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The Jetsetters

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,866 ratings  ·  479 reviews
When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the "Become a Jetsetter" contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can't seem to find a bride; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I dont like it but I didnt hate it, too. Im Switzerland right now. Its okay reading but not the marvelous book Ive dreamt of so it means three lets 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 balancing my
Laura • lauralovestoread
3.75 ★

So Ive mentioned before that Im always drawn to stories with family dynamics that include complicated sibling relationships and strained relationships with parents. So thats honestly what drew me into the storyline of The Jetsetters, because I was intrigued at learning more about this estranged family that goes on a cruise together.

I enjoyed it for the most part, and I feel like the author did a great job of taking some heavier topics like suicide, alcoholism, and being accepted into this
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Perkins aged 71 has just lost her best friend, she enters the competition Become A Jetsetter by sending in a racy love story. If she wins she hopes to take her family and maybe meet a man along her travels!!

She is thrilled to win and spend time with her children; lLee, Cord and Regan.

Lee is an actress on a break, she has gone home to spend time with her mother.

Cord is a recovering alcoholic who is struggling to tell his family that he is gay and has just proposed to his boyfriend.

Lisa Leone-campbell
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of The Jetsetters long before it became Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club selection for March. With that said, I can certainly understand why it was chosen.

The Jetsetters is about a dysfunctional/functional, imperfectly/perfect family whose baggage goes well beyond the type one takes on a trip. Charlotte Perkin's best friend has just died. A widow of many years who was married to an angry alcoholic, she has three children. They are not the
Charlotte Perkins is 71, and her best friend has just died. Long single, she longs to be touched and loved again, so she writes an essay (a rather racy one at that) to the "Become a Jetsetter" contest to win a trip for her entire family (and to perhaps meet someone). Charlotte is shocked and elated when she actually wins, earning the the chance to take her three children to Athens, Greece and on a nine-day cruise to Barcelona, Spain. Lee, a struggling actress who has just returned home on a ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
Prim and proper Charlotte Perkins was sad when her husband died, of course, but now that shes lost her best friend, too, she feels unmoored. Shes 70+ years old and just so lonely. When she sees an ad for an essay contestthe grand prize is an all-expense paid European cruiseshe decides to enter. After summoning a bit of liquid courage via a glass of wine (or four), she bravely writes about losing her virginity to a famous artist.

To her surprise, she wins the contest, and, with her extra cruise
Mar 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-read, 2020
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward is Marchs book pick for Reese Witherspoons book club.

This book is about a woman named Charlotte who has 3 grown children. She enters a contest to win a Mediterranean cruise for her and her family to go on. Her hope is that it will bring them all together. She wins the contest and they all go on this cruise. They all have their own secrets/problems that begin to get revealed as the story goes.


I really struggled with this book. This book is a character
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fast-read, beach-read
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward is a novel that explores the generational effects of family dysfunction. Of course, family dysfunction doesnt just plop itself out of the blue. Dysfunctional parents endured dysfunctional parents and so on. The saga continues until one member breaks the succession. Ward provides the reader with the causes of parental dysfunction. Its sad to see how each child absorbs the wrongs.

Im making the story seem bleak. It could be a totally depressive missive, but it is
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
There were so many deep issues in this book that made the story interesting but I felt it was way too breezy/easy summer type read for the heaviness. I think the characters and readers deserved more life and feeling from it. Something about how it was written seemed discombobulated with the seriousness of the traumas the characters were daring with really didnt work for me. ...more
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
Beverly Duffy
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rw-books
This was okay feels like I read this before. Enjoyed it Audio. Another dysfunctional family but at sea.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not sure how to rate this book, some parts are a 2, some are a 3, so I guess I'm rounding down from a 2.5
Overall it is super uneven, the pacing is strange--drags in some parts and then the ending is very abrupt. There are too many POV characters and none of them are explored thoroughly enough to make us root for them. It would have been better to have had Charlotte be the main character and then glimpses at the others through her eyes and then tell the truth. But for Charlotte's surprising past,
Karen Rush
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Aging widow Charlotte whose husband Winston committed suicide has not seen her estranged children in ages and yearns to reconnect with them. She comes across a promotional writing contest and begins to write, baring her soul and winning the contest that will send her and her family on an all expenses paid European vacation.

Once together on board, tension mounts as each work through issues of past and present, all having been scarred by their miserably wicked father. Together time is used for
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love the concept; a dysfunctional family go on holiday together to try and reconnect but longheld secrets are relieved and drama ensues.

Sounded interesting to me, and the blurb and cover gave me the impression it would be a light and entertaining read with some heart. However the tone of the book was very different.

The writing was easy to consume and the characters were complex, dealing with some serious baggage but I found it a struggle to care. I didn't feel there was any resolution or
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
The Perkins family is a little messed up - but whose family isnt, really? Charlotte, the mother, is in her seventies and feels like her life is stopped. Shes lonely, her best friend just passed away, and the husband she never really loved died a long, long time ago. Shes got her daily Catholic masses with Father Thomas, her nightly Triscuits and cheese, and thats about it. Her three children are distant and all have problems of their own: Lee, the eldest, is a beautiful but washed up Hollywood ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Wards 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. ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading about this dysfunctional family where the mother win a trip to Europe and takes her 3 grown children with her.

Each individual of this family has a complex story to tell.

An easy to read book. The description of scenery along the cruise made me travel at this time when we all have to stay home.
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
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
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.

Im afraid of boats but Id take this cruise anytime...its the full Charlotte Perkins!
 Vanessa  B. ☽♡
Well, I had no idea what I was getting into, since for some reason I hadn't read the synopsis, but I thought It would be a funny or sweet contemporary book, possibly because of the beautiful cover. Instead, I read a nice story about complicated family dynamics. It's a story about a widower that goes on a cruise, that she won in a writing competition, with her three grown up children.
I have to say that the family is very dysfunctional, everyone has struggles and keeps secrets and I felt like
Denise Deen
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A dysfunctional family goes away together on a Mediterranean cruise. Witty, heartwarming, fun and poignant. I loved the way the author wrote from everyones point of view and perception so you could really understand all of the family dynamics. It was also fun the way the author did this from all of the different ports of call of the cruise ship, including the history and art of each place. I read this book in one sitting as it kept you entertained from every aspect so I couldn't put it down ...more
Sarah McCosham
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. If youre a fan of Liane Moriarty and Anne Tyler, you will love this book. Each character felt very real and fully formed, and I loved how the chapters were divided by port, with each family member getting their own chapters. This book is funny and bittersweet; a triumph of contemporary fiction thats full of heart and honesty and characters youll be rooting for. ...more
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
I don't know, this book was just kind of "okay" for me. I loved the premise and was definitely needing some "escapist" fiction, but this one fell a little flat. There was just too much going on and not enough development of characters or setting.
Bonnie Goldberg
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner

Ive been reading Amanda Eyre Ward for fifteen years. She always offers surprising and interesting takes on contemporary issues. She writes with an assured voice and addresses thought provoking and timely issues. Her newest Jetsetters is no exception. Its a compulsively readable take on a dysfunctional and estranged family forced together in the hot house of a cruise. As a Reese Witherspoon selection, shes sure to gain new fans and followers. Well deserved.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
For being the Reese Witherspoon book of the month, it was pretty terrible. The writing was stilted, like a child wrote it. The narrator was not good either. There wasnt really a resolution for most of the characters so it feels like it was a book about whiney adults who feel bad for themselves. ...more
Kortney Lympus
Mar 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I HATE not finishing books, but this book was awful and I couldnt waste my time any longer. Weirdly sexual at times (from the mother character??- didnt enjoy lol) very choppy, no plot, seemed childish and not what Id picture to be on Reeses book list. ...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, its 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
Lisa B.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Three adult children going on a cruise with their Mom. One daughter brings her husband (not willingly). Everyone involved has secrets and think this just may be the trip where it all finally comes out. One can only imagine the level of craziness.

I must admit this hooked me from the very beginning. I had to find out if everyone would have the nerve to show their true selves. And who doesn't like a good story about a dysfunctional family? I have yet to meet an adult who doesn't have some level of
Heather Fineisen
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lonely elderly woman recalls her early love and wins a cruise for her and her dysfunctional family. A washed up actress, an overweight middle daughter with a philandering husband, and a gay son who hasn't come out to his family. The sibling love/hate relationship is well captured. Will they connect as adults? The cruise is a perfect setting for this family reunification as each membercultivates their own vacation experience. The cheesy/glamour of cruises is well crafted. A memorable cast of ...more
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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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