That Summer - Jennifer Weiner

That Summer

By Jennifer Weiner

  • Release Date: 2021-05-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,356 Ratings


Named a Notable Work of Fiction by The Washington Post

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another “ideal beach read, full of secrets and complicated female friendships” (Cosmopolitan).

Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful, her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night?

While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?

From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, That Summer is a “compelling, nuanced novel” (Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post) about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.


  • Why?

    By KSUJemm
    I’m reading a nice story about an underage girl who is a nanny for the summer, and all of a sudden she’s visiting a sex toy shop and “experimenting” with the shower wand. Then it’s back to the nice story. I don’t understand the point? I won’t read on to see what other rubbish is in store. That Summer is my first and last Jennifer Weiner book.
  • Typical woke view of the world

    By John Ramsey
    Nauseating and boring!
  • No vacation

    By SL Liz
    Does not qualify as a fun summer read. Too political, negative and pointless. People read for enjoyment and relaxation and this provides neither.
  • Could have been better

    By momma readee
    Over politicized read
  • Was good

    By kaykaybean13
    Enjoyed Weiners cape cod setting
  • That summer. Don’t waste your money

    By Katzbeach
    Pointless and overwrought.
  • Good read with some unrealistic detail

    By 狗娃2016
    A beach read with controversial detail. I like the story part of Diana, full of up and down, bitter and sweet. The Daisy part is a bit out of my world. For example, she needs her daughter to wake her up by quoting Ipson’s doll house. I am from China. One hundred years ago, Chinese woman read this play and they walked out their chamber to school and work. This is 2021. And there is still American woman that completely depends their life on their husband?? Are American woman supposed to be more independent than woman from rest of the world? The other detail not convincing is how Diana became more alert after the terrible incident. But people don’t drastically change. And she became wise over the years, which is not a natural change because people don’t change. Anyway, I enjoyed the book these unrealistic detail.
  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By lkbootman
    I really loved this book. I felt like I was Olivia Benson trying to put all of the pieces together!
  • Good easy read👌

    By maude1974
    Great summer read.
  • Wish i wouldn't have purchased

    By samanthamorris12
    I really enjoyed Big Summer, so i bought this one thinking it would be interesting too.. It was predictable, and honestly felt like an easy grab with things in America politically.