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, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews The High Season

  • Berit☀️✨
    4.25 Beachy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25This book was a beach vacation without the sand🏖 it was definitely not a “summer bummer...“ that’s how Jem referred to the fact that they had to move out of their house in the summer, in the high season....This book was about the rich and the privileged... and a lovely village in the north fork of Long Island.... geography lesson (I did not know this before this book) the Hamptons are on the south for...
  • 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...
  • Jonetta
    Ruthie Beamish is living a complacent life along with her 15-year old daughter and ex-husband Mike. They’ve been amicably separated for three years and jointly own a house located in a quaint but tony village on the north fork of Long Island (the Hamptons are on the south fork). They’re not one of the wealthy residents but their lives are interwoven with them as Ruthie is the director of the town’s museum, the Belfry. However, in order to a...
  • Brandice
    The High Season was a great story to kick off a summer of beach reads. It’s May in Orient, a quaint ocean town located a short distance from The Hamptons. Ruthie and her daughter, Gem, are moving out of their home for summer, “the high season”, renting it to a wealthy New Yorker. Vacating during high season is the only way Ruthie and her now separated husband, Mike, can continue to afford the home. Ruthie has conflicting feelings about Mike...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    3 Stars...maybe even 2.5 if I'm being honestFirst off, thank you to Goodreads and the publisher, Random House for this ARC via Goodreads giveaway. This book just wasn't for me as you can see from my rating. I unfortunately struggled to stay engaged with this book through the entire thing. I was confused with the characters throughout the book however I kept going because I had hoped it would continue to get better.Ruthie was married to Mike. They...
  • Sherri Thacker
    First off, this cover screams SUMMER!!! And what a great cover it is. Other than the cute cover, this book did not hold my interest. I kept losing track of who all the characters were and I stopped reading at 20%. It did get a lot of great reviews so maybe it’s just me. I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.
  • lucky little cat
    Okay, here's my favorite new-ish book of the summer. In a novel stuffed with fascinating beautiful people behaving rawther badly, one very good woman gets fed up with being the little red hen and gives badness her own best shot. Intrigue and flirting-with-disaster ensue. Blundell handles multiple perspectives and a twisty, satisfying plot beautifully.keywords: the perils of being the reliable, decent one; curse your sudden and inevitable betrayal...
  • BookGypsy
    I loved this story! If you're an art lover you'll love this. An emotional yet humorous read. A story of a family and how one summer suddenly changes everything. The haves and the have not's. Smart,classy,real! One of our top picks for summer.DawnnyBookGypsyNovels N LatteBook Blog
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    A quiet, family oriented town – Orient Point, Long Island – was slowly being infiltrated by frequent visitors of the more glamorous Hamptons. “Was” being the choice word because this summer season the town will be overrun by outsiders looking to take stock in the quiet beach town. They will bring along their “new” ideas for how the town should run and are not quiet about it at all.Being from Long Island and reading countless books on ...
  • 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...
  • Arlene
    DNFOoooof... too many insignificant characters introduced so quickly and sloppily. I lost track of the cast and couldn’t muster the interest to continue. Not for me...
  • Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
    Summer Drama never felt so good! I really enjoyed The High Season - it was just what I needed to get me into a summer mood, and it made me love to loathe the rich and famous Hamptons crowds even more! (kidding... sorta.) This book kept me wicked entertained and I breezed through it in two days. The writing is so good, hilarious at times, and the story is masterfully crafted and really clever!Ruthie is sort of losing it all. Her marriage is over, ...
  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    Just didn’t work for me, usually summer themed books in New York with wealthy characters are right up my alley, but alas. Audio narration was lovely (Julia Whalen always is!) but I never really connected with the story or characters, I kept having to restart chapters as I lost my attention quickly.
  • 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...
  • Shelley
    Betsy DeVos would probably like this book a lot because it's about her people and her people are rich assholes who sold their souls to the devil for expensive yachts and hired help who would later be turned over to immigration officials. Yes, the characters here are that miserable. No, this is not a story about people growing, smoking, or selling pot. That would have been more interesting than 393 pages of rich people doing nothing. I tapped out ...
  • eyes.2c
    Summer awakenings!Oh my! The opening paragraph describing the detritus sitting around Ruthie Beamish's household was so aptly familiar I was hooked from the get go! Those "post-it's with phone numbers marooned from their meaning." What could I do but read on, beckoned by an understandable world into something completely different.Fast, witty and acidic, a look at relationships ending and new beginnings in unexpected ways. A glittering story of th...
  • Stacey
    Thank you to Random House and Judy Blundell for this novel I won in a giveaway!! I would most certainly read any other future adult novel of hers. On page 188, Chapter 30, there's a small paragraph about relationships and the things left unsaid that I really, really loved - but seeing as I have an uncorrected proof copy, I am not sure I can share it? For those who have the book, or will buy the book, you'll see it, you'll know which lines I'm ref...
  • MissBecka
    *********** FREE FROM GIVEAWAY ***********Ruthie is a complete train-wreck, highly entertaining, but a train-wreck all the same.Though there are multiple POV's it mostly centers around Ruthie. Ruthie is bat shit crazy.Which meant she was all kinds of fun to read about.Best character: DoeAt first she seemed like an afterthought addition, but she ended up being my favourite.
  • Julie Daniels
    This was really good and I loved all the stories of the different characters and how they tied together. I definitely appreciate the bigger moral of the story though- that life is about what you make it. Not being the victim. But there were a few things that bothered me with one of the ways the author tried to go about making that point. I don't want to give anything away but it was the reason I took a star off. Other than that it was a really en...
  • Barbara Nutting
    Suckered in by a nice cover and a good title. Read just a few chapters and discovered what a mistake I’d made. Stopped to read the author bio - yep, she is a Young Adult writer trying to become a grown up. Well, she missed the boat. Having to read texts between teenagers is not my idea of adult fare. DNF
  • Debbie
    Amazingly, this was my first book by Judy Blundell. I had no idea that she did the Star Wars book series. Although not really my genre. However, this is her first adult novel, so that definitely explains it. This book, wow! I have never seen so many snarky, greedy, narcissistic and shady characters all in one book. Some of these people were downright vicious! And the mercilessness and attitude of some of them was downright incorrigible!However, I...
  • 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...
  • Dana
    Thank you to Bookish First and Random House for this book in exchange for an honest review. I would honestly rate this book between 2 and 3 Stars, but that’s still not an option on goodreads even in 2018. The High Season by Judy Blundell was a read I thought would be completely up my alley. It slightly missed the mark. There were many characters to follow— almost too many. So some characters were extremely developed and others became backgrou...
  • Robin
    I really wanted 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...
  • Michelle
    Another winner by Judy Blundell. Loved this somewhat satirical story about a family who moves out of and rents their Long Island home each summer so they can actually afford it the rest of the year. The characters here are great in that they are multi-dimensional and amusingly unlikeable. A perfect, superfast, end-of-summer read.
  • 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.
  • Debbie
    Made it up to page 63 and realized that just didn’t care about any of the characters and their problems. And hated the name Ruthie for the main character in her 40s.