Out East
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of May 2019A TIME Magazine Best Book of May 2019 A Cosmopolitan Best Book of May 2019An Oprah Magazine Best LGBTQ Book of 2019 A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house--a debut memoir of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family. They call Montauk the end of the world, a spit of land jutting into the Atlantic. The house was a ramshackle split-level set on a hill, and each summer thirty one people would sleep between its thin walls and shag carpets. Against the moonlight the house's octagonal roof resembled a bee's nest. It was dubbed The Hive.In 2013, John Glynn joined the share house. Packing his duffel for that first Memorial Day Weekend, he prayed for clarity. At 27, he was crippled by an all-encompassing loneliness, a feeling he had carried in his heart for as long as he could remember. John didn't understand the loneliness. He just knew it was there. Like the moon gone dark.OUT EAST is the portrait of a summer, of the Hive and the people who lived in it, and John's own reckoning with a half-formed sense of self. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Hive was a center of gravity, a port of call, a home. Friendships, conflicts, secrets and epiphanies blossomed within this tightly woven friend group and came to define how they would live out the rest of their twenties and beyond.Blending the sand-strewn milieu of George Howe Colt's The Big House, the radiant aching of Olivia Liang's The Lonely City, OUT EAST is a keenly wrought story of love and transformation, longing and escape in our own contemporary moment."An unforgettable story told with feeling and humor and above all with the razor-sharp skill of a delicate and highly gifted writer." -Andre Aciman, New York Times bestselling author of Call Me by Your Name "Out East is full of intimacy and hope and frustration and joy, an extraordinary tale of emotional awakening and lacerating ambivalence, a confession of self-doubt that becomes self-knowledge." -Andrew Solomon, National Book Award winner

Out East Details

TitleOut East
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 14th, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
ISBN-139781538746653
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, LGBT

Out East Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.Self-esteem can be a powerful weapon, but a lack of it can cause us more problems than we could ever imagine. At age 27, John Glynn was seriously suffering from a general feeling of unworthiness, a debilitating sense of loneliness that he couldn't explain, nor could he determine its source. He wondered if he would ever find someone to love, someone to be with, and if he did, would they love him back? His parents told him to be patient, but with many of his college friends pairing up, h 4.5 stars.Self-esteem can be a powerful weapon, but a lack of it can cause us more problems than we could ever imagine. At age 27, John Glynn was seriously suffering from a general feeling of unworthiness, a debilitating sense of loneliness that he couldn't explain, nor could he determine its source. He wondered if he would ever find someone to love, someone to be with, and if he did, would they love him back? His parents told him to be patient, but with many of his college friends pairing up, he worried that happiness might be unlikely.John had always been driven by companionship and camaraderie, even growing up with his cousins. So in 2013, when the opportunity arose to join a few friends in a share house in Montauk, he jumped at it, and little did he know how much it would change his life. The house, nicknamed the Hive, slept up to 31 people, and was a hub of activity every summer weekend. It didn't take John to feel like he was fitting in on his weekends at the Hive, maneuvering between different groups of friends, helping them with their own relationship-related crises, and spending the majority of the days in a sunburned, drunken haze. But there still was a nagging, almost paralyzing feeling that something—and someone—was missing, and it threatened to derail all of his happiness that summer.But then he met another new member of the Hive, and things started to come into focus for John for the first time. With this new connection came a feeling of happiness, of possibility, but at the same time, new anxieties cropped up, accompanied by his old friend, unworthiness. John isn't sure what all of this means and he's afraid of the upheaval pursuing this person could cause, but he also can't imagine the possibility of not doing so. Out East is a moving story about a man's struggle to find himself and his self-worth, and discover that until he believes himself deserving of love he might never find it. At the same time it's a tremendously compelling look at how our relationships with family and friends throughout our childhood influence what we search for in adulthood. I also was struck by the fact that a young man who appeared to have it all from the outside—good looks, a good job, a loving and supportive family, a friendly personality—could struggle so much with believing he was worthy.While it is a memoir, I found Out East to provide a tremendously entertaining look at the culture of excess that pervades many house shares in areas like the Hamptons. It felt like watching a soap opera or reality program in which these confident, beautiful people who appear to have it all are as much a mess as everyone else (if not more), and their drunken escapades. There are relationship crises galore, hook-ups, and fun memories to observe from the reader's vantage point, all of which made me glad I'm older and perhaps a little sad I didn't experience this lifestyle at least once in my life, even in a minor way.I really enjoyed this book. Glynn didn't pull any punches in sharing his emotions or how he might have been perceived during that time, and his honesty really shined through. He's a terrific writer because he even made me care about people with whom I had barely anything in common, and I wondered what would come of them in the future.If you're looking for a terrific memoir that feels like a beach read, pick up Out East . You may feel like you wandered into a frat party, but you'll discover so much more if you stay.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • JanB
    January 1, 1970
    DNF'd at 25%.
  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    Giving up on this one. Just not for me. The writing and the characters are just too immature for me.
  • Basic B's Guide
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you @grandcentralpub for the free copy.I first heard about this book on @sarahsbookshelves podcast. I adore her podcast by the way. She’s snarky, sassy and so very honest. I admire how she has no qualms about DNF’ing a book. I’m taking a cue from her this year and trying not to force myself to finish a book that I’m really struggling with.Onto the book…John is a few years out of college, living in NYC with friends and working at a publishing house. All appears to be okay on the outside, bu Thank you @grandcentralpub for the free copy.I first heard about this book on @sarahsbookshelves podcast. I adore her podcast by the way. She’s snarky, sassy and so very honest. I admire how she has no qualms about DNF’ing a book. I’m taking a cue from her this year and trying not to force myself to finish a book that I’m really struggling with.Onto the book…John is a few years out of college, living in NYC with friends and working at a publishing house. All appears to be okay on the outside, but inside John is struggling. He’s lonely and not quite sure of himself. He longs for that special someone in his life. After his grandmother passes’ he inherits a few thousand dollars. He then uses the money to take a leap of faith and go in on a summer house in Montauk. The place is called The HIVE and upwards of 25+ young adults take turns escaping the city for the beach and nightclub life. As the summer progresses, John is able to open up to the idea of love.This memoir is a coming of age and coming out story. What I was most eye-opening about with this story is that John had the support and love of his family and friends, meanwhile he was still scared to admit that he is attracted to men. The internal struggles really came out in Glynn’s story. He peeled back the layers for us and let us into his heart.Of course, THE HIVE reminded me of the Bravo show “Summer House”, for which I’m obsessed with. What do you get when you put that many people in a house with lots of alcohol? Hmmm…well not all bad things.This story is touching, thought-provoking and beautiful. I give OUT EAST 4.5 stars.
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  • Elissa Sweet
    January 1, 1970
    OUT EAST is a fantastic coming-of-age and coming-out memoir set in a hedonistic party house on Long Island, told with a sharply observed wit and heartbreaking candor—basically, it's Joan Didion meets The Real World. At the beginning of the book, John is an anxious, lonely 27-year-old New Yorker who, while grieving the death of his beloved grandmother, uses her small inheritance to buy into a summer house on Montauk. That summer, amid the binge-drinking party and beach scene, he finds a true trib OUT EAST is a fantastic coming-of-age and coming-out memoir set in a hedonistic party house on Long Island, told with a sharply observed wit and heartbreaking candor—basically, it's Joan Didion meets The Real World. At the beginning of the book, John is an anxious, lonely 27-year-old New Yorker who, while grieving the death of his beloved grandmother, uses her small inheritance to buy into a summer house on Montauk. That summer, amid the binge-drinking party and beach scene, he finds a true tribe of friends and falls in love for the first time with a man, throwing his world and self-image into chaos. OUT EAST is a delightful book—and the perfect smart beach read—about a man discovering his sexuality and finding his way with the support of a loving family and a crazy new group of friends.
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  • Tyler Goodson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a memoir about self-doubt--especially when you're still figuring that self out--but also about friendship and first, heart-crushing love. It has all the addictive qualities of a great novel, and veers seamlessly between moments of quiet introspection and raucous expansiveness. It's beautiful, romantic, and bittersweet, just like the end of Summer.
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  • Shira Selkovits
    January 1, 1970
    Pub date May 14I loved every page of this sweet memoir. You can smell the ocean, the booze, the hair products, and the sweat of this buzzing beach house in Montauk during the summer of 2013. This story is filled with so much vulnerability and heart, and each personality was treated with utmost respect and care. Every reader will likely picture his or her own emotional awakening while moving through this story - remembering the people who shaped us, the events that made us realize who we are, and Pub date May 14I loved every page of this sweet memoir. You can smell the ocean, the booze, the hair products, and the sweat of this buzzing beach house in Montauk during the summer of 2013. This story is filled with so much vulnerability and heart, and each personality was treated with utmost respect and care. Every reader will likely picture his or her own emotional awakening while moving through this story - remembering the people who shaped us, the events that made us realize who we are, and those people who continue to love and support us. I also want a spin-off story about Ashley! Thank you to the author for an advanced copy.
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    Charming. Authentic. And so real. Reading along and joining John Glynn's journey is a great joy and privilege.
  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was great. Glynn is a gifted writer- he so accurately captured that post college existential dread that many of us face. He shared his coming out story with bravery and heart. The men and women of the Hive are privileged and they party hard, but there's depth to this story. This is a perfect summer memoir- who knew those were a thing?
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  • Evie
    January 1, 1970
    Very good memoir. Lots of reference to places I have been in Montauk.
  • Ross Garner
    January 1, 1970
    Set in idyllic Montauk, this book is poignantly written and is a very powerful coming out / coming of age story. Out East is filled with wit and humor with its robust gaggle of characters all living in the "Hive" and unconditionally supporting each other. This book is a MUST READ for a good cry, a good laugh and a very relatable story.
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  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    Out East is a coming-of-age memoir about finding love and identity in the Hamptons party scene. Recent grad John Glynn joins a summer houseshare where his college friends and friends-of-friends will spend weekends in Montauk. The house, known as the Hive, quickly becomes the scene of friend dramas, the beginning and ending of relationships, connections and missed connections, and realizations. This is a personal memoir, so the plot is basically watching people go to the Hamptons and back to the Out East is a coming-of-age memoir about finding love and identity in the Hamptons party scene. Recent grad John Glynn joins a summer houseshare where his college friends and friends-of-friends will spend weekends in Montauk. The house, known as the Hive, quickly becomes the scene of friend dramas, the beginning and ending of relationships, connections and missed connections, and realizations. This is a personal memoir, so the plot is basically watching people go to the Hamptons and back to the city, drinking a lot and maturing a little.I enjoyed meeting the Hive tribe, both for the evoking pleasant memories of travel with friends, when travel involved cramming as many people as possible into a rental, but also for a reminder that a lot of that heady friendgroup drama is behind me now. Do I just hang out with fewer people who uncensor their rage after drinking? Or have problem drinkers at 25 learned to drink moderately at 36? Anyway, the toxic drunks in the friendgroup felt terribly familiar, and all of the interpersonal dynamics seemed real. There’s a very honest exploration of the feelings when a group of college friends starts pairing off for marriage, and of the special loneliness found in Manhattan.This memoir so perfectly describes a lower tier of working Manhattanites. The Hive finds unclaimed Tory Burch flats as they clean their own rental at the end of the summer. Characters take the Jitney back to the office, not a car service. Again, the author perfectly describes the familiar lifestyle of twentysomethings working in Manhattan. But sometimes the overwhelming success and privilege makes it harder to empathize with the characters’ emotions. I don’t mean that money automatically equals happiness, just that sharing a story of upper-class misery needs more nuance and skill than the “owner of a $3000 handbag” drinking and moaning about never finding love. Setbacks like a character’s failing startup didn’t really move me (even though I loved this character!) because there was such a cushion of privilege around them, I was never actually worried. While the author can be pitch-perfect on twentysomething angst, identity, and friendship, the privileged setting inherent in a Hamptons summer sometimes causes eyerolls instead of connection.
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  • Elle Rudy
    January 1, 1970
    I don't like to not finish books, even if I skim or skip sections. But yeah this wasn't for me. I got about halfway through before throwing in the towel.To be fair to the author, I won't leave a rating. There's nothing wrong with his writing. John Glynn seems like a nice guy. The subjects of his memoir just remind me so much of some of the people I went to college with. The ones who never really grew out of those days--not necessarily the drinking or partying, but the mindset. I'm only a few yea I don't like to not finish books, even if I skim or skip sections. But yeah this wasn't for me. I got about halfway through before throwing in the towel.To be fair to the author, I won't leave a rating. There's nothing wrong with his writing. John Glynn seems like a nice guy. The subjects of his memoir just remind me so much of some of the people I went to college with. The ones who never really grew out of those days--not necessarily the drinking or partying, but the mindset. I'm only a few years past and the summer in Montauk feels to me like an extra long spring break, divided by high school cliques.I also probably shouldn't have started this book immediately after finishing one about Syrian refugees. There was too much of a tonal shift. Everything felt trivial, and I'm sorry, but I just don't really care how privileged east coast 20-something's spend their summer bar hopping. *Thanks to Grand Central Publishing & Goodreads for an advance copy!
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this beautifully written coming-of-age story about a summer of self-discovery and a boozy share house. John's writing will put you on the beaches and in the bars of Montauk but also into his head as he navigates his way through falling in love for the first time with a man. OUT EAST is a book full of heart and kindness and one that I couldn't put down. A perfect summer read.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    This was like a frat party turned drink fest turned sex fest for the ages.It was not my cup of tea for this woman who never drank, got stoned off her rump, or had wild nights as a mother of three teens.I pray I never have to experience this wildness with my teens as they are 18, 16, and 12 and pray that these love fests are not something anyone should have to go through.The reason being one should love oneself not go outside for such comforts and lessen one's soul to feel accepted by anyone.Acce This was like a frat party turned drink fest turned sex fest for the ages.It was not my cup of tea for this woman who never drank, got stoned off her rump, or had wild nights as a mother of three teens.I pray I never have to experience this wildness with my teens as they are 18, 16, and 12 and pray that these love fests are not something anyone should have to go through.The reason being one should love oneself not go outside for such comforts and lessen one's soul to feel accepted by anyone.Acceptance is an internal job and perhaps I'm just an old lady but I was born as a devout Catholic and I didn't believe in groveling, in chasing, in seeking to be liked.I honestly wouldn't give a crats if you liked me or not but for me I missed the mark on this one. Perhaps it's just me and variety is the spice of life so I say enjoy especially if you're young, seeking acceptance in your sexual orientation, and or need to explore life and all its splendor.Thank you to John for this arc which was donated to my local library in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Samuel Warren
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a lot of LGBT literature recently and it was refreshing to read about another person's experience that was similar to my own - a story not about the 1970's or a high schooler or about conversion therapy or about experimenting in college, but about someone who figured it out a bit later and dealt with the struggles that exist in today's society. John's words are real, his story left you with hope while also not painting a fairytale experience. Out East had me laughing out loud on one pa I've read a lot of LGBT literature recently and it was refreshing to read about another person's experience that was similar to my own - a story not about the 1970's or a high schooler or about conversion therapy or about experimenting in college, but about someone who figured it out a bit later and dealt with the struggles that exist in today's society. John's words are real, his story left you with hope while also not painting a fairytale experience. Out East had me laughing out loud on one page and then left me with tears in my eyes on the next. It made me think of my own personal Hive and my family members who raised me, supported me along my journey. It reminded me of my first love and how weird it was to navigate those murky waters as a closeted twenty-something.Montauk also better watch out because he painted a perfect picture of the camaraderie, spirit and energy of the beach town. After this book comes out, I don't know who wouldn't want to head there for the summer to find their own Hive, Everett, Matt or even just to get to meet the Mayor of Montauk herself :) Overall Out East is the perfect beach read for summer that will leave you yearning for a never ending summer and a new love while giving your an appreciation for your own circle, those who help guide you along whatever journey and challenges you face.
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  • William
    January 1, 1970
    John Glynn has written a tender, wonderfully sensitive memoir of finding one’s authentic self amongst the crowd. When the ‘fear of missing out’ begins to mean more than just attending the right parties in the summer playground of Montauk, Glynn begins a path of self-discovery upon meeting a handsome guy who stays with him in a share house for the summer—along with thirty other people. In the midst of decadent partying, and the pressure-cooker environment of young professionals in New York City, John Glynn has written a tender, wonderfully sensitive memoir of finding one’s authentic self amongst the crowd. When the ‘fear of missing out’ begins to mean more than just attending the right parties in the summer playground of Montauk, Glynn begins a path of self-discovery upon meeting a handsome guy who stays with him in a share house for the summer—along with thirty other people. In the midst of decadent partying, and the pressure-cooker environment of young professionals in New York City, Glynn pays great attention to the nascent feeling of first love with all the thrills, disappointments, and uncertainties that it brings.
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  • The Lexington Bookie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review.While perusing NetGalley, the cover of Out East caught my attention, and I decided to look into the book. After reading the description- a memoir of the author's summertime in Montauk- I thought it sounded like it would be a fun pick-me-up style read. I've been reading some heavier novels and thought this sounded perfect.As I read, the author shared about how he came upon the opportunity Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review.While perusing NetGalley, the cover of Out East caught my attention, and I decided to look into the book. After reading the description- a memoir of the author's summertime in Montauk- I thought it sounded like it would be a fun pick-me-up style read. I've been reading some heavier novels and thought this sounded perfect.As I read, the author shared about how he came upon the opportunity to live in The Hive, a sharehouse filled with somewhere between 20 and 30 people each weekend. The group was lead by house leaders who controlled the property and finance deals, and all John had to do was come up with the money to reserve his place- in which, like a sign, he did. From there, he becomes part of this party group, which was also collectively called the Hive. If you're my age, think Jersey Shore but on Long Island, with more people, money, and a tad more class... or as John's friends called it, summer camp for adults. Although there was always a good time to be had over the weekend at the Hive, John still felt a little on the outside and alone.Dealing with a lack of relationships and interest in the girls of his circle, he thought maybe things would be different in Montauk. However, he finds himself wrestling inner turmoil about his friendship with a guy named Matt. There were strange emotions that John couldn't understand that came to the surface when he was with Matt, and often, when he wasn't. Taking the course of the summer to explore his feelings, John finds that he is capable of not being alone in the world, if he's honest and true to himself first.Though this memoir is mostly about the author's personal journey to acceptance of his sexual and personal identity, there is also a lot of relatable experiences with love, making friendships, finding acceptance, and stepping outside of comfort zones. I find myself relating with not only the author, but many of the other people in his memoir that expressed universal emotions such as self esteem, work stress, and the desire to lose yourself in a good time.Though there was a lot of emotional reflection, there were also plenty of observations and relaying of conversations that not only made me laugh, but made me feel like I was part of the group party. I've highlighted many sections that I wish I could share (and maybe I will in the future), but the gist is that this group overall sounded like the fun-loving people that I would want to surround myself with (or have). They look out for each other, support and celebrate during important moments, and have each other's back. Even for recent additions such as John, those in the Hive accepted him as if he had always been a part of the group.Overall, I would definitely recommend Out East, and especially to those who are interested in LGBTQ novels, wrestling with their personal identity, or who just need to escape into the Montauk life.
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  • Kristen Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fantastic read. As others are saying, it’s so much more than a book about coming out. It’s a book of self discovery and the anguish of feeling like you don’t quite fit in. I really, really enjoyed it and felt like I could relate to the story at different parts in my life.
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  • Blake Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    This book quickly and deliberately gathered up the strings stitched to my heart and then proceeded to yank them like a lawnmower cord.Read this book if you like stories about vapid, entitled ~young professionals~. Think mid-twenties Gossip Girl characters on beachtown vacation.
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  • Marie (Marie Meets Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This is going on my favorites of 2019 list. I loved this book so much. A memoir that reads like fiction (with a little reality tv thrown in), John discovers who he is through sharing a Summer house in Montauk. This book is full of heart and hope and I devoured every page and didn’t want it to end. Please write more books, John!
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a great book! I read the advanced copy in one weekend. Fantastic!
  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    “I thought of all the selves I’d been, all the selves I would become. I would never return to Montauk as this person.”An authentically told narrative of friendship, love, and discovery — set among the idyllic palette of a Montauk summer. Written with great humor, precise detail, and balanced by the sweet story of his family History, Out East is a must read.
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  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    I received Out East by John Glynn for free through Goodreads Giveaways program. I wanted to like this book. The premise-- a twentysomething man heading to Montauk for a summer share-- was intriguing. I couldn't get past the first 50 pages, though.Glynn talks a bit about the loneliness he's felt throughout his life, but doesn't delve too deeply into this. I wanted more depth and got snippets instead. In a memoir, you want to feel empathy for the author, and I felt some, but very little. Memoirs c I received Out East by John Glynn for free through Goodreads Giveaways program. I wanted to like this book. The premise-- a twentysomething man heading to Montauk for a summer share-- was intriguing. I couldn't get past the first 50 pages, though.Glynn talks a bit about the loneliness he's felt throughout his life, but doesn't delve too deeply into this. I wanted more depth and got snippets instead. In a memoir, you want to feel empathy for the author, and I felt some, but very little. Memoirs can be overly self-indulgent (part of the problem with the genre in general), and I was feeling that this was the case here.Also, the supporting characters didn't appeal to me. I felt like I was reading about a glorified frat house in Montauk, which is not at all interesting. On the plus side, the writing wasn't too bad.This book may appeal to a younger crowd, but anyone over 30 should pass on it.
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  • R. Eric Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Glynn has a documentarian's eye and a poet's tongue. He describes an idyllic, privileged summer suffused with personal turmoil and millennial malaise with such beautiful precision. This book is a rare glimpse into an elusive feeling, part dreamlike crush, part seismic shift. This is a memoir about his life but it also generously and wisely shifts perspectives to give a fuller portrait of a group of friends in transition.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much. Highly recommend picking it up. If I didn't have to work I would've read this so quick. Very easy and quick read. I really enjoyed reading about the summer time, and imagining Montauk and the Hamptons, places I now really feel the urge to get back to. John was a character I could care about and root for, and a lot of the other characters were really brought to life too. I read this as an early review copy, so I'm not sure how much of this will change upon it's release, I loved this book so much. Highly recommend picking it up. If I didn't have to work I would've read this so quick. Very easy and quick read. I really enjoyed reading about the summer time, and imagining Montauk and the Hamptons, places I now really feel the urge to get back to. John was a character I could care about and root for, and a lot of the other characters were really brought to life too. I read this as an early review copy, so I'm not sure how much of this will change upon it's release, but I loved it all. Despite the fact that there were so many people in this book, the author did a really good job bringing life and individuality to them all. Really showing that they are real people. More characters need to be written with such diverse personalities like a real person. I didn't have trouble keeping track of everyone at all. I'm now even following the author on Instagram so I can see what he and everyone else is up to these days!
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  • William Cosgriff
    January 1, 1970
    Honest. Funny. Brave. A heartfelt and inspiring story told with a genuine voice expressing the struggles and successes we all experience as we attempt to learn who we are. I was touched and moved by it. Tricia
  • Carla (happiestwhenreading)
    January 1, 1970
    #partner @grandcentralpublishingI hadn't heard of this one until Sarah (@sarahsbookshelves) mentioned it on one of her podcasts. I love coming-of-age (and coming out) stories, so I moved this one high up on the TBR list.The first half of the book reminded me of the a tv show I used to watch (not sure of the name) on Bravo or MTV about young New Yorkers that make the trek to the Hamptons every weekend to party it up. Because this is so far removed from any lifestyle I've ever know, I was intrigue #partner @grandcentralpublishingI hadn't heard of this one until Sarah (@sarahsbookshelves) mentioned it on one of her podcasts. I love coming-of-age (and coming out) stories, so I moved this one high up on the TBR list.The first half of the book reminded me of the a tv show I used to watch (not sure of the name) on Bravo or MTV about young New Yorkers that make the trek to the Hamptons every weekend to party it up. Because this is so far removed from any lifestyle I've ever know, I was intrigued. But I got a little bored by the endless drinking and hookups scenes...as soon as you've heard it once, you've heard all you need to hear.But around the halfway mark, Glynn gets to the heart of his story - not only is he incredibly lonely and full of self-doubt, but he's starting to realize that he's gay. His crush is also a roommate in "The Hive" - the home in Montauk that all these people descend on during the summer weekends.Not sure how his friends or family will react to his coming out, Glynn writes his angst so beautifully. I appreciated his honesty and rawness so much. While his crush couldn't reciprocate his feelings, I was more interested in how his parents would react to his news. Of course, as demonstrated throughout the story, they were amazingly supportive and I felt so hopeful for the rest of Glynn's journey through love - whatever that may entail.The only complaint I have for this book is that I would have liked more of Glynn's coming out story and way less of the partying and hooking up of his roommates. The beauty of this story lies in Glynn's narrative and so much of that felt wasted on other people's stories - Ashley's daily runs, the daily coffee trips, the room assignments. I wanted to know more about Glynn's inner self and discovery...that would have made this more of a five-star, memorable read for me!
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  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    January 1, 1970
    [4.5 stars] Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.You might expect a memoir about a Hamptons share to be 100% debauchery (think Bravo’s Summer House) and Out East certainly contained a lot of that, but it’s one of the most heartfelt and emotional memoirs I’ve ever read about friendship and love. Glynn perfectly captures that unsettled feeling you can get in your mid-twenties when your friends are at very different stages of life (some are single, some [4.5 stars] Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.You might expect a memoir about a Hamptons share to be 100% debauchery (think Bravo’s Summer House) and Out East certainly contained a lot of that, but it’s one of the most heartfelt and emotional memoirs I’ve ever read about friendship and love. Glynn perfectly captures that unsettled feeling you can get in your mid-twenties when your friends are at very different stages of life (some are single, some are getting married, some are having kids, and some haven’t found their calling while others have). And, he nails the camaraderie a share house can bring, filling a void of loneliness common during that moving from college to early adulthood. Unlike many other LGBTQ memoirs, Glynn didn’t always know he was gay…he always felt he just hadn’t found love yet, but that he was interested in women. Until he met the one man who would change all that. This background added another level of poignancy to Glynn’s struggle to come out. If things didn’t work out with the man he fell in love with, would he ever be able to date women again? Would he even want to? Was he gay or bi-sexual? Did that even matter? By the end of the book, I was frantically turning the pages late into the night dying to find out what would happen with John and the man he fell in love with. And, after finishing, I immediately stalked his Instagram for pictures of the entire endearing cast of characters and clues to his current relationship status. PS – John was an Editorial Assistant at Scribner and Out East is peppered with book mentions (plus, we have similar reading taste!).Visit https://www.sarahsbookshelves.com for more reviews.
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