The Vacationers : A Book Review


I’ve got a confession to make. I often buy books based on their covers. Occasionally, I’ve been disappointed to find an obnoxiously boring story inside. But usually, the cover says it all.

I was drawn to this cover because of the Spanish blue water illustrated. As I got into the storyline, it seemed the blue cover was a foreshadowing of the immersion of circumstances each character lived out in these pages.

The beauty of this story is that it takes place during a two-week vacation in Mallorca {a spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea. } Franny and Jim {swimming through a troublesome time in their marriage}. Charles and Lawrence {swimming through a decision that will change the course of their life}. Bobby and Carmen {swimming through the complexities of being in a relationship at two vastly different stages of their lives}. And Sylvia….{swimming through the toils of teenage life just before college}.

Their troubles are spilled out, confronted and some even resolved in front of each other. What binds each character together is their uncertainty.

I like novels that create a sense of reality. I don’t want to read the words and feel as if I’m being carried away to a fantasy world. I want to read and relate. This was no doubt a book well written and easy to connect to. The author ; Emma Straub, uses the detail of emotion and scenery in a way that makes you feel present at each meal, each trip to the beach, each argument, and each decision made.

Certainly this book lived up to its cover. All consuming. I enjoyed every moment.

Empty Book Shelf Challenge 2015
1. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Rating : A
Age Group : 18 +
Minimal sex, Adult issues, some language


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