I’m pretty disappointed by how in love I wasn’t with Big Summer. After Weiner’s last book, Mrs. Everything, I was eager to pick this one up and even pre-ordered it.
So what didn’t I love about it? To me, it felt like an episode of The Bachelor meets My Big, Fat Fabulous Life meets As the World Turns, as though maybe Weiner was perhaps fishing for a movie deal because everything in the book played out so well to be put into a quick B-list movie.
I also felt like there was something missing; while I appreciated the background into Daphne’s history with her health, the remainder of the characters lacked depth.
If anything, Big Summer puts a whole bunch of emphasis on how obsessed society can be with social media, and how far we’re willing to go for likes, follows, and comments, and how much of what’s out there is only perhaps a sliver of what our realities actually are. Weiner did a great job putting everything into perspective, if anything.
This was a pleasantly surprising read and so different from everything else I’ve read by Moyes!
The characters were all so amazing and it was easy to really feel everything that was going on, from the friendship to the anger to the sorrow.
The storyline itself builds up perfectly, following Alice who came to the USA on the promise of glitz and glamour only to wind up in Baileyville, full of unrealistic expectations, no rights, and a colour barrier that has yet to be broken.
In an effort to both get away from and spite her father in-law, Alice volunteers to join the Packhorse Library program and finds a lifestyle and friendship that she never expected.
At first I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did, but like I said, the characters were all so amazing and involved. The only person I wanted to hear a bit more from was Bennett, Alice’s backboneless husband who turns out not to be the man she thought he was.
If you haven’t picked this one up yet, get on it! You won’t be disappointed.
This one really left me on the fence as to whether or not I like it. Part of me did because I found the revealing of Eleanor’s past to be rather intriguing, but then part of me wanted more from that reveal.
Eleanor was a pretty quirky individual, which is no surprise considering her past. Raymond has a pretty obvious crush on her and so I don’t know why he never simply states that to her all things considered.
Overall, I did find the characters to be entertaining and captivating. I could’ve lived without the whole bit involving Sammy.
I love, love Ali Wong’s humour. Her pervertedness is hilarious and her cultural references are totally relatable. When I heard she was coming out with a book I just know I had to get it! (Why did I wait so long? Because it was on sale last week and I didn’t earn the nickname “Chincy *maiden name*” by accident.)
Anyway, I generally don’t gravitate towards memoirs or biographies, but Wong is so relatable to me that I wanted to give Dear Girls a shot. While it’s formatted as letters to her two young daughters, I applaud her openness about her life experiences and not hiding anything (and I mean anything) from them. They’re likely going to need therapy after they read this.
In a nutshell, if you don’t like her stand-up specials on Netflix, you probably wouldn’t like this book. For me, it was a bit repetitive, but I still felt like I got a really good glimpse into her background and life before she really “made it.”