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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BIG SUMMER:
“Sexy and satisfying. . . Observant, self-aware, and very funny, Big Summer will delight Jennifer Weiner’s many fans and could be just the absorbing take-me-away read so many of us need right now.” —USA Today
“It's the beach read to end all beach reads.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Part dissection of female friendships, part murder mystery, part social-media tutorial, part love story and—the best of them all—part portrait of an overweight, under-confident striver. Daphne is an endearing creation: funny, plucky, willing to acknowledge certain critical lapses in judgment and eminently worthy of the love that she is certain will never come her way.” —The Wall Street Journal
“It’s deliciously fun: frothy entertainment with surprising depth. Big Summer is big fun, and then some. It's empowering and surprising—a reminder to put down the phone and enjoy each moment for what it is, rather than what it could look like on Instagram.” —The Washington Post
“Everything you’d hope to find in a beach read: complicated female friendships, unhappy rich people, a hardworking heroine with an eye for fashion, and an Instagram-worthy setting for an over-the-top wedding on Cape Cod.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Weiner is deft at plumbing the depths of female friendship and developing characters readers will care about. This highly recommended book will appeal not only to the author’s fans but also to a new audience looking for a fresh take on women’s fiction.” —Library Journal (starred)
“Weiner’s story of female friendships (after Mrs. Everything) mixes a splash of romance, a dash of humor, and a pinch of mystery to create a deliciously bloody poolside cocktail. Weiner’s surprising tale is hard to put down.” —Publishers Weekly
"If you love Jennifer Weiner, you’ll love this one. And if you’re a newbie, start here." —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“The perfect beach read . . . A funny and tender examination of female friendship in all of its messy glory.”—PopSugar
“A new story perfect for summer… Weiner's lighthearted, moving tale takes readers on a journey that explores the complexities of female friendship.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“Weiner is beloved for her rich, heartfelt stories—and her new book is no exception.” —Women’s World
“This tender novel explores the boundaries of female friendship, not to mention the beautiful mansions and charming dunes of Cape Cod.” —Good Housekeeping
“Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner will make you rethink your old friendships, big time. This summer-lovin’ novel tells the story of two friends who have lost touch, but get reconnected when one is about to get married. The twists and turns to come can be so #relatable, and really tug at your heartstrings. It’s worth the read.” —Elite Daily
About the Author
- Publication Date : May 5, 2020
- File Size : 1736 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 364 pages
- Publisher : Atria Books (May 5, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07Z43JXYH
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,934 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Weiner seems to take deliberate aim at today’s social media. Her main character, Daphne Berg, is a rising “influencer”. (Is EVERYBODY an Influencer today?”). Now in her mid-20’s, she has fought weight issues all her life and has parlayed her issues and out-going personality into an Instagram business. She’s making money - but not enough to quit her other part time jobs - as the book starts. We soon discover that she had gained a temporary notoriety when she was filmed fighting a man in a bar. The other main character is Daphne’s high school buddy, Drue Cavanaugh, who is a true WASP princess. The two are no longer friends.
The book goes from comedy of manners to mystery about half way through. The only problem I have with Weiner’s book is that the characters often edge into caricature. But it’s a good book for these times of uncertainty. It’ll make you laugh...
Top reviews from other countries
About two chapters in, I posted this: 'I’ve just started Jennifer Weiner's new book 'Big Summer' and there’s this bit where the main character makes banana bread and it was described so beautifully it made my mouth water. I didn’t have any bananas so made cinnamon rolls instead - first time I’ve ever made them and they were delicious. Not quite as good as Weiner's banana bread which had chocolate chips and walnuts, but they were pretty good. The book is really good too, but if she keeps writing about food like that it’s going to take me a good while to finish it.'
As May moved sunnily towards June during Lockdown, this was a lovely read, and whenever I could get away I'd sit in the garden and disappear into this book. Full of wonderful descriptions of the rich in Cape Cod as well as Daphne's life in New York city, I felt like I’d been on holiday when I got to the end.
I could read Weiner's luscious descriptions of food, wandering around busy New York, or expensive weddings of the uber rich in Cape Cod forever, but then she drops in a murder and I was even more gripped.
I have been a loyal reader of Weiner since 'Good in Bed', which came out an unbelievable 20 years ago. She has matured into a thoughtful and gifted writer but still retains her wonderful dry humour and sense of fun. I love her characters who - and I know this sounds really naff - feel like friends. Wiener invests them with such warmth and presence you can't wait to hear their stories.
My only teeny quibble was two plot points where I felt I'd missed something. First, I couldn't work out how she suddenly realised where a guy she'd been looking for was (I will have to go back to re-read as I may have been whizzing through it so quickly I didn't pick up the clues) and second, the final reveal of the murderer was a bit of a quick jump and again the link was a tiny bit too neat.
But, hey, what's a tiny plot point between friends? I snarfed this down the same way I did my cinnamon rolls - and I'm going to buy all the ingredients to make Daphne's banana bread - I wonder if Weiner could send me the recipe?
This is a great book - go read it.