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 ...more
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Two things I adored about the book:
1) Our MC Daphne, her struggles, family relations, her inner securities and her fight against self-loathing, learning to self-respect, turning it into a shining, growing, successful business opportunity. Yes, she is social media influencer, shes ...more
This is not my typical go-to genre nor do I feel like I am the ideal demographic for this book. Even so, I was spellbound from the beginning and finished this in one sitting. When things became twisty in the middle of the book I was completely unprepared for it and found I could not stop reading until I reached the riveting conclusion. Still I felt the first ...more
Jennifer Weiner explores some heavy issues in this one around social media, societal views on women, and women's body image.
Our main character Daphne Berg has been made fun of and judged by her body her entire life. Sadly, she was made fun of by her best friend Drue. Drue is quite the typical bombshell beauty but is extremely stuck up and just mean. Drue of course begs Daphne to be her bridesmaid because she is getting married.
There is a ...more
Daphne has done her best to ...more
Body Image Discussions: ★★★
Daphne is a plus-size influencer in our modern world of Instagram, hashtags, and body acceptance. But she's still at the "accepting" part when it comes to her own bodyand the life she leads on Instagram is a constant push/pull with her internal monologue.
Drue Cavanaugh used to be Daphne's best friend, but when she burned ...more
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub. Date: May 19, 2020
Vacation primes us for the pleasure of reading light books with plots that are not too heavy or thought-provoking. Usually, the reader just wants to unwind in the sun, the sand, and a story. Beach books are at their best when read on a beach, which is where this reviewer read Big Summer. There are two timelines in the novel, 1994 and 2018. They do not intertwine. The prologue takes place in 1994. We meet Christina ...more
This book also gives those who aren't familiar with all types of social media (like me) a look into what they are missing -in my opinion, we ...more
Life happens; so much life.
As the second half unfolds, were suddenly involved in a mystery of a who dunnit, with most of the characters from ...more
Copy provided by the Publisher and ...more
The prologue was intriguing and pulled me right in, which left me incredibly disoriented at the start of part one when there was no discernable connection to the prologue or its characters or setting.
Part one read like other Jennifer Weiner novels, an exploration of female friendships, a main character battling expectations and body positivity and the frenemy who although the main character ...more
Then, BOOM! It becomes a mystery. Totally out of nowhere. About halfway through the book. A fast moving mystery. Daphne was a very likeable ...more
I was very excited to get an email from the publisher offering me an advanced copy without requesting it as I am a huge Jennifer Weiner fan going back to her Good in Bed days. BIG SUMMER has been my favorite of her more recent books.
While I don't really relate to influencer Daphine, I found her fascinating and like that she talked about the challenges of being a lower level influencer and how she is trying ...more
This book felt disjointed and the prologue- which I enjoyed didnt make any sense to the rest of the book. It took me several chapters to actual get interested because the characters and writing was all over the place. It felt to me like this book was thrown together without any heart. Ive ...more
This book is perfect for the kickoff of the summer season. I also love the fact that Jennifer Weiner is big on drama and the impact it has on the plot. Daphne and Drue had a fight that costed their friendship and have not spoken to eachother in years but when Due and Daphne cross paths, they reconnect and Drue asks Daphne to be her maid of honor ...more
If you love a good beach read this is a book to pre-order or put in your library ...more
The book seemed to be like two different books in one. The first half was what Id usually expect and I was really enjoying the Daphne character and her Instagram presence and her relationships, etc.
However there is a change of course abruptly in the book and it ...more
Thank you Goodreads and publisher.
It had a HUGE twist that I was not expecting! It had my mouth on the ground. But I'm not going to post spoilers.
It deals with social media and how everything isn't as it seems. That even people who seem to have perfect lives have problems we can't see.
I love that it pointed out that all anyone really wants and needs in life is for someone to love them. And to love ...more
First, thank you to Net Galley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read Big Summer in exchange for an honest review.
As an avid fan of Jennifer Weiner I jumped at the chance to read Big Summer. After having read Mrs. Everything and falling for its multi-dimensional characters, I knew that there would be so much to like in Big Summer too, especially from a character perspective.
Let me start by saying I wasnt ...more
This will be a great beach read!
While reading the first half of the book - I kept thinking that things just didn't make sense about some of the events that were happening- but it was a lovely story about a plus-size social media influencer and her trials and tribulations with being a plus-size person in a size 0 world. I related a lot to the Daphne of the first half of the book, and it was very Weiner-esque which was lovely.
Billed as "...a poweful tale of friendship and forgiveness..." Yes, well... Nonetheless, it wasn't a bad read, but...
And the title: Big Summer: A Novel--definitely a summer read.
I totally identified with Daphne's ...more
I have read Ms. Weiners previous book, Mrs. Everything, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was certainly excited to be able to dive into Big Summer. This book was a surprising read in the fact that at first I thought it would be a lighter, beachy ...more