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
Don't believe the publisher's hype..."The Vacationers" by Emma Straub is a beach read, nothing more, nothing less. Read morePublished 19 days ago by K. Kennedy
It's such a hoot to skim over the 700+ reviews and see such a profound difference of reaction to this book. Read morePublished 19 days ago by CT Amazonians
Take one gander at this book’s cover, and you will rightly surmise that this is the quintessential summer book. Need further proof? Read morePublished 23 days ago by I Know What You Should Read
This novel does not live up to the praise of is many cover blurbs. It's flecked with wit, surely, but not nearly as clever as I expected it to be and the writing could have... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Word Lover
The concept for this story is great which is why I gave it 3 stars but the characters were too predictable and "flat". Read morePublished 1 month ago by hulabuyer
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
Not a totally awful book. The story was just OK - One dimensional characters with predictable lives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mercy Girl
Nothing life-changing is happening here but you do get to take a little summer trek through Majorca. Apparently islands of Spain magically cure all family problems. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelly D.