Big Summer

By Jennifer Weiner

Drue opened the door, then surprised me by hugging me hard. “This was the best day of my life,” she said….

“I’m glad Drue got to come.” My father’s head was buried in the refrigerator. I couldn’t see his expression as he said, “I think she was hungry.” As if, I thought. “They have a chef who makes them anything they want.” “So you’ve mentioned.”

.… I went to my bedroom to work on the watercolor I’d been painting for my mother’s birthday and to think about my friend and how there were things you could be hungry for besides food.

Besides being a juicy chick-lit containing the usual themes exploring career, family, romance, personal growth, overcoming challenges, and a nemesis or two, this book is also a murder mystery. It also has a lot of lessons to teach. The one that stood out to me was how important good loving parents and family are. You may not be rich, blue-blooded, or thin and beautiful, but if you have a good family, you are truly blessed.

There are many lessons the two young women, Daphne and Drue, the used and the user, learn in their journeys. One ends happily but the other learns too late. And that part was very sad.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

June 30, 2020

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