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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
The book just didn't really go anywhere. The Posts were not as interesting as you'd imagine a wealthy family from NYC could be. I would not recommend this book.Published 4 days ago by Desa
This book was hard to read and horribly written. I couldn't figure who was talking and Franny just about drove me crazy.Published 5 days ago by Alisa Owen Stuwe
I read this right after I read of the best books I have ever read in my life so my review might be a little skewed. It was a good story, but definitely not a page-turner. Read morePublished 6 days ago by MNorris
I didn't really care for this book. I found most of the characters to be self centered and judgmental. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Melissa Higgins
Was okay. Did not get engaged with any of the characters so a slower read and one I could easily put down to continue later.Published 8 days ago by Carol P.
I fell in love with the characters in this novel, all members of a modern family, nuclear or extended, all facing immediate challenges or crises. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kathleen Salzberg
Not one of my very favorites but I liked it. I liked to learn about the countryside in Majorca. The main characters in the book were interesting and different from each other... Read morePublished 17 days ago by JS