Dragonsbane jSometimes I read great reviews of a book Iust read and wonder if I read the same book I felt that way with The Interestings and today I feel the same about The Vacationers I liked it It was a nice airplane read But it s not a YOU GUYS THIS BOOK book like some of the reviews Then again I paid for my own copyWe follow the middle aged upper middle class Jim and
Franny Post son Bobby and girlfriend Carmen their daughter Sylvia and Franny s best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence Post their Bobby and girlfriend Carmen their daughter Sylvia and Franny s best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence a two week vacation to a house in MallorcaAnd naturally everyone s either reeling from A Big Thing that ust happened or is on the precipice of A Big Thing that s about to happen Jim was fired from "His Longtime Job For Having An Affair With An Intern "longtime ob for having an affair with an intern threw Franny for a loop Sylvia hates her charmed charmed charmed life and is going to college in the fall Lawrence and Charles are on the shortlist to adopt a baby a change that Lawrence very much wants and Charles very much doesn t care about Those two were very Cyrus Beene and James Novak from Scandal to me Carmen wants a commitment and Bobby doesn t want to commit to anythin. For the Posts a two week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration Franny and Jim are observing their thirty fifth wedding anniversary and th. .
G EverThere are some really fantastic scenes and Straub gives her characters opportunities to naturally divide into smaller sub groups and talk with each otherSPOILERSThe way the characters were written I didn t want Jim Franny Bobby OR Charles to get a happy ending Franny was unlikable from page one Yes you ve gained weight Yes you re middle aged Deal The way she and Charles acted together to the exclusion of their loved ones was unreal After all of their shared history it took Franny s interview with the tennis pro to make Jim want to stay married Is Bobby really going to get to walk away from his financial troubles and his sub par life that he chose for himself And of COURSE Charles gets on board with the adoption They were all must plain mean to and about Carmen which turned me off to the family I like happy endings but I d have been fine a few of these characters having to lie in the bed that they made A uick summer read following vapid detestable characters who try to escape their problems but ultimately have to face them while on I guess I m going to miss saying god I hate this book every 10. Eir daughter Sylvia has graduated from high school The sunlit island its mountains "and beaches its tapas and tennis courts also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at "beaches its tapas and tennis courts also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at in Manhattan.
Read ½ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ç Emma StraubMinutes I can t "stand it any I ust realized I have two chapters left and it hasn t stopped sucking "it any I ust realized I have two chapters left and it hasn t stopped sucking Throwing in the towel A beautifully written boring story I confess to being utterly baffled by this book I m not referring to the book itself which had a minimal plot that was very easy to follow I m referring to the critical reaction to The Vacationers It had glowing reviews and seemed to be on every summer reading list After reading it I can only shake my head in wonder and ask why Mass hallucination Bribery All the critics were friends of the writer I don t know what else would explain this book being anointed this summer s must readThe writing was
"PERFECTLY FINE IF NOTHING SPECIAL BUT "fine if nothing special but story itself was so meh The plot was boring with the various storylines being mostly very well trod ground done better by other books Husband has cheated on wife who has kind of let herself go In turn she behaves like a shrew He feels bad and waits around to see if she ll forgive him Younger daughter is a surly virgin who hates everyone and thinks she ll be ugly forever Older son is a screw up living with an older woman he. But all does not go according to plan over the course of the vacation secrets come to light old and new humiliations are experienced childhood rivalries resurface and ancient wounds are exacerbat. ,