Thursday, May 21, 2020

Audio Review: Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Big Summer
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 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 same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that 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 and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever 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.

Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published May 5th, 2020
 by Atria Books 
4.5/5 Stars

I’ve only read Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner, which I really enjoyed but it’s this book that has me looking up Weiner’s backlist. I love a book with lots of layers, it makes the story so interesting, gives extra life to the characters and just makes for a well-balanced read. Which was what Big Summer was. There was social media mania, body shaming, and the joys of friendship when privilege is taken for granted.

One of the things I loved was the blurb, it doesn’t give anything about the story away. So when things happen I was taken by surprise and thoroughly enjoyed the plot. The audiobook comes in at almost 11 hours with

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