July Bookclub Read: The Vacationers by Emma Straub
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July Bookclub: The Vacationers

2014 July 2

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to grab your big floppy hat and an ice cold glass of lemonade as you lounge under the sun with our newest book club pick – The Vacationers by Emma Straub. When considering how I was going to describe this book, the phrase “perfect beach read” came to mind. But then I stopped to wonder, “What exactly makes a book a ‘beach read’?” I’ve decided some requirements include: light, breezy language that doesn’t require you to do too much deep thinking (basically, the opposite of Shakespeare); an engrossing plot that takes you away from your current situation and places you right in the story along with the vibrant characters; picturesque descriptions of settings; and bit of humor for good measure. Based on this definition, I am confident in saying that The Vacationers is the ultimate beach read!

July Bookclub The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The novel follows the Posts and their friends on their summer vacation to Mallorca where family drama escalates immediately. All members are going through changes, and readers will find themselves developing empathy, frustration, joy, heartbreak, and deep affection for the seemingly real life characters. My favorite line from the book jacket states, “The Vacationers is irresistibly funny and enchantingly warm as it shows us the wonderful, messy truth about family, friendship, and love.” What more can I say? Grab yourself a copy and join us in reading The Vacationers. You’ll be left with a smile on your face and hopefully a bit of a tan!

July Bookclub The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Stay tuned for our beach inspired book club meeting in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, what is your definition of the perfect beach read?

July Book Club Selection:
The Vacationers by Emma Straub

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English Professor, dog kisser, champagne sipper, and bookworm behind Freutcake Book Club. If she’s not teaching, traveling the world, or trying to incorporate goat cheese into every meal, you can find Amy working as a teen girl life coach, inspiring the next wave of creative young women to take over the world! Amy is based in Los Angeles, CA.
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  1. Melody permalink
    July 2, 2014

    Can’t wait for this one! Purchasing on my iPad pronto… xo

  2. July 2, 2014

    Ooh, I love it, especially figuring out the classification of a good beach read. I’ve pondered that myself before and you nailed it! I’ll have to grab this for my release from stressful and busy summer school schedule.

  3. July 17, 2014

    Got started and can’t wait to keep reading this one!

    • July 18, 2014

      It such a breezy fast and fun read! I’m not quite finished with it either but I am hoping to finish this week on vacation. Make sure you join in the discussion at the end of the month! 😉

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