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review 2016-07-01 20:15
The Vacationers: A Novel - Emma Straub

I read this book yesterday and it was an odd little venture. If you like portraitures of family life that don't really go anywhere, this is one of those stories. I feel like it was neither good nor bad. I listened on audiobook and had one uncomfortable moment where I was at a stop light when an extremely unexpected sex scene cropped up. Yikes! Sorry, surrounding motorists!

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review 2016-01-01 04:41
THE VACATIONERS by Emma Straub
The Vacationers: A Novel - Emma Straub

The Posts and their friends go to Mallorca for vacation. Truths come out. People grow up. This is funny and sad and so realistic. I like that Jim and Frannie have to decide what to do with their marriage. I like their solution. I also liked that their son and daughter grow up during this time. She's fine but their son--unbelievable! I would read her again.

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review 2015-04-30 13:42
The Vacationers: A Novel - Emma Straub

The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Sylvia a is done with high school and now she wants to do something for the summer and is thinking of going on the family vacation. She can practice her Spanish there.
Book also follows James and their parents in Spain.  Jim has lost his editorial job, something to do with a younger female, his new assistant. They accepted his resignation with the magazine and now he has nothing to do.
Frannie-his wife will give them 2 weeks time in Spain to decide what to do with him...It's their 35th wedding anniversary also...
Frannie's gay friends are also there with them...liked the book for the travel and all the people involved, from different age groups and with different set of problems.
Lots of secrets, Sylvia makes a list of things to do before college...lots of infidelity...
Love the travel descriptions.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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review 2015-02-25 01:47
The Vacationers
The Vacationers: A Novel - Emma Straub

This was my book club's most recent selection and book we discussed on Sunday. A "lighter" read was preferred by our group and this won the vote based on that assumption.  It was indeed a lighter read than our previous selections and overall it was thought to be slighter better than your average beach read.

 

Jim and Franny are trying to work things out in their 25+ years marriage and decide to go on a family vacation to Spain.  This includes their daughter Sylvia who just graduated from high school and is college bound as well as her much older brother Bobby and his much older girlfriend Carmen.  In addition, Franny's longtime best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence join them for their holiday.

 

Franny is bitter that Jim had an affair. Jim is weak and wimpy.  Sylvia is lost in her own world of angst but livens up a bit for handsome Juan, her Spanish tutor her mother arranged for the trip.  Bobby and Carmen have their own troubles and Carmen feels like the outsider who doesn't fit in with this family.  Charles and Lawrence are desperately trying to adopt a baby. Franny lights up like Christmas whenever Charles is around and once the two of them are together anyone else in the room becomes oblivious.  Once they all arrive in Spain drama, hysterics and folly result.

 

Despite some good reviews on this book I was surprised I did not enjoy it.  I didn't think any of the characters to be likable but Lawrence who seemed to be the only one of the cast who had any sense and sanity.  If you like beach reads and the lighter side when it comes to books than this is for you.  If like me, you need a bit more substance for a satisfying read then I wouldn't recommend this one.

 

How I acquired this book: Purchased at Barnes & Noble with giftcard from Christmas.

Shelf Life:  2 months

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review 2014-09-21 18:34
The Vacationers
The Vacationers: A Novel - Emma Straub
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