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Summer Sisters: A Novel Paperback – May 27, 2003
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"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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“As warm as a summer breeze blowing through your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor singing ‘How Sweet It Is.’ You remember. So does Judy Blume. How sweet it was.”—Chicago Tribune
“An exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying . . . sometimes at the same time . . . Blume creates a rich tapestry of characters.”—The Denver Post
“Blume’s characters still tend to hover after the book is set aside. . . . She catches perfectly the well-armored love between longtime female friends.”—The Seattle Times
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When Victoria Leonard answers the phone in her Manhattan office, Caitlin's voice catches her by surprise. Vix hasn't talked to her oldest friend in months. Caitlin's news takes her breath away--and Vix is transported back in time, back to the moment she and Caitlin Somers first met, back to the casual betrayals and whispered confessions of their long, complicated friendship, back to the magical island where two friends became summer sisters.
Caitlin dazzled Vix from the start, sweeping her into the heart of the unruly Somers family, into a world of privilege, adventure, and sexual daring. Vix's bond with her summer family forever reshapes her ties to her own, opening doors to opportunities she had never imagined--until the summer she falls passionately in love. Then, in one shattering moment on a moonswept Vineyard beach, everything changes, exposing a dark undercurrent in her extraordinary friendship with Caitlin that will haunt them through the years.
As their story carries us from Santa Fe to Martha's Vineyard, from New York to Venice, we come to know the men and women who shape their lives. And as we follow the two women on the paths they each choose, we wait for the inevitable reckoning to be made in the fine spaces between friendship and betrayal, between love and freedom.
"Summer Sisters is a riveting exploration of the choices that define our lives, of friendship andlove, of the families we are born into and those we struggle to create. For every woman who has ever had a friend too dangerous to forgive and too essential to forget, "Summer Sisters will glue you to every page, reading and remembering.
Judy Blume's twenty-one books have sold over sixty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty languages. She spends summers on Martha's Vineyard with her family.
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I grew up reading Judy Blume, but I'm no teen now. I'm in my 40s. Blume's graceful writing style never disappoints. Negative reviewers that have complained the young teens focus too much energy on their budding sexuality have obviously forgotten what it's like to be that age. In using varying viewpoints and characters narratives to tell the story, each character is well-developed from their own words and conversations as well as through the observations of others. As another reviewer astutely pointed out, Caitlin is the only one not given a voice. We only see her in the 3rd person, and I think that is intentional, as her character remains mysterious and conflicted in her motivations to the very (sad) end.
1970s- '80s Martha's Vineyard and the late 20th century in general are characters in the story as well, and Blume expresses them both very dynamically. She's writing about kids several years older than me, the "cool kids" I looked up to when I was young, and seeing inside their lives and times makes me feel I've finally caught up with them.
The love story between Vix and Bru is steamy for sure, and full of missteps that young people make. Bru's island guy local persona, tough but tender, quiet and calm, is mistaken by some reviewers as a cardboard portrait sans adequate development, but his simple straightforward demeanor should not be mistaken for lack of development. He is not a complex person. (Spoiler alert:)That's perhaps the main reason his relationship with Vix fails.
I consider this book, a fast, fun and engaging read, one of Judy Blume's best.
Like a first love, I still to this day will read one of her YA books (which take about 40 minutes when you're an adult ha!) for the nostalgia -
Reading an adult oriented book by her seemed odd - how do you reconcile scoliosis, getting your period, learning how to swim, etc with reading a book that was designed for grown ups -
She just nails it. I wonder how many other women in this world think like me ... That Judy had to have written this book just for me.
Von isn't a National Treasure...Judy Blume is - and this book is amazing and complicated and if you don't see a bit of yourself somewhere in it - I would be very surprised.
Perfectly describes the uncertainty of teenage years in terms of own self-image and self-worth.
This is an eye opening read about friendships and the inability to get rid of toxic friends or to see friendships for what they really are.
You’ll smile, marvel and relate to each in one way or another.
A story of a strong friendship between two different personalities with shared devotion to one another through good times and bad.
A tale of friendship, family relationships and all their complexities.
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Thank you for the story that has grown with me, a story that I will never be without.
As a child I read everything you wrote and once I’d exhausted the children’s/teens section I was left heartbroken, but then my dad appeared with a book I hadn’t seen before, your third novel for adults, Summer Sisters.
My teenage self eagerly delved into the pages and before I knew it I found myself enthralled and captivated by a friendship that grew over years, I remember losing myself in the girls summers whilst laughing and crying with them.
I never realised with that first read the impact this story would have on my life, the hold these characters would have on my heart.
Every summer I am overwhelmed by the need to be reunited with your words, to visit my friends within the pages and fall in love with the story all over again.
With every read something new resonates with me, as I’ve gotten older I find myself relating to the girls at different stages and this is something that I can’t thank you enough for, the Summer Sisters will always be the story that keeps growing with me.
So Judy Blume, with all my heart I thank you for the words…
abiuut two girls who are in love with each other and a guy makes them fall out
good book but not for my taste
I read Judy Blume from about the age of 11 and carried on and now my 10 yr old daughter reads them!