➿ Big Summer Free ➶ Author Jennifer Weiner – Pcusati.info

➿ Big Summer Free ➶ Author Jennifer Weiner – Pcusati.info The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Nothing Short Of Brilliant People Mrs Everything Returns With An Unforgettable Novel About Friendship And Forgiveness Set During A Disastrous Wedding On Picturesque Cape CodSix 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 Novel About The Complexities Of Female Friendship, 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 2.5In these dark times, I feel really bad complaining about, and assigning a low rating to, a book by an author whose work even, apparently, this one has given readers desperately needed joy It reminds me of the people on my neighborhood bulletin board app who persist in complaining fervently about relatively minor matters such as dog poop pickup mishaps while, you know, People Here and Everywhere are Actually Dying But, gosh darn it for me, there really was some legitpoopiness to thi 2.5In these dark times, I feel really bad complaining about, and assigning a low rating to, a book by an author whose work even, apparently, this one has given readers desperately needed joy It reminds me of the people on my neighborhood bulletin board app who persist in complaining fervently about relatively minor matters such as dog poop pickup mishaps while, you know, People Here and Everywhere are Actually Dying But, gosh darn it for me, there really was some legitpoopiness to this book that I ultimately couldn t get past.Now, as a bit of a disclaimer, be it known that I can be a total joyless buzzkill in that I have little ability to suspend disbelief, and little patience for a plot that comes off to me as overly contrived, as I have roughly defined in other reviews as when All Of the Things Are Happening Yeah, I m one of those people who likes my books to look in the mirror and take one thing off before they leave the house This has impaired my appreciation of other recent books adored by many But, nonetheless, I stan that Elegance is Refusal As stated in other reviews, the book at midpoint abruptly and comprehensively flip flops, transmogrifying from standard, solid, typically beloved Jennifer Weiner fare to a mystery that I initially hoped would at least approximate a Liane Moriarty kind of deal, if it was really going to have to go that route, but that instead quickly veered in a earnestly madcap, Scooby Drew Nancy Doo kind of direction And not in a good way.It s NOT the genre switch in and of itself that creates the problem it s the execution For one thing, and avoiding spoilers, let s just say that the pacing and intensity of events speeds up unrealistically and incongruently in the second half of the novel, especially given Weiner s admirable ability which she enjoyably indulges in the first half to dwell on cozy, homey, everyday sensory details By contrast, in the second half, we are reading what essentially feels like a slightly slowed down and extended version of the rapidfire wrap up whodunnit and whydunnit expositional narrative at the end of a Hitchcock film or, again, a Scoob toon.Evengrievously, though, what really grates in the second half is that the characters especially in accordance with how their personalities have been established via fairly extensive detail by this point simply do NOT do or say things they would realistically do or say or that anyone would do or say in the plot circumstances that are occurring Again, my desire to illustrate specific instances of this is thwarted by my greater desire to spare the spoilers and avoid ruining the novel for those who may actually enjoy it But, suffice it to say that I just didn t believe that Daphne, the main character, and her nascent cohort of new and old buddies would go full on Mystery Machine about it and seamlessly transform into a bunch of amateur and borderline inappropriately wisecracking sleuths in response to the turning point plot event Justno Please get into your florid Econoline and drive back to the cozy realistic fiction land from whence you came, good sirs.Because, making matters worse, that first half of the book really is fairly noteworthy cozy realistic fiction Weiner writes in almost palpable detail about things like food, clothing, crafting, parents, apartments, dogs exemplifying the show, don t tell principle before it curls up and dies with its legs in the air in Part 2 There is also some great stuff in the first half of the book about Daphne experiencing and overcoming weight based discrimination in favor of a Healthy At Every Size perspective, and becoming a sort of virtual activist in the course of developing her own confidence and self compassion Indeed, this seems as though it will be the substantive focus of the book before it peters out in the second half to become nothingthan a kind of foil for Daphne s newfound romantic and detective pursuits Since Daphne is an influencer shudder ban the term and uses social media as her income source as well as her platform for activism, there is also some fairly interesting Part 1 material around the mixed bag of blessings potential for empowerment, visibility, validation, connection, community and curses um, everything else that is Internet and social media culture But again, this focus pretty much dissipates in Part 2 as the author endeavors to stretch the connection to encompass increasingly outlandish events Also is it me, or does every other novel these days center around some aspect of social media gone awry I was very excited about this at first, but is it getting old Is this the new Gone Girl On a Train trend God, I bet we have so manyof these coming, too I have a few other nits to pick with the author, too Although I loved the body positivity and anti fatshaming perspective presented in this novel, I think the author has some blind spots as well One might be ageism damn, does this author love to painstakingly describe things like wrinkles and eye bags when she has a chance, and NOT in a hey, different can still be beautiful way At one point, Daphne uncritically says something essentially equating beauty with youth, and she has trouble imagining one middle aged woman character as the former lover of a certain also middle aged, and actually considerably older by now Lothario in the novel she has to perform a sort of drastic imaginal photo editing to envision how this could even be possible Reader, I did the math, and the old woman whose image Daphne had to dramatically filter was all of 46 46 Another issue, again in Part 2, is potentially with classism, or, it could just be bad or hasty writing all the working class locals of Provincetown are portrayed in a completely stereotypical and one dimensional way, e.g talking like yokels and oversharing TMI details about their friend s shingles, OR simply not talking at all you know, just standing there staring, like a pillar of salt, just as we salt of the earth types are wont to do Don t even get me started on the local detective the dialogue in Scooby Doo was better crafted than his I d take And I woulda gotten away with it, too, if it hadn t been for you meddling kids over his lines any day Nor does the author seem too kind to the local drag queens, whom she only seems to deploy as a kind of comic device it just rubbed me the wrong way Anyway, I think it s fair to critique an author on these points given that earlier in the same book, she s demonstrated herself capable of anuanced, compassionate portrayal of another marginalized group.But even setting aside these concerns yeah, the crux of the issue is that this simply feels like two different halves of novels, written by two writers of very different calibers and experience levels and interests, just smoooshed together If the first half author were a professor of Fiction Writing I at a respectable mid sized university, the second half author would be, by comparison, the best student in undergrad Mystery Writing 101 It s like someone stole the first part from Jennifer Weiner s suitcase on a train, a la Hemingway, and then dashed off an ending to make a buck Or maybe the author found the first half long abandoned in a drawer and decided to try to quickly churn out some diversionary summer reading to cheer us up I hope that s true I ll go with that But, alas, it didn t work for me This, and the reference to taking off one thing before leaving the house, are Coco Chanel quotes bien sur JAW DROP.This book will be so difficult to review, and I will tread carefully because of spoilers, but I highly recommend you don t read any reviews, including my own until you pick this up for yourself The less said the better, but this one starts as one thing, and morphs into something else completely along the way Weiner includes strong narrative around themes of body image, female relationships, and the expectations that our world puts on females in general I cannot recommend this book h JAW DROP.This book will be so difficult to review, and I will tread carefully because of spoilers, but I highly recommend you don t read any reviews, including my own until you pick this up for yourself The less said the better, but this one starts as one thing, and morphs into something else completely along the way Weiner includes strong narrative around themes of body image, female relationships, and the expectations that our world puts on females in general I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and if you re on a limited budget this summer, please include this in your purchasing list, as it is worth every penny spentMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. Wow Fat shaming, dangers of social media, frenemies, entertaining, riveting, interesting plot with well developed, impeccable characterization and it s Jennifer brilliant Weiner book There s nothing sayI m all in Two things I adored about the book 1 Our MC Daphne, her struggles, family relations, her inner securities and her fight against self loathing, learning to self respect, turning it into a shining, growing, successful business opportunity Yes, she is social media influencer, sh Wow Fat shaming, dangers of social media, frenemies, entertaining, riveting, interesting plot with well developed, impeccable characterization and it s Jennifer brilliant Weiner book There s nothing sayI m all in Two things I adored about the book 1 Our MC Daphne, her struggles, family relations, her inner securities and her fight against self loathing, learning to self respect, turning it into a shining, growing, successful business opportunity Yes, she is social media influencer, she s smart, she is beautiful, she is powerful, she is strong.2 Intriguing progression of the story, unexpected twist makes you feel like the rug pulled out from under you and genre s whirlwind change Yes, ladies and gentleman, first part of the book is women s fiction and chic lit and it is totally branded Jennifer Weiner s writing style but when you reach to the second half, the story turns into a MURDER MYSTERY I didn t see it coming and my spidey senses left the building so I left in the dark And guess what This mysterious half is also captivating and entertaining A brilliant author can manage to bring out different tastes to serve her readers and you gotta get ready to devour these delicious parts at one bite It s truly worth it Let s take a look at the plot Our main character Daphne is being humiliated, teased because of her appearance throughout her life Especially the epic fight with her best wealthy, blonde, skinny, shiny best friend Drue screams her cruel, harsh words which marks a milestone of her youth Because she didn t belong to the plastic surgery icons fake, perfect, selected world And her family is not rich enough to send her college so she got her scholarship and did her best to adapt with her inner circle didn t treat her so well Daphne gathers her wits and turns her insecurities, years of humiliation into a career opportunity and she becomes a social media influencer But her mean girls Broadway musical cast choice Drue connects with her after six years of silence And she wants her to her maid of honor seems like being Cruella didn t give much power to her throughout the years Now she s seeing a therapist and trying to make things right and she even offers her money so biased and bribed Daphne finally accepts the offer And then I m stopping right there because that s the part the story is going to the different direction You gotta read ASAP to learnjuicy details.The only thing that really irritated me about the book, the over emphasizing Daphne s wright at each chapters, comments of the people she related or connected, her inner thoughts At some parts I want to stop reading and screaming Oh come on Why is she only defined by her weight as if she should be shunned Being overweight is not a disease It can increase the risk of so many health problems but being unhappy kills you faster than the fat surround your bodies It s a fact Eat carbs, chocolate and drink wine Just be happy and stop judging yourself Even supermodels have anxiety crisis and feel themselves ugly Everything ends in your mind Weiner s approach to the social media and the way she manifests threatening harsh comments dangerous effect on the people s psychology are brilliant but I think she didn t treat fair to her MC.I loved her subject choices but I didn t like some of her point of views and expressions So I m cutting one and half points and giving 3.5 starts of course I m rounding them up 4 because it s still amazing reading An entertaining, riveting, though provoking, hilarious, questioning, well written novel is highly recommended to be at your beach bag Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books , dear Ariele Fredman for sharing this enjoyable page turner ARC with me in exchange my honest review I always have memorable time when I read one of my favorite authors novels.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter Even if things don t get better, you can always make them look good on the internet Big Summer is part chick lit, part drama, and part mystery It explores the dynamics of female friendship, body image, and the pretense of social media personas.Daphne s character drew me in immediately As a woman, I found her vulnerabilities and experiences easy to identify with A self described babysitter and not very influential influencer, Daphne spends a lot of time focusing on her body image and insec Even if things don t get better, you can always make them look good on the internet Big Summer is part chick lit, part drama, and part mystery It explores the dynamics of female friendship, body image, and the pretense of social media personas.Daphne s character drew me in immediately As a woman, I found her vulnerabilities and experiences easy to identify with A self described babysitter and not very influential influencer, Daphne spends a lot of time focusing on her body image and insecurities, but at the same time, she fights to empower herself and view her body in a different light She exposes herself on social media however, her social media persona allows her to hide her true self, which poses an additional layer for her to explore in her journey Part of her journey involves self acceptance, another part focuses on her acceptance of a former friendship that soured in the worst of ways This book kept me company during Tropical Storm Cristobal, and it had all the elements needed to distract me from the gloomy weather drama, mystery, humor, and a little bit of romance It s a lot lighter and fluffier than Weiner s most recent book, but this fluff has depth I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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