The 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 CodSix 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


10 thoughts on “Big Summer

  1. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    JAW DROP.This book will be so difficult to review, and I will tread carefully because of spoilers, but I highly recommend you don t read any reviews, including my own until you pick this up for yourself The less said the better, but this one starts as one thing, and morphs into something else completely along the way Weiner includes strong narrative around themes of body image, female relationships, and the expectations that our world puts on females in general I cannot recommend this book h JAW DROP.This book will be so difficult to review, and I will tread carefully because of spoilers, but I highly recommend you don t read any reviews, including my own until you pick this up for yourself The less said the better, but this one starts as one thing, and morphs into something else completely along the way Weiner includes strong narrative around themes of body image, female relationships, and the expectations that our world puts on females in general I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and if you re on a limited budget this summer, please include this in your purchasing list, as it is worth every penny spentMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.


  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Wow Fat shaming, dangers of social media, frenemies, entertaining, riveting, interesting plot with well developed, impeccable characterization and it s Jennifer brilliant Weiner book There s nothing sayI m all in Two things I adored about the book 1 Our MC Daphne, her struggles, family relations, her inner securities and her fight against self loathing, learning to self respect, turning it into a shining, growing, successful business opportunity Yes, she is social media influencer, sh Wow Fat shaming, dangers of social media, frenemies, entertaining, riveting, interesting plot with well developed, impeccable characterization and it s Jennifer brilliant Weiner book There s nothing sayI m all in Two things I adored about the book 1 Our MC Daphne, her struggles, family relations, her inner securities and her fight against self loathing, learning to self respect, turning it into a shining, growing, successful business opportunity Yes, she is social media influencer, she s smart, she is beautiful, she is powerful, she is strong.2 Intriguing progression of the story, unexpected twist makes you feel like the rug pulled out from under you and genre s whirlwind change Yes, ladies and gentleman, first part of the book is women s fiction and chic lit and it is totally branded Jennifer Weiner s writing style but when you reach to the second half, the story turns into a MURDER MYSTERY I didn t see it coming and my spidey senses left the building so I left in the dark And guess what This mysterious half is also captivating and entertaining A brilliant author can manage to bring out different tastes to serve her readers and you gotta get ready to devour these delicious parts at one bite It s truly worth it Let s take a look at the plot Our main character Daphne is being humiliated, teased because of her appearance throughout her life Especially the epic fight with her best wealthy, blonde, skinny, shiny best friend Drue screams her cruel, harsh words which marks a milestone of her youth Because she didn t belong to the plastic surgery icons fake, perfect, selected world And her family is not rich enough to send her college so she got her scholarship and did her best to adapt with her inner circle didn t treat her so well Daphne gathers her wits and turns her insecurities, years of humiliation into a career opportunity and she becomes a social media influencer But her mean girls Broadway musical cast choice Drue connects with her after six years of silence And she wants her to her maid of honor seems like being Cruella didn t give much power to her throughout the years Now she s seeing a therapist and trying to make things right and she even offers her money so biased and bribed Daphne finally accepts the offer And then I m stopping right there because that s the part the story is going to the different direction You gotta read ASAP to learnjuicy details.The only thing that really irritated me about the book, the over emphasizing Daphne s wright at each chapters, comments of the people she related or connected, her inner thoughts At some parts I want to stop reading and screaming Oh come on Why is she only defined by her weight as if she should be shunned Being overweight is not a disease It can increase the risk of so many health problems but being unhappy kills you faster than the fat surround your bodies It s a fact Eat carbs, chocolate and drink wine Just be happy and stop judging yourself Even supermodels have anxiety crisis and feel themselves ugly Everything ends in your mind Weiner s approach to the social media and the way she manifests threatening harsh comments dangerous effect on the people s psychology are brilliant but I think she didn t treat fair to her MC.I loved her subject choices but I didn t like some of her point of views and expressions So I m cutting one and half points and giving 3.5 starts of course I m rounding them up 4 because it s still amazing reading An entertaining, riveting, though provoking, hilarious, questioning, well written novel is highly recommended to be at your beach bag Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books , dear Ariele Fredman for sharing this enjoyable page turner ARC with me in exchange my honest review I always have memorable time when I read one of my favorite authors novels.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  3. Meredith Meredith says:

    Even if things don t get better, you can always make them look good on the internet Big Summer is part chick lit, part drama, and part mystery It explores the dynamics of female friendship, body image, and the pretense of social media personas.Daphne s character drew me in immediately As a woman, I found her vulnerabilities and experiences easy to identify with A self described babysitter and not very influential influencer, Daphne spends a lot of time focusing on her body image and insec Even if things don t get better, you can always make them look good on the internet Big Summer is part chick lit, part drama, and part mystery It explores the dynamics of female friendship, body image, and the pretense of social media personas.Daphne s character drew me in immediately As a woman, I found her vulnerabilities and experiences easy to identify with A self described babysitter and not very influential influencer, Daphne spends a lot of time focusing on her body image and insecurities, but at the same time, she fights to empower herself and view her body in a different light She exposes herself on social media however, her social media persona allows her to hide her true self, which poses an additional layer for her to explore in her journey Part of her journey involves self acceptance, another part focuses on her acceptance of a former friendship that soured in the worst of ways This book kept me company during Tropical Storm Cristobal, and it had all the elements needed to distract me from the gloomy weather drama, mystery, humor, and a little bit of romance It s a lot lighter and fluffier than Weiner s most recent book, but this fluff has depth I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  4. Deanna Deanna says:

    My reviews can also be seen at Stars An entertaining, thought provoking, extremely satisfying read Six years ago, nineteen year old, Daphne Berg was out with friends for a night of fun and dancing The night ended with Daphne making a vow to never see her friend , Drue Lathrop Cavanaugh ever again.Six years later, Daphne is an up and coming influencer She is excited to be starting a collaboration with another influencer This opportunity means s My reviews can also be seen at Stars An entertaining, thought provoking, extremely satisfying read Six years ago, nineteen year old, Daphne Berg was out with friends for a night of fun and dancing The night ended with Daphne making a vow to never see her friend , Drue Lathrop Cavanaugh ever again.Six years later, Daphne is an up and coming influencer She is excited to be starting a collaboration with another influencer This opportunity means she will gainfollowers At the same time, she knows thatfollowers meanattention and scrutiny which is hard on any woman but extra hard for overweight women Daphne is surprised when Drue Cavanaugh gets back in touch She s shocked when Drue asks her to be her maid of honor Daphne had read about Drue s upcoming wedding in the papers and online, but she never expected this Daphne knows she shouldn t do it She s still so angry but she does remember having some very good times with Drue But the hurt goes deep.Drue seems to have it all She s beautiful, she s rich, and she has a wonderful fianc.But Drue s life may not be as great as Daphne thinks it is.Will Daphne give Drue another chance If she does, will she regret it One crazy summer filled with secrets, lies, and surprises I really enjoyed this novel The story is told from Daphne s perspective and alternates between the past and present I was gripped.Jennifer Weiner is such a talented storyteller I thought Big Summer would be an entertaining summer read and it was, but it also went further than I expected It touches on many issues and I thought the author handled them brilliantly This was a well paced read with terrific characterization and I was surprised by the well timed unexpected twists.An engrossing story of friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, andI d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel All opinions are my own.


  5. Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) says:

    3.5 stars I think This book was a ROLLER COASTER I don t want to say too much for fear of spoiling even the tiniest bit, but I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing and about halfway through something COMPLETELY shocking happens that left me having to drag my jaw up off of the floor because I didn t see it coming AT ALL As much as I did LOVE that element and it did make this book super memorable and enjoyable for me, I don t think it would be something that I would call a new favorit 3.5 stars I think This book was a ROLLER COASTER I don t want to say too much for fear of spoiling even the tiniest bit, but I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing and about halfway through something COMPLETELY shocking happens that left me having to drag my jaw up off of the floor because I didn t see it coming AT ALL As much as I did LOVE that element and it did make this book super memorable and enjoyable for me, I don t think it would be something that I would call a new favorite However, I would still definitely recommend it though if you are interested in reading a fun and fast summery contemporary about a fat girl living her best life TW fatphobia, bulimia, restricted eating, adultery


  6. Larry H Larry H says:

    4.5 stars Big Summer , Jennifer Weiner s newest novel, is a thought provoking, poignant exploration of friendship, self esteem, body image, social media, and whether people truly are capable of change.If she s not completely happy, Daphne is at least content with her life She s starting to gain momentum as a social media influencer for the plus size community, she likes her job and her apartment, and she s even starting to feel a bit better about how she looks.When her childhood best friend 4.5 stars Big Summer , Jennifer Weiner s newest novel, is a thought provoking, poignant exploration of friendship, self esteem, body image, social media, and whether people truly are capable of change.If she s not completely happy, Daphne is at least content with her life She s starting to gain momentum as a social media influencer for the plus size community, she likes her job and her apartment, and she s even starting to feel a bit better about how she looks.When her childhood best friend Drue shows up after they haven t spoken in six years, Daphne is thrown for a loop Drue is set to marry a reality show star on Cape Cod, and she wants Daphne to be in her wedding Drue says she s changed since the night of their big fight, and although that night changed Daphne in many ways, she s willing to give Drue the benefit of the doubt, despite the numerous times Drue made her feel bad about herself.I ll stop with any synopsis here because this is a book that surprises, and the less you know about it going in, the better Weiner creates believable, complex characters, and she pulls you into this story completely I struggled a little at the beginning because the narration of the book kept shifting from Daphne s childhood memories to present day, but after a little bit of time that leveled off and I was totally hooked There are a lot of powerful themes Weiner touches on in the book but she s never heavy handed in her messaging.Atria Books and Ariele Stewart provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thank you for making it available This book publishes May 5.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at


  7. Debra Debra says:

    3.5 starsI would still want to be her friend, because she was everything I wanted to be Six years after the fight and video that ended their friendship, Drue Cavanaugh comes back into Daphne Berg s life Drue is as Blonde, skinny and beautiful as ever and she needs something from Daphne She comes begging forgiveness and for Daphne to be her Maid of honor at her wedding Daphne is shocked, that night besides being incredibly painful was the turning point in her life She turned her pain 3.5 starsI would still want to be her friend, because she was everything I wanted to be Six years after the fight and video that ended their friendship, Drue Cavanaugh comes back into Daphne Berg s life Drue is as Blonde, skinny and beautiful as ever and she needs something from Daphne She comes begging forgiveness and for Daphne to be her Maid of honor at her wedding Daphne is shocked, that night besides being incredibly painful was the turning point in her life She turned her pain and embarrassment into a career and is now a social media influencer So why her Why not ask someone else to be in her wedding This book started slowly for me Let me clarify, I enjoyed the beginning with the single woman raising her son on the Cape, but then there is a dramatic shift and the book tells the story of Daphne, Drue and to a small degree, Daphne s roommate and lifelong friend, Dashni as well After the change is the storyline, it took until the 49 percent mark for me to become fully invested in the book That is when things became interesting to me That is when the book which was many things a book about female friendships, body shamming, self esteem, the positive and negative aspects of sharing parts of your life on social media, family, accepting yourself, etc., became a whodunit as well The last part of the book moved very fast for me as I was eager to find out all the questions brought up in this book The last part of this book saved it for me Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own


  8. etherealfire etherealfire says:

    I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway in exchange for a fair review My thanks to GR, the publisher and the author for this opportunity.This is not my typical go to genre nor do I feel like I am the ideal demographic for this book Even so, I was spellbound from the beginning and finished this in one sitting When things became twisty in the middle of the book I was completely unprepared for it and found I could not stop reading until I reached the riveting conclusion Still I felt the first ha I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway in exchange for a fair review My thanks to GR, the publisher and the author for this opportunity.This is not my typical go to genre nor do I feel like I am the ideal demographic for this book Even so, I was spellbound from the beginning and finished this in one sitting When things became twisty in the middle of the book I was completely unprepared for it and found I could not stop reading until I reached the riveting conclusion Still I felt the first half of the book was for me anyway the stronger half by a smidgen But by then, Daphne Berg had stolen my heart completely and I was all in I think this is going to be a perfect summer read


  9. Tucker (TuckerTheReader) Tucker (TuckerTheReader) says:

    Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning.Poor chap, he always loved larkingAnd now he s deadIt must have been too cold for him his heart gave way, They said.Oh, no no no, it was too cold always Still the dead one lay moaning I was much too far out all my life And not waving but drowning Stevie Smith 2.5 stars I am truly disappointed Not in this book well, I am but I ll get to that but in the faNobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning.Poor chap, he always loved larkingAnd now he s deadIt must have been too cold for him his heart gave way, They said.Oh, no no no, it was too cold always Still the dead one lay moaning I was much too far out all my life And not waving but drowning Stevie Smith 2.5 stars I am truly disappointed Not in this book well, I am but I ll get to that but in the fact that I didn t enjoy it considering it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 because I absolutely loved Mrs Everything There were quite a few things that I did like about this book but they weren t enough to outweigh the things I didn t So, what s this book about 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 d like to start by focusing on the positives because, as I said, there were a few The first positive thing was Daphne I appreciated her raw honesty about body image I am actually quite thin but I deal with body image and it was really nice to see that theme explored in the book.I also loved the overall exploration of friendships and how toxic they can get along with the good and bad of social media.Body image is a major source for a lot of people me included although it s gotten a lot better in recent months and it s not shown in books nearly as much as it should so I was super excited to see it covered And it was well covered BUT I wasn t able to fully appreciate it because this book that was trying to portray the theme of body positivity had a male character who like almost all romance novels was physically perfect Fit, thin, flawless skin I could write a whole essay about how problematic this is but to put it simply, I was frustrated by the irony.Anywho, on to my next point There was too much going on This book was attempting to be a mystery, a romance, and a contemporary novel with social commentary all at once All of these things, on their own, are great, and, if well done, they go great together In this book, things felt kind of clumpy Like water and oil, it just wasn t mixing well Mostly the mystery It was totally unnecessary in my opinion I feel like there could have been other and better ways to get the same end result.Speaking of the mystery It happened way too late The inciting incident happened at the 50% mark which is kind of ridiculous There wasn t nearly enough time to build any tension or suspense up I also wasn t a fan of the reveal because it didn t make any sense Finally, I didn t like the romance It was quite insta lovey which occasionally works but this time it didn t It didn t fit with the story and it was kind of cringy.Overall, I was very disappointed in this book Check out this author s other books rather than this one They re a lot better.Bottom Line 2 starsAge Rating R Content Screening Mild Spoilers Positive Messages 4 5 Self care, self love Violence 3 5 Bodies, Death, Injury, Fights, Guns Sex 3 5 Semi detailed sex scene, Sexual themes, Kissing Drinking Drugs 3 5 Poison, Medicinal drugs, Alcohol consumption Content and Trigger Warnings Body shaming, Death, Loss of a loved one, Mental illnessPublication Date May 5th, 2020Publisher Atria Books an imprint of Simon Schuster Genre Mystery Romance 2.5 starsI am just surprised as you 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  10. Jenna Jenna says:

    2.5In these dark times, I feel really bad complaining about, and assigning a low rating to, a book by an author whose work even, apparently, this one has given readers desperately needed joy It reminds me of the people on my neighborhood bulletin board app who persist in complaining fervently about relatively minor matters such as dog poop pickup mishaps while, you know, People Here and Everywhere are Actually Dying But, gosh darn it for me, there really was some legitpoopiness to thi 2.5In these dark times, I feel really bad complaining about, and assigning a low rating to, a book by an author whose work even, apparently, this one has given readers desperately needed joy It reminds me of the people on my neighborhood bulletin board app who persist in complaining fervently about relatively minor matters such as dog poop pickup mishaps while, you know, People Here and Everywhere are Actually Dying But, gosh darn it for me, there really was some legitpoopiness to this book that I ultimately couldn t get past.Now, as a bit of a disclaimer, be it known that I can be a total joyless buzzkill in that I have little ability to suspend disbelief, and little patience for a plot that comes off to me as overly contrived, as I have roughly defined in other reviews as when All Of the Things Are Happening Yeah, I m one of those people who likes my books to look in the mirror and take one thing off before they leave the house This has impaired my appreciation of other recent books adored by many But, nonetheless, I stan that Elegance is Refusal As stated in other reviews, the book at midpoint abruptly and comprehensively flip flops, transmogrifying from standard, solid, typically beloved Jennifer Weiner fare to a mystery that I initially hoped would at least approximate a Liane Moriarty kind of deal, if it was really going to have to go that route, but that instead quickly veered in a earnestly madcap, Scooby Drew Nancy Doo kind of direction And not in a good way.It s NOT the genre switch in and of itself that creates the problem it s the execution For one thing, and avoiding spoilers, let s just say that the pacing and intensity of events speeds up unrealistically and incongruently in the second half of the novel, especially given Weiner s admirable ability which she enjoyably indulges in the first half to dwell on cozy, homey, everyday sensory details By contrast, in the second half, we are reading what essentially feels like a slightly slowed down and extended version of the rapidfire wrap up whodunnit and whydunnit expositional narrative at the end of a Hitchcock film or, again, a Scoob toon.Evengrievously, though, what really grates in the second half is that the characters especially in accordance with how their personalities have been established via fairly extensive detail by this point simply do NOT do or say things they would realistically do or say or that anyone would do or say in the plot circumstances that are occurring Again, my desire to illustrate specific instances of this is thwarted by my greater desire to spare the spoilers and avoid ruining the novel for those who may actually enjoy it But, suffice it to say that I just didn t believe that Daphne, the main character, and her nascent cohort of new and old buddies would go full on Mystery Machine about it and seamlessly transform into a bunch of amateur and borderline inappropriately wisecracking sleuths in response to the turning point plot event Justno Please get into your florid Econoline and drive back to the cozy realistic fiction land from whence you came, good sirs.Because, making matters worse, that first half of the book really is fairly noteworthy cozy realistic fiction Weiner writes in almost palpable detail about things like food, clothing, crafting, parents, apartments, dogs exemplifying the show, don t tell principle before it curls up and dies with its legs in the air in Part 2 There is also some great stuff in the first half of the book about Daphne experiencing and overcoming weight based discrimination in favor of a Healthy At Every Size perspective, and becoming a sort of virtual activist in the course of developing her own confidence and self compassion Indeed, this seems as though it will be the substantive focus of the book before it peters out in the second half to become nothingthan a kind of foil for Daphne s newfound romantic and detective pursuits Since Daphne is an influencer shudder ban the term and uses social media as her income source as well as her platform for activism, there is also some fairly interesting Part 1 material around the mixed bag of blessings potential for empowerment, visibility, validation, connection, community and curses um, everything else that is Internet and social media culture But again, this focus pretty much dissipates in Part 2 as the author endeavors to stretch the connection to encompass increasingly outlandish events Also is it me, or does every other novel these days center around some aspect of social media gone awry I was very excited about this at first, but is it getting old Is this the new Gone Girl On a Train trend God, I bet we have so manyof these coming, too I have a few other nits to pick with the author, too Although I loved the body positivity and anti fatshaming perspective presented in this novel, I think the author has some blind spots as well One might be ageism damn, does this author love to painstakingly describe things like wrinkles and eye bags when she has a chance, and NOT in a hey, different can still be beautiful way At one point, Daphne uncritically says something essentially equating beauty with youth, and she has trouble imagining one middle aged woman character as the former lover of a certain also middle aged, and actually considerably older by now Lothario in the novel she has to perform a sort of drastic imaginal photo editing to envision how this could even be possible Reader, I did the math, and the old woman whose image Daphne had to dramatically filter was all of 46 46 Another issue, again in Part 2, is potentially with classism, or, it could just be bad or hasty writing all the working class locals of Provincetown are portrayed in a completely stereotypical and one dimensional way, e.g talking like yokels and oversharing TMI details about their friend s shingles, OR simply not talking at all you know, just standing there staring, like a pillar of salt, just as we salt of the earth types are wont to do Don t even get me started on the local detective the dialogue in Scooby Doo was better crafted than his I d take And I woulda gotten away with it, too, if it hadn t been for you meddling kids over his lines any day Nor does the author seem too kind to the local drag queens, whom she only seems to deploy as a kind of comic device it just rubbed me the wrong way Anyway, I think it s fair to critique an author on these points given that earlier in the same book, she s demonstrated herself capable of anuanced, compassionate portrayal of another marginalized group.But even setting aside these concerns yeah, the crux of the issue is that this simply feels like two different halves of novels, written by two writers of very different calibers and experience levels and interests, just smoooshed together If the first half author were a professor of Fiction Writing I at a respectable mid sized university, the second half author would be, by comparison, the best student in undergrad Mystery Writing 101 It s like someone stole the first part from Jennifer Weiner s suitcase on a train, a la Hemingway, and then dashed off an ending to make a buck Or maybe the author found the first half long abandoned in a drawer and decided to try to quickly churn out some diversionary summer reading to cheer us up I hope that s true I ll go with that But, alas, it didn t work for me This, and the reference to taking off one thing before leaving the house, are Coco Chanel quotes bien sur