Friday, October 29, 2021

Big Summer (Jennifer Weiner)

There's no question that Jennifer Weiner is a successful author with scores of fans. Some of her books have even been made into movies. But as I'll explain soon, I'm not quite sure what her novel, Big Summer, is trying to be. 

Daphne Berg is enjoying her career as a plus-size influencer when her ex best friend, Drue Cavanaugh, comes calling. Daphne and Drue haven't spoken for years, so Daphne is shocked when Drue asks her to be the maid-of-honor in her upcoming wedding. Daphne reluctantly agrees and packs up to spend Drue's wedding weekend at a Cape Cod mansion. 

All of this would have made Big Summer a breezy read perfect for the beach, but then it turns into something else entirely -- a mystery. Some books are successful at switching genres midstream, but this one...not so much. To me, it felt like Daphne and her mystery-solving friends turned into the Scooby Doo gang halfway through the book, which basically ruined it for me. I didn't love this one.