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Big Summer: the best escape you'll have this year Paperback – Import, 13 May 2021

4.2 out of 5 stars 8,473 ratings

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Big Summer is a big, fun summer read. Weiner made her mark chronicling the relationships of young women, and her return to that arena will garner lots of attention ― Booklist

Big Summer is the perfect beach read, but one that's filled with thoughtful ideas about how we live our lives online and the nature of friendship. Get ready for another big-hearted novel by Jennifer WeinerPopSugar

Weiner's story of female friendships mixes a splash of romance, a dash of humour, and a pinch of mystery to create a deliciously bloody poolside cocktail. Weiner's surprising tale is hard to put down ― Publishers Weekly

If you love Jennifer Weiner, you'll love this one. And if you're a newbie, start here ― Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Jennifer Weiner writes tremendously enjoyable books that hit me in the same pleasure centre as romantic comedies do, so I'm very excited for her latest novel, set in the midst of a 'lavish society wedding' on Cape Cod. Friendship, weddings, and rich people being weird? Obviously I am inLiterary Hub

Jennifer Weiner delivers the perfect beach read with this tale of friendship and forgiveness set during a disastrous wedding on picturesque Cape Cod. Even if you can't dip your toes in the ocean, there's no reason not to enjoy this summer pick! ― Goodreads

It's the beach read to end all beach readsEntertainment Weekly

Observant, self-aware and very funny . . . Sexy and satisfying, Big Summer will delight Jennifer Weiner's many fans and could be just the absorbing take-me-away read so many of us need right now ― USA Today

Clever and empoweringPeople

It's deliciously fun: frothy entertainment with surprising depth. It's empowering and surprising - a reminder to put down the phone and enjoy each moment for what it is, rather than what it could look like on Instagram ― Washington Post

A hugely entertaining mashup of a beach read / murder mystery / rich-people's-lives-porn / romance . . . Big Summer is the very essence of the big summer novel. Forget about the world for a while, and have some fun ― Minneapolis Star Tribune

Come for the influencers and the ritzy Cape Cod wedding; stay for the beyond relatable depiction of how complicated female friendships are ― HelloGiggles

Everything you'd hope to find in a beach read: complicated female friendships, unhappy rich people, a hardworking heroine with an eye for fashion, and an Instagram-worthy setting for an over-the-top wedding on Cape Cod ― The Philadelphia Inquirer

This book perfectly captures just how complex female friendships can be ― Cosmopolitan

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A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, 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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Piatkus (13 May 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0349427712
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0349427713
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 254 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.6 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 8,473 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's brilliant - I want the banana bread recipe please
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's brilliant - I want the banana bread recipe please
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2020
I LOVED this and read it in four days straight. It would have been two days straight but I was enjoying it so much I had to put it aside so as not to finish it too quickly.

About two chapters in, I posted this: 'I’ve just started Jennifer Weiner's new book 'Big Summer' and there’s this bit where the main character makes banana bread and it was described so beautifully it made my mouth water. I didn’t have any bananas so made cinnamon rolls instead - first time I’ve ever made them and they were delicious. Not quite as good as Weiner's banana bread which had chocolate chips and walnuts, but they were pretty good. The book is really good too, but if she keeps writing about food like that it’s going to take me a good while to finish it.'

As May moved sunnily towards June during Lockdown, this was a lovely read, and whenever I could get away I'd sit in the garden and disappear into this book. Full of wonderful descriptions of the rich in Cape Cod as well as Daphne's life in New York city, I felt like I’d been on holiday when I got to the end.

I could read Weiner's luscious descriptions of food, wandering around busy New York, or expensive weddings of the uber rich in Cape Cod forever, but then she drops in a murder and I was even more gripped.

I have been a loyal reader of Weiner since 'Good in Bed', which came out an unbelievable 20 years ago. She has matured into a thoughtful and gifted writer but still retains her wonderful dry humour and sense of fun. I love her characters who - and I know this sounds really naff - feel like friends. Wiener invests them with such warmth and presence you can't wait to hear their stories.

My only teeny quibble was two plot points where I felt I'd missed something. First, I couldn't work out how she suddenly realised where a guy she'd been looking for was (I will have to go back to re-read as I may have been whizzing through it so quickly I didn't pick up the clues) and second, the final reveal of the murderer was a bit of a quick jump and again the link was a tiny bit too neat.

But, hey, what's a tiny plot point between friends? I snarfed this down the same way I did my cinnamon rolls - and I'm going to buy all the ingredients to make Daphne's banana bread - I wonder if Weiner could send me the recipe?

This is a great book - go read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonder Weiner
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2020
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 June 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her earlier work
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 August 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Reviewed in Canada on 17 May 2020
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