Author: Jennifer Weiner

Narrator: Sutton Foster

Publication Date: May 11, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship.

Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful, her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night?

While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?

From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, That Summer is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.

Book Review

That Summer is the perfect mix of serious issues and cute beach read. At fifteen, Diana spends a summer on the Cape for a babysitting job. It is her dream but what happens that summer stays with her. That summer changed Diana’s life forever. Years later, Daisy starts receiving emails for another Diana. Daisy and Diana end up meeting and forming a friendship. The women are very different with vastly different lives, but they have a connection in the past. Diana even bonds with Daisy’s daughter. That Summer grabbed my attention from the first page. I was trying to figure out the connection of the summer and the adult characters. All of the characters are dealing with personal and relationship troubles. I really enjoyed Diana and Daisy. They were both great characters. Many parts of the book were light and enjoyable, but there were also some darker moments with serious issues that played a big part in the book. I highly recommend That Summer for fans of Jennifer Weiner or books that are both serious and light.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sutton Foster and loved her narration. She really brought the story to life and her narration added to the story. I definitely recommend the audiobook.

Thank you Atria Books and Simon & Schuster Audio for That Summer.

About the Author

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner’s books have spent over five years on the New York Times bestseller list with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries.

She is the author of the novels Good in Bed (2001); In Her Shoes (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes (2004); Goodnight Nobody (2005); the short story collection The Guy Not Taken (2006); Certain Girls (2008); Best Friends Forever (2009); Fly Away Home (2010); Then Came You (2011); The Next Best Thing (2012); All Fall Down (2014), and Who Do You Love (2015). She is also the author of two middle-grade novels, The Littlest Bigfoot (2016) and Little Bigfoot, Big City (2017), and the nonfiction collection Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing (2016). Her most recent novel, Mrs. Everything (2019) received both trade accolades and raves from readers.

Jennifer Weiner grew up in Connecticut and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English literature from Princeton University in 1991. She worked as a newspaper reporter in central Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, where she was a feature writer and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Now a frequent contributor to the New York Times opinion page and Sunday Review, Weiner’s essays – “Mean Girls in the Retirement Home” and “Another Thing to Hate About Ourselves” – rose to the top of the “most emailed” lists and have been reprinted in newspapers and media outlets across the world.

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