The Vacationers

The Vacationers

Book - 2014
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Jun 30, 2019

Boring, boring, boring read about entitled, privileged people. Kept waiting for something worthwhile to happen and it never did. Everything was anti climatic and had no real message. The characters really didn't seem to grow or learn anything. Don't waste your time.

Mar 26, 2019


Aug 03, 2016

Read it before. A marriage in trouble, a teenager about to enter college and a trip to Europe to hopefully work things out. And, of course they do. Nothing about this book engaged me.

Jul 22, 2016

This was an easy read but, as some other reviewers have mentioned, the ending was too pat.

Jul 13, 2016

This is a perfect summer read - it's breezy with just enough drama. As a reader you have enough invested in the characters to see the story through.

dgeorgia Jul 02, 2016

I would not recommend this book. The characters are simplistic and I noticed some similarities in the characters between this book and the author's other book "Modern Lovers". There are some good lines that are very well written. Overall, this book just reviews the banality of life and recovery after certain situations. If you want a good summer read, try "The Hissy Fit" by Mary Kay Andrews.

Jun 03, 2016

I hated these people but I couldn't put the book down!

Sep 21, 2015

A quick, easy and enjoyable summer read.

Sep 12, 2015

It is a great summer read

Jul 13, 2015

A charming, quick, light and enjoyable read. Many lovely observations. I think this on a million "beach reads" lists for a good reason. It's refreshingly fizzy with a touch of sharpness that saves it from being too fluffy. I read it within a few hours during a lay-over, and found it very satisfying.

Jul 11, 2015

As one of the books I managed to read to the very end, it's overall a light read. Descriptions of characters are realistic and relatively vivid. But I would've read something else.

Jul 06, 2015

Dysfunctional family goes on a trip with friends. They take their problems and irritating personalities with them. Not my kind of vacation!

Jul 02, 2015

This was a light vacation read about a family (and some friends) on a trip to Spain. It could have been funnier and it was kind of a “take it or leave it” read for me. It reminded me of a madeline wickham book called “sleeping arrangements”.

inthestacks Mar 01, 2015

The Post family from New York takes a two-week vacation on Mallorca before their 18 year-old daughter, Sylvia, heads off to college. Jim and Franny have been married for 35 years but there is tension in their marriage as an aftermath of Jim’s indiscretions with a young intern at work and subsequent involuntary retirement. Twenty-eight year-old son, Bobby, arrives from Miami with his 40 year-old partner, Carmen, who the family has never really liked. And longtime friend of Franny’s, Charles, and his husband, Lawrence, round out the group. Charles and Lawrence are nervously awaiting news on the adoption of a baby. Straub deftly switches between the perspectives of the characters telling a story of redemption, forgiveness and individual realizations. A floundering family finding their way. Done with humour and tenderness.

Dec 10, 2014

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

madison382 Nov 17, 2014

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

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.

LPL_TriciaK Nov 16, 2014

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

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.

rowanquincy Oct 18, 2014

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.

karcoldelharvic5 Sep 30, 2014

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

ksoles Aug 30, 2014

"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?”

SLS71 Aug 20, 2014

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

Aug 13, 2014

I enjoyed this book. The personal struggles of the characters was realistic and there resolutions were believable. The author's style of writing is smooth and easy to follow. I would recommend this book.

ehbooklover Jul 22, 2014

One of the reviews that I read called this book a "fun summer read". I respectfully disagree. I didn’t find this book fun at all. It was actually an examination of a family in transition that was just plain sad in parts. I enjoyed the book enough that I finished it, but overall I found this to be a boring read that was full of some very unlikeable and unsympathetic people.

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