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Not the best “beach read” out there. The characters are interesting and there’s diversity in this novel which is unfortunately rare. The twist was unexpected but something about the story and writing leaves you feeling a bit unsatisfied.
Not a particularly interesting story, which disappointed me as have loved other books she has written. I did appreciate that the main character struggles with weight issues, as many of us do, but I got bored with it after a while
This was like two different books jammed together and the marriage did not work.
The first half was big-hearted, fun, engaging, well-written. Nicely drawn characters and an entertaining story kept me turning the pages. Then, the half way mark came and ugh! The story went in an awful, murder mystery direction that made no sense. The writing suffered---rushed, not as snappy and colorful. An overall drab narrative. I found myself speed-skimming pages just to get to the end because it became a slog. I got the sense the author didn't believe in this plot turn (the change in her story telling was that obvious).
USA Today called it a "sexy read" ...just no. Not even close. This is my first book by this author. I see other reader/reviewers say this is not her best work. Because of that, I may try another one of her books, but I'll wait for it to go on sale.
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.
I found this book poorly written, all over the place. What was it about? The internet, being overweight, high school travails playing out over the years, fancy clothes, sex, a murder? Just an excuse to talk about being an "influencer" , beautiful clothes, food, the lives of the rich and famous! All over the place with this plausible plot. When I was finished, I felt sorry I tased my money when there are so many other good books out there.
I consider myself a JW fan having read most of her books. This book is a lazy work that her far superior novels Mrs Everything and In Her Shoes run circles around. Here we are served her oft-repeated plot devices (also found in her many other books like Good In Bed) but now applied to uninteresting characters ... the victimized overweight girl, the maligned and vilified thin attractive girl, the fixation on wealth and fame, the unexpected suitor as redemption device. And small nit but this is not the JW first book where the central character has some dog she claims to adore but clearly neglects. This story reads very shallow and vapid, despite its attempts to keep you guessing, as none of the characters are likable or anyone you would want to know. I found myself not caring where the story went but finished it anyway due to pandemic boredom.
Jennifer Weiner's books explore a POV that engages and moves a situation forward. Not in this effort. Disjointed pieces of a plot that don't lead anywhere. A high school rivalry evolves into a one upsmanship 20 something contest, throw in a wedding/murder and a contrived plot hole that you could drive a Hummer through and you've lost a few hours of your life. Caveat emptor.
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.
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.