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  1. says:

    I kept reading in the hopes 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 home from Mallorca where their dream vacation in a giant private house near the ocean had been marred by secrets coming to light and infidelityReally the only character I liked here was Carmen the personal trainer girlfriend of the older son who commits the unpardonable sin of being ten years older than 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 for how her son has failed to fulfill 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

  2. says:

    I confess to being utterly baffled by this book I'm not referring to the book itself which had a minimal plot that was very easy to follow I'm referring to the critical reaction to The Vacationers It had glowing reviews and seemed to be on every summer reading list After reading it I can only shake my head in wonder and ask why Mass hallucination? 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 has cheated on wife who has kind of let herself go In turn she behaves like a shrew He feels bad and waits around to see if she'll forgive him Younger daughter is a surly virgin who hates everyone and thinks she'll be ugly forever Older son is a screw up living with an older woman he doesn't love so he cheats on her 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 having a kid That would be fine but its hardly explored nor is the idea of what marriage means to gay men how it affects them and their families how same sex marriage might change heterosexual marriage etc Those would be interesting topics to explore but instead Straub treats Charles like a heterosexual woman desperate to have 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 etc but most of the characters are so unpleasant andor cliche and their stories so uninteresting that I didn't care what happened 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 have been really bad

  3. says:

    I do not know why I kept reading this book It's basically a book about a family on vacation in MallorcaSome of the members have 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 happens 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 feels like it takes them two weeks to describe itSomeone had to have been paid a great deal to write the glowing professional reviews I read of this book I should have read the Goodreads reviews first The storyline is slow the characters are unlikeable and the only excitement that really happens is the 18year old daughter losing her virginity to a 20 year old Mallorcan Bleh

  4. says:

    A beautifully written boring story

  5. says:

    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 her gay of course best friend and his partner; her philandering husband Jim; her spoiled useless children; and Carmen poor poor Carmen Franny is using their 2 weeks in Mallorca to decide whether or not to stay in her marriage to her cheating unemployed albeit tall husbandFranny toys with the idea of taking on a lover of her own an old famous Mallorcan tennis pro with a sexy times accent but unfortunately knocks herself out during a practice volley with him ? giving herself a big bump on her noggin Meanwhile Jim proves his love and repentance by stalking Franny around the island via the borrowed motorbike of a stranger in black leather he meets on the plane over Even though Jim can't stop fantasizing about his 23 year old intern lover with the long blonde hair and supple waist for a single living minute he really is very very sorry and desperately wants his fat wife backLesser plots ensue Franny and Jim's asshole son leaves behind the family scrabble marathon and his super fit girlfriend Carmen one rainy night to get a blow job from a random ugly british chick in a Palermo disco bathroom Franny's teenage daughter pouts in the bedroom the entire vacay cause her hot spanish tutor accidentally saw her in a towel Frannie's gay best friend's partner skulks around the house trying to avoid her nasty ass so he can get some fcking work done and also adopt a little boy with a perfectly nice name that they are still hell bent on changing Poor poor pink velour sweatsuit wearing Carmen does a lot of jumping jacks and drinks disgusting health tonics but is 1000 times nicer than anyone else in the house so gets to escape the vacation a few days early And Franny hates on her benefactress Gemma the generous owner of the beautiful vacation home with the pool by the ocean they've been staying at because Gemma is tall and blonde and has nice olive oil in the pantry?In the end Franny decides to stay with her deadbeat husband who she will undoubtedly never ever ever let live it down And also maybe lend her asshole son 150k he owes to the Russian fitness drink mob back in Miami? Hmmm ok that was fun

  6. says:

    I guess I'm going to miss saying god I hate this book every 10 minutes I can't stand it any I just realized I have two chapters left and it hasn't stopped sucking once Throwing in the towel

  7. says:

    Find all of my reviews at Stars “Secrets are no fun for anyone Keep that in mind” When my husband 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 him by saying no and here 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 how 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 have 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 have read it due to the 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 story but I still couldn’t put it down What we have is the Post family’s vacation Jim has been fired from his longtime magazine job for banging a co worker His wife Franny is left dealing with her 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 to a drunken make out session with nearly every boy in school Son Bobby has some financial woes he’d like to discuss with the parents if the parents can stop judging his 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 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

  8. says:

    A uick summer read following vapid detestable characters who try to escape their problems but ultimately have 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

  9. says:

    Well this was just an absolute delight I will admit that I was hesitant; although I had high hopes I didn't love Emma's previous book Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures so I didn't expect to be reading her 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 here 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 hesitant to do any synopsis izing since this is so far from publication still But here's a uickie rundown of the book's characters which I'll hide behind a spoiler tag just to be safe view spoilerWe have Jim and Franny Post writers married several decades whose lives has just been rocked by the revelation of Jim's infidelity with a very young intern which also resulted in his being fired from the magazine he has worked at all his life Then there's their 18yo daughter Sylvie leaving for college in a few weeks whose only goal for the summer is to lose her virginity; this plotline will of course dovetail with that of her gorgeous twenty something Mallorcan Spanish tutor Then we have her older brother Bobby a real estate agent who lives in Miami with his much older girlfriend Carmen whom the whole Post family hates Finally there's Franny's lifelong best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence who have been trying for years to adopt a baby Charles and Jim have never gotten along well to put it gently hide spoiler

  10. says:

    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 his husband Lawrence on a two week vacation to a house in MallorcaAnd naturally everyone's either reeling from A Big Thing that just happened or is on the precipice of A Big Thing that's about to happen Jim was fired from his longtime job for having an affair with an intern which threw Franny for a loop Sylvia hates her charmed charmed charmed life and is going to college in the fall Lawrence and Charles are on the shortlist to adopt a baby a change that Lawrence very much wants and Charles very much doesn't care about Those two were very Cyrus Beene and James Novak from Scandal to me Carmen wants a commitment and Bobby doesn't want to commit to anything EverThere are some really fantastic scenes and Straub gives her characters opportunities to naturally divide into smaller sub groups and talk with each otherSPOILERSThe way the characters were written I didn't want Jim Franny Bobby OR Charles to get a happy ending Franny was unlikable from page one Yes you've gained weight Yes you're middle aged Deal The way she and Charles acted together to the exclusion of their loved ones was unreal After all of their shared history it took Franny's interview with the tennis pro to make Jim want to stay married? Is Bobby really going to get to walk away from his financial troubles and his sub par life that he chose for himself? And of COURSE Charles gets on board with the adoption They were all must plain mean to and about Carmen which turned me off to the family altogether I like happy endings but I'd have been fine with a few of these characters having to lie in the bed that they made

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The Vacationers 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 their daughter Sylvia has graduated from high school The sunlit island its mountains and beaches its tapas and tennis courts also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan But all does not go according to plan over the course of the vacation secrets come to light old and new humiliations are experienced childhood rivalries resurface and ancient wounds are exacerbated

  • Paperback
  • 296 pages
  • The Vacationers
  • Emma Straub
  • 09 January 2014
  • 9788490704486

About the Author: Emma Straub

Emma Straub is the New York Times‒bestselling author of the novels All Adults Here Modern Lovers The Vacationers Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and the short story collection Other People We Married Straub's work has been published in twenty countries and she and her husband own Books Are Magic an independent bookstore in Brooklyn New York