Hey y’all… Happy Thursday!🕷
I’m determined to make this year GREAT (or at least BETTER than last year)! One of my intentions for 2021 is to push my boundaries by trying new things not only for my blog but for me. My son, Thing 2 and I have been throwing around the idea of a book club so I thought, “Why not?” I’ll start a BOOK CLUB and ta-da! Bobo’s Book Club was born!
Now please bear with me while I figure out how do to this thing! I created the club through Amazon and it seems pretty straightforward but we’ll see as we go along. You don’t have to join in order to read along but we’d love to have you if you’re interested.
Here’s What To Do:
* Go to Bobo’s Book Club or follow this link:
* Originally, I’d hoped to post a new book every month but I’ve been procrastinating terribly these past few months! But I will post our chosen book on the Book Club page on Amazon then I will post my review of the book after I’ve read it. If you’d like me to include a quote from your thoughts and/or review please contact me!
* If you can, post a short review and/or star rating on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Reviews are NOT mandatory but I think it’d be appreciated!
* Books can be any format you choose: physical, ebook or audio.
* You can purchase the book at any retailer you choose (or visit your library!)
*Read at your own pace, skip any that don’t interest you (but give new books a try, you may be surprised!)
* HAVE FUN!
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 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.
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Big Summer is my first read from author, Jennifer Weiner and is a standalone.
Daphne Berg is a social media influencer, she gets paid to advertise for various companies. Unfortunately, Daphne suffers from low self esteem because she’s considered to be a “big” woman. Six years after a falling out with her high school BFF, the beautiful, rich, svelte, Drue Cavanaugh waltzes back in her life and asks Daphne to be in her trendy Cape Cod wedding. Can Daphne forgive her friend for the hurt she suffered and can she learn to love herself?
I rated this one 3.5 stars. I’ll say first off that I enjoyed the author’s style of writing. Besides some of the names that I had a hard time pronouncing and some of the foods that I have never heard of, the story was easy to read!
However, I honestly felt like I was reading a mash up of two different books. The prologue hooked me in and had me excited to dive into the book. But then the first 40% was filled with a lot of details that just felt unnecessary to the storyline. By the time I got to the actual connection between the prologue and the main story, I had pretty much forgotten about the characters that were first introduced to us! The last half revealed some mystery and intrigue and was a much more interesting read.
Sadly, I also had a hard time connecting with the main character, Daphne. As a plus size woman myself, I was really rooting for her to gain some confidence in herself and grow as a character and although Daphne did eventually realize that there’s more to life besides being “skinny,” I felt it was a case of too little, too late.
I didn’t connect with the hero at all…
He is introduced in the second half but he was more like an after thought. Maybe if we had something from his perspective, I would’ve felt more invested.
In the end, this one turned out to be a book I neither hated nor loved. I simply liked it. Well enough to read this author again? Probably! Told from Daphne’s POV with a satisfying ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
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* links courtesy from: http://www.jenniferweiner.com/big-summer
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. Her new novel, Big Summer, is out now. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
Anyone read this one? Have an amazing day y’all!💜