#FiveBlushReview ~~ That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
Christina’s 5 Poignant Blush Review
That Summer by Jennifer Weiner deserves to hold the prominent book slot in your beach tote this summer, but it is so much more than a beach read. In between glimpses of warm summer fun and delicious food, Weiner gently exposes the perverse and over-indulgent underbelly of wealthy, privileged prep school good old boys (just being boys), and the unsuspecting girls whose lives they irrevocably changed.
Diana and Daisy are each in their own right, phenomenal characters with relatable experiences and viewpoints, who have led very different lives but somehow end up needing each other more than they could have imagined. That Summer is an honest and thoughtful portrayal of what happens after, detailing the shock waves that can be felt for years while answering the questions, “why didn’t she say something sooner?” Or “why now?”
A must-read for women (and men) of all ages, That Summer is Jennifer Weiner’s best book yet. Bravo!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another timely and deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship.
Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful, her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night?
While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?
From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, That Summer is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.