July 11, 2021

All Together Now

All Together Now

by Matthew Norman

Published June 15, 2021
by Ballantine Books – Random House Publishing Group

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

From The Publisher:

At just thirty-five, reclusive billionaire Robbie Malcolm is a renowned financial prognosticator, a celebrated philanthropist, and a mathematical genius. Also, he’s dying, which is a fact he’s carefully concealing from the world.

As he takes stock, Robbie realizes that his wealth means nothing if he can’t help the people who matter most. So he invites his oldest friends—Blair, Cat, and Wade—to their beloved Fenwick Island on the coast of Delaware to share his secret and to reveal plans for each of them that he believes will change their lives forever.

However, Robbie isn’t the only one with secrets. The bonds the friends formed as teenagers still exist, but adulthood has brought a whole new set of complications, like unrequited loves, marriages on the brink, and so much unfulfilled potential. Robbie’s plans may look good on paper, but are they any match for the utter disaster that is real life?

As everything comes to light over a wild weekend full of surprises, Robbie learns there are still some things money can’t buy, and a group of friends who thought their best years were behind them realize just how much they have to look forward to.

My Thoughts:

“All Together Now” is a superb novel – it’s about friendship and what money can and cannot buy. It made me laugh and it made me cry. (And it made me miss the beach SO much!) The four old friends at the heart of this book call themselves the Baltimore Prep Rejects and are now in their mid-30s. They haven’t actually been “all together” for quite some time (hey, life gets in the way!) but Robbie is super-rich and he’s dying and he brings them back together. The characters and their situations seemed quite real to me, not just stereotypes. This is my first book by Matthew Norman and I will definitely be checking out his other books in the near future.

“Make a list of the most important people in your life. The ones who truly matter. Then, spend as much time with them as you can.” Such good advice.

Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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