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

  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • Kate Vocke
    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 Rosenblit
    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...
  • 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...
  • lucky little cat
    Okay, here's my favorite 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; I'd ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dana Blazsek
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Susan
    This book might be fun to read for pleasure on the beach but also I found it to be a bit depressing and it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.
  • 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
    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...
  • Cindy Roesel
    Ruthie has the perfect life, but she has to give it up every summer, so she can keep it.On Long Island, New York, whether you're on the south shore in the Hamptons or the North shore, on the Sound, THE HIGH SEASON begins Memorial Day and ends Labor Day weekend.Author, Judy Bundell sets her sight on the rich and not necessarily so famous of the North shore in her novel, THE HIGH SEASON (RandomHouse). It puts the microscope on those who live to win...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Ruthie's life is just about to get more complicated. It's Memorial Day weekend and that means she must leave her gorgeous beach house for the renters that are coming for the summer. This is how she affords to live in such a beautiful home. This year her beach house is being rented by a super rich woman and to top it off, her job is on the rocks. Plus, her teenage daughter is getting herself into a bit of trouble. Orient, her quiet beach town, is ...
  • Keren Krinick
    A Long Island North Fork- Hamptons- New York City story. Centering around an Orient Neighborhood Museum, this summer read is loaded with back stabbing, power struggles, social climbers, as well as highlighting the difference between being well connected and wealthy vs. competent at a job. I really enjoyed this book. Thank you NetGalley, the publisher and author for the copy, all opinions are my own.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Ashley
    I was lucky enough to win an early copy for honest review from BookishFirst and Random House. Thank you, Thank you. I was super excited to get the chance to read it. This book just screams Perfect Summer Beach Read. I love the cover, it's pretty.I thought it was an okay book, but I didn't love it. I didn't really like or enjoy any of the characters. I found some of them made really dumb choices, and others were just unpleasant.I was supposed to f...
  • Susan Dunn
    Ruthie and her family live in a beautiful Long Island seaside town. She and her husband Mike inherited the house from his aunt, and have spent years lovingly restoring and decorating it. The only problem is, every summer they have to put their personal things in storage and move out. Renting the house to a rich summer tenant is enough to pay the bills for the rest of the year. But Ruthie's teenage daughter is getting tired of giving up her home e...