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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
Wonderful book about family dynamics. Funny and insightful about parents and their adult children, their individual lives and the complicated interaction of each other.Published 5 days ago by CDahn
Predictable, boring, uninspiring. The only reason I finished it was because I was curious to see if I had called all the shots right. I did.Published 12 days ago by Sebtown reader
I enjoyed getting to know the characters and learning what made them who they are. Realistic circumstances rang true. The setting in Spain was an added plus.Published 16 days ago by Helen
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read. It was a good story and I would recommend it.Published 16 days ago by Dana
Nice setting....but I would have liked more closure at the end. The ending seemed a bit to 'clean' me. Real life isn't usually so easily wrapped up.Published 18 days ago by Karen Holstein
Not s great book but enjoyable read in the end.
Very slow moving until the conflicts surface. The resolution of each is wholly predictable.