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Los veraneantes / 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 o 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 partner skulks around the house trying to avoid her nasty ass so he can get some f cking work done and also adopt a little boy with a perfectly nice name that they are still hell bent on changing Poor, poor pink velour sweatsuit wearing Carmen does a lot of jumping jacks and drinks disgusting health tonics but is 1000 times nicer than anyone else in the house so gets to escape the vacation a few days early And Franny hates on her benefactress Gemma, the generous owner of the beautiful vacation home with the pool by the ocean they ve been staying at, because Gemma is tall and blonde and has nice olive oil in the pantry In the end, Franny decides to stay with her deadbeat husband who she will undoubtedly never, ever, ever let live it down And also maybe lend her asshole son 150k he owes to the Russian fitness drink mob back in Miami Hmmm, ok, that was fun 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 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 glowing professional reviews I read of this book I should have read the Goodreads reviews first The storyline is slow, the characters are unlikeable and the only excitement that really happens is the 18year old daughter losing her virginity to a 20 year old Mallorcan Bleh 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 w 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 wellI 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 MallorcaEven though the timing was off, I somehow still enjoyed this book from looking at the 3.14 general GR rating I probably read it wrong As I said, nothing awesomely dramatic or monumental happens in this story, but I still couldn t put it down What we have is the Post family s vacation Jim has been fired from his longtime magazine job for banging a co worker His wife Franny is left dealing with her feelings regarding this betrayal and also non refundable tickets Daughter Sylvia is counting down the minutes until she escapes to college especially since she s become a social pariah with her former friends due to a drunken make out session with nearly every boy in school Son Bobby has some financial woes he d like to discuss with the parents if the parents can stop judging his significantly older personal trainer girlfriend long enough to listen And poor Lawrence and Charles are trying to figure out if adopting a baby is the right thing to do when it seems dysfunction is inevitable at some point in time.So there you have it A book that takes place over the course of two weeks that is simply a snapshot of the goings on during that time period This is most definitely not a book that will change your life and the characters are all pretty much unlikeable too If you know me, that might explain why this worked for me when it failed for so many others shrug 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 delivers on drama and wraps up nicely Perfect for making you feel a little bit better about yourself too. 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, 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 has worked at all his life Then there s their 18yo daughter Sylvie, leaving for college in a few weeks, whose only goal for the summer is to lose her virginity this plotline will of course dovetail with that of her gorgeous twenty something Mallorcan Spanish tutor Then we have her older brother Bobby, a real estate agent who lives in Miami with his much older girlfriend Carmen, whom the whole Post family hates Finally there s Franny s lifelong best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence, who have been trying for years to adopt a baby Charles and Jim have never gotten along well, to put it gently hide spoiler This is, of course, a character drama, and Emma draws her characters just gorgeously as another reviewer noted, it s clear how much she loves them all The novel is also paced beautifully, doling out little reveals about each person bit by bit, like lushly designed wind up toys, which after a while you can just set in place and watch them go That s not to say that the book is predictable, just eminently, sighingly believable I loved many, many other things about this book the food, the weather, the atmosphere, the dialogue, the sexy moments, the characters wonderful little quirks I d love to quote you some specifics, but immediately handed the book over to my mom upon turning the last page But one of the things I loved the most is that all the braided plotlines were resolved in really satisfying ways, and it felt like everyone absolutely got what they deserved both good and bad That was really a relief for me maybe I ve gone soft, but I m sick to death of reading about crummy characters who win, or wonderful characters who get fucked in the bad way Anyway, wonderful wonderful Read this right away when it comes out Especially if you re on your way to the tropics with your own family All unhappy families are unhappy in their own ways, right 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.TheI 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 want to adopt a baby But they get the least amount of pages and even then the focus is on their having a kid That would be fine, but its hardly explored, nor is the idea of what marriage means to gay men, how it affects them and their families, how same sex marriage might change heterosexual marriage, etc Those would be interesting topics to explore, but instead Straub treats Charles like a heterosexual woman desperate to have a baby Yawn Carmen is also somewhat interesting, but also gets short shrift I get that The Vacationers is about family dysfunction, loving your family anyway, etc, but most of the characters are so unpleasant and or cliche, and their stories so uninteresting, that I didn t care what happened by the end If they were my family, I certainly wouldn t want to spend any time with them As a reader, I m baffled why critics think I d want to spend time with these boring, unpleasant people I guess the other summer books must have been really bad This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 L 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 characters were written, I didn t want Jim, Franny, Bobby, OR Charles to get a happy ending Franny was unlikable from page one Yes, you ve gained weight Yes, you re middle aged Deal The way she and Charles acted together to the exclusion of their loved ones was unreal After all of their shared history, it took Franny s interview with the tennis pro to make Jim want to stay married Is Bobby really going to get to walk away from his financial troubles and his sub par life that he chose for himself And of COURSE Charles gets on board with the adoption They were all must plain mean to and about Carmen, which turned me off to the family altogether I like happy endings, but I d have been fine with a few of these characters having to lie in the bed that they made


About the Author: Emma Straub

Emma Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels All Adults Here, Modern Lovers, The Vacationers, Laura Lamont s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married Straub s work has been published in twenty countries, and she and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.


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