Beach Week: A Novel

By: Susan Coll

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Ah, "beach week" a time-honored tradition in which the D.C. suburbs' latest herd of high school grads flocks to Chelsea Beach for seven whole days of debauched celebration. In this dark comedy, ten teenage girls plan an unhinged blowout the likes of which their young lives have never seen. They smuggle vodka in water bottles and horde prescription drugs by the dozen. Meanwhile, their misguided, affluent parents are too busy worrying about legal liabilities to fret over some missing pills or random hookups.
For Jordan Adler and her family, though, this rite of passage threatens to become more than just frivolous fun. The teen's parents, Leah and Charles, might not let their only child go at all. Their marriage is in shambles, their old house is languishing on the market, and the bills are stacking up. With all that stress, it soon seems they're behaving as irresponsibly as their daughter and her friends.
With the wit of Nora Ephron and the insight of Tom Perrotta, Susan Coll satirizes a new teenage rite of passage, in the process dismantling the lives of families in transition. "Beach Week" is a hilarious, well-observed look at the end of childhood and the human need to commemorate it--expensively.

Title: Beach Week: A Novel

Author: Susan Coll

Categories: Fiction Contemporary Lit,

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books: May 2010

ISBN Number: 0374109257

ISBN Number 13: 9780374109257

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

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