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The Vacationers For The Posts, A Two Week Trip To The Balearic Island Of Mallorca With Their Extended Family And Friends Is A Celebration Franny And Jim Are Observing Their Thirty Fifth Wedding Anniversary, And Their Daughter, Sylvia, Has Graduated From High School The Sunlit Island, Its Mountains And Beaches, Its Tapas And Tennis Courts, Also Promise An Escape From The Tensions Simmering At Home In Manhattan But All Does Not Go According To Plan Over The Course Of The Vacation, Secrets Come To Light, Old And New Humiliations Are Experienced, Childhood Rivalries Resurface, And Ancient Wounds Are Exacerbated. This book was about as satisfying as eating a 12 pack of sugarless cinnamon gum for Sunday dinner This is the tale of Franny a short, fat, petty shrew of a woman who goes on vacation with her gay of course best friend and his partner her philandering husband Jim her spoiled, useless children and Carmen, poor, poor Carmen Franny is using their 2 weeks in Mallorca to decide whether or not to stay in her marriage to her cheating, unemployed, albeit tall, husband.Franny toys with the idea of taking on a lover of her own, an old famous Mallorcan tennis pro with a sexy times accent, but unfortunately knocks herself out during a practice volley with him , giving herself a big bump on her noggin Meanwhile, Jim proves his love and repentance by stalking Franny around the island via the borrowed motorbike of a stranger in black leather he meets on the plane over Even though Jim can t stop fantasizing about his 23 year old intern lover with the long blonde hair and supple waist for a single living minute, he really is very, very sorry and desperately wants his fat wife back.Lesser plots ensue Franny and Jim s asshole son leaves behind the family scrabble marathon and his super fit girlfriend Carmen one rainy night to get a blow job from a random ugly british chick in a Palermo disco bathroom Franny s teenage daughter pouts in the bedroom the entire vacay cause her hot spanish tutor accidentally saw her in a towel Frannie s gay best friend s I do not know why I kept reading this book It s basically a book about a family on vacation in MallorcaSome of the members have cheated outside their respective relationships at one time or another and all the resentment secrets finally come to light and not even in any exciting events They just talk about it.That s it On and on and on Mostly whining.Nothing really happens in this book..it s like attending one big boring family reunion where you get seated beside your seventh cousin twice removed and all they do is drone on about a two week vacation and it feels like it takes them two weeks to describe it Someone had to have been paid a great deal to write the gl A beautifully written boring story Find all of my reviews at StarsSecrets are no fun for anyone Keep that in mindWhen my husband asked what I was reading about over the weekend, the answer was simple Nothing He followed up that response with, uh oh so it s a 1 Star book then I surprised him by saying no and here I am giving The Vacationers a solid 3.5 I still stand by this being about nothing when compared to most other books I read, but I remember a certain television show which I still watch whenever presented the opportunity that was about nothing as well I m trying to figure out how this one even got on my TBR Did the Goodreads spam generator pop up put this on the feed awhile back I can t think of what else would have made me put my name on the library wait list aside from those subliminal messages Whatever the reason, I somehow ended up with The Vacationers on the first weekend where it was in the 60s rather than during the summer when I probably should have read it due to the fact that I spend my free time ingesting baseball field dirt rather than soaking up the sun at a place like Mallorca Even though the timing was off, I I guess I m going to miss saying god I hate this book every 10 minutes I can t stand it any I just realized I have two chapters left and it hasn t stopped sucking once Throwing in the towel. A quick summer read following vapid, detestable characters who try to escape their problems but ultimately have to face them while on family vacation Basically exactly what you expect it to be It deliv Well this was just an absolute delight I will admit that I was hesitant although I had high hopes, I didn t love Emma s previous book, Laura Lamont s Life in Pictures, so I didn t expect to be reading her again any time soon But my own vacation snuck up on me, and suddenly I was staring down three long flights and nine days at the beach, with not a thing on my shelves that I was thrilled about A quick last minute dash to the Strand turned up a proof of this, and here we are And my goodness, what a perfect choice this turned out to be Reading a novel of a dysfunctional family vacation in the midst of my own semi functional family vacation Just brilliant synchronicity I m hesitant to do any synopsis izing, since this is so far from publication still But here s a quickie rundown of the book s characters, which I ll hide behind a spoiler tag just to be safe view spoiler We have Jim and Franny Post, writers married several decades, whose lives has just been rocked by the revelation of Jim s infidelity with a very young intern, which also resulted in his being fired from the magazine he ha I confess to being utterly baffled by this book I m not referring to the book itself, which had a minimal plot that was very easy to follow I m referring to the critical reaction to The Vacationers It had glowing reviews and seemed to be on every summer reading list After reading it, I can only shake my head in wonder and ask why Mass hallucination Bribery All the critics were friends of the writer I don t know what else would explain this book being anointed this summer s must read.The writing was perfectly fine, if nothing special, but the story itself was so meh The plot was boring with the various storylines being mostly very well trod ground done better by other books Husband has cheated on wife who has kind of let herself go In turn, she behaves like a shrew He feels bad and waits around to see if she ll forgive him Younger daughter is a surly virgin who hates everyone and thinks she ll be ugly forever Older son is a screw up living with an older woman he doesn t love so he cheats on her in order to end the relationship.The book s only novel characters are Charles and Lawrence, an older married gay couple who w Sometimes I read great reviews of a book I just read and wonder if I read the same book I felt that way with The Interestings, and today I feel the same about The Vacationers I liked it It was a nice airplane read But it s not a YOU GUYS THIS BOOK book like some of the reviews Then again, I paid for my own copy.We follow the middle aged, upper middle class Jim and Franny Post, their son Bobby and girlfriend Carmen, their daughter Sylvia, and Franny s best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence on a two week vacation to a house in Mallorca.And naturally everyone s either reeling from A Big Thing that just happened or is on the precipice of A Big Thing that s about to happen Jim was fired from his longtime job for having an affair with an intern, which threw Franny for a loop Sylvia hates her charmed, charmed, charmed life and is going to college in the fall Lawrence and Charles are on the shortlist to adopt a baby, a change that Lawrence very much wants and Charles very much doesn t care about Those two were very Cyrus Beene and James Novak from Scandal to me Carmen wants a commitment, and Bobby doesn t want to commit to anything Ever.There are some really fantastic scenes, and Straub gives her characters opportunities to naturally divide into smaller sub groups and talk with each other.SPOILERSThe way the

About the Author: Emma Straub

Emma Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers, Laura Lamont s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Cond Nast Traveler, and she is a contributing writer for Rookie Straub s work has been published in fifteen countries.

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