men wear watches worth as much as a house. Not everyone on Long Island lives in the Hamptons. Some live on the quieter, more bucolic towns on the North Folk. This is where Ruthie Beamish lives, for most of the year. Ruthie, who used to be an accomplished flirt, is now a mother, estranged from ...
  • Shoshana G
    This book follows Ruthie's summer, as her broken marriage completely falls apart and her job as head of a small museum in the unfashionable part of the Hamptons is ripped away from her by unartistic and non-community minded socialite board members. Other parts of the novel are narrated by her teen daughter Jem and Doe, who works at the museum. The parts about Ruthie's job and the board drama were pretty interesting, but Mike, her husband, didn't ...
  • Karen Nelson
    The High Season follows Ruthie's summer, as her marriage completely falls apart and her job as head of a small museum in the less ritzy section of the Hamptons is torn away from her by board member who are socialites and very distasteful and not at all artistic. That said, I really tried to like this book. It seemed to have promise in it's storyline. It simply didn't reel me in and I tried. There were so many characters that were introduced withi...
  • Donna Hines
    The elitist of the Hamptons come on down as we celebrate how to one up each other as the key to fame.Perhaps if I was wealthier and not bankrupt I could get into all the glitter, glitz, and glam but for me it just fell short. Those who focus on material possessions as achieving fame wind up in the end seeking outsiders to applaud them and for me I don't seek applause I work for a cause. When the possessions are long gone you need to have internal...
  • Melanie
    This was an entertaining and fun read surrounding social class and the allure and mishaps that accompany each level. Enjoy vacation getaways for the snobby rich and famous intermingled with the everyday life for the unsatisfied natives struggling for more. Experience drama, jealousy, greed, devotion, friendship, and, of course, love. Each and every character were developed so well and held me captive throughout. There were so many layers and stor...
  • Kim McGee
    The Orient isn't the Hamptons and that is how the residents would like to keep it until Adeline rents out Ruthie's house for the summer.She has to rent out the house because that is the only way that she and her soon-to-be ex can keep it. The added income from a few weeks in summer and they can just about squeak by for another year and the whole summer feels like a goldmine. Adeline brings money and fame along with her stepson and this kicks up a...
  • Noreen Anastasia
    Thank you to Net Galley & Random House for a free edition of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. This novel is classified as a summer read, but I just read it over a snowy Saturday in April, and it was just as beachy-feeling. Our protagonist, Ruthie (never Ruth), vacates her Hampton's home every summer to rent out to the rich folk. This summer isn't exactly cataclysmic, but more of a series of cracks in her veneer, all addin...
  • Robin
    I really to like this book but didn't and was disappointed as I love Blundell's teen books. Maybe it was my mood (that does happen, you know, great books are skipped because maybe it was the wrong time to try that particular title), but I did find the characters very annoying and it was hard to find anyone to like--not that's always totally necessary but I expect to find someone I have some empathy for, especially in what I think will be a lighte...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    I have an addiction to reading books that are set on islands and can be called beach reads. Instead of Nantucket, The High Season Is set off Long Island. Part of the story is about the beautiful people who throw their money around and make drastic alterations. It's also about inevitable change, entitled snobs who are spineless cowards and easily led, and the beauty of small coastal towns that hold onto their quaintness. The High Season has lots o...
  • Sue
    Another tale of the rich and powerful and how they take over a small community during the summer season. This one take place in Orient a small town a ferry ride from the Hamptons. Some of the characters were very believable and some were too far over the top. The incredible wealth and total disregard for others were a bit tough to handle but you began to sympathize with some of the year round residents.
  • BP34
    Long Island North Fork is definitely the place to be in the summer. Full of excitement and drama. Delightful characters who are so funny to watch in that they are self absorbed social climbers. Obsessed with designer labels and impressing others. The world of celebrity, art and social events. Witty and fun to read. I read a reader copy via Net Galley and voluntarily chose to write a review.
  • Rachel
    Ruthie lives in an idyllic Long Beach Island town, barely making it while the rich around her flourish. Only when she seems to lose everything does Ruthie find herself and her voice again. Told in multiple points of view, this story gives a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, as you root for Ruthie to find her place among them.
  • Libsue
    Not what I would normally read, but having been to Orient and live on Long Island I thought "why not?"You can read the synopsis from other reviews all I can say is that the book was filled with terrible, rich, thoughtless, self absorbed snobs. in other words the Hamptons crowd." Compulsively readable.
  • Sofie Hern
    with a great voice but the characters are not very likable or relatable. It's a bit too much "Big Little Lies" for my taste but if you do like these type of books then you will definitely enjoy this one. This has a lot of humor which is what I like, however, the way the characters behave is a bit of a turn-off for me.
  • Carol
    I have loved Judy Blundell's YA titles so I grabbed this arc fast. It was so good. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if I was actually on a beach reading it. Are the characters all shallow and horrible - yep pretty much but it was smart and funny and I stayed up way too late to finish it.