The Vacationers - Emma Straub
Source: Courtesy of Pan Mac via NetGalley
Two weeks in a remote island villa with America’s most dysfunctional family – what could possibly go wrong?
The Posts are going on their first family vacation in years, and it’s going to be a special one: Jim and Franny are taking their daughter Sylvia, son Bobby and his girlfriend, and Franny’s best friend Charles and his husband, all the way to Mallorca for two weeks of the sort of relaxation, culture and cuisine that only Europe can offer.
But there are problems. After a transgression with a twenty-three-year-old editorial assistant, Jim has been unceremoniously sacked from his job, and now his and Franny’s marriage is on the rocks. Charles and Lawrence are feeling divided over their future, Bobby is mired in debt problems and stuck in a relationship that’s pulling in opposite directions and his girlfriend Carmen, super-fit personal trainer and, at forty-something, far too old for Bobby, seems to have realized her mistake. As for Sylvia, she’s eighteen, about to go to college, and determined to lose her virginity before she gets there . . .
So when I first heard about the Vacationers I was pretty excited about it. I mean family sagas are always great fun to read about aren't they? The thought of a fourteen-day well documented trip for one family going through the usual crap families do was a great pull for me, plus the blurb was spot on. That was the only thing I found spot on to be fair, I just didn't get it. I can't even explain what I mean by that either. It dragged and I found a few of the characters very irritating and there was no flow. There was actually nothing I liked about it unfortunately. I'm not usually this harsh with reviews, but I've been trying to find something good to say about it and I can't. Well OK I can, Mallorca is a gorgeous city especially Palma where the book is set and because I'd been there I could use my own memories of that time to bring something to the book. The descriptions where OK, but not like I'm used too.
Really sorry folks, but this is one for you to try yourselves, like I always say you may like.