Author: Jennifer Weiner
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: May 5, 2020
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 found Big Summer to be a mixture of drama, mystery and women's fiction all blended together.
Daphne Berg has had a problem with body image and her weight for most of her life. Her insecurities and struggles have been obvious but recently, she has learned to love her body or try to. Six years ago, she had the worst night of her life and there was a video to prove it. Instead of hiding and commiserating about the event, she decides to take charge of her life and in a way to write her own story. By doing so, she becomes an internet sensation and an Instagram influencer.
Everything seems to be looking better for Daphne until Drue Cavanaugh comes back into her life. Drue is blonde, beautiful, smart and rich. She used to be Daphne's friend until Daphne realized what a terrible person she really was. Yet, for the life of her, she can't understand why Drue after not seeing each other for six years, wants Daphne to be her maid of honor or why she decides to accept the offer.
As you can imagine, things are about to become quite interesting in Cape Cod. Interesting and with a twist landing squarely into the mystery category (Didn't see that one coming).
With Big Summer, there are so many good points Jennifer Weiner brings to the board including body image issues and the constant fight within ourselves, the pursuit and desperation to be accepted by a parent, the idea that online our lives are better and brighter, how some people appear to have a perfect life when they don't.
**I want to thank Atria for giving me a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**