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The Jetsetters

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The story of a vibrant but dysfunctional family trapped together on a ten-day Mediterranean cruise--a riveting, irresistible novel from bestselling author Amanda Eyre Ward

"The funniest novel that ever broke your heart." --Andrew Sean Greer, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

"Dysfunctional family goes away together on a Mediterranean
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I don’t like it but I didn’t hate it, too. I’m Switzerland right now. It’s okay reading but not the marvelous book I’ve dreamt of so it means three let’s have a vacation with one of the dysfunctional families stars.

Blurb seemed like interesting and I wished I could read some funny, entertaining dysfunctional, bat-shit crazy family members' stories! But you cannot always get what you want... Sigh... Pour me more wine husband! And stop eating my veggie chips, I'm on a diet, remember! I'm
Caitlin Reads
Oct 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This was a hilarious book about family dynamics with a depth that surprised me! I was expecting a light vacation read and got more than I bargained for! The Jetsetters features a Grandmother who wins a cruise and invites her dysfunctional family along in an effort to unite them. Her three children each harbor a secret that will be uncovered over the course of the book. The family bickering felt real and scenery
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Goodreads and Ballantine books for this ARC.

Another dysfunctional family book which I love to read. The Perkins family, Charlotte, a widow of 70 (but to me seems older in the book like she was elderly when I see 70 as not) writes an essay to win a cruise and her family joins her, all with their own problems. Lee, the eldest, can't seem to find an acting job and is holding a secret from her siblings about their late father. Cord, the middle child, needs to tell his mother that he is
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Ward’s novels, which are among my favorites. The Jetsetters tells the story of a dysfunctional family, scarred, through no fault of their own. A Mediterranean cruise vacation sets the stage for the Perkins’ struggle to reconnect, accept, and truly know one another. At once, heartbreaking, funny, and hopeful, this is a family you will fall in love with. Highly recommended.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've loved all of Amanda Eyre Ward's novels, but this is my new favorite . Suspenseful, witty, smart, and moving, this is a novel about families--the things we don't say to one another, the various allegiances formed by siblings, the way our childhood dreams and disappointments inform our adult selves. It's an insightful, hopeful look at a complex family with many moving parts.

I’m afraid of boats but I’d take this cruise’s the full Charlotte Perkins!
Telly Ree
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I had the opportunity to win "The Jetsetters" by Amanda Eyre Ward in the Goodreads giveaway. The book was an enjoyable read about family, dysfunctional relationships, self-worth, mental health, longing, and the want and need for love and closeness from the ones dear to you. The characters are relatable, carrying the burdens of their own desires and insecurities that stifles crucial aspects of their life, affecting their relationship with themselves and other people. I truly fell in love with the ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
The Perkins family is a little messed up - but whose family isn’t, really? Charlotte, the mother, is in her seventies and feels like her life is stopped. She’s lonely, her best friend just passed away, and the husband she never really loved died a long, long time ago. She’s got her daily Catholic masses with Father Thomas, her nightly Triscuits and cheese, and that’s about it. Her three children are distant and all have problems of their own: Lee, the eldest, is a beautiful but washed up ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Charlotte Perkins decides to enter a contest in which the grand prize is a Mediterranean Cruise. Charlotte believes this is just the thing to reunite her dysfunctional family. When Charlotte is named a grand prize winner she and her family gather onboard for steamy, alcohol imbibed adventures at sea. Eldest daughter Lee is feeling washed up in her personal life and career as an actress. Cord is madly in love, but afraid to admit to his mother he is gay. Youngest child Regan seems to have her ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just finished The Jetsetters and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!

Initially I was intrigued by the super cute cover (swipe > to see it in color), but the inside is actually what impressed me. I thought this would be super light and fluffy - after all, it’s the story of a complicated family who won a sweepstakes to travel abroad. But despite the backdrop being a Mediterranean cruise, the characters were multidimensional people dealing with some serious, deep subject matter. A fun
Melissa DeLong
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**Thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the advance copy!**

Let's start here: I fucking LOVED this book. Straight up. This is a story about a dysfunctional (aka: mostly normal) family and their life. You see a glimpse of a childhood scene, and then the remainder of the books are the three children as adults and their aging mother as they go on a cruise together.

What I most appreciated about this story was that literally every one of them was fucked up in some way. They felt like real
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

I was intrigued by the description of the book, but after a few chapters I almost stopped reading as I didn't like any of the characters. It was an easy read so I pushed though my initial annoyance but it didn't get any better.
Susie Williams
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
(thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my copy of this book!)

I enjoyed this book, but I didn't LOVE it. I thought it was going to be a bit more fun than it was. I love dysfunctional family stories and a dysfunctional family story that takes place on a cruise ship? Sign me up! The problem is, I just recently read Floating with the Feldman's, which has basically the same exact premise. I actually feel a bit bad for the author since she was clearly writing this book before FWTF came out and
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Janet Fiorentino
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of reading about family dysfunctional as well as a fan of Amanda Eyre Ward, so the novel, “Jetsetters” is a win-win for me.

“The Jetsetters” tells the story of the Perkin family, which is led my matriarch, Charlotte, who writes an essay that supposedly leads to the prize of a Mediterranean cruise for herself and her three children, Lee, Cord, and Regan. The children have grown apart from each other and their mother; each also shields secrets that will naturally be uncovered throughout
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Goodreads and Ballantine Books for this Advanced copy.

"Your 'family of origin'(as her online therapist called them) could be toxic and strange, but they were yours: you could not escape them, for better or worse."

Especially on a cruise ship!

This is a wonderfully raw and real story about a dysfunctional family that keeps hopping from one excruciatingly embarrassing event to the next all around the Mediterranean. It starts With the mother Charlotte, she enters a contest with an essay to
I enjoyed the book. It was hard to like the Perkins family, but they were at least entertaining. Although, at times it got to be too much. Dysfunctional hardly describes them. I'm not sure which one of them had more problems, but I definitely blame Charlotte for most of them. She never protected her three children from any of her husband's abuse. For a family cruise, they hardly spent much time with each other. Charlotte was on the look out for a lover since she constantly had sexual fantasies ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I have read every single one of Amanda Eyre Ward’s books and have loved them all. Again, I have fallen in love. The very dysfunctional Perkins family has gathered together for a cruise in Europe that the matriarch Charlotte has won. She hopes that it will be a means of getting her family all together and around her more. Charlotte is a rather distant type of person. She longs for love and joy again, apart from her chardonnay and Triscuits and cheese, yet
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A big shout out to Ballantine and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. Charlotte Perkins, a 70-year-old widow, writes an essay so she can win a Mediterranean cruise for her and her children. She’s sure the time together on the water and in Italy will bring the dysfunctional group closer together. The oldest, Lee, is a washed up actress who thinks she’s pregnant. Cord, the only son, has never admitted to his family that he’s gay and about to be married. Regan’s husband tags along and pays ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
70 something year old, widowed Charlotte is mourning the loss of her best friend friend and wishing she wasn’t an empty nester - so she applies fora contest to bring her and her three nearly estranged kids on a Mediterranean cruise: Lee, the oldest who was destined for fame but has been a totally flop; Cord, recently engaged to his fiancé in NY but still living as a closeted gay man to his family; and Regan, mom of two whos lost her luster and whose husband is most definitely having an affair. ...more
Katie McCluskey
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Perkins’ life is a bit predictable these days. Her children have grown and moved away. She looks forward to her daily Chardonnay. And her best friend, Minnie, just passed away suddenly.

Charlotte needs a change. She decides to enter the “Become a Jetsetter” contest. Much to her surprise, her steamy essay entry wins. Charlotte rallies up her estranged children - Lee, Cord, and Reagan - to join her on a Mediterranean cruise.

The family packs up their baggage (both literally and
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
My thanks to Ballantine Books and Goodreads for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

3.33 Stars = compelling enough to finish

In a strange case of collective unconscious or synchronicity, there have recently been two books published about horse-riding librarians in Depression-era Kentucky as well as two books about dysfunctional families going on cruises.

The Jetsetters follows the Perkins family, Charlotte and her three adult children: Lee, Cord, and Regan, on a ten-day Mediterranean cruise.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this humorous and heartbreaking story of a dysfunctional family who goes on a Mediterranean cruise. Charlotte is the family matriarch -she is 70 but I feel like she is written much older. She wins a contest to go on this cruise with her family by writing a story of her deflowering by an older man when she is 16. Lee is the oldest sister and she has a broken relationship and a failing acting career. Cord is the middle child and needs to tell his mother that he is gay and to get ...more
Linda Smith
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Tnanks to the publisher, Ballantine Books, and Goodreads for my ARC of this novel.
Three stars, or four stars. I honestly don’t know. Charlotte Perkins, a 72 year old widow, wins a “Become a Jetsetter” contest. The prize is a Mediterranean cruise, and she decides to take her three adult children who have been more or less estranged, in hopes of healing rifts and reuniting the family. All her children have problems in their lives. A whole lot of dysfunction.
The story did hold my interest. Loved
Cathi - LovesBooksMore
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Review
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
4/5 Stars

Don’t judge a book by its cover. I’ll admit- I am the first one guilty of this. This cover, however, only briefly matches the contents. I think this dysfunctional family only stepped foot on a beach once...

Let me regress. Dysfunctional family? Oh yes. Not a one of them doesn’t have a screw loose for one reason or another. So why don’t we throw them all on a 10 day Mediterranean cruise together? What could go wrong?

We all have that one
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review. I've read this author before, The Same Sky one of my favorite books of hers because of the topic. I enjoyed The Jetsetters more than the author's last book. Having just returned from a cruise myself, I was eager to re-immerse myself into a cruise.

Charlotte Perkins is my mom's age, she's a widow who has just lost a close friend. Her oldest daughter Lee comes to see her, escaping Los Angeles. Lee
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my Kindle ARC of The Jetsetters, by Amanda Eyre Ward. I've read all of Ms. Ward's books, and The Jetsetters was the one I enjoyed the most. It follows the dysfunctional Perkins family on the cruise of a lifetime through the Mediterranean. Charlotte Perkins, the matriarch, enters an essay contest to win the cruise and "wins." Her adult children, Lee, Cord and Regan, are all at different places in their lives and relationships (or lack thereof). ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Jetsetters is my first novel by Ward, and it didn't disappoint. Witty characters and smart writing, this novel tells the story of a dysfunctional family and all of the various facets that make up what it means to be a family. There are secrets and lies, allegiances and sibling rivalries, childhood dreams and missed opportunities, disappointments and coming of age moments that bring you to tears. Families are complex, and Ward did a wonderful job describing those complexities in vivid detail. ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Jetsetters is a novel about a dysfunctional, estranged family. Charlotte doesn't see her family very often. Lee is an out of work actress who struggles with the past. Cord has a secret that he's afraid to divulge to his mother. Regan is in an unhappy marriage and wants to discover herself. Charlotte wins a contest that takes the entire family on a cruise. Each member grapples with their own issues. I thought the ending wasn't conclusive and fell flat. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Jetsetters, the story of an extremely dysfunctional family jet setting to Greece for a 10day cruise. The secrets of a lifetime come out and the family exposes those painful things that were hurting them. It would be nice to say that everything comes out roses, but that’s not realistic even for an entertaining novel. Thank you, Ms. Ward.
I received The Jetsetters through a goodreads giveaway.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte wins a cruise and brings her (very) dysfunctional family along. Naturally, secrets are eventually revealed. No one was likable and it was hard to care enough. It was also difficult to understand why Charlotte won the contest (view spoiler).

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for the ARC.
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Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City in 1972. Her family moved to Rye, New York when she was four. Amanda attended Kent School in Kent, CT, where she wrote for the Kent News.

Amanda majored in English and American Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She studied fiction writing with Jim Shepard and spent her junior fall in coastal Kenya. She worked part-time at the
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