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Big Summer: the best escape you'll have this year

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13th May 2021

Price: £9.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349427713

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Big Summer is the perfect beach read’ PopSugar

‘Beautifully written, twisty and compelling . . . I raced through it’ Daily Mail

The No. 1 New York Times bestselling author returns with an unforgettable novel about friendship set during a disastrous wedding on picturesque Cape Cod.

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favour to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time – she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media – so when Drue asks if she will be her maid of honour at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything – except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.


Discover why readers are IN LOVE with Jennifer Weiner:

‘Nothing short of brilliant’ People

‘Friendship, weddings, and rich people being weird? Obviously I am in’ Literary Hub

‘If you love Jennifer Weiner, you’ll love this one’ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

‘Big Summer is a big, fun summer read’ Booklist

‘Deliciously entertaining’ Woman’s Own


Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
If you love Jennifer Weiner, you'll love this one. And if you're a newbie, start here
USA Today
Observant, self-aware and very funny . . . Sexy and satisfying, Big Summer will delight Jennifer Weiner's many fans and could be just the absorbing take-me-away read so many of us need right now
Clever and empowering
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Everything you'd hope to find in a beach read: complicated female friendships, unhappy rich people, a hardworking heroine with an eye for fashion, and an Instagram-worthy setting for an over-the-top wedding on Cape Cod
Jennifer Weiner delivers the perfect beach read with this tale of friendship and forgiveness set during a disastrous wedding on picturesque Cape Cod. Even if you can't dip your toes in the ocean, there's no reason not to enjoy this summer pick!
Publishers Weekly
Weiner's story of female friendships mixes a splash of romance, a dash of humour, and a pinch of mystery to create a deliciously bloody poolside cocktail. Weiner's surprising tale is hard to put down
This book perfectly captures just how complex female friendships can be
Literary Hub
Jennifer Weiner writes tremendously enjoyable books that hit me in the same pleasure centre as romantic comedies do, so I'm very excited for her latest novel, set in the midst of a 'lavish society wedding' on Cape Cod. Friendship, weddings, and rich people being weird? Obviously I am in
Come for the influencers and the ritzy Cape Cod wedding; stay for the beyond relatable depiction of how complicated female friendships are
Big Summer is a big, fun summer read. Weiner made her mark chronicling the relationships of young women, and her return to that arena will garner lots of attention
Big Summer is the perfect beach read, but one that's filled with thoughtful ideas about how we live our lives online and the nature of friendship. Get ready for another big-hearted novel by Jennifer Weiner
Minneapolis Star Tribune
A hugely entertaining mashup of a beach read / murder mystery / rich-people's-lives-porn / romance . . . Big Summer is the very essence of the big summer novel. Forget about the world for a while, and have some fun
Entertainment Weekly
It's the beach read to end all beach reads
Washington Post
It's deliciously fun: frothy entertainment with surprising depth. It's empowering and surprising - a reminder to put down the phone and enjoy each moment for what it is, rather than what it could look like on Instagram