The Vacationers (Free E–pub) ✓ Emma Straub

The Vacationers

Emma Straub ✓ 6 Download

I do not know why I kept reading this book It s basically a book about a family on vacation in MallorcaSome of the members have cheated outside their respective relationships at one time or another and all the resentmentsecrets finally come to light and not even in any exciting events They just talk about itThat s it On and on and on Mostly whiningNothing really happens in this bookit s like attending one big boring family reunion where you get seated beside your seventh cousin twice removed and all they do is drone on about a two week vacation and it feels like it takes them two weeks to describe itSomeone had to have been aid a great deal to write the glowing rofessional reviews I read of this book I should have read the Goodreads reviews first The storyline is slow the characters are unlikeable and the only excitement that really happens is the 18year old daughter losing her virginity to a 20 year old Mallorcan Bleh I guess I m going to miss saying god I hate this book every 10 minutes I can t stand it any I just realized I have two chapters left and it hasn t stopped sucking once Throwing in the towel Well this was just an absolute delight I will admit that I was hesitant although I had high hopes I didn t love Emma s revious book Laura Lamont s Life in Pictures so I didn t expect to be reading her again any time soon But my ow I confess to being utterly baffled by this book I m not referring to the book itself which had a minimal lot 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 on every summer reading list After reading 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 erfectly fine if nothing special but the story itself was so meh The lot 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 doesn t love so he cheats on her in order to end the relationshipThe book s only novel characters are Charles and Lawrence an older married gay couple who want to adopt a baby But they get the least amount of ages and even then the focus is on their having a kid That would be fine but its hardly explored nor is the idea of would be fine but its hardly explored nor is the idea of marriage means to gay men how it affects them and their families how same sex marriage might change "heterosexual marriage etc Those would be interesting topics to explore but instead Straub treats Charles like a heterosexual woman desperate "marriage etc Those would be interesting topics to explore but instead Straub treats Charles like a heterosexual woman desperate have a baby Yawn Carmen is also somewhat interesting but also gets short shrift I get that The Vacationers is about family dysfunction loving your family anyway etc but most of the characters are so unpleasant andor cliche and their stories so uninteresting that I didn t care what happened by the end If they were my family I certainly wouldn t want to spend any time with them As a reader I m baffled why critics think I d want to spend time with these boring unpleasant eople I guess the other summer books must have been really bad This book was about as satisfying as eating a 12 ack of sugarless cinnamon gum for Sunday dinner This is the tale of Franny a short fat Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde petty shrew of a woman who goes on vacation with her gay of course best friend and hisartner her Karneval, Vol. 4 philandering husband Jim her spoiled useless children and Carmenoor oor Carmen Franny is using their 2 weeks in Mallorca to decide whether or not to stay. 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. ,

In her marriage to her cheating unemployed albeit tall husbandFranny toys with the idea of taking on a lover of her own an old famous Mallorcan tennis ro with a sexy times accent but unfortunately knocks herself out during a ractice volley with him giving herself a big bump on her noggin Meanwhile Jim roves his love and repentance by stalking Franny around the island via big bump on her noggin Meanwhile Jim roves his love and repentance by stalking Franny around the island via borrowed motorbike of a stranger in black leather he meets on the lane over Even "though Jim can t stop fantasizing about his 23 year old "Jim can t stop fantasizing about his 23 year old lover with the long blonde hair and supple waist for a single living minute he really is very very sorry and desperately wants his fat wife backLesser lots ensue Franny and Jim s asshole son leaves behind the family scrabble marathon and his super fit girlfriend Carmen one rainy night to get a blow job from a random ugly british chick in a Palermo disco bathroom Franny s teenage daughter outs in the bedroom the entire vacay cause her hot spanish tutor accidentally saw her in a towel Frannie s gay best friend s artner skulks around the house trying to avoid her nasty ass so he can get some fcking work done and also adopt a little boy with a Changing Face of the Hero perfectly nice name that they are still hell bent on changing Pooroor ink velour sweatsuit wearing Carmen does a lot of jumping jacks and drinks disgusting health tonics but is 1000 times nicer than anyone else in the house so gets to escape the vacation a few days early And Franny hates on her benefactress Gemma the generous owner of the beautiful vacation home with the ool by the ocean they ve been staying at because Gemma is tall and blonde and has nice olive oil in the StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story pantryIn the end Franny decides to stay with her deadbeat husband who she will undoubtedly never ever ever let live it down And also maybe lend her asshole son 150k he owes to the Russian fitness drink mob back in Miami Hmmm ok that was fun A uick summer read following vapid detestable characters who try to escape theirroblems but ultimately have to face them while on family vacation Basically exactly what you expect it to be It delivers on drama and wraps up nicely Perfect for making you feel a little bit better about yourself too I kept reading in the hopes that someone would drown Or maybe at the end of the book the lane would crash and the whole detestable wealthy rivileged family would die on their way home from Mallorca where their dream vacation in a giant Lignin Biodegradation private house near the ocean had been marred by secrets coming to light and infidelityReally the only character I liked here was Carmen theersonal trainer girlfriend of the older son who commits the unpardonable sin of being ten years older than him wearing tight clothes and working out a lot NO ONE IN THE FAMILY EVER GETS OVER THE AGE DIFFERENCE EVEN AFTER TEN YEARS AND THEY ALL HATE HER FOR IT And yet we are supposed to sympathize with the mom for how her son has failed to fulfill his destiny The author seems to like these family characters They are finely drawn and yet I found them totally unsympathetic I liked the descriptions of the food and setting but it was unbearable A beautifully written boring story Find all of my reviews at Stars Secrets are no fun for anyone Keep that in mind When my husband asked what I was reading about over the weekend the answer was simple Nothing He followed up that response with uh oh so it s a 1 Star book then I surprised him by saying no and here I am giving The Vacationers a solid 35 I still stand by this being about nothing when compared to most other books I read but I remember a certain television show which I still watch whenever Pure Chance presented the opportunity that was about nothing as well I m trying to figure out how this one even got on my TBR Did the Goodreads spam generatorop up The Lady and the Lionheart put this on the feed awhile back I can t think of. Eir daughter Sylvia has graduated from high school The sunlit island its mountains and beaches its tapas and tennis courts alsoromise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan.
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What else would have made me ut my name on the library wait list aside from those subliminal messages Whatever the reason I somehow ended up with The Vacationers on the first weekend where it was in the 60s rather than during the summer when I robably should have read it due to the fact that I spend my free time ingesting baseball field dirt rather than soaking up the sun at a lace like Mallorca Even though the timing was off I somehow still enjoyed this book from looking at the 314 general GR rating I robably read it wrong As I said nothing awesomely dramatic or monumental happens in this story but I still couldn t ut it down What we have is the Post family s vacation Jim has been fired from his longtime magazine job for banging a co worker His wife Franny is left dealing with her feelings regarding this betrayal dealing with her feelings regarding this betrayal also non refundable tickets Daughter Sylvia is counting down the minutes until she escapes to college especially since she s become a social ariah with her former friends due to a drunken make out session with nearly every boy in school Son Bobby has some financial woes he d like to discuss with the A (kinda) Country Christmas parents if thearents can stop judging his significantly older ersonal trainer girlfriend long enough to listen And oor Lawrence and Charles are trying to figure out if adopting a baby is the right thing to do when it seems dysfunction is inevitable at some oint in timeSo there you have it A book that takes lace over the course of two weeks that is simply a snapshot of the goings on during that time National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 period This is most definitely not a book that will change your life and the characters are allretty much unlikeable too If you know me that might explain why this worked for me when it failed for so many others shrug Sometimes I read great reviews of a book I just read and wonder if I read "the same book I felt that way with The Interestings and today I "same book I felt that way with The Interestings and today I 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 aid for my own copyWe follow the middle aged upper middle class Jim and Franny Post their son Bobby and girlfriend Carmen their daughter Sylvia and Franny s best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence 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 just happened or is on the recipice of A Big Thing that s about to happen Jim was fired from his longtime job for having an affair with an intern which 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 anything 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 Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism 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 tennisro to make Jim want to stay married Is Bobby really going to get to walk away from his financial troubles and his sub Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory par life that he chose for himself And of COURSE Charles gets on board with the adoption They were all mustlain mean to and about Carmen which turned me off to the family altogether I like happy endings but I d have been fine with a few of these characters having to lie in the bed that they made. But all does not go according to Charming the Firefighter 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.

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