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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060594772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060594770
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YA A touching story of the friendship between two very different women. Cee Cee Bloom, with her loud mouth, loud personality and flaming red hair, is determined to become a Hollywood star. Bertie White, delicate and conservative, hopes for a loving husband and family. They meet as children in 1951 in Atlantic City, and, as pen pals, keep in touch with each other. Their reunions through the years always occur at or near the beach, whether in Sarasota, Malibu or Hawaii. Their story jumps back and forth between past and present. Cee Cee and Bertie are genuine, and readers will like them and understand why they are friends. Both characters suffer much, particularly Bertie, whose life seems most unjust. Young adults will be pulled into their lives, caring greatly about them and the steady stream of tragedies that befall them. In a particularly moving ending, Cee Cee leaves a show in the middle of production to care for Bertie, who is dying of cancer. YAs will enjoy this emotional tale, but they'll need to have plenty of tissues handy. Elizabeth Thurston, Baltimore County Pub . Lib .
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Dart created a character who is hard to resist.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“The author’s ironic sense of humor is evident even in her choice of titles.” (Chicago Tribune)

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I also thought the ending was anti-climatic.
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I've picked up this book on sale a few years after seeing the movie, and was pleasantly surprised.
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In the movie they changed a lot of the things, but in a better way I thought.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By aidanj@globalnet.co.uk on February 20, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well 10 years on since the great movie came out based on the wonderful book "Beaches" I just had to read the book... And i am so glad that I did, this is a must read if you liked the movie. You'll laugh, you'll cry and share all the emotions of these wonderful characters! My Favourite!! Loan it to your best friend!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Torres on February 26, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Rarely do I think a movie adaptation is better than the book, well that is not the case with this book. I actually enjoyed the movie far more than the book. Cee Cee was a little too crass for my taste, Michael was indeed a heartless bastard and Bertie was always wallowing in self-pity for not being able to be with the heartless swine of Michael. I wish the ending would have been more emotional, I felt the writer rushed Bertie's death. Overall, I didn't like the book as much as I thought I would.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Beaches is a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and fill you up with love. It shows that opposites do attract and can stay connected through thick and thin. When Cee Cee Bloom- a marvolous singer - meets Hillary Whitney, they become two peas in a pod. Though they are not right there by each other all the time, they write each other letters trying to keep the other one in touch. When Hillary comes down with a disease, she asks Cee Cee to go along to watch her and her daughter at their summer beach house. The ending will make you cry and that's where I end. If you've seen th emovie "Beaches", you'll absolutely love the novel by Iris Rainer Dart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on April 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excellent book; whether you've seen the iconic film or not, it's gripping. Characters and story are compelling. Several reviews have expressed disappointment over book as compared to film, but I wouldn't pay attention -- while book is different, it's still terrific.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Honeycutt on January 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is easy to read and is very entertaining. It will make you laugh and cry. It has been years since I have seen the movie (and I remember loving it) so I really don't know how the two would compare. I would definitely recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Charpentier on April 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
The first and last chapters mirror the film almost precisely, but everything in between is incredibly divergent. I'm having a hard time reviewing the book as an entity of it's own without comparing it to the film. I kept hearing Bette Midler's voice in my head while reading it. I have to go watch it again, I think. I did enjoy reading it. I can't really even say which is better. I sort of wish I'd read the book first. Ah, well. Even if you've seen the film a thousand times, this is worth your time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ladyslott VINE VOICE on February 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Having seen the movie Beaches more times than I can count, I was looking forward to the book. I am therefore sorry to say that I didn't like it that much, and that is a rarity for me I generally like the book more.

The basic story stays the same: Cee Cee Bloom and Bertie White (Hillary in the movie) form an unlikely friendship when they are 10 and 7 years old (respectively). Through many years and personal hardships they remain friends, until a tragic illness brings them together.

What didn't I like about this book? Cee Cee Bloom is not a very nice person in this book, and I found it hard to really care for her. In the movie Bette Midler gives her a clear vulnerability that wasn't apparent in the book. It also seemed to me that the author had Bette specifically in mind while writing the story, as if it were already a screenplay in her head. The character of Bertie was whiny and sad. I wanted more than once to say: Come on woman get on with your life!!, but it never seemed to happen. The clichéd fate of one of the male characters was kind of `been there done that' and I expected more from the author.
Nevertheless, because of fond movie memories the book scored extra points, that's why it gets a high 3***.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sejla on May 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
To be honest I was very disappointed with the book. Maybe it's because I watched the movie first and then I read the book. I love the movie, it's one of my favorites, that's the reason I decided to read the book in the first place. I thought books are always better then the movies, but in this case I was wrong. In the movie they changed a lot of the things, but in a better way I thought. If I was you I would just watch the movie, don't waste your time reading the book.
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