REVIEW – Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Big Summer

Published May 19th 2020 by Atria Books
An entertaining, thought-provoking, extremely satisfying read.


Six years ago, nineteen-year-old, Daphne Berg was out with friends for a night of fun and dancing. The night ended with Daphne making a vow to never see her “friend”, Drue Lathrop Cavanaugh ever again.

Six years later, Daphne is an up and coming influencer. She is excited to be starting a  collaboration with another influencer. This opportunity means she will gain more followers. At the same time, she knows that more followers mean more attention and scrutiny which is hard on any woman but extra hard for overweight women.

Daphne is surprised when Drue Cavanaugh gets back in touch. She’s shocked when Drue asks her to be her maid-of-honor.  Daphne had read about Drue’s upcoming wedding in the papers and online, but she never expected this. Daphne knows she shouldn’t do it. She’s still so angry but she does remember having some very good times with Drue. But the hurt goes deep.

Drue seems to have it all. She’s beautiful, she’s rich, and she has a wonderful fiancé.

But Drue’s life may not be as great as Daphne thinks it is.

Will Daphne give Drue another chance?  If she does, will she regret it?

One crazy summer filled with secrets, lies, and surprises!

I really enjoyed this novel. The story is told from Daphne’s perspective and alternates between the past and present. I was gripped.

Jennifer Weiner is such a talented storyteller. I thought “Big Summer” would be an entertaining summer read and it was, but it also went further than I expected. It touches on many issues and I thought the author handled them brilliantly. This was a well-paced read with terrific characterization and I was surprised by the well-timed unexpected twists.

An engrossing story of friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and more

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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