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I have read every single one of JW’s books and this one is my least favorite. It was very difficult to stay engaged in the first third of the book and I only started caring about the characters when it was almost over. Not a winner for me…
I listened to author talk on npr and tried but way too much reflection to adolescences years. Got boring and too bad because I liked Daphne but didn’t need many pages about it all. It was already related. I’ll just skim through and find out what happens. I’m sure i know 😉
I am typically a big fan of Jennifer Weiner and have read all of her books. I was excited to read Big Summer and dove right in as soon as it was delivered to my IPad. The first 1/2 to 3/4 of the book was Weiner’s typical witty, poignant, clever and descriptive writing style. I was hooked! Unfortunately about halfway to 1/4 remaining, the story fell apart. It became so rushed and cheesy and non-sensical that it reminded me of a high school writing project. The remainder of the story tumbled out at such a rapid unorganized pace that I felt the author was just trying to write “the end” and send it off to publish as quickly as possible. The careful storyline seemed wasted and many sub-plots were left unanswered. This will definitely be a book that I will not re-read, nor recommend to others.
This story seems like 3 different books hodge-podged together, so it ends up feeling like an identity crisis instead of a cohesive story. I would have loved for the story to have focused on Daphne and Drue, Drue's growth as a person and Daphne's journey as a strong body positive woman to be reckoned with. There is not enough of it and those are the strengths of the story. The murder mystery? A hot mess. The romance with Nick? Discombobulated. The forward? It feels like a desperate attempt to tie everything together, but it is too disjointed to do so. So much potential here, but totally unfulfilled.
I was so excited for this book... but found way too many issues with it. For example, the prologue. Honestly, the prologue could have been entirely cut out. The space could have been utilized to analyze more of Nick’s character in the present (perspective changes in different chapters, maybe?) or Drue’s secret lover. By the time Drue is murdered, it feels like the author felt rushed since the novel became a little too Nancy Drew with social media/influencer references thrown in. I will say I did not expect the ending, but even that felt rushed and too out there to actually believe. On the other hand, I did appreciate the author leaning into body positivity. I hate giving a bad review, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t happy when I finished this one.
This book is ridiculous. Was the editor sick the day she received this script? The main character is overweight, so Is extremely sensitive to people judging her based on her appearance, while she herself judges EVERYONE based on their clothes, body type, etc. Secondly, there are so many obvious choices of murder suspects to look into- the girl’s soon to be husband and his girlfriend, the father, the half brother and sister, the random guy trying to bring water to the girl who shows up poisoned hours later...yet she’s tracking down her random boyfriends from 5 years ago! None of it makes much sense and the main character is such a victim.
If you really want to read this book, get it from the library or wait for a sale. It wasn’t worth the 14.99 I paid. The characters are not developed until late in the book. It’s hard to really feel any connection or empathy for any of them. Most of the first half of the book, the main character is just rambling on about the insecurities of being overweight. Then you have a giant plot twist and a bunch of new characters are introduced. Some seem like unnecessary plots added for fluff. The book does have good flow. It’s easy to read. I just would have like to seen more character development. It would have been nice to see the main character move past pining over the mean girl. She just seemed superficial to the end.