Big Summer (Unabridged)
A deliciously funny, remarkably poignant “beach read to end all beach reads” (Entertainment Weekly) about the power of friendship, the lure of frenemies, and the importance of making peace with yourself through all of life’s ups and downs—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Good in Bed and Best Friends Forever.
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.
A sparkling, “insightful page-turner” (Real Simple) 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Few writers get women’s relationships—with friends, lovers, and family alike—like Jennifer Weiner does. The best-selling author of hilarious and poignant novels like In Her Shoes and Mrs. Everything returns with perhaps her funniest, sharpest book yet. It’s been six years since burgeoning social-media star Daphne’s even talked to Drue, her poisonous former BFF. And then Drue shows up out of the blue, pleading for Daphne to be the maid of honor at her upcoming Cape Cod wedding. We were inspired by the proudly plus-size Daphne’s body-positive attitude, and narrator Danielle Macdonald’s empathetic first-person performance makes her even more relatable. The way Drue’s unexpected reappearance reawakens Daphne’s old insecurities felt honest and real, and it was fun to watch a complex female friendship play out against the familiar backdrop of a posh wedding. Full of unexpected plot twists and tons of emotion, Big Summer is a hilarious, feel-good story about what we’ll go through to hide from the truth in our friendships—and ourselves.
Great book, annoying narrator
This was a great, classic Jennifer Weiner beach read. However, the narrator pronounces all the “Ts” as “Ds” and it’s REALLY distracting. For example, buttons and Manhattan would be pronounced Buddons and Manhadden. It was like fingernails on a chalk board.
Great story line and detail!
Love the book love the detail on descriptions of places and food. The only chalkboard scratching issue was the narrator’s penchant for refusing to annunciate “T”s — it was maddening.
Promising start. Turned out to be very predictable, and started to drag on.