Book Review: The Vacationers

July 24, 2014


As I still dream about our amazing vacation to the Riviera Maya last week, I would love to share with you one of our latest book club picks (two this time for the long summer). The Vacationers by Emma Straub is the ultimage summer/beach read. I finished it in less than two days while lounging pool side!

The main couple of the book, The Posts, take a two-week trip to an island of Mallorca with their son and his girlfriend, their daughter Sylvia, and a their close friend Charlie and his husband. The trip was planned because Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and Sylvia, has just graduated from high school. Although I was experiencing a gorgeous vacation myself, I coudn’t help but yearn to be in Mallorca and visit its beaches, and eat the tapas that Franny Post seemed to be so fantastic at preparing! As the family tries to escape from their current problems back at home in Manhattan, all does not go according to plan. While on vacation, they children learn some hard truths about their parents and vice versa.  Over day trips in Mallorca and extended meals where stories are shared, the other couples come to find that their own partners are not perfect either.  A perfect depiction of flawed family relationships, I worried that the characters I grew to like, wouldn’t speak after this trip!

The novel is funny and a quick satisfying read. Emma Straub developed a story of a family in the middle of change; a story I’m positive many of us can relate with. Let me know if you pick it up! I truly enjoyed it.


images: My Friend Betty Says

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  • Reply Maria Ortiz-Cintron July 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Hola Betty!

    I enjoyed your book review post, in fact, your book review posts are my favorite. I love to know what you’re reading, so much so that I’ve started looking around my neighborhood for a local book club, it’s been quite the search! Sometimes, I think I may just have to start one myself. I would love to hear more about your book club, how it came together, how the books are selected, how often you meet and how the meetings are held: do you delegate the responsibility of leading the group in the discussion or is it always the same person leading the discussion? Basically, I have no idea how to go about establishing a book club and I’d like to hear from an established book club member that can offer some insight and suggestions. I would love it if you would post about it, I am eager to hear all about it!


  • Reply Lisa diaz July 28, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This is in my Ibooks library! I can’t wait to get to it. Thanks for the review, maybe I will read through my list faster. Lots of love to you, Lisa
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      Reply Betty August 1, 2014 at 7:23 am

      Thank you, Lisa! You will LOVE it!!! xoxo

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