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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
I was very disappointed with this book. Nothing significant ever happens. The characters are not interesting. Read morePublished 1 day ago by lauriew
Typical shallow novel with shallow people. Not one person in this novel did I like.
It did, however, show what a mess parents make of their children when they try to be their... Read more
Really have no idea what all the acclaim was about! It's a book about a group of unlikeable people going on vacation together and revealing all their secrets with no satisfactory... Read morePublished 5 days ago by TwinMom
Not a totally awful book. The story was just OK - One dimensional characters with predictable lives. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mercy Girl