Big Summer review Æ 108

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Back into her life is risky but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song A sparkling novel about the complexities of female friendship the pitfalls of living out loud and online and the resilience of the human heart Big Summer is a witty moving story about family friendship and figuring out what matters mos. 35 stars I would still want to be her friend because she was everything I wanted to be Six years after the fight and video that ended their friendship Drue Cavanaugh comes back into Daphne Berg's life Drue is as Blonde skinny and beautiful as ever and she needs something from Daphne She comes begging forgiveness and for Daphne to be her Maid of honor at her wedding Daphne is shocked that night besides being incredibly painful was the turning point in her life She turned her pain and embarrassment into a career and is now a social media influencer So why her Why not ask someone else to be in her weddingThis book started slowly for me Let me clarify I enjoyed the beginning with the single woman raising her son on the Cape but then there is a dramatic shift and the book tells the story of Daphne Drue and to a small degree Daphne's roommate and lifelong friend Dashni as well After the change is the storyline it took until the 49 percent mark for me to become fully invested in the book That is when things became interesting to me That is when the book which was many things a book about female friendships body shamming self esteem the positive and negative aspects of sharing parts of your life on social media family accepting yourself etc became a whodunit as well The last part of the book moved very fast for me as I was eager to find out all the uestions brought up in this book The last part of this book saved it for me Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own

Free read Big Summer

Big Summer10 hours 54 minutes The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “nothing short of brilliant” People Mrs Everything returns with an unforgettable novel about friendship and forgiveness set during a disastrous wedding on picturesue Cape CodSix years after the fight that ended their friendship Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life looking as lovely and successful as ever with a massive favor to ask Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time. JAW DROPThis book will be so difficult to review and I will tread carefully because of spoilers but I highly recommend you don't read any reviews including my own until you pick this up for yourself The less said the better but this one starts as one thing and morphs into something else completely along the way Weiner includes strong narrative around themes of body image female relationships and the expectations that our world puts on females in general I cannot recommend this book highly enough and if you're on a limited budget this summer please include this in your purchasing list as it is worth every penny spent Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy

Jennifer Weiner ✓ 8 review

Big Summer review Æ 108 ´ 10 hours 54 minutes The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “nothing short of brilliant” People Mrs Everything returns with an unforgettable novel about friendship and forgiveness set during a disastrous wedding on picturesue Cape CodSix years after the fight that ended their friendship Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue She doesn’t even hate follow her ex best friend on social media so when Drue asks if she will be her maid of honor at the society wedding of the summer Daphne is rightfully speechless Drue was always the one who had everything except the ability to hold onto friends Meanwhile Daphne’s no longer the same self effacing sidekick she was back in high school She’s built a life that she loves including a growing career as a plus size Instagram influencer Letting glamorous seductive Drue. 25In these dark times I feel really bad complaining about and assigning a low rating to a book by an author whose work even apparently this one has given readers desperately needed joy It reminds me of the people on my neighborhood bulletin board app who persist in complaining fervently about relatively minor matters such as dog poop pickup mishaps while you know People Here and Everywhere are Actually Dying But gosh darn it for me there really was some legitpoopinessto this book that I ultimately couldn’t get pastNow as a bit of a disclaimer be it known that I can be a total joyless buzzkill in that I have little ability to suspend disbelief and little patience for a plot that comes off to me as overly contrived as I have roughly defined in other reviews as when “All Of the Things Are Happening” Yeah I’m one of those people who likes my books to look in the mirror and take one thing off before they leave the house This has impaired my appreciation of other recent books adored by many But nonetheless I stan that Elegance is RefusalAs stated in other reviews the book at midpoint abruptly and comprehensively flip flops transmogrifying from standard solid typically beloved Jennifer Weiner fare to a mystery that I initially hoped would at least approximate a Liane Moriarty kind of deal if it was really going to have to go that route but that instead uickly veered in a earnestly madcap Scooby DrewNancy Doo kind of direction And not in a good wayIt’s NOT the genre switch in and of itself that creates the problem; it’s the execution For one thing and avoiding spoilers let’s just say that the pacing and intensity of events speeds up unrealistically and incongruently in the second half of the novel especially given Weiner’s admirable ability which she enjoyably indulges in the first half to dwell on cozy homey everyday sensory details By contrast in the second half we are reading what essentially feels like a slightly slowed down and extended version of the rapidfire wrap up “whodunnit and whydunnit” expositional narrative at the end of a Hitchcock film or again a Scoob toonEven grievously though what really grates in the second half is that the characters especially in accordance with how their personalities have been established via fairly extensive detail by this point simply do NOT do or say things they would realistically do or say or that anyone would do or say in the plot circumstances that are occurring Again my desire to illustrate specific instances of this is thwarted by my greater desire to spare the spoilers and avoid ruining the novel for those who may actually enjoy it But suffice it to say that I just didn’t believe that Daphne the main character and her nascent cohort of new and old buddies would go full on Mystery Machine about it and seamlessly transform into a bunch of amateur and borderline inappropriately wisecracking sleuths in response to the turning point plot event Justno Please get into your florid Econoline and drive back to the cozy realistic fiction land from whence you came good sirsBecause making matters worse that first half of the book really is fairly noteworthy cozy realistic fiction Weiner writes in almost palpable detail about things like food clothing crafting parents apartments dogs exemplifying the “show don’t tell” principle before it curls up and dies with its legs in the air in Part 2 There is also some great stuff in the first half of the book about Daphne experiencing and overcoming weight based discrimination in favor of a Healthy At Every Size perspective and becoming a sort of virtual activist in the course of developing her own confidence and self compassion Indeed this seems as though it will be the substantive focus of the book before it peters out in the second half to become nothing than a kind of foil for Daphne’s newfound romantic and detective pursuits Since Daphne is an “influencer” shudder; ban the term and uses social media as her income source as well as her platform for activism there is also some fairly interesting Part 1 material around the mixed bag of blessings potential for empowerment visibility validation connection community and curses um everything else that is Internet and social media culture But again this focus pretty much dissipates in Part 2 as the author endeavors to stretch the connection to encompass increasingly outlandish eventsAlso is it me or does every other novel these days center around some aspect of social media gone awry I was very excited about this at first but is it getting old Is this the new Gone Girl On a Train trend God I bet we have so many of these coming tooI have a few other nits to pick with the author too Although I loved the body positivity and anti fatshaming perspective presented in this novel I think the author has some blind spots as well One might be ageism damn does this author love to painstakingly describe things like wrinkles and eye bags when she has a chance and NOT in a “hey different can still be beautiful” way At one point Daphne uncritically says something essentially euating beauty with youth and she has trouble imagining one middle aged woman character as the former lover of a certain also middle aged and actually considerably older by now Lothario in the novel she has to perform a sort of drastic imaginal photo editing to envision how this could even be possible Reader I did the math and the “old” woman whose image Daphne had to dramatically filter was all of 46 46Another issue again in Part 2 is potentially with classism or it could just be bad or hasty writing all the working class locals of Provincetown are portrayed in a completely stereotypical and one dimensional way eg talking like yokels and oversharing TMI details about their friend’s shingles OR simply not talking at all you know just standing there staring like a pillar of salt just as we salt of the earth types are wont to do Don’t even get me started on the local detective; the dialogue in Scooby Doo was better crafted than his I’d take “And I woulda gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids” over his lines any day Nor does the author seem too kind to the local “drag ueens” whom she only seems to deploy as a kind of comic deviceit just rubbed me the wrong way Anyway I think it’s fair to critiue an author on these points given that earlier in the same book she’s demonstrated herself capable of a nuanced compassionate portrayal of another marginalized groupBut even setting aside these concerns yeah the crux of the issue is that this simply feels like two different halves of novels written by two writers of very different calibers and experience levels and interests just smoooshed together If the first half author were a professor of Fiction Writing I at a respectable mid sized university the second half author would be by comparison the best student in undergrad Mystery Writing 101 It’s like someone stole the first part from Jennifer Weiner’s suitcase on a train a la Hemingway and then dashed off an ending to make a buck Or maybe the author found the first half long abandoned in a drawer and decided to try to uickly churn out some diversionary summer reading to cheer us up I hope that’s true I’ll go with that But alas it didn’t work for meThis and the reference to taking off one thing before leaving the house are Coco Chanel uotes bien sur