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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 liked the scenery and the issues everyone had.
Did not like some of the writing... What was the purposes of the Tennis Player?
It was okay.
This is a story about what happens when you put seven people, some of them related, on a small island, in a secluded villa for two weeks. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by RNT
This book is a fine, quick read. It is not very memorable and not one you will want to read again.Published 1 day ago by Eberhali
Not one likeable character. The plit fell flat & didn't do a good job developing characters.Published 3 days ago by Coni L. Rebarcak
I wanted it to be good, but it left me disappointed. The premise and story lines showed so much promise but I never felt invested in the characters.Published 3 days ago by Leslie A. McLeod
This was an OK summer read, but after all the great reviews I read, I was expecting much more. All the characters are vaguely whiny and kind of spoiled. Read morePublished 3 days ago by retiredandlovinit
Good book and story, but the characters were poorly developed. I didn't care what happened to them. The ending was too predictable. It was an easy, fast read.Published 4 days ago by Lindsay Barton
It was awful, really did not care about any of the characters who were so shallow!Published 4 days ago by Linda M. Milone