Fact that I spend my free time ingesting baseball field dirt rather than soaking up the sun at a place like Mallorca Even though the timing was off I somehow still enjoyed this book from looking at the 314 general GR rating I probably read it wrong As I said nothing
awesomely dramatic "Or Monumental Happens In This "monumental appens in this but I still couldn t put it down What we dramatic or monumental The American Nurse happens in this story but I still couldn t put it down What we is the Post family s vacation Jimas been fired from Dangerous Desire his longtime magazine job for banging a co worker His wife Franny is left dealing wither feelings regarding this betrayal and also non refundable tickets Daughter Sylvia is counting down the minutes until she escapes to college especially since she s
*BECOME A SOCIAL PARIAH WITH HER FORMER FRIENDS DUE *a social pariah with The Little Book of Puns her former friends due a drunken make out session with nearly every boy in school Son Bobbyas some financial woes e d like to discuss with the parents if the parents can stop judging is significantly older personal trainer girlfriend long enough to listen And poor 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 point in timeSo there you The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations have it A book that takes place over the course of two weeks that is simply a snapshot of the goings on during that time period This is most definitely not a book that will change your life and the characters are all pretty much unlikeable too If you know me that might explain why this worked for me when it failed for so many others shrug Well this was just an absolute delight I will admit that I wasesitant although I ad igh opes I didn t love Emma s previous book Laura Lamont s Life in Pictures so I didn t expect to be reading er again any time soon But my own vacation snuck up on me and suddenly I was staring down three long flights and nine days at the beach with not a thing on my shelves that I was thrilled about A uick last minute dash to the Strand turned up a proof of this and ere we are And my goodness what a perfect choice this turned out to be Reading a novel of a dysfunctional family vacation in the midst of my own semi functional family vacation Just brilliant synchronicity I m esitant to do any synopsis izing since this is so far from publication still But A Strangers Touch (Psychic Triplet Trilogy, here s a uickie rundown of the book s characters which I llide behind a spoiler tag just to be safe view spoilerWe ave Jim and Franny Post writers married several decades whose lives as just been rocked by the revelation of Jim s infidelity with a very young intern which also resulted in The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler his being fired from the magazinee Papyrus and Tablet has worked at allis life Then there s their 18yo daughter Sylvie leaving for college in a few weeks whose only goal for the summer is to lose The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham her virginity this plotline will of course dovetail with that ofer gorgeous twenty something Mallorcan Spanish tutor Then we A Foxs Love (American Kitsune haveer older brother Bobby a real estate agent who lives in Miami with The Provocateur his much older girlfriend Carmen whom the whole Post familyates Finally there s Franny s lifelong best friend Charles and Trading Christmas hisusband Lawrence who Never an outbreak have been trying for years to adopt a baby Charles and Jimave never gotten along well to put it gently Pride hide spoile. But all does not go according to plan over the course of the vacation secrets come to light old and newumiliations are experienced childhood rivalries resurface and ancient wounds are exacerbat. Either reeling from A Big Thing that just appened or is on the precipice of A Big Thing that
s about to appen Jim was fired from is longtime job for I kept reading about to appen Jim was fired from The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) his longtime job for I kept reading theopes that someone would drown Or maybe at the end of the book the plane would crash and the whole detestable wealthy privileged family would die on their way Step Out of Your Story home from Mallorca where their dream vacation in a giant privateouse near the ocean The Eyes of the Dead had been marred by secrets coming to light and infidelityReally the only character I likedere was Carmen the personal trainer girlfriend of the older son who commits the unpardonable sin of being ten years older than Rules for a Lady 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 forow Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles her sonas failed to fulfill ABC 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 I do not know why I kept reading this book It s basically a book about a family on vacation in MallorcaSome of the membersave 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 appens 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
like it takes two weeks to describe itSomeone ad to Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale have been paid a great deal to write the glowing professional reviews I read of this book I shouldave read the Goodreads reviews first The storyline is slow the characters are unlikeable and the only excitement that really Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children happens is the 18year old daughter losinger virginity to a 20 year old Mallorcan Bleh This book was about as satisfying as eating a 12 pack of sugarless cinnamon gum for Sunday dinner This is the tale of Franny a short fat petty shrew of a woman who goes on vacation with Carlyle Marney her gay of c Find all of my reviews at Stars Secrets are no fun for anyone Keep that in mind When myusband 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 Shameful him by saying no andere 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 presented the opportunity that was about nothing as well I m trying to figure out ow this one even got on my TBR Did the Goodreads spam generator pop up put this on the feed awhile back I can t think of what else would ave made me put 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 probably should Sacred Landscapes have read it due to the. Eir daughter Sylviaas graduated from Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, high school The sunlit island its mountains and beaches its tapas and tennis courts also promise an escape from the tensions simmering atome in Manhattan. ,Feels Like It Takes
I confess to being utterly baffled by this book I m not referring to the book itself which Gold Rush had a minimal plot that was very easy to follow I m referring to the critical reaction to The Vacationers Itad glowing reviews and seemed to be on every summer reading list After reading it I can only shake my Girl Reporter head in wonder and ask why Massallucination 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 the 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 Hunted has cheated on wife whoas kind of let Gingerbread Heart herself go In turn she behaves like a shrew He feels bad and waits around to see if she ll forgiveim Younger daughter is a surly virgin who ates everyone and thinks she ll be ugly forever Older son is a screw up living with an older woman e doesn t love so Biz Talk-2 he cheats oner 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 pages and even then the focus is on their Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, having a kid That would be fine but itsardly explored nor is the idea of what marriage means to gay men A Historical Atlas of Tibet how it affects them and their familiesow same sex marriage might change The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, heterosexual marriage etc Those would be interesting topics to explore but instead Straub treats Charles like aeterosexual woman desperate to ave 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
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characters are so unpleasant andor cliche and their stories so uninterestingare so unpleasant andor cliche and their stories so uninteresting I didn t care what appened 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 people I guess the other summer books must ave been really bad A beautifully written boring story I guess I m going to miss saying god I ate this book every 10 minutes I can t stand it any I just realized I Critical Social Theory and the End of Work have two chapters left and itasn t stopped sucking once Throwing in the towel A uick summer read following vapid detestable characters who try to escape their problems but ultimately ave 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 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 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 their son Bobby and girlfriend Carmen their daughter Sylvia and Franny s best friend Charles and is Simple Wicca husband Lawrence on a two week vacation to aouse in MallorcaAnd naturally everyone 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.