Fresh off the success of her massive, multi-generational best-seller Mrs Everything, Jennifer Weiner brings us a thriller for this decade: a whodunit that combines the glitz and glamour of Gossip Girl with the mystery of an Agatha Christie-esque murder.
Daphne is an Instagram influencer who specializes in body positivity after rising to notoriety when a video of her goes viral. Fast-forward six years, and she's surprised when her best frienemy reappears out of nowhere. Dru Cavanaugh is an entitled heiress with not much going for her in the personality department, but she can guarantee that her wedding on a beach in Cape Cod will be a social media sensation.
I have to say I was a little disappointed. Where Mrs Everything is an ambitious journey through decades of women's liberation and feminist rights, Big Summer felt shallow and rushed. Weiner does a good job of portraying things from a body-positive point of view. Perhaps she fell into the trap of the world she was writing about; while fashion and food are riveting on social media, lists of outfits and exotic ingredients don't make for a very engrossing read.
Another issue I had was the characters, who seemed almost Sophie Kinsella-esque in their one-dimensionality. Not to mention the fact that they all have D names: Daphne, Darshi, Dora, Dru...
That said, I can bet that this book will be a best-seller too. Place your bets on how long it takes for Netflix to cast Danielle MacDonald and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Daphne and Darshi. Ultimately it was a light, fun read and it had some good insight into the power of social media.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.