Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
BUG Rating: 4/5
Overall: I really thought this was going to be a chick-lit easy, fun beach read type book. It started off that way, but then took an unexpected turn, and it wasn’t really the light read I thought it was going to be…
I love Jennifer Weiner’s writing style. I find it totally engrossing, making her books so bingeworthy. Another one of hers I finished in a day!
I really liked Daphne’s character. She constantly puts on a mask for everyone, including social media, but behind it all, she struggles deeply with a number of insecurities. The book really highlights some heavy topics such as body image and the dangers of social media. I just love how Weiner brought this character to life and included a well developed backstory along the way.
I loathed Drue’s character, she had a real rich mean girls vibe to her, but thought her character was equally well crafted!
I won’t reveal anything further on the storyline (see below), but if you fancy a mix up of genre; chick-lit come mystery you should definitely give this one a try – you won’t be disappointed! Out May 5th. Thanks @Atria for my advance copy.
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.