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Old friends discover how much has changed (and how much has stayed the same) when they reunite in their seaside hometown for one unforgettable summer--from the New York Times bestselling author of From the Corner of the Oval "The perfect summer read."--LAUREN WEISBERGER, author of The Devil Wears Prada and Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty When Kate Campbell Old friends discover how much has changed (and how much has stayed the same) when they reunite in their seaside hometown for one unforgettable summer--from the New York Times bestselling author of From the Corner of the Oval "The perfect summer read."--LAUREN WEISBERGER, author of The Devil Wears Prada and Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty When Kate Campbell's life in Manhattan suddenly implodes, she is forced to return to Sea Point, the small town full of quirky locals, quaint bungalows, and beautiful beaches where she grew up. She knows she won't be home for long; she's got every intention (and a three-point plan) to win back everything she thinks she's lost. Meanwhile, Miles Hoffman--aka "The Prince of Sea Point"--has also returned home to prove to his mother that he's capable of taking over the family business, and he's promised to help his childhood best friend, Ziggy Miller, with his own financial struggles at the same time. Kate, Miles, and Ziggy converge in Sea Point as the town faces an identity crisis when a local developer tries to cash in on its potential. The summer swells, and white lies and long-buried secrets prove as corrosive as the salt air, threatening to forever erode not only the bonds between the three friends but also the landscape of the beachside community they call home. Full of heart and humor--and laced with biting wit--Rock the Boat proves that even when you know all the back roads, there aren't any shortcuts to growing up.


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Old friends discover how much has changed (and how much has stayed the same) when they reunite in their seaside hometown for one unforgettable summer--from the New York Times bestselling author of From the Corner of the Oval "The perfect summer read."--LAUREN WEISBERGER, author of The Devil Wears Prada and Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty When Kate Campbell Old friends discover how much has changed (and how much has stayed the same) when they reunite in their seaside hometown for one unforgettable summer--from the New York Times bestselling author of From the Corner of the Oval "The perfect summer read."--LAUREN WEISBERGER, author of The Devil Wears Prada and Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty When Kate Campbell's life in Manhattan suddenly implodes, she is forced to return to Sea Point, the small town full of quirky locals, quaint bungalows, and beautiful beaches where she grew up. She knows she won't be home for long; she's got every intention (and a three-point plan) to win back everything she thinks she's lost. Meanwhile, Miles Hoffman--aka "The Prince of Sea Point"--has also returned home to prove to his mother that he's capable of taking over the family business, and he's promised to help his childhood best friend, Ziggy Miller, with his own financial struggles at the same time. Kate, Miles, and Ziggy converge in Sea Point as the town faces an identity crisis when a local developer tries to cash in on its potential. The summer swells, and white lies and long-buried secrets prove as corrosive as the salt air, threatening to forever erode not only the bonds between the three friends but also the landscape of the beachside community they call home. Full of heart and humor--and laced with biting wit--Rock the Boat proves that even when you know all the back roads, there aren't any shortcuts to growing up.

30 review for Rock the Boat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    “Growing up is just one long effort to course-correct the best you can.” Technically speaking, I’m not supposed to include quotes from this book, because it’s not in its final published form, but it SO epitomizes this story, that I hope I’ll be forgiven for adding it this one time! I’d venture to say all of us struggle with “adulting” on any given day, and it can be particularly hard when you first cross that threshold into your 20’s. Nevermind the rude awakening that comes when each decade passes “Growing up is just one long effort to course-correct the best you can.” Technically speaking, I’m not supposed to include quotes from this book, because it’s not in its final published form, but it SO epitomizes this story, that I hope I’ll be forgiven for adding it this one time! I’d venture to say all of us struggle with “adulting” on any given day, and it can be particularly hard when you first cross that threshold into your 20’s. Nevermind the rude awakening that comes when each decade passes and you realize age STILL doesn’t give you all the answers! When smart and ambitious NYC PR executive Kate Campbell is dumped by her wealthy boyfriend of 12 years, she’s forced to do the one thing many young adults dread most: move back home, which in this case is quaint and quirky small town Sea Point, NJ. There she reconnects with two old friends: her neighbor and childhood bestie, Ziggy Miller, a third-generation plumber who’s just lost his beloved dad and business partner, Zeke, and “Prince of Sea Point” Miles Hoffman, Ziggy’s best friend and uber-privileged son of Jo Hoffman, owner of Sea Point’s biggest tourist destination, The Wharf. The unexpected death of Ziggy’s dad and beloved community member, Zeke, plays a central role in how the book’s events play out, and ultimately is the magnet that connects all the various characters. Kate, Ziggy and Miles struggle to redefine their futures, which they were so sure they had figured out, and it’s a wake-up call to the whole Sea Point community, which is under threat from Harry Leeper, a real estate developer with dollar signs in his eyes. With an abundant cast of characters, the journey there is full of humor, warmth, a lot of mistakes and unwise choices, hurt feelings, reconciliations, a little romance, and a whole lot of heart. It’s all the messy things life is full of, but handled in such a genuinely endearing way. I would love this story any time of year, but it would make a particularly fun summer read. The residents of Sea Point will win your heart, as will Kate, Ziggy and Miles, as they bumble their way to adulthood. Their friendships with each other are rocky at times, but the dynamic between them is also a lot of fun and was a trip back in time for me to the joys and challenges of being a young adult. It’s a coming-of-age story that shows that we’re never too old to keep growing up! ★★★★ ½ Thanks to Random House, Dial Press, NetGalley and author Beck Dorey-Stein for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. It will be published June 29, 2021.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brandice

    Rock the Boat was a really good summer read — A light, beachy atmosphere but a story with enough substance to stay interested and root for the characters. Kate is blindsided when Thomas dumps her, shattering her plans for their future in New York City. She returns home to Sea Point, New Jersey, where one of her closest friends Ziggy is dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death, trying to keep their plumbing business in tact while grieving. Ziggy summons his best friend Miles to help him w Rock the Boat was a really good summer read — A light, beachy atmosphere but a story with enough substance to stay interested and root for the characters. Kate is blindsided when Thomas dumps her, shattering her plans for their future in New York City. She returns home to Sea Point, New Jersey, where one of her closest friends Ziggy is dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death, trying to keep their plumbing business in tact while grieving. Ziggy summons his best friend Miles to help him with the books, and Miles comes back for the summer to prove to his mother that he is capable of running The Wharf, one of Sea Point’s main venues, with a bar, restaurant, and wedding space. Friendship is the central theme of Rock the Boat, with some nostalgia, family, professional ambitions, and secrets also thrown into the mix. I liked the story and think many readers will find at least some relatability to Kate, Ziggy, and Miles. Thank you to NetGalley, Dial Press, and Random House for providing an advance reader copy of Rock the Boat in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    A little bit like Legally Blonde at the start, and a lot like Gilmore Girls (specifically the reboot) everywhere else, this is a charming, sweet, yet still substantial beach read. Three 30-somethings from a small beach town in New Jersey find themselves reunited under strange circumstances. Kate is back in her hometown after being broke up by her very long-term boyfriend and is trying desperate to get her life on track so she can win him back. Miles is coming home to prove to his mother that he c A little bit like Legally Blonde at the start, and a lot like Gilmore Girls (specifically the reboot) everywhere else, this is a charming, sweet, yet still substantial beach read. Three 30-somethings from a small beach town in New Jersey find themselves reunited under strange circumstances. Kate is back in her hometown after being broke up by her very long-term boyfriend and is trying desperate to get her life on track so she can win him back. Miles is coming home to prove to his mother that he can take over the family business, since no one thinks him capable. And Ziggy has stayed in the town all along, working with his father in their well-respected plumbing business - but after his father's death, he's in a hard place in a number of ways. I loved this story. There are some dramatic moments and secrets, but nothing is overwrought and everything is believable. The pacing wasn't exactly stellar, but I was more than willing to forgive that because of the commitment to the core message that life is about second guessing what we thought we wanted and giving ourselves the space to try new things and maybe find the thing that really makes us happy. The characters are flawed, but totally lovable. An absolutely PERFECT book to be in the beach bag of every 30-something this summer!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Noel

    I read ROCK THE BOAT over the weekend and just loved it! It’s such a fun, smart novel and I truly couldn’t put it down. I generally love novels about small town dynamics, but ROCK THE BOAT feels like the best one I’ve read in years. I’m not sure what I loved most about the book, though, because I truly enjoyed the plot, setting, and characters in equal measure. The plot was tight and propulsive, with the perfect amount of drama and suspense. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say I read the manu I read ROCK THE BOAT over the weekend and just loved it! It’s such a fun, smart novel and I truly couldn’t put it down. I generally love novels about small town dynamics, but ROCK THE BOAT feels like the best one I’ve read in years. I’m not sure what I loved most about the book, though, because I truly enjoyed the plot, setting, and characters in equal measure. The plot was tight and propulsive, with the perfect amount of drama and suspense. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say I read the manuscript in one sitting. And reading this book genuinely made me want to pack up and move to Sea Point. I want to have a drink at the Wharf, drive by the remaining mansions, and spend the day on the beach. I wish the Rock the Boat party was real and we could all go for Labor Day weekend! The characters, too, are so wonderfully rendered. They felt like real people I know and would want to spend time with. Their problems felt real to me and I was emotionally invested in the resolution. Reading this book felt like taking a vacation, and I wish I could return to summer at the Jersey Shore on this dreary Tuesday morning. I think ROCK THE BOAT is perfect for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan, Emma Straub, Meg Wolitzer, and Claire Lombardo. #teamprh

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I had so much fun reading this novel. I always make predictions about the plot as soon as I start a book, unlike most of what I read, my predictions were wrong. So, I was totally engaged in the journey of Kate after being dumped from her home, plans and job, as she returns to her hometown to pick up the pieces and start again. Many women will feel inspired by her path. Going backward is painful, but for her it was a cleansing and provided a time to breathe, recharge and restart. All the characte I had so much fun reading this novel. I always make predictions about the plot as soon as I start a book, unlike most of what I read, my predictions were wrong. So, I was totally engaged in the journey of Kate after being dumped from her home, plans and job, as she returns to her hometown to pick up the pieces and start again. Many women will feel inspired by her path. Going backward is painful, but for her it was a cleansing and provided a time to breathe, recharge and restart. All the characters were interesting and the author focused on 3 of them, all from their tiny hometown. With this lens, the reader was able to get involved with the characters and their growth. I hate books that are “crowded” so I loved the intimacy her writing created with the key characters. Without a doubt, this will be a favorite beach read. Obviously, the publisher agrees since it will be released in June. I recommend this to reading groups. Thank you Netgalley for this charming read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meagan (Meagansbookclub)

    Smart writing and a story that was well developed. Just needed a bit more on the story of Ziggy and Louisa. There really isn’t any romance in this book, and I think it was needed. Otherwise, I read it in 48 hours and enjoyed it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    The Bookend Diner

    Thank you, The Dial Press, for the gifted copy of Rock the Boat! {partner} Genre: Fiction Trope: Small Town Pub Date: 6.29.21 Star Rating: ☆☆☆.5 “Well, the alligator gets us all in the end, my dear. It’s a matter of perspective — and skincare." Rock the Boat is packed full of the dynamics and idiosyncrasies that are often found in a small town - while the book does focus on Kate, Ziggy, and Miles, there were several other characters that we learned about throughout the book. By the end, I felt like Thank you, The Dial Press, for the gifted copy of Rock the Boat! {partner} Genre: Fiction Trope: Small Town Pub Date: 6.29.21 Star Rating: ☆☆☆.5 “Well, the alligator gets us all in the end, my dear. It’s a matter of perspective — and skincare." Rock the Boat is packed full of the dynamics and idiosyncrasies that are often found in a small town - while the book does focus on Kate, Ziggy, and Miles, there were several other characters that we learned about throughout the book. By the end, I felt like I knew the characters in this book as if they were my neighbors (which I’m very close with, btw).  🏘 Small town charm featuring your typical town “scrooge” 🏃🏽‍♀️ All three characters are running from their own problems 📚 Focus on saving the library 🙅🏽‍♀️ Didn’t feel a connection to the characters 🚧 Showed the impacted overdevelopment can have on small towns and their histories ☑️ The main characters were not in their 20s ✂️ In-depth character descriptions My two biggest complaints about the book are that I felt it became a little wordy at times - I could flip to the next page and the same topics were still being discussed. The first part of the story is told in alternating chapter perspectives of each of the 3 MC’s but then it switches to all of their perspectives in one chapter which made it hard to follow at times.  How do you feel about books with unlikeable characters? Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebookend.... Follow my blog: https://thebookenddiner.com/ Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebookend.... Follow my blog: https://thebookenddiner.com/

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat Narvaez

    I have been waiting for Dorey-Stein's novel to come out every since her memoir "From the Corner of the Oval." She is an exceptional writer, one of a kind. Her bold and unique way of describing characters is something I've never experienced with a writer. You know the characters as if you've grown up next door to them your whole life. I thoroughly enjoyed her first novel, you'd like to take your time so the book lasts longer but I poured through this book in two sittings. Cannot wait for her next I have been waiting for Dorey-Stein's novel to come out every since her memoir "From the Corner of the Oval." She is an exceptional writer, one of a kind. Her bold and unique way of describing characters is something I've never experienced with a writer. You know the characters as if you've grown up next door to them your whole life. I thoroughly enjoyed her first novel, you'd like to take your time so the book lasts longer but I poured through this book in two sittings. Cannot wait for her next genius creation. LOVE IT!!!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    This is a clean, Hallmark movie style summer story featuring three childhood friends who are reunited in their small, New Jersey coast town of Sea Point as each of them come to terms with different life crises. Kate has just been dumped by the long-term boyfriend she was expecting to marry, Miles has come back to take over the family business and Ziggy is dealing with the death of his father. All three discover it's never too late to start over and try new things and that there's nothing better This is a clean, Hallmark movie style summer story featuring three childhood friends who are reunited in their small, New Jersey coast town of Sea Point as each of them come to terms with different life crises. Kate has just been dumped by the long-term boyfriend she was expecting to marry, Miles has come back to take over the family business and Ziggy is dealing with the death of his father. All three discover it's never too late to start over and try new things and that there's nothing better than the friends who know you best. I loved how Kate found a new passion working at her local library, Miles wants to become a chef and Ziggy is the one who never left home and is fighting to save his town from being taken over by a big developer. This is a satisfying, feel-good summer read I highly enjoyed! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advanced review copy. Favorite quote: "Librarians had steering power, Kate realized, and connecting readers to their new favorite book was the strongest intellectual high she had experienced since working with her college thesis advisor."

  10. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Kate Campbell thought she was living her best life in NYC's West Village with her boyfriend Thomas. She worked at his mother’s PR firm. After twelve years together, she was preparing for a proposal when instead, she got the breakup speech. “I’m not happy. I'm really, really not happy.” What??? She promptly quits her job and since she has nowhere to live, she heads back to the Jersey Shore and her hometown of Sea Point to regroup. Her friend and neighbor Ziggy is the local plumber and is also fac Kate Campbell thought she was living her best life in NYC's West Village with her boyfriend Thomas. She worked at his mother’s PR firm. After twelve years together, she was preparing for a proposal when instead, she got the breakup speech. “I’m not happy. I'm really, really not happy.” What??? She promptly quits her job and since she has nowhere to live, she heads back to the Jersey Shore and her hometown of Sea Point to regroup. Her friend and neighbor Ziggy is the local plumber and is also facing a fork in the road as he has just lost his father and is unsure of the future of the family business. The company books are a mess. His best friend Miles heads home to Sea Point to help Ziggy sort out the finances and also returns to prove to his mother Jo that he is worthy of running their family business, the Wharf, Sea Point’s very successful resort. Kate, Ziggy and Miles all have life decisions to make as friendships are renewed and broken along the way. Is Kate going to win Thomas back as she is plotting to do? Is Ziggy or Miles possibly her true love? The description of Sea Point felt very real but you won’t be able to book a room at The Wharf or have drinks at the Jetty Bar. But you will be interested to know if these three thirty-something friends can make the right decisions and not let their glory days pass them by. Rock the Boat by Beck Dorey-Stein is a very sweet book. Light but has some substance. It doesn’t break new ground but will make your day at the beach all the more enjoyable.

  11. 5 out of 5

    T. Rosado

    3.75 Stars What started a bit rough for me due to an initially unlikable (to me) heroine, gained momentum and ended on a high. Rock the Boat began in Kate’s POV and almost immediately, I wasn’t a fan of her characterization. It started with a breakup with her boyfriend and deteriorated as she remained adamant about getting back together, regardless of his arrogance and dishonorable ways. Soon after, two additional POV’s were introduced and the story dynamic shifted. I can't say it was love at fir 3.75 Stars What started a bit rough for me due to an initially unlikable (to me) heroine, gained momentum and ended on a high. Rock the Boat began in Kate’s POV and almost immediately, I wasn’t a fan of her characterization. It started with a breakup with her boyfriend and deteriorated as she remained adamant about getting back together, regardless of his arrogance and dishonorable ways. Soon after, two additional POV’s were introduced and the story dynamic shifted. I can't say it was love at first few chapters, but the consistent flow and variety of characters kept me reading until I was full-blown invested and falling in love with their story(ies.) Each of the three main characters, Kate, Miles, and Ziggy, had wonderful character transformations and their connections to each other were entertaining, romantic, and often funny. Oddly enough, my favorite of the three was the scoundrel Miles. I loved how he recognized and owned who he was (a sometimes douchbag, a charmer, a commitment-phobe, but also loyal friend.) After my rocky start, this book ended up being a entertaining read with some great wit and overall writing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ali (alireadsbooks)

    Ok so this could have been a really fun beach read. I loved the Sea Point setting and the small, beach town feel. I was interested to see what Kate got up to back in her hometown after she left her luxurious NYC life behind post-breakup. However, at the end of the day there were just too many storylines and sub plots to keep track of, and I honestly did not find any of the main characters to be likable at all. They didn’t undergo any sort of major character development, there were just weird res Ok so this could have been a really fun beach read. I loved the Sea Point setting and the small, beach town feel. I was interested to see what Kate got up to back in her hometown after she left her luxurious NYC life behind post-breakup. However, at the end of the day there were just too many storylines and sub plots to keep track of, and I honestly did not find any of the main characters to be likable at all. They didn’t undergo any sort of major character development, there were just weird resolutions to their immature, selfish problems. I don’t know. I expected a lot from this book and I was excited to read it over a long weekend, but I just couldn’t get past the characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Jackson

    This book was SO LONG and also tells lies about turtles.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kailey (kmc_reads)

    4.5-5 stars RTC. Such a great summer novel with so much heart!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    When Kate's perfectly planned out life in NYC is derailed, she moves home to Sea Point, NJ to rebuild. Her old best friend, Ziggy, is still reeling from the death of his plumbing business partner dad and his best friend Miles is back in town to prove to his resort mogul mom that he is her worthy successor. These three friends' quarter life crises intersect in funny and heartfelt ways, all set at a beach resort town with growing pains. I LOVED Dorey-Stein's first book, From the Corner of the Oval, When Kate's perfectly planned out life in NYC is derailed, she moves home to Sea Point, NJ to rebuild. Her old best friend, Ziggy, is still reeling from the death of his plumbing business partner dad and his best friend Miles is back in town to prove to his resort mogul mom that he is her worthy successor. These three friends' quarter life crises intersect in funny and heartfelt ways, all set at a beach resort town with growing pains. I LOVED Dorey-Stein's first book, From the Corner of the Oval, her fictionalized memoir from her time as a stenographer in Obama's White House (it was a little Bridget Jones and very good!). On the strength of that book, I was a little worried that this fiction book wouldn't be as good. It turns out, I should not have worried. Her easy to read yet well worded writing style held up and I loved Rock the Boat. It is an almost perfect book and earned every one of my 5 star rating (and I'm pretty stingy with my stars.) Please go read this book! Thank you to Random House via Netgalley for the advance copy for review. I hope this book gets the attention that it deserves.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to the publisher for the free review copy! ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 rounded up I am a huge fan of Beck Dorey-Stein. Her memoir, From the Corner of the Oval is one of my favorite nonfiction reads. Rock the Boat is her first novel and it takes you to the charming beach town of Sea Point, and follows a cast of characters over the course of a summer. Overall it was a sweet and heartfelt story. I listened mostly on audio and the narration was great. I was left wanting a bit more focus on the Kate and Ziggy story Thanks to the publisher for the free review copy! ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 rounded up I am a huge fan of Beck Dorey-Stein. Her memoir, From the Corner of the Oval is one of my favorite nonfiction reads. Rock the Boat is her first novel and it takes you to the charming beach town of Sea Point, and follows a cast of characters over the course of a summer. Overall it was a sweet and heartfelt story. I listened mostly on audio and the narration was great. I was left wanting a bit more focus on the Kate and Ziggy story line. I felt like all the side characters took attention and momentum away from the potential romance. I was also surprised that the actual Rock the Boat party felt so rushed at the end. I was listening to the audiobook and there wasn’t even 20 minutes remaining when we got to that part. I guess I just assumed it would play more of a prominent role in the plot than it did. Still a very cute and fun summer read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Book #74 read in 2021 ᗰY TᕼOᑌᘜᕼTᔕ: This story follows Kate, Miles, and Ziggy as they all end up in their hometown for the summer. After his dad suddenly passes away, Ziggy struggles to keep the family business open. In the meantime, there is a developer in town making offers that many can't refuse. As Kate, Miles, and Ziggy team up to stop the developer, old and new feelings surface. My favorite part about this book was the dialogue between the characters. There were many laugh out loud moments. Book #74 read in 2021 ᗰY TᕼOᑌᘜᕼTᔕ: This story follows Kate, Miles, and Ziggy as they all end up in their hometown for the summer. After his dad suddenly passes away, Ziggy struggles to keep the family business open. In the meantime, there is a developer in town making offers that many can't refuse. As Kate, Miles, and Ziggy team up to stop the developer, old and new feelings surface. My favorite part about this book was the dialogue between the characters. There were many laugh out loud moments. Unfortunately, they were few and far between. This story moved at a turtle's pace and honestly, not much happened that was worthy of excitement. ᖇᗩTIᑎᘜ: 3 stars Thank you to PRH Audio for the ALC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    BookmarkedByLynds

    Told from the point of view of three childhood friends now in their 30s, Rock the Boat reaffirms the message that life does not always go as plan and sometimes you have to go home to go forward. As the characters deal with the lost of a dad and local community hero, they are also reminded of his messages and his generosity. While at times I felt this book had way too many characters (causing multiple page flipbacks to remember who this person was) and possibly too many storylines, I enjoyed the Told from the point of view of three childhood friends now in their 30s, Rock the Boat reaffirms the message that life does not always go as plan and sometimes you have to go home to go forward. As the characters deal with the lost of a dad and local community hero, they are also reminded of his messages and his generosity. While at times I felt this book had way too many characters (causing multiple page flipbacks to remember who this person was) and possibly too many storylines, I enjoyed the book and the messages it sent. Thank you to NetGalley and The Dial Press for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brittany | Brittany_the_Bookworm

    3.5 stars While this book had a bit of a slow start, it had a good message and was an easy read. It’s a drama about family and friendship and multiple characters figuring out their lives when things haven’t gone exactly as they had planned. I enjoyed the small seaside town setting and was pretty hooked on the story from the way it started. I liked this one fine, but it is definitely too long and there are lots of details added in that aren’t necessary. Thank you NetGalley, The Dial Press and Rand 3.5 stars While this book had a bit of a slow start, it had a good message and was an easy read. It’s a drama about family and friendship and multiple characters figuring out their lives when things haven’t gone exactly as they had planned. I enjoyed the small seaside town setting and was pretty hooked on the story from the way it started. I liked this one fine, but it is definitely too long and there are lots of details added in that aren’t necessary. Thank you NetGalley, The Dial Press and Random House for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This definitely wasn’t for me. Kate was so full of herself and seemed to learn nothing and not grow at all during the whole book. I pity the person who ends up with her, she will never be happy. Always digging for more amd so completely superficial it’s amazing how she functioned as a human. The title here didn’t work for me either, not enough tie in to the story. I could drone on and on about Kate drooling over someone’s clothing or sunglass labels, cars, vacations, etc. I just don’t get it. My This definitely wasn’t for me. Kate was so full of herself and seemed to learn nothing and not grow at all during the whole book. I pity the person who ends up with her, she will never be happy. Always digging for more amd so completely superficial it’s amazing how she functioned as a human. The title here didn’t work for me either, not enough tie in to the story. I could drone on and on about Kate drooling over someone’s clothing or sunglass labels, cars, vacations, etc. I just don’t get it. My copy was provided by NetGalley for review

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jordana Horn Gordon

    So Good This book was so terrific. It’s a summer read, sure, but it’s also fiercely smart and casually beautiful. I just loved it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I’ve been waiting for Dorey-Stein’s novel since her debut with From the Corner of the Oval, and Rock the Boat blew me away. I laughed out loud repeatedly at brilliant one-liners and hilarious/scathing social commentary, and became deeply attached to her expertly developed and very humanly flawed characters. Every character in the book felt like someone you’ve known your entire life, with deep, complex emotions, and very real (and relatable!) problems. A masterful plot and fastidious character de I’ve been waiting for Dorey-Stein’s novel since her debut with From the Corner of the Oval, and Rock the Boat blew me away. I laughed out loud repeatedly at brilliant one-liners and hilarious/scathing social commentary, and became deeply attached to her expertly developed and very humanly flawed characters. Every character in the book felt like someone you’ve known your entire life, with deep, complex emotions, and very real (and relatable!) problems. A masterful plot and fastidious character development are bundled up together into a package of super smart, readable, heartfelt prose. I didn’t want it to end, and when I closed it, I missed my new friends Kate, Zeke, and Miles immediately (and desperately needed a paloma). I’m already impatient for her next novel!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The characters were well-written but I didn't particularly like them. Kate fulfills the trope of the breakup with the awful long-term boyfriend that no one likes so she is forced to return to her hometown to grow up, discover herself, and find true love. Ziggy comes off as hapless and wants others to take charge for him. Miles is the quintessential rich playboy who needs to find direction and purpose in his life and does so in an unlikely place. There are some witty lines and I like that Kate me The characters were well-written but I didn't particularly like them. Kate fulfills the trope of the breakup with the awful long-term boyfriend that no one likes so she is forced to return to her hometown to grow up, discover herself, and find true love. Ziggy comes off as hapless and wants others to take charge for him. Miles is the quintessential rich playboy who needs to find direction and purpose in his life and does so in an unlikely place. There are some witty lines and I like that Kate mentions reading ARCs for the library, but overall I felt like there were a lot of different points of view and side quests to wade through. Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    This was an enjoyable read about a group of estranged friends who learn to forgive each other, but also to forgive themselves for past wrongs, assumptions and misunderstandings. This book is a salve to the soul. #netgalley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe (readandwright) Wright

    I have never been shy about my love for Beck Dorey-Stein’s memoir, From the Corner of the Oval. It was so compelling and read like fiction, so when I heard Beck was writing her first fictional novel, I knew I had to read it. Thank you to The Dial Press for my advanced and finished copies of Rock the Boat! I love stories set in seaside towns. There’s always something special about them, the quaintness and quirkiness is always so charming and makes the town feel like a character itself. I liked Ro I have never been shy about my love for Beck Dorey-Stein’s memoir, From the Corner of the Oval. It was so compelling and read like fiction, so when I heard Beck was writing her first fictional novel, I knew I had to read it. Thank you to The Dial Press for my advanced and finished copies of Rock the Boat! I love stories set in seaside towns. There’s always something special about them, the quaintness and quirkiness is always so charming and makes the town feel like a character itself. I liked Rock the Boat and it surprised me a lot. It’s a very character driven story, full of flashbacks and character growth. Synopsis: When Kate Campbell’s life in Manhattan suddenly implodes, she is forced to return to Sea Point, the small town full of quirky locals, quaint bungalows, and beautiful beaches where she grew up. She knows she won’t be home for long; she’s got every intention (and a three-point plan) to win back everything she thinks she’s lost. Meanwhile, Miles Hoffman—aka “The Prince of Sea Point”—has also returned home to prove to his mother that he’s capable of taking over the family business, and he’s promised to help his childhood best friend, Ziggy Miller, with his own financial struggles at the same time. Kate, Miles, and Ziggy converge in Sea Point as the town faces an identity crisis when a local developer tries to cash in on its potential. The summer swells, and white lies and long-buried secrets prove as corrosive as the salt air, threatening to forever erode not only the bonds between the three friends but also the landscape of the beachside community they call home.Full of heart and humor—and laced with biting wit—Rock the Boat proves that even when you know all the back roads, there aren’t any shortcuts to growing up. What I Liked: The Town—Like I said, the town of Sea Point was a delight to get to know and I could see it The Writing—Beck’s writing is out of the world. It’s lyrical, descriptive and rich. What Didn’t Work: The Romance—I wanted more! I know this book isn’t a Romance, but it seemed like the story was asking for the love story to be more prominent. The Individual Character Dominated Story—This is definitely a me thing. I think I read this book at the wrong time because I just wasn’t in the mood for literary fiction. By the end, I was so invested in Miles, Kate, and Ziggy’s story, but we’d spent so much time on them individually that it felt like it wrapped up too quickly. CW/TW: death of a parent, grief Character Authenticity: 3.5/5 Steam Rating: N/A Overall Rating: 4/5

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Marie

    Beck Dorey-Stein has become an auto-buy author for me. After reading and loving From the Corner of the Oval, I had a feeling Rock the Boat was going to be incredible, and I was correct!⁣ ⁣ This beachy, sun-soaked novel hits surprisingly hard. We follow Kate Campbell, Miles Hoffman, and Ziggy Miller as they find themselves unexpectedly reunited in their hometown of Sea Point, New Jersey. Kate is fresh off a break-up, moved back in with her parents, and has a 3-step plan to get her life back on trac Beck Dorey-Stein has become an auto-buy author for me. After reading and loving From the Corner of the Oval, I had a feeling Rock the Boat was going to be incredible, and I was correct!⁣ ⁣ This beachy, sun-soaked novel hits surprisingly hard. We follow Kate Campbell, Miles Hoffman, and Ziggy Miller as they find themselves unexpectedly reunited in their hometown of Sea Point, New Jersey. Kate is fresh off a break-up, moved back in with her parents, and has a 3-step plan to get her life back on track and her ex to propose. Miles is home for the first time in a decade, determined to prove to his mother that he can put his party-boy days behind him and take over the family business. Ziggy never left Sea Point, but he’s entering a new chapter regardless. After his father unexpectedly passed away, Ziggy is trying to run Miller Values Plumbing on his own, support his mom, and figure out what the future looks like without his dad.⁣ ⁣ Kate, Miles, and Ziggy are all flawed people who don’t make the best choices, but somehow that only makes them more endearing. I feel like I know these characters so well that I can’t believe they aren’t real people. The trio’s friendship, with all its trials and tribulations, pulled on all my heartstrings. Kate, Miles, & Ziggy are all in their thirties, and I really appreciated the dialogue about how you never stop growing up and finding yourself. The character growth in here was beautiful to read.⁣ ⁣ Dorey-Stein’s writing style is my favorite thing about reading her books. Filled with flashbacks and tangents, it almost feels like a stream-of-consciousness. It's one of the reasons I felt so immersed in the characters' lives, because we see things through their eyes. Being back in the town they grew up in, each interaction our three main characters have reminds them of the past and we get the layers of who they were, who they are, and who they’re becoming. ⁣ I really can’t recommend it enough! This is absolutely the feel-good summer read you need in your life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deedi Brown (DeediReads)

    All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/. TL;DR REVIEW: Rock the Boat is a fun, heartwarming story — like a Lifetime movie, but with better characters and more heart. A true lighthearted beach read if I ever read one. For you if: You want something quick, light, and entertaining. FULL REVIEW: First, big thanks to Random House for sending me a gifted copy of this book, along with an Allswell bath towel and a thing-a-day happiness journal! I loved being part of this month’s Random House All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/. TL;DR REVIEW: Rock the Boat is a fun, heartwarming story — like a Lifetime movie, but with better characters and more heart. A true lighthearted beach read if I ever read one. For you if: You want something quick, light, and entertaining. FULL REVIEW: First, big thanks to Random House for sending me a gifted copy of this book, along with an Allswell bath towel and a thing-a-day happiness journal! I loved being part of this month’s Random House Book Club. It falls outside my usual genres, but was perfect timed with my beach vacation. I read Beck Dorey-Stein’s first book, From the Corner of the Oval, a memoir about her (surprisingly dramatic) time as a White House stenographer in the Obama administration. I also had the pleasure of meeting her at the Girls’ Night In book club meetup in NYC, where she told us she was working on a novel. And here it is, in my hands! So fun. Rock the Boat is mainly about a woman in her 30s named Kate, who is suddenly dumped by her rich boyfriend, Legally Blonde-style, at the very start of the book. In one day, her glamorous NYC lifestyle poofs into nothing, and she heads home to her tiny hometown on the Jersey Shore to recover. There, she reconnects with her first friend and next-door neighbor, Ziggy, whose father recently died, and Ziggy’s best friend (and son of the richest businesswoman in town) Miles. As you can guess, this is a story about finding yourself and what you truly want in life, and not letting others tell what those things are. It’s about finding what’s really important and holding onto it. It’s a little cheesy, yes, and the characters are not very diverse. But recognizing this book for what it is, I had fun with it. It has a big heart, lovable characters you can’t help but root for, a touch of romance, and a happy ending. Truly a quintessential summer read! CONTENT WARNINGS: Death of a parent; Toxic romantic relationship

  28. 5 out of 5

    Isabella Viducich

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First, I would like to thank Penguin Random House for my ARC, which I won through an Instagram giveaway. This was a really enjoyable book! It seems like a light summery read (and in many ways it is)- but it ultimately had much more substance than I expected. My favorite things about this book: - I loved the setting. The author describes Sea Point in such rich detail that it feels like a real place (and a real place that I would love to visit! Drinks at the Wharf anyone??) - I loved how detailed the First, I would like to thank Penguin Random House for my ARC, which I won through an Instagram giveaway. This was a really enjoyable book! It seems like a light summery read (and in many ways it is)- but it ultimately had much more substance than I expected. My favorite things about this book: - I loved the setting. The author describes Sea Point in such rich detail that it feels like a real place (and a real place that I would love to visit! Drinks at the Wharf anyone??) - I loved how detailed the characters were and how intimately their relationships to one another were described. Even the supporting characters (e.g., Gertie, Barry) were so wholesome and well written. These characters felt so real and really helped to paint a clear picture of what living in this town would be like. Things I didn't love: - I found the writing to be overall excellent but there were a few passages that felt quite cringey to me (e.g., Freaky Freakazoid- maybe I am just a really boring person but everything about this song did not work for me) - I felt that some of the characters (especially Kate) were written to be so immature/petty that it was hard to believe that within 40 pages of their most egregious behavior, we were supposed to believe that they had grown up and forgiven each other. Anyway, I really recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun summery read with a lot of heart, especially if you're a fan of richly rendered settings and characters!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    4.5 stars // Read if you’re in the mood for: ➱ allllll the beach read vibes ➱ a story about three thirtysomethings rediscovering their identities, with hints of romcom ➱ a peek behind the scenes at a small-town library (and a fancy restaurant, but did I mention a library!?) ➱ multiple POVs Rock the Boat is a quintessential summer read and you definitely need it in your beach bag! It’s a fun and mostly light story that touches on a couple heavier themes (like grief), set in the quaint beachside vacatio 4.5 stars // Read if you’re in the mood for: ➱ allllll the beach read vibes ➱ a story about three thirtysomethings rediscovering their identities, with hints of romcom ➱ a peek behind the scenes at a small-town library (and a fancy restaurant, but did I mention a library!?) ➱ multiple POVs Rock the Boat is a quintessential summer read and you definitely need it in your beach bag! It’s a fun and mostly light story that touches on a couple heavier themes (like grief), set in the quaint beachside vacation town of Sea Point, New Jersey, over the course of one summer. Kate Campbell returns to her parents’ home in Sea Point after her seemingly perfect life in NYC suddenly implodes. She’s initially humiliated to be back home, but a summer in Sea Point turns out to be just what she needs to find her way. Rock the Boat provides plenty of chuckles, a couple emotional moments, a bit of romance, and it’s got themes of friendship, family, being true to yourself, and the idea that it’s never too late to fight for your dreams. It took me a minute to warm up to our three protagonists — Kate, along with her childhood neighbor Ziggy and his best friend Miles, the “prince of Sea Point,” who all find themselves at crossroads in life — but I quickly fell in love with them and got totally sucked into the story. I enjoyed Dorey-Stein’s memoir, From the Corner of the Oval, about her time as a stenographer for Barack Obama, and I was curious and excited to read her fiction debut. I loved it, and if she keeps writing in this vein, she’ll definitely become a summertime standard! Many thanks to NetGalley and Dial Press for a free review copy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    I'm wobbling between 3 - 4 stars for ROCK THE BOAT by Beck Dorey-Stein. The book starts out super strong and I couldn't put it down at first -- Kate, a New Yorker for over a decade, is dumped by her boyfriend unexpectedly and along with it, she loses her apartment and her job (since they are both tied to him). She then heads to Sea Point NJ, the small beachside town she grew up in to lick her wounds and try to win him back (remotely). However, she also reconnects with old friends and learns how I'm wobbling between 3 - 4 stars for ROCK THE BOAT by Beck Dorey-Stein. The book starts out super strong and I couldn't put it down at first -- Kate, a New Yorker for over a decade, is dumped by her boyfriend unexpectedly and along with it, she loses her apartment and her job (since they are both tied to him). She then heads to Sea Point NJ, the small beachside town she grew up in to lick her wounds and try to win him back (remotely). However, she also reconnects with old friends and learns how to have her own career, and things don't go quite according to plan as she prepared to see her ex again at a wedding at the end of the summer. It was a fun read, but not a TON happens. Kate's childhood best friend, who still lives next door to Kate's parents, is Ziggy. He's the local handiman/plumber who recently lost his dad and rekindles his friendship with Kate. I liked him as a character, as well as his friend Miles who comes back to town (there is a lot going on with these characters, even though the plot is a bit thin!), however they weren't entirely likable for a fun summer read. I loved the town though, and the quirky local characters who try to survive during the summer when tourists flock to their beach. I just needed a little more development, and a bit more cohesive writing.

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