Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner is a great beachside read. After all, the most important parts of the book take place on the beach . . . the beautiful Cape Code, to be exact!
It did start off a little slow for me, but I am glad that I stuck with it because a quarter of the way, it starts to pick up and goes into overdrive. Jennifer's attention to detail makes this book come to life! You feel like you are right there in the middle of the everyday hustle, oh snap moments, and taking in the beautiful scenery of Cape Code with the main character. I also love how she touches on sensitive subjects, such as the complexities of female relationships and social media in a digital era, and digs deep into these issues.
And let's talk about the suspense build-up! I did not see BOTH of the twists coming, not even in the slightest, and I am pretty good at predicting these things.
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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 successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.
Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the self-effacing sidekick she was in high school. She’s built a life she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs, pleads, and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless to resist her friend’s siren song.
A sparkling novel about the complexities of female friendship, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most.
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