Big Summer

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner is full of heart, resilience, mystery, humor and strong women. Full of twists, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat!
 

Synopsis:

Drue Cavanaugh has a massive ask for her former friend, Daphne Berg. Despite having a major falling out years ago, she wants Daphne to be maid-of-honor in her big flashy wedding on Cape Cod. Daphne, although stronger now in her self-image, can’t resist Drue’s plea. But the wedding weekend is full of surprises…and Daphne must decide what matters most.

 

Review:

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner is full of heart, mystery, humor and strong women. I loved Daphne and her family and friends and enjoyed their routines, growth, and loyalty. There were little details about their relationships that felt so real and personal. The relationships are so complex and multifaceted!

There were so many different topics covered here, from body image and shaming, to friendship and trust and loyalty. There was loss and grief and yearning, and betrayal and anger. There were also contemporary topics like Instagram, influencers, paternity, and self-creation. Every topic is interesting in itself, but I felt a little inundated with the amount of things we were juggling.

I also felt a lack of connection with the new romance that sprouted, and it just didn’t seem as substantial as I’d hope for. And the ending felt a little surreal, but it makes a juicier story. I won’t give anything away, but whoa there are twists!

Overall, it was an engrossing read, but it didn’t wow me as much as I’d hoped it would. I’d still recommend it for a quick read, but it’s definitely not a light and fluffy story! I’d definitely recommend this one for all women who have struggled with self-love or betrayals in their female friendships.
 
Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Book Details

Big Summer
by Jennifer Weiner
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Atria Books

Summary

Big Summer is an engrossing read full of twists and very relevant topics, but it didn't wow me as much as I'd hoped it would. I'd definitely recommend this one for all women who have struggled with self-love or betrayals in their female friendships.

— Cassie
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