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Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
This was a surprise of a book.
I have not read a @jenniferweinerwrites for years (perhaps it was "Goodnight Nobody" ?). My expectation was that it would be a fun, light summery book featuring a character who is a real-sized woman, taking place on the Cape and in New York. And it starts in that fashion...
Weiner deals with lots of social topics -- curvy women vs skinnies, scholarship students vs trust funders, bullying, cheating to get into ivy league schools, infidelity -- you get it all. It's a lot, but it's entertaining and the book moves.
I'm reading along, thinking I know how the book is going to play out. Friendship, reconciliation, wedding, romance, wrap it up... and then BAM! Unforeseen/completely unexpected plot twist.
I give Weiner credit. Life is stranger than fiction and she mines that.
In the early 2000s, there was a murder on the Cape that got tons of press. It was the first crime of that nature in decades. The victim was a young single mother/former fashion writer named Christa Worthington and she was found with her toddler trying to nurse. It was a heartbreaking story. Weiner mines this story and makes it her own. And it's a super good twist.
But I've almost said too much. Now you're armed with the backstory. Go forth and definitely worth the read.
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