About the Book:
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.
I consider myself a Jennifer Weiner groupie after reading ‘Mrs. Everything’ last year. Seriously, that is one of my favorite books, it is just absolutely epic. Read it or listen to it if you can. So I was thrilled when I received a copy of ‘Big Summer’ with that colorful cover and catchy blurb. Influencers? Beach wedding? Yes, please!
‘Big Summer’ is the perfect book for our crazy times. Are you looking for a fast-paced, funny, sweet and smart story that will pull you away from all your worries? This is the perfect book for you! The first part of the story explores the very rocky friendship between our plus-sized heroine Daphne and the gorgeous Drue. Jennifer Weiner has a gift for exploring female friendships, and she makes the two characters really feel very authentic. While not a very serious story, this book nonetheless provided several hours of fabulous escapism and a peek into the real lives of social influencers, and our modern obsession with social media.
Daphne and Drue have a long history together and it seems from their past that Drue is the classic “mean girl”. But has she finally grown up and put all of the behind her? Daphne takes gamble on Drue and agrees to be a bridesmaid at Drue’s fabulous upcoming wedding on Cape Cod. The book took a surprising turn and became a mystery mixed with romance when a sudden and very shocking turn of events shakes up everything Daphne thought she knew about Drue and her family.
I loved how the author explored some very thoughtful topics such as social media, weight and self-esteem, all while providing a breezy story that I could not put down. I loved every page. Highly recommend this one!
ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.