That Disappointing Summer

That Summer

By Jennifer Weiner

A 3-⭐️ Review

I’ve tried to write this post without spoilers, but there is a significant plot point that I must include.

I feel like I missed the content warnings that should go alongside That Summer by Jennifer Weiner. This book was a real struggle to read because of its focus on rape, the aftermath of trauma, and the #metoo movement. I was taken aback when I continued to read this one, like, “How did I miss that this one is about rape?”

As you can see from the photo, I’m a big fan of Weiner, but this one missed the mark. I miss the books of Weiner’s previous years: Good in Bed, Little Earthquakes, Who Do You Love, and others.

I am a survivor of sexual assault, and Diana’s story did resonate in parts. But it wasn’t for me. Maybe it’s because I am a survivor, or maybe it’s because I just didn’t connect with the other characters. 

Like all of Weiner’s books, That Summer features interesting characters on a trajectory toward growth. Daisy seemed like a character of convenience, and her daughter Beatrice didn’t play enough of a role; neither did Danny, Daisy’s brother. Everything wrapped up a little too easily, despite Weiner’s vague Coda. It wasn’t without merits, but this one just wasn’t for me.

What book took you by surprise in a good or negative way recently?

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