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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  76,725 ratings  ·  7,888 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “nothing short of brilliant” (People) Mrs. Everything returns with an unforgettable novel about friendship and forgiveness set during a disastrous wedding on picturesque Cape Cod.

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 su
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Atria Books
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Gayl Like you I was expecting lighter fare - fat girl vs. mean vacuous girl. Instead, I was very pleasantly surprised that this read provided so much more.…moreLike you I was expecting lighter fare - fat girl vs. mean vacuous girl. Instead, I was very pleasantly surprised that this read provided so much more. It was a well crafted chic lit thriller. I practically swallowed this audio book whole. Kept finding excuses (longer walks, car rides, errands) to listen to more of it - and finished it within 3 days! I don't know if you really meant to compare it to Nancy Drew - which even as a 4th grader I found utterly predictable. Big Summer kept me guessing almost until the end. We need more like this!(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Atria Books

This book will be so difficult to review, and I will tread carefully because of spoilers, but I highly recommend you don't read any reviews, including my own until you pick this up for yourself. The less said the better, but this one starts as one thing, and morphs into something else completely along the way. Weiner includes strong narrative around themes of body image, female relationships, and the expectations that our world puts on females in general. I cannot recommend this book h
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! Fat-shaming, dangers of social media, frenemies, entertaining, riveting, interesting plot with well-developed, impeccable characterization and it’s Jennifer brilliant Weiner book! There’s nothing say more! I’m all in!

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, sh
In these dark times, I feel really bad complaining about, and assigning a low rating to, a book by an author whose work (even, apparently, this one) has given readers desperately needed joy. It reminds me of the people on my neighborhood bulletin board app who persist in complaining fervently about relatively minor matters such as dog poop pickup mishaps while, you know, People Here and Everywhere are Actually Dying. But, gosh darn it: for me, there really was some legit...poopiness! thi
Miranda Reads
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Daphne Berg and Drue Cavanaugh were once best friends. Kind of. The friendship was a little one-sided and had a slight frenemies vibe but still...

Until that one day where Drue pushed Daphne just way too far.

Six years later, Daphne has completely (and utterly) moved on. She has a comfortable influencer life, she just made a major plus-size brand deal AND she's hit her body confidence groove.


Apparently Drue is getting married and has not made a lot (read: any) friends
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
“Even if things don’t get better, you can always make them look good on the internet.”

Big Summer is part chick-lit, part drama, and part mystery. It explores the dynamics of female friendship, body image, and the pretense of social media personas.

Daphne’s character drew me in immediately. As a woman, I found her vulnerabilities and experiences easy to identify with. A self-described “babysitter and not-very-influential influencer,” Daphne spends a lot of time focusing on her body image and insec
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half had the potential to be a decent chick lit story - it had a lot of focus on social media influencers, frenemies drama, and body image discussions with a plus-sized protagonist. I would have given it 3 stars if it were just that, but the latter is where the story suffers as we abruptly shift over to a mystery. I actually am intrigued by the idea of switching genres halfway through a book, but the execution wasn’t great because it was clear that the author is better at writing chick ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arcs
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4.5 Stars!!!!

An entertaining, thought-provoking, extremely satisfying read.

Six years ago, nineteen-year-old, Daphne Berg was out with friends for a night of fun and dancing. The night ended with Daphne making a vow to never see her "friend", Drue Lathrop Cavanaugh ever again.

Six years later, Daphne is an up and coming influencer. She is excited to be starting a collaboration with another influencer. This opportunity means s
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars I think. This book was a ROLLER-COASTER. I don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling even the tiniest bit, but I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing and about halfway through something COMPLETELY shocking happens that left me having to drag my jaw up off of the floor because I didn't see it coming AT ALL. As much as I did LOVE that element and it did make this book super memorable and enjoyable for me, I don't think it would be something that I would call a new favorit ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
"Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

-Stevie Smith

2.5 stars. I am truly disappointed. Not in this book (well, I am but I'll get to that) but in the fa
Larry H
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars.

Big Summer , Jennifer Weiner's newest novel, is a thought-provoking, poignant exploration of friendship, self-esteem, body image, social media, and whether people truly are capable of change.

If she’s not completely happy, Daphne is at least content with her life. She’s starting to gain momentum as a social media influencer for the plus-size community, she likes her job and her apartment, and she’s even starting to feel a bit better about how she looks.

When her childhood best friend
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

"I would still want to be her friend, because she was everything I wanted to be."

Six years after the fight (and video) that ended their friendship, Drue Cavanaugh comes back into Daphne Berg's life. Drue is as Blonde, skinny and beautiful as ever and she needs something from Daphne. She comes begging forgiveness and for Daphne to be her Maid-of-honor at her wedding. Daphne is shocked, that night besides being incredibly painful was the turning point in her life. She turned her pain
This is a Women's Fiction/Chick-Lit/Mystery/Romance. I requested this a long time ago, but I just got approved for it on Netgalley. I also had already borrow the audiobook for Libby, so I read the kindle edition I got for Netgalley and listen to the audiobook at the same time. This book really surprised me in a good way. I have to say this book did not pull me in for the beginning, but I got so pulled into the story I could not put this book down if I wanted too by the middle of the book. I am h ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway in exchange for a fair review. My thanks to GR, the publisher and the author for this opportunity.

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 ha
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
I honestly should have known this book wasn't for me, but I had heard good things and I was just looking for something light and happy and thought this might do the trick. I did not really enjoy this book at all; I found the whole book to be very shallow, predictable and full of cliches. Everything just seemed dramatic and kind of silly to me.

I didn't really enjoy the main character at all. She was supposed to be all about positive body image because she was judged all her life about being overw
3.5 stars
This book was a complete surprise! I absolutely loved this authors last book Mrs. Everything, so when I got this ARC in the mail I dropped everything so I could read it, and I consumed this entire book in one day. I think it’s best to go into this book knowing absolutely NOTHING, cause you will be so surprised, so read this review at your own risk.

This story follows this woman named Daphne who is an Instagram influencer and she posts a lot of fashion and fitness posts for plus size wome
Sheyla ✎
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

I found Big Summer to be a mixture of drama, mystery and women's fiction all blended together.

Daphne Berg has had a problem with body image and her weight for most of her life. Her insecurities and struggles have been obvious but recently, she has learned to love her body or try to. Six years ago, she had the worst night of her life and there was a video to prove it. Instead of hiding and commiserating about the event, she decides to take charge of her life and in a way to write her own sto
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
5 Stars!

This was absolutely the right book at the right time for me! Being at home has made me want to transport myself to a Beach on an island and read. Big Summer gave me that and so much more.

Daphne is a girl who is trying to make it as a social influencer online. She gets clothes, jewelry, etc. in exchange for her posting online. Growing up she went to a school where she didn't exactly fit in but was befriended by one of the rich girls in school. They had a falling out but then Daphne's frie
Jennifer Weiner has masterfully woven together a beach read and a murder mystery and created the perfect summer read. Daphne has always struggled with her body image, and it didn’t help that even her BFF Drew made cutting remarks about her weight. But Daphne is older and wiser now and has extricated Drew from her life after she publicly humiliated her. She is also now a popular plus size Instagram influencer with tons of followers and opportunities. When Drew reaches out and asks Daphne to be he ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was actually really surprised with Big Summer.

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 significa
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has been many years since I've read a Jennifer Weiner novel, but lately I've read several of her insightful, witty op-ed pieces in the NY Times. So I figured this would be a smart, witty beach read. Nope. It is a silly novel about shallow people stuck in adolescence. By the end it devolved into total nonsense. ...more
Katie B
Out of all the books I have read during this period of quarantine, this by far has been my favorite distraction read. It felt so nice to be able to relax with a solid main character and a story that held my interest as my concentration level hasn't been at a high level recently. The book was a good mix of mindless escapism and a little bit of substance but not nearly enough to make it a heavy read.

Six years Daphne Berg stopped talking to her childhood friend, Drue Cavanaugh, after a huge fight.
Amy Imogene Reads
Full of surprises and a deep dive into the world of influencers, body image, and acceptance.

Characters: ★★★★
Body Image Discussions: ★★★
Plot/Arc: ★★★★

Daphne is a plus-size influencer in our modern world of Instagram, social media careers, and body acceptance. But she's still at the "accepting" part when it comes to her own body—and 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 Daphne and ma
Theresa Alan
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first half of this novel is written in the style I’ve come to know and love from Ms. Weiner. Daphne Berg was a scholarship student at a private school. She was friends with the nerdy misfits, but she was honored to bask in glow of Drue Lathrop Cavanaugh, the wealthy, beautiful girl, who sometimes made Daphne feel like the queen of the world and sometimes made her feel insecure because of her bigger size in a world of skinny, cosmetic-surgery-enhanced rich people.

Daphne has done her best to
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up for a light, easy, happy read and came away with a lot more than I expected, which was a great surprise. I love a good "woman in the city/relationship/friendship novel" and got that with a character serious about self reflection and a it's a whodunnit to boot! But it still stays light and is a fun engrossing, entertaining distraction.

Daphne is a plus sized influencer who is living her best life when she decides to let her high school best friend, Drue, back into that life. They
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
After years of insecurity, Daphne Berg finally feels like she has her life together. In addition to her job, she is a plus-size aspiring social media influencer. Her former friend Drue Cavanaugh re-enters her life begging Daphne to be her maid-of-honor. Daphne is surprised as the two of them haven’t spoken in years, following a major fight, but Drue convinces her by promising a fun time in Cape Cod.

The wedding weekend arrives with a beautiful setting but Cavanaugh family tensions are high and s
3.5 stars

Well... I've got some mixed feelings about this one. First, let me say that this is my first book by Jennifer Weiner and I'll definitely be reading more from her. I enjoyed her writing style and there are aspects of this book I loved. But there were also things that didn't work for me. I think the biggest thing was, I was expecting by the cover that this was going to be a fun chick-lit with a side dish of romance and I was here for it. I mean, look at this tagline- friendship, forgiven
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher (Atria Books) and a finished copy from BookSparks for promotional purposes.

I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.

I went into this book pretty blind which I think is the ideal way to read this book. The book description doesn’t give a whole lot of information. The only thing I really knew about this book was that it had a lot of unexpected twists and turns. That is 100% true. I can truthfully say that I did not see any of it coming.

I f
Martie Nees Record
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Genre: Women’s Fiction
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 Killian
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
In the age of social media, Daphne Berg’s career is beginning to take off as a plus-size, body-positive, fashion and lifestyle influencer. Six years ago, Daphne was launched into the online world by a viral video of a fight with her high school best friend which brought Daphne both a new voice and ended their friendship. Ever since then Daphne has avoided Drue Cavanaugh with all her efforts and worked to build her own little empire. Much to her surprise, Drue suddenly reappears in her life despe ...more
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. Her new novel, Big Summer, is out now. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

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