About Big Summer
“Big Summer is the perfect beach read, but one that’s filled with thoughtful ideas about how we live our lives online and the nature of friendship. Get ready for another big-hearted novel by Jennifer Weiner.” — PopSugar.
“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
Six 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—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 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 relationships, 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 most.
I’ve always been a fan of Jen Weiner, I’ve been reading her books for years and she’s always given me something to feel good about. Last year when the great “bookstagram” debacle occurred I was troubled that a treasured author would act so unfavorably in the public eye, so I shied away from the drama and reviewing last years release on my own accord. But the truth is, unless we forgive, forget, and move on from our mistakes, we really can’t call ourselves a changed or a better person. I’d like to think of both myself and Jen as one of those people and boy I’m glad I did, because this book is BIG TIME.
What comes off in the synopsis as a simple story of a previous grade school/high school friendship gone awry over social status and bullying – which comes back together only when one needs the other, turns into a much deeper look at how our childhoods and upbringing shape who we are and how we act. This book is more than the synopsis bargained for, and gives a much bigger story than what the reader expects.
Jen has an uncanny way of being able to write her characters as if they’ve come directly from each one of us, as if she’s cracked our minds and took every emotion and feeling we have ever had and is now putting them on paper. She’s found all our deep insecurities and put them inside Daphne, and then found every person’s idolized-nemesis while growing up and has found a way to put them inside Drew Cavanaugh. With this Wiener has written a book that fits into almost every genre, contemporary women’s fiction, romcom, mystery/detective, suspense, thriller, and a touch of horror and built a powerful tale about who we are, what we hide, and what social media has made us become. It makes the reader take a moment to look deep inside their own soul and ask what their own motives really are.
I started this book as I crawled into bed thinking I would get a few chapters in before falling asleep. Little did I know that I would be up all night, sucked into this page turner like a moth to a flame, which reads more like an emotional thriller than woman’s friendship fiction. Jennifer has nailed it with this one, I think she has gone above and beyond anything she’s ever written before. Frankly I absolutely loved this, it was unputdownable, for me it probably was the best thing she has ever written.
Thank you to @jenniferweinerwrites, @atriabooks and @simonandschuster for the gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.
About Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels, including Good in Bed and The Littlest Bigfoot, and an essay collection, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online atJenniferWeiner.com.
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