Book Review : All In by Marta Brown
All In is what I would classify as a beach read. It’s a quick read, doesn’t really challenge you but it’s an entertaining escapade.
All In by Marta Brown
on 28 May 2013
Genres: Romance, YA Contemporary
On the picturesque island of Martha's Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.
Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.
As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.
With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?
Set in Martha’s Vineyard, we meet Lane who is a local. Hard working, confident and dependable, he has just qualified for Yale and plans on spending the summer working to add as much as he can to his scholarship fund. Enter Ashley who is a ‘stay’, someone who vacations in Martha’s Vineyard. Will their summer romance throw their life plans off track?
On the plus side, All In is engaging and pleasant. The characters are interesting and a pleasure to spend time with. The writing flowed well and kept my attention. And the setting makes me want to go on holiday, immediately!
The romance is a little bit of insta-love but not totally. There is an obvious instant chemistry between Lane and Ashley however you also see that they take the time to really get to know each other. Lane is a perfect mix of cool, cheeky, caring and industrious. And Ashley is spending the summer trying to become more independent and to just be herself and not who everyone expects her to be. Their romance has an innocent but deep-seated feel to it.
On the negative side, All In is predictable and lacks a bit of substance. It also felt a bit melodramatic towards the end and I’m not sure if I really bought the complete turnaround in two older characters.
Overall though, it’s a cute beach read. You won’t remember much about it in 6 months time but it will absorb and satisfy you for a few hours. And sometimes that is all a book needs to do.
Who should read this?
If you are looking for a light, fun read for your beach bag, then you should consider throwing this one in. It also has a Beverly Hills 90210 feel to it so if you are a fan of the show then I think you’d enjoy this too.