At a Glance
Title: Big Summer
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Published: May 5, 2020 by Atria Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Mystery
Goodreads Rating: 3.96 out of 5
My Rating: ★★★★
This was my first Jennifer Weiner book and I don’t think it’ll be my last. I really enjoyed this book overall. The story was fun, the characters were quirky, and I was not expecting there to be a murder mystery involved in the rom-com. Weiner has been able to put together a fun story that floats within the realm of mystery and women’s fiction at the same time.
Daphne Berg is a plus-size Instagrammer and prompts body confidence and self love. As much as I loved Daphne’s character I found myself annoyed with her continuous self-shaming. I understand Weiner’s goal with the character and the way she was showing the internal dialogue’s we all have in ourselves, but I found Daphne it really hurt her character. I’ve struggled with my own weight recently, and I think I’m a very critical person, especially about myself. But even with that some of the things Daphne would think didn’t seem realistic or at least way to harsh. The fact that ever paragraph seemed to over emphasize Daphne’s flaws stressed me out.
Overall, I loved this story. I really enjoyed Weiner’s writing but I just think she could have been kinder to Daphne’s character. Even with that, this book is the perfect mix of substance and fun reading. It’s perfect for the beach, summer, or even if you just want a fun escape from what’s going on in the world right now. This book is out now, get it HERE!
I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on Big Summer. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof_books. Huge thank you to Atria Books for my advanced copy!
About the Author
Jennifer Weiner is the #New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in Bed, The Littlest Bigfoot, and her memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Live, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia.
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