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Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
Contemporary fiction

Big Summer

by Jennifer Weiner

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A light read that dives deep into complex female friendships and how they evolve with constant societal pressure.

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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.

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  • Maryville, MO

    This did not go the way I anticipated. I loved Daphne. We share a lot of the same struggles, mainly finding true friendship while being “different”. But realizing people arent always how they seem.

  • Denton , TX

    I picked up Big Summer thinking it would be a fun ‘beach’ read - and it was, but SO much more! There are twists that I never saw coming and the themes run far deeper than I expected. Wonderful read!

  • Panorama City, CA

    Not what I was expecting but enjoyed it all the same. Great writing, full developed characters. Had a slow build up and took time to get to the actual plot but would recommend if you’re a fan of hers.

  • Somerdale, NJ

    Big Summer is the perfect summer/beach read! It’s mainly set at a beach front mansion in Cape Cod, need we say more? Grab your beach towel, floppy hat and wine to get ready for this flirty summer read

  • Clay, NY

    This book was very relatable and I couldn’t put it down! I think most of us have felt like Daphne or aspects of Drue over time, and the complicated nature of female friendships was perfectly portrayed

  • Marathon, WI

    I thought i had the storyline all figured out! In fact i stopped reading because i didn’t like the direction I was so sure it was heading-glad I picked it back up! Made u think about the REAL gifts!

  • Kansas City, MO

    Contually impressed with Jennifer Weiner. This book starts much like her other books, then WHAM - halfway through it’s a totally different thing. I’ve seen some complaints about that but I loved it.

  • Polo, IL

    I was surprised @ how the story unfolded. I was not expecting that person to be the murderer. The plot kept me thinking until, it was figured out who had done the crime. A girly, murder mystery????????

  • Perrysburg, NY

    It was so perfect! It had the perfect mixture of positivity, suspence, life lessons, drama, glamour, and mystery. The main character were so relatable and the plot held your attention to the very end.

  • Marietta , GA

    It starts a little slow, but once it picks up there are twists and turns a plenty! Love the body positivity aspects and seeing Daphne grow from this experience. Her outlook changes so much by the end.

  • Grand Rapids, MI

    I loved this book! There was a little predictablity but that was nothing compared to all the surprises. This book was a page turner, made me laugh and have a greater appreciation for the woman I am!

  • Lenexa, KS

    This was quick and light and left me guessing until near the end. There were a couple of items that didn't quite line up for me, but overall it was a great. Enjoyable story of friendship and betrayal

  • Caledonia , MI

    This one started slow, but built fast. I couldn’t put it down. A little mystery and romance. I loved these vivid characters and juicy drama. This was an unexpected, but very welcome, beach read!

  • Akron, NY

    I always have liked Jennifer Weiner’s books and this one was no exception. The story moved at a good pace and I fell in love with her characters! The murder mystery element made it all the better.

  • Grand Rapids , MI

    I love Daphne! I think we all need a little bit of her confidence. she seemed to have it all together after her first blow up with Drue but then tragedy strikes and she has lose Drue all over again.

  • Randleman, NC

    I truly enjoyed this book. It was my first from this author but not the last! I loved how it tangled with concepts that could be considered touchy subjects but in the end, it untangled beautifully.

  • Spring City , PA

    Such a fun read!! I didn’t look too much into this one before I picked it up, and I’m so glad I did it this way! It made all the twists and turns that much more surprising. Keeps you interested!

  • Parker, CO

    Tbh, I’m a big fan of Jennifer Weiner, and this is not my favorite of her books (EVERYONE read Mrs. Everything immediately). However, I was still completely engrossed in the story and characters!

  • Grants Pass, OR

    Honestly I wasn't totally hooked until about 1/3 or so of the way through when the mystery portion began, but then I was loving it! Interesting characters and fun descriptions. Good summer read.

  • Apex, NC

    I loved reading BIG SUMMER; it was not what I expected this book to be about! It's about friends, new and old ones, romance, well-kept secrets that lead to a mysterious death. A delightful novel!

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