The Vacationers

Straub, Emma

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Vacationers
Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter's high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014.
ISBN: 1594631573
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,22 cm


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Dec 18, 2014
  • ohboy2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Most of the characters lack depth, but become more likable as the story progresses. In the end they gain insights into their relationships, and why they are worth holding onto. Nice descriptions of place.

Dec 10, 2014
  • tegan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Slightly cheesy, slightly contrived, but very enjoyable. The story unfolds as expected, and it is delightful.

Nov 17, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is not your typical vacation read, it is very deed, and keep you interested to the end. I liked all the character, as they each had a story and are struggling to deal with their issues, just sad that they took their issues with them on vacation.

Nov 17, 2014
  • nappunkkomah rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I think this is the first book I'm giving a 1 star this year. I was hoping for a fun summer read, which in fact hadn't even gotten it until November, due to a long wait...but what's the long wait for? The entire story was filled with gossip. I didn't even find any good transition from having a problem to solving the problem. The narration was told to have been solved the problem and that was it. It was solved...don't know how.

Nov 16, 2014
  • tkarlin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A funny, smart read. A nice assortment of characters with believable flaws and predicaments. If you liked Where'd you go, Bernadette? I think you would enjoy this book too.

Nov 08, 2014
  • sandraperkins rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book amusing and enjoyable. The characters were believable, to me, because I have known people like them. Having all these people on vacation together in Mallorca may be a bit contrived, but I enjoyed being along for the ride. This is a relaxing, enjoyable read.

Oct 18, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I didn't like this book and didn't read it all. Kind of a cliquey New York City book natrated by a snarky kid.

Sep 30, 2014
  • karcoldelharvic5 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

this was the most boring book I read all summer, in fact all year. Didn't finish it.

Aug 30, 2014
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The Vacationers" contains all the elements of a pulpy, hackneyed beach read: generic title, family and friends gathering at an exotic locale, past hurts surfacing then bubbling over. Characters reveal secrets, learn how little they know about each other and return home transformed. But Emma Straub exceeds expectations with her second novel, refreshing a conventional plot through humour and depth of character.

The 35th anniversary of Jim and Franny and the high school graduation of their daughter, Sylvia, form the backdrop to the Post family's two week vacation on the Spanish Island of Mallorca. Joining the trio come Sylvia's much older brother, Bobby, and his even older girlfriend, Carmen, as well as Franny's best friend, Charles, and his husband, Lawrence. No relationship emerges as straightforward, though, and Straub deftly reveals which ones will strengthen and which will dissolve.

Jim had a successful career as a magazine editor until an office romance cost him his job and put his marriage at risk. Franny works as a journalist, specializing in travel pieces while fretting that she has lost both her youth and her attractiveness. Sylvia, the most perceptive character, has one goal for the vacation: losing her virginity. Bobby and Carmen, the enigmatic couple, harbour issues of their own. And Charles and Lawrence can barely enjoy Straub's beautifully described scenery as they wait for "the call" from their adoption agent.

This entertaining novel has much insight to offer on the bonds of relationships, brought forth by a cast of all-too-human characters. Ultimately, it poses the tough question Franny asks about Jim: “What did anyone know about anyone else, including the person they were married to?”

Aug 20, 2014
  • SLS71 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I don't get the love for this book. I think it was pretty boring and the characters underdeveloped.

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Dec 22, 2014
  • heathercardinale rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Family is nothing more than hope cast out in a wide net, everyone wanting only the best."


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