[Book Review] The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Here’s a tip to those heading on vacation this summer, pick up a copy of The ImageVacationers by Emma Straub to read while you’re on holiday. The cover and the title were enough to convince me that this would be the perfect book to kick off my 10 day holiday to Nova Scotia. While I’m fairly positive that the characters in this book would love a visit to the beautiful East Coast of Canada, their vacation took them to a very different location. A family of four (two parents, two grown children) from Manhattan, NY pack up and head to Mallorca, an island in the Mediterranean Sea for two weeks. What they hope will be an escape from reality, turns into a vacation full of truth bombs.

Franny and Jim are celebrating their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, but both are carrying a deep, dark secret. Their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high 9781594631573Hschool, but hasn’t had many experiences to date and is determined to create some on this trip. Their son, Bobby, lives in Miami selling real estate and lives with his much older girlfriend that no one really likes. They’re also traveling with family friends who are biting their nails waiting to hear if they’ll be approved to adopt a child. So as you can see, they are with some physical and metaphorical baggage.

This book is literally the definition of a beach read. I know at this time of year, the term “beach read” gets tossed around a lot, but you really will want to read this fun, light read while sitting on the beach or while you vacation at your childhood home (case in point). In full disclosure, you will be left with some unanswered questions, but you’re going to be able to create your own conclusions as to what you think happens. It’s an enjoyable, quick read that will have you handing it off to one of your friends to read, hopefully with sand on the pages.

What are some of the books you plan on reading on the beach this summer? 


12 thoughts on “[Book Review] The Vacationers by Emma Straub

  1. kmn04books says:

    This sounds like such a great book and I can’t wait to read it! One of the summer books on my list is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I’ve heard so many good things about it!

  2. The Paperback Princess says:

    This sounds like the perfect sunshine read. I love these kinds of stories – a group of people removed from their every day lives forced to confront their own realities. They always offer up some kind of food for thought in my own life.

    • LR says:

      I like that definition, “a group of people removed from their every day lives forced to confront their own realities” – that’s EXACTLY what happens in this quick/fun read!

  3. buriedinprint says:

    I like being allowed to settle into my own ideas at the end of a novel, so that’s the part you’ve said which really made me want to have a peek at this one. Thanks for the nudge in its direction. And enjoy your holiday!

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