By: Anne Rivers Siddons
Y’all. I love the Outer Banks.
But reading a book called Outer Banks while in the Outer Banks feels a little like wearing a spring break shirt in Daytona Beach in March.
But it happened. What can you do?
To be fair, I happened to finish the book I had brought with me a little too early, and this one was stocked in the place we were staying. So it’s not my fault, I promise.
All business aside, this book pissed me off. I mean. It’s straight up called Outer Banks, right? So you would expect, what.. at least 80% of it to take place at the beach?
Well you’d be wrong.
Most of this story takes place in a sorority house on a North Carolina campus as a series of flashbacks. The book is focused on Kate Lee, a complicated Southern belle, and her three tightest friends from college. One of the friends’ parents own a house in the Outer Banks. Yep. That’s the connection.
Okay. I’m lying. They do actually go to the Outer Banks (twice) and there’s a couple of important scenes that take place there. But really. The book could’ve been called anything.
And Kate herself ends up living on a different beach, in Long Island of all places.
It’s an okay book. It’s sort of interesting at points, and Kate is a bit of a complicated character. But it’s hardly the good stuff.
I guess it’s about exactly what you’d expect of a beach book. I think maybe the only thing worse than reading this book at the Outer Banks would be reading it at a different beach, so I hesitate to use the term “beach read”. But if you decide to give it a whirl, let me know how it goes!
A Siddons fan? Here are some suggestions:
(for more by Siddons)
Homeplace by Anne Rivers Siddons
Peachtree Road by Anne Rivers Siddons
Colony by Anne Rivers Siddons
Low Country by Anne Rivers Siddons
(for more about the dark side of being “Southern”)
Cakewalk by Lee Smith
(for more beach reads that take place at the beach)
Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
Letters of a Nation edited by Andrew Carroll
See Me by Nicholas Sparks
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 by Richard N. Bolles
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware