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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: Here's the funny thing about family: there's no one you love more than your relatives, and yet they're also the people who push your buttons the most. Emma Straub has captured this dilemma in her pitch-perfect second novel The Vacationers. The Post family’s vacation to the Balearic island of Mallorca is one fraught with jealousy and quiet secrets. It's an anniversary for parents Franny and Jim, who are making amends for some rocky marital misgivings; their son Bobby and his much-maligned older girlfriend Carmen have a financial favor to ask; and high school-age daughter Sylvia has made it her mission to lose her virginity to her Spanish tutor. The novel is warm--not just for the sunny beaches that surround Mallorca, but for the compassion and humor that Straub imbues in her characters. The Vacationers is a summer read for sure, but you'd be hard pressed to find a smarter one. --Kevin Nguyen
Wife didn't like ending, nor one of the Characters-daughter with relationship with man with Spanish background.Published 4 days ago by Tad Pole
This was a fun story to read, but there didn't really seem to be much of a plot. If you asked me what this book was about, all I would have to say is that it's about a family who... Read morePublished 9 days ago by alexa
I usually read suspense stories so I was out of my comfort zone reading this. I was pleasantly surprised how easily I was able to get into the family drama and found myself having... Read morePublished 11 days ago by pitt1850
Very entertaining. i loved the dynamics between the characters, both family and friends.Published 16 days ago by Kathy J.
interesting family dynamics but could have been explored more deeplyPublished 16 days ago by Donna Heil