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A dying man brings his oldest friends together for one last beach blowout in this witty, heartfelt novel from the author of Last Couple Standing. 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. A A dying man brings his oldest friends together for one last beach blowout in this witty, heartfelt novel from the author of Last Couple Standing. 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.


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A dying man brings his oldest friends together for one last beach blowout in this witty, heartfelt novel from the author of Last Couple Standing. 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. A A dying man brings his oldest friends together for one last beach blowout in this witty, heartfelt novel from the author of Last Couple Standing. 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.

30 review for All Together Now

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Matthew Norman perfectly captures the human experience with just a short turn of a phrase. “This couldn’t be less helpful, but she says it anyway, because, well, marriage.” In this story, billionaire wunderkind Robbie Malcolm has been told he has end stage cancer. He decides to gather his old high school friends together for a final Memorial Day weekend at his Fenwick Island beach home. The friends have all gone on to vastly different lives - associate tv producer, unsuccessful writer, mother. A Matthew Norman perfectly captures the human experience with just a short turn of a phrase. “This couldn’t be less helpful, but she says it anyway, because, well, marriage.” In this story, billionaire wunderkind Robbie Malcolm has been told he has end stage cancer. He decides to gather his old high school friends together for a final Memorial Day weekend at his Fenwick Island beach home. The friends have all gone on to vastly different lives - associate tv producer, unsuccessful writer, mother. And all are having issues with their current lives. Robbie seems to think he can fix everything for them. But money doesn’t solve all problems and it isn’t always easy to see exactly what someone else really needs. This is an interesting character rich story. This group is 35, but they aren’t all that grown up. But I felt for each of the characters, even with all their foibles. It was wonderful to watch the characters realize how much their friendship has and does mean to them. You know it’s a good book and a wonderful ending if it finds me crying happy tears. My thanks to NetGalley and Random House for an advance opt of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    There’s nothing like your childhood friends, so Matthew Norman proves in his newest book, All Together Now . They were the Baltimore Prep Rejects, four best friends—Robbie, Blair, Cat, and Wade—who met in high school. But even though they all kept in touch, their lives have gotten in the way and it’s been six years since they’ve all seen each other at once. Now in their mid-thirties, each has their own set of challenges, in marriage, career, relationships. Robbie, who is a billionaire, is dying There’s nothing like your childhood friends, so Matthew Norman proves in his newest book, All Together Now . They were the Baltimore Prep Rejects, four best friends—Robbie, Blair, Cat, and Wade—who met in high school. But even though they all kept in touch, their lives have gotten in the way and it’s been six years since they’ve all seen each other at once. Now in their mid-thirties, each has their own set of challenges, in marriage, career, relationships. Robbie, who is a billionaire, is dying, so he brings his friends together for one last weekend on Fenwick Island in Delaware, a place that holds so many memories for them. When they arrive and start to learn about Robbie's condition, plus all he has done and planned for the weekend, they are devastated by his news and shocked by the depth of his plans. But it’s not too long before Robbie reveals one last component—plans to help change the course of each of their lives and move them down the path he thinks they want to go. It’s a weekend of nostalgia, laughs, and tears, but it’s also a weekend where secrets will be revealed, lies will be uncovered, and decisions will be made. They’ll discover that there’s nothing wrong with struggling, as long as you can find the strength to move on and embrace what’s ahead. Many of you know that I’m a gigantic sap. All Together Now isn’t a maudlin book despite the subject matter but I started tearing up early on, lol. I love books about old friends coming together after a while and discovering truths about themselves and others. I’m a big fan of Norman's writing and his newest book definitely didn’t disappoint. It’s funny and heartwarming and hopeful and, yes, a little sad, and it kept me flipping the pages well into the night. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    AHHHHHHHHH ANOTHER BOOK FROM MATTHEW NORMAN THIS IS SO EXCITING also, I adore this cover style. | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram AHHHHHHHHH ANOTHER BOOK FROM MATTHEW NORMAN THIS IS SO EXCITING also, I adore this cover style. | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Hi I loved this book so much and you should read it this summer. That is all. Ok fine I’ll tell you more, this follows a group of longtime friends as they reunite one summer after years of not all being together at once. I loved the authors writing style, this was both witty and heartfelt and the characters were so endearing. If you like insightful books that are character driven read this!

  5. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    Having read and loved We're All Damaged and Domestic Violets it was a no brainer for me to request Mr. Norman's newest book and I am so glad I did. Like the books I mentioned I ADORED this one. It was so interesting to get caught up in the history and current lives of these four friends. I enjoyed how the author had a chapter from each characters point of view. It really helped me to connect with Robbie, Cat, Blair and Wade. And even the secondary characters were fun to read about. Having read and loved We're All Damaged and Domestic Violets it was a no brainer for me to request Mr. Norman's newest book and I am so glad I did. Like the books I mentioned I ADORED this one. It was so interesting to get caught up in the history and current lives of these four friends. I enjoyed how the author had a chapter from each characters point of view. It really helped me to connect with Robbie, Cat, Blair and Wade. And even the secondary characters were fun to read about. This book made me feel a lot of different emotions and I loved how character centered it was. These are normal humans with flaws and they make mistakes, some big, some small...but it made them more real to me and it helped my enjoyment of the book. Having such strong feelings about the subject matter and the people in the book is what makes this story great. I applaud Mr. Norman on his ability to write about the human condition so well. The problems the characters are all facing all feel real and true to life. I think we all need friends like the Rejects. Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley, Matthew Norman and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #AllTogetherNow #NetGalley

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    “Take stock. Of everything. 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.” This book made my Up Lit loving heart so incredibly happy. It was witty (like laugh out loud witty), touching, and basically just perfect. I loved it and I’ll remember it for a long time. 5 stars. Ballantine Books gifted me this novel. All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gail C.

    There are acquaintances and there are friends, and then there are friends who bring out the deepest parts of a person and encourage them to be the truest version of themselves. Robbie, Blair, Cat, and Wade were a group that fell into that last category. So close were they that when one of their number was expelled just a week before graduation, the other three manufactured their own expulsion or voluntarily withdrew in solidarity. The four are adults now, each with their own lives and scattered a There are acquaintances and there are friends, and then there are friends who bring out the deepest parts of a person and encourage them to be the truest version of themselves. Robbie, Blair, Cat, and Wade were a group that fell into that last category. So close were they that when one of their number was expelled just a week before graduation, the other three manufactured their own expulsion or voluntarily withdrew in solidarity. The four are adults now, each with their own lives and scattered around the United States. They rarely see each other, and each of them is struggling in their own way. Chief among them is Robbie who, despite having amassed an extraordinary wealth, is powerless to overcome his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer which, he’s been told, is terminal.. What he can do is bring his friends together for one magical weekend in the hope and expectation of spurring them to reestablish their friendships and ultimately repair the cracks in their own lives. Within the first few pages of this novel the reader is fully invested in the characters. They are written with clarity, honesty, and a deep caring that overrides whatever flaws they may have. It’s easy as a reader to hope that Robbie’s plan is successful. He has certainly set up the environment for them to succeed. Robbie has bought a mansion at the beach so they have a place to be for the weekend, he’s also bought a miniature golf course for one of their planned activities, and an old Pontiac Cutlass convertible he sees for sale on the side of the road for them to drive around. It’s all in an effort to help them repair their lives and get back to living the lives Robbie knows are possible for each of them. Robbie has amassed information on each of them that details the true facts of the lives they are living...the facts they are working hard to keep out of sight of each other. At the same time Robbie is revealing their secrets Cat discovers and reveals a deeply buried secret of Robbie which threatens to cost him the friendship of the others. Anger and disappointment result in the friends bursting apart for a while, spreading out to various places at the beach. The turning point comes when each of them decides friendship is more important than past behavior and, as their friend, Robbie needs them now more than ever. Their commitment to each other overcomes the other obstacles and they regroup with the knowledge that now it is Robbie who needs the most from his friends.From this point on, the reader may find it difficult if not impossible to put down the book. While the reader knows what to expect, that doesn’t keep them from hoping for a completely different outcome and yet, when the book is finished, the outcome is perfectly satisfying. This is one of those books I recommend for everyone’s “must read” shelf. My thanks to Random House Publishing - Ballentine Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book for review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meagan (Meagansbookclub)

    Flew through this one. And I’m happy to report I liked it way more than Last Couple Standing. The story development was fast and probably could have used 30-50 more pages, but all in all, it was an enjoyable story with a cast of interesting characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susie | Novel Visits

    Let’s start out with a big thank you to Ballantine Books for the ARC of 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐄𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐍𝐎W by Matthew Norman. I became a Norman fan with last year’s 𝘓𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨, a riotous look at the realities of marriage coupled with approaching 40. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘛𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘕𝘰𝘸 takes a slightly more serious, but equally fun tone as it explores the bonds of friendship tested by time.⁣ ⁣ “The Rejects,” Robbie, Blair, Cat, and Wade first became friends in high school, while trying to find a place to belong on the cross- Let’s start out with a big thank you to Ballantine Books for the ARC of 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐄𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐍𝐎W by Matthew Norman. I became a Norman fan with last year’s 𝘓𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨, a riotous look at the realities of marriage coupled with approaching 40. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘛𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘕𝘰𝘸 takes a slightly more serious, but equally fun tone as it explores the bonds of friendship tested by time.⁣ ⁣ “The Rejects,” Robbie, Blair, Cat, and Wade first became friends in high school, while trying to find a place to belong on the cross-country team. That didn’t work out so well, but their friendship and dedication to each other did, ending up with their nickname after a controversial incident in their senior year. Nearly twenty years later, Cat, Wade, Blair and her family agree to spend Memorial Day weekend with billionaire Robbie at his Delaware beach house (mansion). I’m giving nothing away when I tell you that Robbie has recently been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and wants to make sure his friends are all safe and happy before he leaves them.⁣ ⁣ Thus unfolds the weekend, and the lives of this quirky group. We learn about their teenage years, where each is now, and the years in between. We learn about heartaches and longings, successes and failures, dreams realized and others not. Despite the looming cloud of death surrounding Robbie, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know “The Rejects.” Friendships like theirs we too often allow to slip out of our lives. I appreciated they’d held on no matter how tenuously. I think you’ll find 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘛𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘕𝘰𝘸 a perfect beach read this summer. 4.5 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    When reclusive billionaire Robbie Malcolm gets the news he’s dying from terminal cancer he decides to fix the lives of his three best friends from high school. He’s been keeping track of them recently but now he’s going to take action and fix what’s wrong in their lives. They haven’t all been together for six years so he brings them to his beach house on the coast of Delaware to break the news. He has it all planned out, but will they except his help? Or will he be the one who benefits most? This When reclusive billionaire Robbie Malcolm gets the news he’s dying from terminal cancer he decides to fix the lives of his three best friends from high school. He’s been keeping track of them recently but now he’s going to take action and fix what’s wrong in their lives. They haven’t all been together for six years so he brings them to his beach house on the coast of Delaware to break the news. He has it all planned out, but will they except his help? Or will he be the one who benefits most? This is a great summer read with a fresh story, endearing characters, and the trademark wit that is always present in Matthew Norman‘s stories. I enjoyed every single page of this book because of the wonderful relationships between these for friends and even the newcomers to the group. I laughed, I cried, and I even smiled through tears. I’ve read all of his books and this one is my new favorite. It’s engaging, endearing, and A heartwarming story of friendship and love, and flawed characters that you’ll want to share with your friends.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    I want to hug this book. What a warm, realistic, and beautiful story; one we wish we could be a part of. The characters come alive with their attitudes, flaws, and strengths. Each is uniquely different, just as they were in school. They call themselves “The Baltimore Prep Rejects”, a well-earned moniker with a tough life lesson about standing by your beliefs and your friends. After six years of separation, they’re invited to an all-expenses-paid Memorial Day weekend at Fenwick Island, a favorite I want to hug this book. What a warm, realistic, and beautiful story; one we wish we could be a part of. The characters come alive with their attitudes, flaws, and strengths. Each is uniquely different, just as they were in school. They call themselves “The Baltimore Prep Rejects”, a well-earned moniker with a tough life lesson about standing by your beliefs and your friends. After six years of separation, they’re invited to an all-expenses-paid Memorial Day weekend at Fenwick Island, a favorite old stomping ground from their youth. The host is Robbie, the whiz kid of the group, who has used his intelligence to amass millions. He’s just learned that he’s dying, and he has a little something he wants to get off his chest before he goes. This story is a welcome break from everyday real life. It doesn’t condemn, or preach, or pass judgment. It takes place in a beautiful setting, and it provides some interesting insights, most of which are at the reader’s discretion to interpret. This was simply a pleasure to read. Sincere thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The publishing date is June 15, 2021.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 Stars This was a quiet story, a character study of sorts. It slowly sucks you in until you are afraid to flip the pages because then the end will come all too soon. Glad to have picked this one up.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gary Branson

    I really liked all the characters and their flaws in this wonderful, if sentimental, story of friendship. Fast paced and entertaining, I highly recommend it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy G / alovelybookishlife

    Thank you to Netgalley and Ballantine for an advanced copy of All Together Now by Matthew Norman. All opinions are my own. Do you ever wish you were part of a group? A lifelong set of friends that would never let you down? Robbie, Wade, Cat and Blair named themselves the Baltimore Rejects in High School and have managed to stay connected all these years. Each has their own trials and tribulations but they come together when Robbie has life altering news. Robbie is dying of cancer. He has planned Thank you to Netgalley and Ballantine for an advanced copy of All Together Now by Matthew Norman. All opinions are my own. Do you ever wish you were part of a group? A lifelong set of friends that would never let you down? Robbie, Wade, Cat and Blair named themselves the Baltimore Rejects in High School and have managed to stay connected all these years. Each has their own trials and tribulations but they come together when Robbie has life altering news. Robbie is dying of cancer. He has planned everything down to the minute but as life goes…not everything goes as planned… Can I just say I love Matthew Norman? I have been crushing on his books for quite a while and was really excited to read this new one. In pure Norman form, it did not disappoint. He has a way of dropping you right into the story and you feel like you have always been there. His prose seems effortless with his sarcastic wit, modern twists and his stories have a currency to them that I am always drawn to. A light read on a not so light subject. Happy Reading.

  15. 5 out of 5

    The Reading Raccoon

    Book Review: All Together Now by Matthew Norman All Together Now by Matthew Norman is a contemporary fiction novel about a trio of thirty-five year old former classmates that reunite on Fenwick Island per the request of their friend Robbie (a successful businessman and billionaire). Little do they know Robbie is hiding a devastating diagnosis and this is the last chance for all four to be together. Cast of characters: Robbie- single billionaire, new cancer patient, uses his brilliant mind and unl Book Review: All Together Now by Matthew Norman All Together Now by Matthew Norman is a contemporary fiction novel about a trio of thirty-five year old former classmates that reunite on Fenwick Island per the request of their friend Robbie (a successful businessman and billionaire). Little do they know Robbie is hiding a devastating diagnosis and this is the last chance for all four to be together. Cast of characters: Robbie- single billionaire, new cancer patient, uses his brilliant mind and unlimited cash to try to “fix” the lives of his best friends Wade- published one time novelist, Beatles superfan, single after carrying a torch for Blair for 20 years, evicted and about to move in with his parents Cat- lesbian, television producer, desperate to be a mom, in a relationship that is going nowhere Blair- former artist, unfulfilled mom, dissatisfied with her marriage and acting out Matthew Norman tackles the difficult topics of cancer, heartbreak, marriage issues and career setbacks with both humor and a realistic touch. Although most of us do not have a billionaire friend Norman somehow makes the relationships and struggles within the group of four friends relatable. I highly recommend this novel for readers looking for a beach read with laughs and a lot of heart. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    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 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Myers

    The background is set very early: billionaire Robbie Malcolm is dying. As a young man, he seeks a second opinion only to find out that his riches can’t save him, death is imminent. So what to do? He decides to get his oldest friends together for a weekend party to disclose the news. It starts with a Big Chill vibe as the four friends gather, but quickly takes on a life of its own as Robbie has plans for the weekend and plans for each of his friends. But will he be able to exert the influence that The background is set very early: billionaire Robbie Malcolm is dying. As a young man, he seeks a second opinion only to find out that his riches can’t save him, death is imminent. So what to do? He decides to get his oldest friends together for a weekend party to disclose the news. It starts with a Big Chill vibe as the four friends gather, but quickly takes on a life of its own as Robbie has plans for the weekend and plans for each of his friends. But will he be able to exert the influence that made him wealthy to chart a course for the three people who know him best? Here are the other members of the Baltimore Prep Rejects: Blair - the beautiful mother of twins whose marriage is falling apart. Cat - the spunky, gay, brash producer who can’t keep a relationship but seriously wants a baby. (By far my favorite character) Wade - a failed writer who is still in love with Blair and all things Beetles. Set in a beachfront mansion, this book covers all the emotions. It is witty in its dialogue and sad in theme - but it never dwells there or tries to pull emotion out inauthentically. The strength of the book resides in the depth of the characters and their relatability. Besides the money thing, I felt like I could be in the thick of the plot. I’ve read his first two books which are more comedic in nature, and it seems that Matthew Norman is growing up. This offering is funny, but it is so much more than that and really gives some life lessons to chew on. All Together Now is very good and a quick read that I think will appeal to a wide audience. Definitely worth the read! Thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing an ARC.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This was a lovely novel, dealing with a bad subject, dying. When Robbie Malcolm, a billionaire, is told he has only months to live, he gathers his 3 closest friends to share his last days. He decides he can fix their lives before his death. It actually makes for a great read in the hands of this very gifted novelist. I felt drawn into the lives of the 4 best friends. The author paints 4 portraits of these interconnected people, bringing the reader up to date on their friendship and current issue This was a lovely novel, dealing with a bad subject, dying. When Robbie Malcolm, a billionaire, is told he has only months to live, he gathers his 3 closest friends to share his last days. He decides he can fix their lives before his death. It actually makes for a great read in the hands of this very gifted novelist. I felt drawn into the lives of the 4 best friends. The author paints 4 portraits of these interconnected people, bringing the reader up to date on their friendship and current issues. They are all likable and well developed. No hidden stories, no real flaws. Robbie does put their lives on a different trajectory, though not the ones he planned for them. I really enjoyed this novel, its sensitivity and the homage to friendship that never dies. I certainly recommend this to book groups. There’s lots to discuss after the members have relished tge book. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read, review and enjoy this novel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    The Baltimore Prep Rejects consist of Robbie, Cat, Wade and Blair. These four have been best friends since high school. Now that they are adults, their lives have changed drastically. Robbie is a billionaire, Blair is a mom and Cat and Wade are struggling with their lives. When one of them receives tragic news, a weekend away seems like the answer. During this weekend, their lives will be forever altered. All Together Now by Matthew Norman was perfect. I absolutely loved this book. It has everyt The Baltimore Prep Rejects consist of Robbie, Cat, Wade and Blair. These four have been best friends since high school. Now that they are adults, their lives have changed drastically. Robbie is a billionaire, Blair is a mom and Cat and Wade are struggling with their lives. When one of them receives tragic news, a weekend away seems like the answer. During this weekend, their lives will be forever altered. All Together Now by Matthew Norman was perfect. I absolutely loved this book. It has everything. Laughs, love, heartbreak. I felt every emotion these characters did and I loved them all. Even the secondary characters were completely fleshed out. By 50% through, I had bought all of Mathew Norman’s backlist. I can’t recommend this book enough for people who love strong plot, lovable characters and an unforgettable story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Greg Zimmerman

    This endearing, summery novel is about a group of high school friends now in their mid-30s who assemble at a beach mansion for a reunion weekend. But there's a twist - one of them, the mysterious billionaire, is dying. Hilarity ensues? Matthew Norman just keeps getting better. This, his fourth novel, is my favorite of his. It's one part Friends, one part American Pie 2 (the one with the beach house and big party at the end), and one part Norman's own genre - dude lit with heart. Fans of Nickolas This endearing, summery novel is about a group of high school friends now in their mid-30s who assemble at a beach mansion for a reunion weekend. But there's a twist - one of them, the mysterious billionaire, is dying. Hilarity ensues? Matthew Norman just keeps getting better. This, his fourth novel, is my favorite of his. It's one part Friends, one part American Pie 2 (the one with the beach house and big party at the end), and one part Norman's own genre - dude lit with heart. Fans of Nickolas Butler's Shotgun Lovesongs or Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings will love this book. Need a beach read this summer? This is it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Such a good book! The characters are so normal and relatable (minus the billionaire part) that you find yourself sitting next to them as they march/slip/slide through life. And I love a book with wit and humor mixed in there. This one is highly entertaining with a solid story you can immerse yourself in. I didn’t want to put it down. I’m grateful to have read pre-pub copy of All Together Now. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I buy paper copies of all of Matthew Norman’s books so I can read and reread Such a good book! The characters are so normal and relatable (minus the billionaire part) that you find yourself sitting next to them as they march/slip/slide through life. And I love a book with wit and humor mixed in there. This one is highly entertaining with a solid story you can immerse yourself in. I didn’t want to put it down. I’m grateful to have read pre-pub copy of All Together Now. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I buy paper copies of all of Matthew Norman’s books so I can read and reread and add them to my bookshelf.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paula Pugh

    This is a touching story of friends recapturing their friendship when one of them summons them all together for a summer beach reunion. Little do they know that he is dying and is trying to rectify past wrongs and rectify current situations. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    LOVED LOVED! Matthew Norman’s books are so great.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    4.5 stars. I visit the virtual library religiously on new book day. And I'm willing to check out unknown books and authors in the hope that I'll make a happy new discovery. This title was borderline. The author is unknown to me. Neither the cover nor description was screaming, "Read me!" Sadly, books like this often slip away from my library cue unread. Not even *I* can find the time to read every book that catches my eye. So, it's no real surprise that I didn't so much as pick this book up until 4.5 stars. I visit the virtual library religiously on new book day. And I'm willing to check out unknown books and authors in the hope that I'll make a happy new discovery. This title was borderline. The author is unknown to me. Neither the cover nor description was screaming, "Read me!" Sadly, books like this often slip away from my library cue unread. Not even *I* can find the time to read every book that catches my eye. So, it's no real surprise that I didn't so much as pick this book up until it was nearly due. No, the surprise is how unexpectedly much I enjoyed it! I just got sucked into this reunion of high school friends, one of whom happens to be a billionaire. There was nothing deep here, just entertaining story-telling. There are, as you can imagine, multiple conflicting agendas at play. And, you know, billionaires gonna' billionaire, but there was a grand gesture at one point in the book that was so perfect, it brought literal tears to my eyes. It was not a bad place in which to while away a few hours, is all I'm saying. (I'm not crying; you're crying!)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is the first book that I lave read by this author and I LOVED it! It captured my interest immediately and I couldn’t put it down. I lived the character development and was quickly hooked into their problematic lives. Robbie, their billionaire friend, brings them to his beach house on Fenwick Island to try to help his three friends from high school find direction to their lives. He hasn’t seen them in 20 years but has kept track of them.and has brought them together for his final goodbye. Ro This is the first book that I lave read by this author and I LOVED it! It captured my interest immediately and I couldn’t put it down. I lived the character development and was quickly hooked into their problematic lives. Robbie, their billionaire friend, brings them to his beach house on Fenwick Island to try to help his three friends from high school find direction to their lives. He hasn’t seen them in 20 years but has kept track of them.and has brought them together for his final goodbye. Robbie has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He sees the struggles his friends are having and tries to lead them down a path that he feels is right for them. The friends come to terms with their own lives with his help but not always with the same same answers. This is a character rich story that moves back and forth between the two time periods. Even though we know Robbie’s destiny we see what truly matters in friendship as the story comes to it’s final conclusion. #AllTogetherNow #MatthewNorman #NetGalley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I absolutely adored this book! Getting caught up in these 4 friends life was so much fun despite the reason why they were reuniting. I loved that each chapter was from a different characters POV, I didn’t know who to like more. This can be a tough subject but the author threw in light hearted and funny moments to help weave the tough times. Each character brought something unique to the story. I laughed and cried and was so sad when this book was over. Definitely recommend this book! Thanks to Ne I absolutely adored this book! Getting caught up in these 4 friends life was so much fun despite the reason why they were reuniting. I loved that each chapter was from a different characters POV, I didn’t know who to like more. This can be a tough subject but the author threw in light hearted and funny moments to help weave the tough times. Each character brought something unique to the story. I laughed and cried and was so sad when this book was over. Definitely recommend this book! Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for my gifted ebook copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Nixon

    4.25 stars Squeee! This was SO GOOD. HIGHY recommend if you enjoy the show, a million little things. Norman is one of my favorite contemporary writers and his latest left me with all the warm fuzzies! What a delicious little treat that was! SUMMARY: 35yo billionaire is dying from cancer and decides to have his best friends from high school out to his seaside mansion for a 3-day weekend. After telling them he’s dying, he also points out what a mess each of their lives is and wants to help them. It 4.25 stars Squeee! This was SO GOOD. HIGHY recommend if you enjoy the show, a million little things. Norman is one of my favorite contemporary writers and his latest left me with all the warm fuzzies! What a delicious little treat that was! SUMMARY: 35yo billionaire is dying from cancer and decides to have his best friends from high school out to his seaside mansion for a 3-day weekend. After telling them he’s dying, he also points out what a mess each of their lives is and wants to help them. It doesn’t go exactly as planned, but the friends who haven’t been great about staying in touch, rejuvenate their bond, and they all find their way out of their messes and back towards their passion and happiness.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dubi

    Four friends from Baltimore. At the crossroads of life as they age firmly into adulthood. A radical idea about how to solve their individual and collective problems. Snappy dialogue, amiable characters. Maybe it sounds familiar -- if you read Matthew Norman's last book, Last Couple Standing, you'd find it more than familiar, you might even call it formulaic. But when it's done this well, well, what's not to like? This time, four high school friends, who all got expelled over an unfortunate inciden Four friends from Baltimore. At the crossroads of life as they age firmly into adulthood. A radical idea about how to solve their individual and collective problems. Snappy dialogue, amiable characters. Maybe it sounds familiar -- if you read Matthew Norman's last book, Last Couple Standing, you'd find it more than familiar, you might even call it formulaic. But when it's done this well, well, what's not to like? This time, four high school friends, who all got expelled over an unfortunate incident just prior to graduation, reunite for a "living" wake -- one of them, Robbie, who became a young billionaire financier, finds out in the prologue that he has terminal cancer and decides to throw himself a final fling while he's still alive. The four of them and spouses, children, reporters, bodyguards, corgis, mini-golfers, and what have you come together at a fancy Delaware beach house for Robbie's farewell blow-out. There's plenty of acting out and introspection as we delve into each of the four friends' troubled past, present, and prospects for the future. Like Last Couple Standing, and also very much Norman's We're All Damaged (although that was more focused on a single central character), a familiar formula (cf. The Big Chill) becomes quite an entertaining experience. I've said it before and I have to say it again, at the risk of overstating it, but Norman is (or should be if he was more widely known, and he should be) the deserving heir to the dormant Jonathan Tropper in writing whatever you call the male version of chick lit -- Tropper in fact built one of his better books on a similar concept, a shiva for a departed dad. One can only hope that (unlike Tropper) Norman continues to regale us with these funny, literary novels.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    What would you do if you were a 34 year old billionaire dying of cancer? Robbie decides he's going to spend one last wonderful weekend at the beach with friends from high school. He was the smartest kid at school but Wade was a talented auth0r, Blair an amazing artist, and Cat a ball of fire. Their lives have not turned out the way they might have hoped and Robbie knows the truth about all of it. Blair's now married to Martin, the mother is twins and not paining at all; Wade's unable to sell his What would you do if you were a 34 year old billionaire dying of cancer? Robbie decides he's going to spend one last wonderful weekend at the beach with friends from high school. He was the smartest kid at school but Wade was a talented auth0r, Blair an amazing artist, and Cat a ball of fire. Their lives have not turned out the way they might have hoped and Robbie knows the truth about all of it. Blair's now married to Martin, the mother is twins and not paining at all; Wade's unable to sell his latest novel and has been evicted from his apartment; and Cat, a lesbian, has invested $100k she doesn't have in IVF and has lost her job because her female boss/lover wants to stay in the closet. And Robbie has a secret of his own. The Delaware beach setting is great (the drive from DC, the mini-golf, the ice cream!) The thing is- this has a wonderful heart. The characters are relatable and you'll find yourself rooting for them. Robbie's collection of info might be a bit creepy but it's fitting and key to the story. THanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A very good read. And about that cow.....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    LoveLoveLoved All Together Now!! This is a modern day (favorite movie!) "The Big Chill" - similar in so many ways! The book has a pretty common theme: old friends gather for a weekend reunion. The host of the event, a self-made billionaire has cancer and wants to see his friends one more time before the disease takes his life. As the story unfolds, the friends relive memories and ponder the future. This book is well written with a limited number of believable characters. The chapters are short, LoveLoveLoved All Together Now!! This is a modern day (favorite movie!) "The Big Chill" - similar in so many ways! The book has a pretty common theme: old friends gather for a weekend reunion. The host of the event, a self-made billionaire has cancer and wants to see his friends one more time before the disease takes his life. As the story unfolds, the friends relive memories and ponder the future. This book is well written with a limited number of believable characters. The chapters are short, so it's a great vacation read. I got so immersed in the story that it was really hard to put down, and I read it in record time! Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read and review this wonderful book!

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