book review

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Big Summer
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 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. 

I listened to the audiobook version of this.

I went into this book without knowing much about it and without much expectations. The last “new” Jennifer Weiner books were a bit of a disappointment and I didn’t want to be disappointed. I did know that despite the title and book cover it would be a little more deeper than a typical beach read thought.

I ended up really loving this. I love how Weiner wove together elements of friendship, romance, body positivity and mixed it all together with a murder mystery. If I had paid a bit more attention, then I probably wouldn’t have been shocked by the murder of Drue, but I think that going into this book blind was perfect. I was so busy soaking up the fun parts of a new romance, rekindled friendship and the beach that the murder completely threw me for a loop.

The second half of this was a straight up mystery with enough twists and turns that should be satisfying to most mystery fans. For me, the end came as a surprise, though, I’m usually not great at solving mysteries.

If I had one complaint though, it would be that Daphne constantly mentioned her “plus size”, and well, I understood where she was coming from but it did get to be a little too repetitive. It was a minor annoyance though and did not take away from the story enough that it affected my enjoyment.

I rated this four stars.


There are few books between my last review post and this one, but I have decided to jump ahead and skip those reviews because I just don’t have it in me to dig into my memory bank to review books that I read while in pain and/or on pain medications. I think I remember what the books were like and what I thought of it but I just don’t think I can do it justice. Maybe I will do a second mini review post for those books.

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