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Smart Women Paperback – October 4, 2005
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Thumbs up on her approach of showing each key character's point of view on the same situations. It really helps you think about how other people percieve things differently than you do.
The results consequently affect their two daughters: Sara (B.B.'s 12-year-old daughter), who becomes a nervous wreck because of her mother's emotional abuse, and Michelle (Margo's hostile 16-year-old daughter), who gets involved with one of her mother's ex-lovers. (Obviously, boyfriend/husband swamping doesn't end with just the parents.) Even though he was a little older than Michelle, I was still shocked and thought the mother should have been more forceful in separating them.
Overall, I thought "Smart Women" was a terrific book. Most of the characters were easy to empathize with, and the writing was superb. I had read many of Judy Blume's earlier children's books (like "Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself", "Tiger Eyes", and "Just As Long As We're Together"), but I hadn't known Judy was such a talented adult writer as well. Now that I'm older and have somewhat outgrown her younger books, I wish she would write more adult contemporary novels, like "Wifey" and "Summer Sisters". Judy Blume is a fantastic writer--and still one of my favorites. I highly recommend this book, along with all of her others--adult and juvenile.
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I have now read all of her adult books... in order my favorites
Summer sisters... I read this at least twice a year
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I loved the plot, story line, and the characters but felt let down by the ending. It wasn't a bad ending but felt abrupt. I love Judy Blume and I'll read more of her books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Douglas Mullens
Judy Blume is wonderful. She tells the story in such simple sentences that it seems deceptively superficial. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth FitzGerald
Entertaining as all of her books. Real people and real issues.Published 5 months ago by Rose L. Wiggins
Blume is always good escape reading. Although I was unable to identify with Margo or B.B., I enjoyed the story of how these smart women ended up struggling with their family lives... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nelda Brangwin
I felt like I was still reading the same Judy Blume books I read when I was a kid. I was bored and didn't find it was for me. Maybe for an older generation.Published 5 months ago by Princess
Definitely not Judy Blume's best book but certainly not her worst. The plot is a little far fetched and the book is also outdated, even for the 80s, when it was published.Published 6 months ago by Abby Stempien