The Jetsetters
When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the "Become a Jetsetter" contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can't seem to find a bride; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday. Charlotte yearns for the years when her children were young and she was a single mother who meant everything to them. When she wins the cruise, the family packs all their baggage—literal and figurative—and spends ten days traveling from sun-drenched Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido Marveloso. As lovers new and old join the adventure, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the Perkins family is forced to confront the defining choices in their lives. Can four lost adults find the peace they've been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back to each other?In the vein of The Nest and The Vacationers, Ward has created a delicious and intelligent novel about the courage it takes to reveal our true selves, the pleasures and perils of family, and how we navigate the seas of adulthood to cruise—we can only hope—toward joy.

The Jetsetters Details

TitleThe Jetsetters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherBallantine Books
ISBN-139780399181894
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Audiobook, Family, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult Fiction, Travel, Romance, Realistic Fiction

The Jetsetters Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    I dont like it but I didnt hate it, too. Im Switzerland right now. Its okay reading but not the marvelous book Ive dreamt of so it means three lets have a vacation with one of the dysfunctional families stars. Blurb seemed like interesting and I wished I could read some funny, entertaining dysfunctional, bat-shit crazy family members' stories! But you cannot always get what you want... Sigh... Pour me more wine husband! And stop eating my veggie chips, I'm on a diet, remember! I'm balancing my I don’t like it but I didn’t hate it, too. I’m Switzerland right now. It’s okay reading but not the marvelous book I’ve dreamt of so it means three let’s have a vacation with one of the dysfunctional families stars. Blurb seemed like interesting and I wished I could read some funny, entertaining dysfunctional, bat-shit crazy family members' stories! But you cannot always get what you want... Sigh... Pour me more wine husband! And stop eating my veggie chips, I'm on a diet, remember! I'm balancing my calories!Smooth, soft, mediocre, entertaining, beach-side reading for me (even though Halloween, I still enjoy feeling the sea breeze on my face) but it’s not a book I compassionately flip the pages and so intrigued to learn more facts about the characters. I think the progression of the story-telling and presences of unlikable characters didn’t work with me. I found it a little light for my expectations and twisted genre taste.Charlotte, widow, 70, great prize winner of Mediterranean Cruise, is gathering her family members to join her for the vacation. Eldest daughter Lee has problems to find a proper acting job. When her carrier floats away, she needs to face the secret she kept about their late father. Middle sibling, Cord, keeping his sexuality as secret and youngest child, Regan, is my most not quite favorite character has a problematic marriage. Her husband confesses once upon a time he fell in love with her sister, Lee.There are too many dramas, arguments, emotional breakdowns… bla… bla… bla… Final the family members facing their secrets and resentments and we got our unexpected but quiet enjoyable ending. (Actually ending was the best part of the book.)I didn’t like those family members and I didn’t stand their dramas and their over exaggerated problems. I didn’t find the story as a sincere, poignant, emotional family drama but also I didn’t find this as a chic-lit kind of entertaining, smart reading. But at least I didn’t get bored and the idea of Mediterranean Cruise travels around the marvelous cities of the world is a refreshing plot. (Like last remains of sunshine at the dark and rainy day) Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group to share this ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 ★So Ive mentioned before that Im always drawn to stories with family dynamics that include complicated sibling relationships and strained relationships with parents. So thats honestly what drew me into the storyline of The Jetsetters, because I was intrigued at learning more about this estranged family that goes on a cruise together.I enjoyed it for the most part, and I feel like the author did a great job of taking some heavier topics like suicide, alcoholism, and being accepted into this 3.75 ★So I’ve mentioned before that I’m always drawn to stories with family dynamics that include complicated sibling relationships and strained relationships with parents. So that’s honestly what drew me into the storyline of The Jetsetters, because I was intrigued at learning more about this estranged family that goes on a cruise together.I enjoyed it for the most part, and I feel like the author did a great job of taking some heavier topics like suicide, alcoholism, and being accepted into this perception of what society wants you to be and really tackling some of those issues in a lighthearted way.As the book began, Charlotte, the matriarch of the family, sets the tone for how things will go. I really hated how she represented herself one way to her children and community but her true self and past she kept hidden. Then I realized that maybe we can all be a bit like that, choosing to only show the best sides of us. Each sibling had their own slew of problems and addictions, but I guess those are the things that always draw me in.*chosen as the March 2020 book club pick for Reese Witherspoon!*Thank you @randomhouse and #BallantineBooks for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of The Jetsetters long before it became Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club selection for March. With that said, I can certainly understand why it was chosen.The Jetsetters is about a dysfunctional/functional, imperfectly/perfect family whose baggage goes well beyond the type one takes on a trip. Charlotte Perkin's best friend has just died. A widow of many years who was married to an angry alcoholic, she has three children. They are not the I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of The Jetsetters long before it became Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club selection for March. With that said, I can certainly understand why it was chosen.The Jetsetters is about a dysfunctional/functional, imperfectly/perfect family whose baggage goes well beyond the type one takes on a trip. Charlotte Perkin's best friend has just died. A widow of many years who was married to an angry alcoholic, she has three children. They are not the Brady Bunch. She starts to feel as if her life is over. She needs something new in her life or she knows she will die.She decides to enter a writing contest called Become a Jetsetter by writing a little erotic short story from when she a young single woman. And she wins! And the prize is a European cruise. She decides to ask her children to join her in hopes of somehow bringing them all together.Lee is her daughter who is still trying to become an actress, even though she now is in her late 30's. Regan is an unhappily married mother of two who put aside her dreams to become an artist to marry and have children. She married Lee's old boyfriend! Cord is a businessman who Charlotte cannot understand why he won't just settle down. He is gay. Charlotte has no idea.So the family sets sail with all their baggage...pun intended! As they cruise and visit the cities of Rome, Athens and Barcelona the children (who are really adults) but hardly act that way, and Charlotte, begin to explore their individual problems and demons as well as disagreements and squabbles with each other. Fighting ensues and Charlotte does what she does best in these situations...smile and pretend nothing is really wrong.But as old wounds and secrets begin to surface, Charlotte must not only face and accept her children's flaws and love them anyway, but she must also accept her own regrets which she has carried like heavy baggage from her own childhood and learn to love herself.The Jetsetters delves into what a broken family looks like. It is funny, yet sensitive and heartbreaking all at the same time. We can all identify with family crisis of some sort. And as we would in our own family, we root for them all, feel their pain and embarrassment, and hope they can put their baggage away and become better people and a new family.Thank you to #NetGalley, #BallentineBooks, #AmandaEyreWard, #TheJetsetters for the advanced copy of this amazing book.
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Charlotte Perkins is 71, and her best friend has just died. Long single, she longs to be touched and loved again, so she writes an essay (a rather racy one at that) to the "Become a Jetsetter" contest to win a trip for her entire family (and to perhaps meet someone). Charlotte is shocked and elated when she actually wins, earning the the chance to take her three children to Athens, Greece and on a nine-day cruise to Barcelona, Spain. Lee, a struggling actress who has just returned home on a Charlotte Perkins is 71, and her best friend has just died. Long single, she longs to be touched and loved again, so she writes an essay (a rather racy one at that) to the "Become a Jetsetter" contest to win a trip for her entire family (and to perhaps meet someone). Charlotte is shocked and elated when she actually wins, earning the the chance to take her three children to Athens, Greece and on a nine-day cruise to Barcelona, Spain. Lee, a struggling actress who has just returned home on a "break" from acting (and from her famous ex-boyfriend) figures she has nothing better to do. Cord, her son, a wealthy New Yorker, isn't thrilled about being trapped on a ship while he struggles with his sobriety. And Regan, an exhausted mother of two daughters, can't believe it when her irritating husband Matt joins the group. This will be a particularly fun trip since Lee and Regan haven't spoken in ten years. Trapped on this adventure together, secrets come out and the Perkins family suddenly learns more than they ever wanted to know about each one another. It took me a while to process this one. I really enjoy Amanda Eyre Ward's writing, and I have such a soft spot for her book, The Same Sky, which is one of my absolute favorite novels. This book is very different from that one, and it took me some time to warm to the pacing and the characters. Charlotte turned me off in the beginning, and I was just slow to get into the book. We learn that the Perkins kids had a rough childhood, but one that also bonded them together. Yet when the book opens, none of them are particularly close to each other--or their mother. "This day, and the two more excruciating days that followed--days of sand and beer-scented misery--would be the last time Lee went on vacation with her mother and siblings. Until thirty-two years later, when they became jetsetters." The book presents the story from not only Charlotte's point of view, but that of each of her wayward children. None of the kids are easy to like at first, but Ward's prose makes them come to life before our eyes. They are fallible, for sure, and it's hard not to feel a bit sorry for everyone. I for one am not sure I could handle being trapped on a cruise ship with a group of unhappy family members. "Oh. Charlotte's children. To her great sadness and bewilderment, Charlotte's three adult children were lost to her, and perhaps to themselves." The novel does an excellent job at portraying all the difficult relationships in the book, giving us an in-depth portrait of a complicated family. While the story is told solely over the span of their trip, we learn all about Charlotte's life--much of it hidden away from her children--and the lives of her three kids, even bits and pieces of their childhood and backstories. No one has had an easy go of it, for sure. How much do parents, and their actions, affect their kids, the book asks. How do families in general influence the people we become. They have so much power: both to help and to hurt. It's funny, this wasn't always a story I enjoyed, even though there are humorous and touching moments, but I recognized its powerful parts too. Overall, I would rate this at 3.75 stars, rounded up to 4 stars here. It's worth a read. I received a copy of this book from Random House - Ballantine and Netgalley in return for an honest review. It is out today, 3/3/2020! Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward is a novel that explores the generational effects of family dysfunction. Of course, family dysfunction doesnt just plop itself out of the blue. Dysfunctional parents endured dysfunctional parents and so on. The saga continues until one member breaks the succession. Ward provides the reader with the causes of parental dysfunction. Its sad to see how each child absorbs the wrongs.Im making the story seem bleak. It could be a totally depressive missive, but it is “The Jetsetters” by Amanda Eyre Ward is a novel that explores the generational effects of family dysfunction. Of course, family dysfunction doesn’t just plop itself out of the blue. Dysfunctional parents endured dysfunctional parents and so on. The saga continues until one member breaks the succession. Ward provides the reader with the causes of parental dysfunction. It’s sad to see how each child absorbs the wrongs.I’m making the story seem bleak. It could be a totally depressive missive, but it is not. Ward writes subtle amusing moments, and there are some totally laugh-out-loud scenes that make the story a page-turning read. It’s a story of a widow whose best friend just died and she’s taking stock of her life. She realizes she is estranged from her children, and her children aren’t close to each other. She enters a contest to win an extravagant vacation for four people. She plans to invite her three children to vacation with her. She wins the prize and the children agree to join her. It’s a character driven novel, with each family member providing their history in the family and their current life situation. Ward does a fantastic job making each character flawed and recognizable. We either can relate to each character or know someone who has similar issues/history. And Ward writes them sympathetically and humorously. I am a fan of authors who can see the humor in everyday problems and issues. If we cannot laugh at ourselves, we are in big trouble.I enjoyed it and was pained by it. As I said, it’s relatable, and some scenes just break your heart. The novel comes close to being a vacation farce with a heartbreaking edge.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    There were so many deep issues in this book that made the story interesting but I felt it was way too breezy/easy summer type read for the heaviness. I think the characters and readers deserved more life and feeling from it. Something about how it was written seemed discombobulated with the seriousness of the traumas the characters were daring with really didnt work for me. There were so many deep issues in this book that made the story interesting but I felt it was way too breezy/easy summer type read for the heaviness. I think the characters and readers deserved more life and feeling from it. Something about how it was written seemed discombobulated with the seriousness of the traumas the characters were daring with really didn’t work for me.
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  • Caitlin Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!This was a hilarious book about family dynamics with a depth that surprised me! I was expecting a light vacation read and got more than I bargained for! The Jetsetters features a Grandmother who wins a cruise and invites her dysfunctional family along in an effort to unite them. Her three children each harbor a secret that will be uncovered over the course of the book. The family bickering felt real and scenery Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!This was a hilarious book about family dynamics with a depth that surprised me! I was expecting a light vacation read and got more than I bargained for! The Jetsetters features a Grandmother who wins a cruise and invites her dysfunctional family along in an effort to unite them. Her three children each harbor a secret that will be uncovered over the course of the book. The family bickering felt real and scenery along their cruise in the med will make you envious. Some characters were definitely more likable than others (loved Cord's fiance). However, all of the characters felt real with their issues and flaws. The resolution wasn't as satisfying as I would have liked. Overall, this is a 3.5 star read for me!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward is Marchs book pick for Reese Witherspoons book club.This book is about a woman named Charlotte who has 3 grown children. She enters a contest to win a Mediterranean cruise for her and her family to go on. Her hope is that it will bring them all together. She wins the contest and they all go on this cruise. They all have their own secrets/problems that begin to get revealed as the story goes.❤Review❤I really struggled with this book. This book is a character The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward is March’s book pick for Reese Witherspoon’s book club.⁣⁣This book is about a woman named Charlotte who has 3 grown children. She enters a contest to win a Mediterranean cruise for her and her family to go on. Her hope is that it will bring them all together. She wins the contest and they all go on this cruise. They all have their own secrets/problems that begin to get revealed as the story goes.⁣⁣❤️Review❤️⁣⁣I really struggled with this book. This book is a character driven book, which is fine when it’s done well. Unfortunately it was not done well in The Jetsetters. Each family member had an outlandish problem/secret that just made this book really difficult to get through. A lot of their issues are actually really tough and difficult, but they aren’t addressed appropriately at all. Barely any of the characters have any true character growth. Charlotte (the mother) is blind to her children’s problems and will change the subject just to not deal with them. She acts holier than throughout the entire book, but is extremely hypocritical. I found this book to be extremely infuriating the further I got into it. The one positive thing I will say is that the writing was very easy to consume, which at least made the book finish-able. Overall though I had major problems with this book.⁣⁣1 star: ⭐️⁣ Do you like books when the characters travel in them?I love books that have a travel element to them. I get to explore somewhere new.⁣#familydramabooks #contemporarybooks #readingbooks #currentlyreading #destinationreading #vacationreads #funbookcovers #project50books
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  • Karen Rush
    January 1, 1970
    Aging widow Charlotte whose husband Winston committed suicide has not seen her estranged children in ages and yearns to reconnect with them. She comes across a promotional writing contest and begins to write, baring her soul and winning the contest that will send her and her family on an all expenses paid European vacation. Once together on board, tension mounts as each work through issues of past and present, all having been scarred by their miserably wicked father. Together time is used for Aging widow Charlotte whose husband Winston committed suicide has not seen her estranged children in ages and yearns to reconnect with them. She comes across a promotional writing contest and begins to write, baring her soul and winning the contest that will send her and her family on an all expenses paid European vacation. Once together on board, tension mounts as each work through issues of past and present, all having been scarred by their miserably wicked father. Together time is used for rediscovery, to revisit past challenges and bury the hatchet. I liked the familial characters (who could be pretty unlikeable at times) but liked the peripheral characters more. I presume the author did this purposefully, creating these catalysts to soften the edges of Charlotte and her children.
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  • Beverly Duffy
    January 1, 1970
    This was okay feels like I read this before. Enjoyed it Audio. Another dysfunctional family but at sea.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    The Perkins family is a little messed up - but whose family isnt, really? Charlotte, the mother, is in her seventies and feels like her life is stopped. Shes lonely, her best friend just passed away, and the husband she never really loved died a long, long time ago. Shes got her daily Catholic masses with Father Thomas, her nightly Triscuits and cheese, and thats about it. Her three children are distant and all have problems of their own: Lee, the eldest, is a beautiful but washed up Hollywood The Perkins family is a little messed up - but whose family isn’t, really? Charlotte, the mother, is in her seventies and feels like her life is stopped. She’s lonely, her best friend just passed away, and the husband she never really loved died a long, long time ago. She’s got her daily Catholic masses with Father Thomas, her nightly Triscuits and cheese, and that’s about it. Her three children are distant and all have problems of their own: Lee, the eldest, is a beautiful but washed up Hollywood actress who never quite made it; Cord is a semi-successful venture capitalist who is a recovering alcoholic and deeply in the closet despite having just proposed to his boyfriend; Regan is a mom of two stuck in a loveless marriage to Lee’s ex boyfriend. When Charlotte wins a “Become a Jetsetter” essay contest by writing about her young sexual awakening, she invites her three kids to join her on the prize: a European cruise. Although Ward constructs beautiful flawed characters who you end up disliking more than anything, the plot was unsatisfying. I didn’t like the endings or redemption arcs for any of them - I felt like they were all somewhat cheated out of true redemption. This was an easy read but highly forgettable; I felt that there was so much promise to mend the broken relationships in the family and give each of the characters closure on long-held resentment and sadness, but none of that happened. It felt like none of the characters left their silos and did the work to become truly closer to each other. It was an interesting romp through Europe and was a little bit funny, a little bit biting at times. But ultimately, I don’t think I’ll remember much about this book in the end. Thank you to Ballantine Books for the ARC via Netgalley!
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I love Wards novels, which are among my favorites. The Jetsetters tells the story of a dysfunctional family, scarred, through no fault of their own. A Mediterranean cruise vacation sets the stage for the Perkins struggle to reconnect, accept, and truly know one another. At once, heartbreaking, funny, and hopeful, this is a family you will fall in love with. Highly recommended. I love Ward’s novels, which are among my favorites. The Jetsetters tells the story of a dysfunctional family, scarred, through no fault of their own. A Mediterranean cruise vacation sets the stage for the Perkins’ struggle to reconnect, accept, and truly know one another. At once, heartbreaking, funny, and hopeful, this is a family you will fall in love with. Highly recommended.
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  • Telly Ree
    January 1, 1970
    I had the opportunity to win "The Jetsetters" by Amanda Eyre Ward in the Goodreads giveaway. The book was an enjoyable read about family, dysfunctional relationships, self-worth, mental health, longing, and the want and need for love and closeness from the ones dear to you. The characters are relatable, carrying the burdens of their own desires and insecurities that stifles crucial aspects of their life, affecting their relationship with themselves and other people. I truly fell in love with the I had the opportunity to win "The Jetsetters" by Amanda Eyre Ward in the Goodreads giveaway. The book was an enjoyable read about family, dysfunctional relationships, self-worth, mental health, longing, and the want and need for love and closeness from the ones dear to you. The characters are relatable, carrying the burdens of their own desires and insecurities that stifles crucial aspects of their life, affecting their relationship with themselves and other people. I truly fell in love with the characters Charlotte, Lee, Regan, and Cord and their many flaws and imperfections, forcing the reader to turn the mirror on themself. The writing style of the book started off very choppy in the beginning, making it difficult to understand the flow of the story. About 30% in to the book, either I got use to the choppy writing style or the book starts to the smooth out, because things start to eventually come together cohesively. Telling pieces of the story at the time gradually through emotions of four characters really added depth and entertainment to the book. Though it prolongs certain family secrets, it keeps the reader turning the page not only to get to the heart of the matter, but builds hope that each characters will come out on the other side intact. After being on such an emotional rollercoaster, or should I say "cruise," the book ends simple and uneventful, but is forgiving. Ward introduce readers to conflicted, but likable characters that you do not want to part with. Characters that you may easily know in real-life, or may want to know, and would love to be placed on a cruise with.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Goodreads and Ballantine books for this ARC.Another dysfunctional family book which I love to read. The Perkins family, Charlotte, a widow of 70 (but to me seems older in the book like she was elderly when I see 70 as not) writes an essay to win a cruise and her family joins her, all with their own problems. Lee, the eldest, can't seem to find an acting job and is holding a secret from her siblings about their late father. Cord, the middle child, needs to tell his mother that he is Thanks to Goodreads and Ballantine books for this ARC.Another dysfunctional family book which I love to read. The Perkins family, Charlotte, a widow of 70 (but to me seems older in the book like she was elderly when I see 70 as not) writes an essay to win a cruise and her family joins her, all with their own problems. Lee, the eldest, can't seem to find an acting job and is holding a secret from her siblings about their late father. Cord, the middle child, needs to tell his mother that he is gay. Then there's the "baby" of the family, Regan, who has an unhappy marriage with Jason who surprisingly shows up who was once in love with Lee. It seems that when they were cruising, instead of bringing them together, they were still apart than together. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one happy part in this book but it was still a good read.
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  •  Vanessa B. ☽♡
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I had no idea what I was getting into, since for some reason I hadn't read the synopsis, but I thought It would be a funny or sweet contemporary book, possibly because of the beautiful cover. Instead, I read a nice story about complicated family dynamics. It's a story about a widower that goes on a cruise, that she won in a writing competition, with her three grown up children.I have to say that the family is very dysfunctional, everyone has struggles and keeps secrets and I felt like Well, I had no idea what I was getting into, since for some reason I hadn't read the synopsis, but I thought It would be a funny or sweet contemporary book, possibly because of the beautiful cover. Instead, I read a nice story about complicated family dynamics. It's a story about a widower that goes on a cruise, that she won in a writing competition, with her three grown up children.I have to say that the family is very dysfunctional, everyone has struggles and keeps secrets and I felt like everything could have been explored deeper... I didn't fall in love with the book, mainly because I didn't really liked the setting and the ending didn't satisfy me, but in general it was good.ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Denise Deen
    January 1, 1970
    A dysfunctional family goes away together on a Mediterranean cruise. Witty, heartwarming, fun and poignant. I loved the way the author wrote from everyones point of view and perception so you could really understand all of the family dynamics. It was also fun the way the author did this from all of the different ports of call of the cruise ship, including the history and art of each place. I read this book in one sitting as it kept you entertained from every aspect so I couldn't put it down A dysfunctional family goes away together on a Mediterranean cruise. Witty, heartwarming, fun and poignant. I loved the way the author wrote from everyones point of view and perception so you could really understand all of the family dynamics. It was also fun the way the author did this from all of the different ports of call of the cruise ship, including the history and art of each place. I read this book in one sitting as it kept you entertained from every aspect so I couldn't put it down until all of the family members had redemption and resolution. It "cruised" to a delightful ending. I read this book for Hello Sunshine book club and it was a fun read.
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  • Sarah McCosham
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. If youre a fan of Liane Moriarty and Anne Tyler, you will love this book. Each character felt very real and fully formed, and I loved how the chapters were divided by port, with each family member getting their own chapters. This book is funny and bittersweet; a triumph of contemporary fiction thats full of heart and honesty and characters youll be rooting for. 4.5 stars. If you’re a fan of Liane Moriarty and Anne Tyler, you will love this book. Each character felt very real and fully formed, and I loved how the chapters were divided by port, with each family member getting their own chapters. This book is funny and bittersweet; a triumph of contemporary fiction that’s full of heart and honesty and characters you’ll be rooting for.
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  • Bonnie Goldberg
    January 1, 1970
    Another winnerIve been reading Amanda Eyre Ward for fifteen years. She always offers surprising and interesting takes on contemporary issues. She writes with an assured voice and addresses thought provoking and timely issues. Her newest Jetsetters is no exception. Its a compulsively readable take on a dysfunctional and estranged family forced together in the hot house of a cruise. As a Reese Witherspoon selection, shes sure to gain new fans and followers. Well deserved. Another winnerI’ve been reading Amanda Eyre Ward for fifteen years. She always offers surprising and interesting takes on contemporary issues. She writes with an assured voice and addresses thought provoking and timely issues. Her newest Jetsetters is no exception. It’s a compulsively readable take on a dysfunctional and estranged family forced together in the hot house of a cruise. As a Reese Witherspoon selection, she’s sure to gain new fans and followers. Well deserved.
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  • Chantelle
    January 1, 1970
    For being the Reese Witherspoon book of the month, it was pretty terrible. The writing was stilted, like a child wrote it. The narrator was not good either. There wasnt really a resolution for most of the characters so it feels like it was a book about whiney adults who feel bad for themselves. For being the Reese Witherspoon book of the month, it was pretty terrible. The writing was stilted, like a child wrote it. The narrator was not good either. There wasn’t really a resolution for most of the characters so it feels like it was a book about whiney adults who feel bad for themselves.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished The Jetsetters and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!Initially I was intrigued by the super cute cover (swipe > to see it in color), but the inside is actually what impressed me. I thought this would be super light and fluffy - after all, its the story of a complicated family who won a sweepstakes to travel abroad. But despite the backdrop being a Mediterranean cruise, the characters were multidimensional people dealing with some serious, deep subject matter. A fun I just finished The Jetsetters and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!⁣⁣Initially I was intrigued by the super cute cover (swipe > to see it in color), but the inside is actually what impressed me. I thought this would be super light and fluffy - after all, it’s the story of a complicated family who won a sweepstakes to travel abroad. But despite the backdrop being a Mediterranean cruise, the characters were multidimensional people dealing with some serious, deep subject matter. A fun family drama well done, in my opinion!⁣I envision this one being great for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, or books like "This is Where I Leave You," "The Most Fun We Ever Had," and "The Nest." ⁣Thanks Random House and Netgalley for the chance to read it early in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I've loved all of Amanda Eyre Ward's novels, but this is my new favorite . Suspenseful, witty, smart, and moving, this is a novel about families--the things we don't say to one another, the various allegiances formed by siblings, the way our childhood dreams and disappointments inform our adult selves. It's an insightful, hopeful look at a complex family with many moving parts. Im afraid of boats but Id take this cruise anytime...its the full Charlotte Perkins! I've loved all of Amanda Eyre Ward's novels, but this is my new favorite . Suspenseful, witty, smart, and moving, this is a novel about families--the things we don't say to one another, the various allegiances formed by siblings, the way our childhood dreams and disappointments inform our adult selves. It's an insightful, hopeful look at a complex family with many moving parts. I’m afraid of boats but I’d take this cruise anytime...it’s the full Charlotte Perkins!
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  • Lorilin
    January 1, 1970
    Prim and proper Charlotte Perkins was sad when her husband died, of course, but now that shes lost her best friend, too, she feels unmoored. Shes 70+ years old and just so lonely. When she sees an ad for an essay contestthe grand prize is an all-expense paid European cruiseshe decides to enter. After summoning a bit of liquid courage via a glass of wine (or four), she bravely writes about losing her virginity to a famous artist.To her surprise, she wins the contest, and, with her extra cruise Prim and proper Charlotte Perkins was sad when her husband died, of course, but now that she’s lost her best friend, too, she feels unmoored. She’s 70+ years old and just so lonely. When she sees an ad for an essay contest—the grand prize is an all-expense paid European cruise—she decides to enter. After summoning a bit of liquid courage via a glass of wine (or four), she bravely writes about losing her virginity to a famous artist.To her surprise, she wins the contest, and, with her extra cruise tickets, decides to bring her three grown children with her for some much needed family bonding time. She’ll be accompanied by her daughter, Lee, a somewhat famous actress; her son, Cord, a handsome venture capitalist and eternal bachelor; and her youngest daughter, Regan, a stay-at-home mom with a seemingly perfect marriage. The estranged family will spend ten days together on a ship, determined to bond…all while they sidestep emotional landmines and try their hardest not to reveal long-held secrets, resentments, and regrets. What could go wrong?MY THOUGHTSI love the premise of this book. It reminds me a lot of The Floating Feldmans—though that book was marginally better. While it’s always entertaining to watch a struggling family implode and then try to sort through the fallout (don’t judge me), I had trouble staying engaged with The Jetsetters. My biggest problem was that I couldn’t understand the tone of the book. Was it supposed to be funny and light? Jokey and sarcastic? But then what’s going on with that super dramatic and serious ending?I just wasn’t sure how I was supposed to feel about Charlotte and her family, wasn’t sure if they were going to make it out okay in the end. And that confusion impacted how I connected with the characters. The only person who had a believable, fully-formed, and consistent personality was Cord’s significant other. Everyone else felt unknowable to me, like a puzzle that I couldn’t solve (and what’s worse, I stopped even wanting to try to).I had hoped this would be a light and entertaining read with some heart, but unfortunately it didn’t deliver.Big thank you to Net Galley and Ballantine Books for the ARC. See more of my reviews at www.bugbugbooks.com!
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  • Lisa B.
    January 1, 1970
    Three adult children going on a cruise with their Mom. One daughter brings her husband (not willingly). Everyone involved has secrets and think this just may be the trip where it all finally comes out. One can only imagine the level of craziness.I must admit this hooked me from the very beginning. I had to find out if everyone would have the nerve to show their true selves. And who doesn't like a good story about a dysfunctional family? I have yet to meet an adult who doesn't have some level of Three adult children going on a cruise with their Mom. One daughter brings her husband (not willingly). Everyone involved has secrets and think this just may be the trip where it all finally comes out. One can only imagine the level of craziness.I must admit this hooked me from the very beginning. I had to find out if everyone would have the nerve to show their true selves. And who doesn't like a good story about a dysfunctional family? I have yet to meet an adult who doesn't have some level of messy family dynamics. As all of the Perkins reflect back on their relationships as young kids, they also have to come to terms with who they are as adults and if they even still like each other. Very interesting.My thanks to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for this ARC.
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  • Heather Fineisen
    January 1, 1970
    A lonely elderly woman recalls her early love and wins a cruise for her and her dysfunctional family. A washed up actress, an overweight middle daughter with a philandering husband, and a gay son who hasn't come out to his family. The sibling love/hate relationship is well captured. Will they connect as adults? The cruise is a perfect setting for this family reunification as each membercultivates their own vacation experience. The cheesy/glamour of cruises is well crafted. A memorable cast of A lonely elderly woman recalls her early love and wins a cruise for her and her dysfunctional family. A washed up actress, an overweight middle daughter with a philandering husband, and a gay son who hasn't come out to his family. The sibling love/hate relationship is well captured. Will they connect as adults? The cruise is a perfect setting for this family reunification as each membercultivates their own vacation experience. The cheesy/glamour of cruises is well crafted. A memorable cast of characters in relatable situations.Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
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  • Shea Salyer
    January 1, 1970
    Couldnt bring myself to finish this one after getting a little over 200 pages into it. I just had no genuine interest in the characters and their storylines and I also thought it was just cheesy and scattered. I usually enjoy Reeces Book Club picks way more than this one. Couldn’t bring myself to finish this one after getting a little over 200 pages into it. I just had no genuine interest in the characters and their storylines and I also thought it was just cheesy and scattered. I usually enjoy Reece’s Book Club picks way more than this one.
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  • Meg Clayton
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful!!!
  • Sherri Scorza
    January 1, 1970
    Dont waste your time. Don’t waste your time.
  • Gary Branson
    January 1, 1970
    Great premise, weak execution. Ridiculous, tired secrets with little payoff of character development due to rushing the endings.
  • Tess
    January 1, 1970
    I so wanted to like THE JETSETTERS more than I did. I love the concept -- a family takes a European cruise to try to reconnect and longheld secrets and drama resurface -- but it just didn't click for me. Charlotte, the matriarch of the family, was a bit one-dimensional and her children Lee, Cord, and Regan were a bit insufferable and hard to root for. Things fell into place a little too easily, and the book wasn't as fun as I was hoping it would be. It felt like it was simply scratching the I so wanted to like THE JETSETTERS more than I did. I love the concept -- a family takes a European cruise to try to reconnect and longheld secrets and drama resurface -- but it just didn't click for me. Charlotte, the matriarch of the family, was a bit one-dimensional and her children Lee, Cord, and Regan were a bit insufferable and hard to root for. Things fell into place a little too easily, and the book wasn't as fun as I was hoping it would be. It felt like it was simply scratching the surface in a lot of ways, and I wanted it to dig deeper. Maybe not switching points of views so much could have helped (I also had a hard time keeping track of the story and the characters). All in all, an interesting escape and I love a vacation setting and I did keep turning the pages, but didn't think super highly of this one.
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  • Leann
    January 1, 1970
    Dysfunctional family. Mediterranean cruise. What could possible go wrong (other than everything and be hysterical in the process?).I loved the concept of this book. However, I feel like the author tried to take on too much and didnt satisfy all of my expectations.The setup: Mom of three adult children, all who live in different cities across the country, enters and essay contest to win the Become a Jetsetter contest. The prize is an all-inclusive Mediterranean cruise vacation for four. Dysfunctional family. Mediterranean cruise. What could possible go wrong (other than everything – and be hysterical in the process?).I loved the concept of this book. However, I feel like the author tried to take on too much and didn’t satisfy all of my expectations.The setup: Mom of three adult children, all who live in different cities across the country, enters and essay contest to win the Become a Jetsetter contest. The prize is an all-inclusive Mediterranean cruise vacation for four. Charlotte’s (mom) kids include her eldest daughter, Lee, who has recently moved back home after giving up on her Hollywood acting career (but hasn’t told anyone); her son, Cord, who is gay and engaged AND has yet to come out to his family; and her youngest daughter, Regan, who is in an unhappy marriage and avoiding calls from her private investigator about her husband. See, too much!So, obviously, the family wins the cruise – (Maybe? There’s a very brief mention of Lee paying for it, but it’s almost an oversight and I had a go back and reread it) and sets off to Athens, Greece to board the cruise ship.Once our crew is aboard is really where I really find that the story starts to go a little off the rails. Because:1) The family is visiting Europe and Charlotte spends most of the time complaining about the cruise ship itself, her family, or about being along.2) Even when the family is in the ports, they spend very little time actually in the towns. Having cruised myself, I know I try to eek every ounce out of the day and see, do and eat everything.3) There’s too. MUCH. HAPPENING. Flirting. Depression. Cheating. An alcoholic off the wagon. A gay brother trying to hide his true self from the family. TOO MUCH.And, in the end, the story feels like a whirlwind. None of the characters are fully developed by the end. There’s a surprise twist that is fun and a little unexpected, but also feels a bit forced.
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