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That Summer: A Novel por Jennifer Weiner
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That Summer: A Novel (edição 2021)

por Jennifer Weiner (Autor)

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Título:That Summer: A Novel
Autores:Jennifer Weiner (Autor)
Informação:Atria Books (2021), 432 pages
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That Summer por Jennifer Weiner

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The title indicates this book is a "Summer Read." The cover looks cheerful with its bright colors. However, the subject matter is intense about rape.

The story is about two people named: Diana.

The first Diana that we read about is 15 year-old when she's hired to take care of two sisters "on the Cape." She is thrilled as she will earn $1500 for taking care of Sam and Sarah, 4 year-old twins. While she's on her summer job, she falls for a boy at the beach. He is in her dreams until one night when she encounters the worst night of her life as she gets raped.

The other Diana is in college and meets a handsome man at 20 years old. He gives her everything she wants: a husband with a great career in law, a beautiful house, lots of money and the desire to have a family. When he proposes, she quickly says: yes even though he's almost 13 years older. She is in love.

It's easy to predict what will happen. However, I admire the author for bringing an important subject to the surface: rape with a growing number of real cases in the news. The story seemed very real to me as well as sad. There's a lot about cooking in this book which lightens the heaviness of the subject - and also making reader's hungry. When people "break bread together," it tends to relax people into sharing and communicating. Living at the beach is calming and healing.

The first half tends to jump around with the characters and timeline. It also repeats in places. The book was over 400 pages and could have been downsized a bit. Yet, it felt like I was in a room with friends - and don't they commonly repeat and jumble stories as well when they talk? Overall, this story was written well and will stay with me for a long time. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
Summer 2021 pandemic resurgence/Delta variant read follow up to an earlier book, touching on some gritty social issues but also partially set in Philadelphia, where I just moved. ( )
  bookczuk | Sep 16, 2021 |
While spending the summer on Cape Cod working as a mother’s helper, fifteen-year-old Diana falls for an older boy. She innocently attends a party to meet up with this boy whose nickname is Poe. While at the party, Poe and his friends, recent graduates of an esteemed prep school, take advantage of her naivete. Diana’s life changes forever as she deals with many emotions after this disturbing rape.

The other protagonist is named Daisy, a nickname for Diana. This Diana is a homemaker and mother to fifteen-year-old Beatrice. Daisy is unhappy in her marriage to Hal and struggling with the death of a close friend and the teenaged angst of her daughter. Daisy is a relatable character who yearns for a friend she can trust. When she meets the other Diana, the plot starts to develop.

I picked this book to read since I’ve come to rely upon Weiner for an intelligently written, realistic beach read. I don’t mind social statements, but this book was neither enjoyable nor thought-provoking. I thought some plot points were contrived. The rape and all of the associated feelings were entirely plausible. Beatrice was a wonderfully developed, independently-minded character. However, the circumstances that bring the two Dianas together veered from the overall believability of the plot. I understood and appreciated the focus on the #MeToo movement. Yet, I thought it became a little didactic at times, and there was also a plot point that showed the victim having regrets about acknowledging the enormity of how rape affected her life. I was not comfortable with the way Diana confronted her assaulters.

See my reviews at https://quipsandquotes.net/ ( )
  LindaLoretz | Sep 9, 2021 |
The problem with this book is it did not acknowledge that nothing has basically changed. The timeline also seemed a bit off. The daughter was the best character. ( )
  shazjhb | Aug 24, 2021 |
Daisy and Diana connect over the internet after one receives an email message meant for the other. Daisy is in a rather stale marriage and lonely, having recently lost a dear friend. The reader knows Diana was sexually assaulted in her teens, when she worked as a mother’s helper on Cape Cod. How has she moved beyond that event to become the friendly, polished, and self-assured woman she appears to be today?

After some email correspondence, the two women decide to meet for lunch, and Jennifer Weiner begins methodically revealing their back stories. Both women are complicated characters -- as are all human beings -- simultaneously likable and troubled. We learn more about Daisy’s upbringing, her marriage to Hal and their daughter Beatrice. Diana’s recovery eventually led her to loving marriage and a stable career. But now, in her fifties, she is compelled to seek answers to the trauma she experienced so many years ago. And it appears Daisy may be a conduit to some of those answers. But at what cost?

This novel was brilliantly plotted. Weiner skillfully moved between past and present, sometimes leaving bread crumbs that became “aha!” moments later. The connections between Daisy and Diana proved to be more layered than I had guessed. Weiner also set the story in the midst of #MeToo, when many public figures were in the spotlight. Weiner uses this novel to show #MeToo isn’t limited to famous people, and advocates for the truth-telling, reckoning, and accountability necessary for both healing and change. ( )
  lauralkeet | Aug 23, 2021 |
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You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
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She is fifteen years old that summer, a thoughtful, book-struck girl with long-lashed hazel eyes and a long-legged body that still doesn't completely feel like her own.
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