I have read many (not quite all) of Jennifer Weiner’s book. Last year I loved her book, Mrs. Everything. So like many readers, I was very excited to hear that she would have a new book coming out this summer called Big Summer. (Side note, they actually moved up the publication date to May thanks to the conroa virus.) When I find an author that I enjoy, I tend to stick with them. I’m fairly loyal that way. I don’t expect these authors or their writing to be perfect. They are human after all. But I can’t help but be disappointed when they write something that just didn’t do it for me.
Oh, how I wanted to love this book. This is a story about a friendship that starts between two girls, Daphne and Drue, are in high school. Daphne and Drue are very different in lots of way but are drawn together for better or worse, so naturally there is plenty of drama to keep you interested in the story. One snobby, entitled girl (Drue) using her overweight, nerdy friend (Daphne) who is lacking in self-confidence. It is, sadly, a story as old as time and not necessarily new. Eventually the girls have a huge falling out, part ways, and Daphne begins to love herself and find her own way in the world. But then Drue reappears and the story takes a totally unexpected turn!
I hit the halfway mark and there was a twist that I did NOT see coming. This twist kept me turning the pages until I finished the whole thing. Sadly, however, I could only give this book three stars. Why only three stars? Well, I felt there were some plot points that I thought were a little too convenient and others that I wish had more explanations and details. The book just felt like it was missing some meat that would hold it all together. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it as a light read that you don’t have to think too hard about (which is something we all need right now!)
Thank you to the author and Atria Books for an advanced copy of Big Summer.
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
Published by Atria Books, May 5, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Where I read: In my house while under quarantine
Stephenie’s Goodreads Rating: 3 out of 5 stars