Big Summer was a pleasant surprise. Not that I wasn’t fully expecting to enjoy Jennifer Weiner’s latest but this book is more than it initially appears to be.
Daphne Berg is someone you can truly root for. She spent most of her school years feeling inferior to her wealthy, beautiful and popular friend Drue, the girl who appeared to have everything. Drue was able to make Daphne feel wanted and included and then used her to get her to do her bidding including writing her school papers. She would make Daphne feel bad about her plus size causing her to suffer great humiliation. One day, Daphne had enough and decided she was done with being abused. And done with Drue. Daphne soon found her voice as a social media influencer for plus-sized women.
Years later, Drue begs Daphne to be in her wedding party. It seems the mean girl has no true friends. The big event is to be held on Cape Cod. Feeling that old desire to be in Drue’s good favor and her sphere of fabulousness, she agrees. “She’s your Kryptonite,” her true friend and roommate Darshi warns, fearing she will once again get hurt.
The wedding and all that follows brings surprises and a mystery which was very well done. This is a fast-paced, enjoyable book that is best going into without knowing too much. As the beaches start to open around the country, grab Big Summer and head out for a good escape.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: May 5, 2020.
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