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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
This book was just OK. I kept reading thinking it would pick up and have a great storyline but it never really did. Most of the book was pretty predictable. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by SC
A pleasant read, but nothing special. No surprises, everything turns out as expected. I'd hoped for more, but on the other hand, I don't regret reading it, either. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Brian Olesky
The book was an easy, fast read. The story is very simple and too predictable and characters with no depth and likability. You really did not care what happened to any of them. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Raymond H.
A good read overall but as many books recently it suffered from "premature ending".....too many issues resolved with no credible info in the last 50 pages..Published 1 day ago by Nadine Essency
I found Emma Straub when I came upon Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and I knew instantly that I would be reading her next novel, The Vacationers. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sportzchck "Liz"
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters were wonderfully convincing. The author also managed to inject just the right amount of complexity into the sub-plots... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tnkrbell
I enjoyed way more than I thought I would. Engrossing story which reflects the time we are living in.Published 9 days ago by Stephanie B. Gray