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In the summer of 1977 Victoria Leonard's world changed forever—when Caitlin Somers chose her as a friend Dazzling reckless Caitlin welcomed Vix into the heart of her sprawling eccentric family opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege sweeping her away to vacations on Martha's Vineyard a magical wind blown island where two friends became summer sistersNow years later Vix is working in New York City Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard And the early magic of their long complicated friendship has faded But Caitlin has begged Vix to come to her wedding to be her maid of honor And Vix knows that she will go—for the friend whose casual betrayals she remembers all too well Because Vix wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer And after all these years she needs to know why her best friend—her summer sister—still has the power to break her heart


10 thoughts on “Summer Sisters

  1. says:

    35 starsI LOVED Judy Blume books when I was growing up One of my favorite memories is reading her books over and overThis is my first adult Judy Blume book I honestly wasn't sure if I would read any of her newer books I'm not sure why Maybe I just wanted to keep her associated with books from my youth But I happened to come across this one when visiting my mother Someone had dropped off some books for her to look through I thought I would read a few pages just to see how it was and ended up reading it allI enjoyed reading about Vix and Caitlyn's friendship as it developed over the years Like most friendships theirs is not without its struggles and hasn't always been easy in the past or the present It reminded me of summer trips to the lake and hanging out with friends that I was only able to see during summer vacations I miss those daysA nice light read It was a welcome change after some of the really emotional books I have been reading A good summer reador in the winter when want to think about summerThe Judy Blume from my youth will always be my favorite but all in all this was a very enjoyable read


  2. says:

    This story has so many elements that should make it an easy success The senitmentality of childhood summers first love finding and defining family a rags to riches tale your first best friend lost love betrayal But it just failed so hardNone of the characters were believable; all were flat caricatures The Saintly Martyred Poor Girl who worships Spoiled Socialite Girl then lives with New York Jew and Southern Belle The fathers are Emasculated Pushover and Hippy Mellow Younger guys are Hunky Morons or Good Guy Who You Don't Know Exists or Sex crazed Asshole Yuck I hated everyone and while that can sometimes be a brilliant ploy by a writer to make a social or political statement Fitzgerald comes to mind I think Blume wants readers to connect with AT LEAST Victoria who narrates the majority of the bookThe framework is another beef of mine Throughout the book Victoria's narrative is interrupted by brief third person narrations of her friends and family Nothing profound is revealed; it's actually insulting to be told by the characters things that were fairly obvious from context It's also a cheat If you can't develop your characters through the central narrative then you failed; either give them some weight to earn their special voice or just let them goI really wanted to like this book and it has a couple of moments The first couple of summers really do have some honesty; they nail the sometimes awkward and sexually charged friendships of early adolescence Summer Sisters has all the notes to make a beautiful symphony of a novel But in the hands of an unskilled musician it just ends up being a discordant echo of greatness


  3. says:

    I read this book every summer mostly because it does such a great job of capturing the essence of the season I actually prefer to read it when it's still a little cold outside so I can be transported to warmer weather but for the past few years it's been so hard to find time to get it in Anyway if you define a favorite book as one you want to read again and again this is definitely one of my favorites I guess I'm not really surprised Are You There God? It's Me Margaret had the same hold over me when I was younger I just love how fast paced and frank Judy Blume's writing style is it's so different from what you get with most chick lit At times it gets to be a little bit too much but for the most part I think it creates a powerful story


  4. says:

    I like that Vix and Caitlin were born the same years as me it was easy to relate to that I didn't come from a rich family nor a struggling blue collar family But I could understand the feeling of trying so hard but not uite fitting in And looking at the 2 of them and their families you see that nurture versus nature struggle Vix you didn't have the benefit of money becomes a responsible caring adult Though he sister gets pregnant at 17 Then we see Caitlin who has every advantage but is selfish and irresponsible while her brother becomes a successful scientist But I still wonder how Vix could remain friends with Caitlin through the years Perhaps she was used to not expecting anything in return I hated the sad ending and feeling of things not being settled


  5. says:

    One thing I really enjoy doing is rereading kids books I checked out Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and zoomed through it in about two hours I have reread many other classics and enjoyed them I think my next big kids read will be the infamous Harriet the Spy which I loved and totally identified with as a child One of the greatest regrets of my life in terms of small scale regrets anyway is that I sold off my Sweet Valley High books Now granted SVH isn't all that 'classic' but I so loved the storyline and always identified with Elizabeth I used to own every book up past a hundred and all of the special editions summer winter etc they had out It took me years to collect Now I have about three of them at home I have been checking used bookstores but apparently they aren't that popular any And no wonder I don't think Jessica the 'wild' twin ever got beyond some passionate kissing Which is why I'd love to have them around for my daughter when she gets older So if you want to just box up all you have and send them to meBut one of the biggest shocks I had in kids books came this weekend While scouring paperbacks at the library I came across a Judy Blume book for grownups Summer Sisters Now Judy Blume was a crazy favorite of mine; I read pretty much everything she wrote So of course I had to check out this novel I had grown up; time to see if Judy didOne of the things I enjoyed as a kid was Blume's realism and frankness Although Ramona uimby age 8 was cute and adorable she wasn't exactly realistic Although Matilda was brilliant and could read by age 2 and move things with her mindwell let's just say I identified with her except for that whole reading by age 2 and moving things with her mind But Blume's characters were real kids with real problemsThe same is true of what I read in Summer Sisters I suppose We have two girls experimenting with sex naturally curious and putting together one of those 'odd' relationships However in searching for realism I felt Blume overdoes it Sure teenagers are sex crazed but oh my goodness I didn't know you could pack that much sex into so few pages The novel was just too much for me and so although the storyline was interesting I finally gave up and closed the pages for good when the girls started discussing their experiments with oral sexThe characters were realistic and credible but I guess just too nitty gritty for me I also had a problem with the seven or eight point of views tried throughout the book while the majority was told in the first person I seem to be hitting a lot of that lately and it has been driving me nuts If nothing else it breaks the flow of the storySo I think I'm going to keep my mind uncluttered I'll head back to one of my childhood favorites by Blume Blubber and avoid the remainder of her adult novels She's a great writer but I guess I have another 10 or 20 years to go before I'm that grown up


  6. says:

    I loved this book when I read it because it reminded me so much of the relationship I had with my best friend growing up We spent numerous summers together at her parents' cottage having the reuisite summer flings with out of town boys who we would never see again until the next summer and this book made me very nostalgic for those timesWhat I liked was how Judy Blume told the story not only from a generic narrator's perspective but also from the perspective of each character in the story This made the book interesting and gave me ideas outside of my own for what each character was thinking in different situationsI also liked how Ms Blume captured the friendship between Caitlin and Victoria Victoria being the calm straight laced friend Caitlin being the uintessential wild child and the ups and downs and little competitions they would have like who would get their period first or who would lose their virginity first The ending surprised me uite a bit and I have to say that at first I wasn't crazy about it because I don't like being left in limbo but after thinking about it a bit I realized the story was wrapped up just fineI would definitely recommend this book to my chicas it's a fun read and it will definitely take you back to a much simpler time sort of


  7. says:

    Starting with the things I liked I appreciated the book for it's nostalgic factor and being a uick light read It was seasonally appropriate and took me down memory lane in ways than onereminiscing about how complicated teenage female relationships can be and how people who know you in your formative years probably see you differently than anyone else in your lifeHowever overall I thought the book was uneven The first half of the book reads like an erotic teen novel I get that they are horny and experimenting but their relationships are completely defined by sex The heart pounding and pulsating wore thin on me after like the sixth time And she could have referred to The Power a little less too it was just uncomfortable for me after a whileThen for the second half of the book when they get older it becomes a character study of these two young adults Caitlin is painted out to be such a horrible person and Vix is weak and incommunicative I didn't like either of them as grown ups and both of their behaviors frustrated me why does Caitlin have to be so self centered and why does Vix have to be so self loathing?? i couldn't understand why they were still friends especially why vix even picked up the phone I actually liked their relationship much better when they were youngerat least I understood it popular girl wants someone intellectually stimulating who will adore her and hang out with her while not stealing attention away; while the less popular girl just wants to be noticed and likes her boundaries being pushed It just felt like she took both girls' worst traits and amplified them as adults causing neither to have a real character arc where we got to see them recognize their demons and change accordingly I guess I missed that kind of payoffAs for Bru he is the most irritating character in the second half of the novel There is NOTHING in this book that makes him a desirable husband He doesn't talk he's super clingy he doesn't have any real life goals Sure they have great sex but that seems like a summer fling than anything How great can it really be your first time? The author offers nothing in way of a personality for him and because I don't know him I don't care that either of these women want him In fact I really DIDN'T want Vix to end up with him I felt like I sided with Abby wanting her to grow up and experience things Perhaps I'm projecting after knowing what it's like to be in a long term relationship with my high school sweetheart and discovering that there are WAY better things out there But in my distaste for Bru I altogether ignored the fact that she did touch on the uestion of great sex being enough to sustain a relationship So I concede your point there that she did recognize why Vix and Bru could not have a futureMy last problem with the book which you actually liked was the different perspectives I felt like it was a cheap easy way to add color to her novelalmost in the way a screenwriter would use a narrator or voiceover if they weren't smart enough to play out the action It's probably just a personal peeve but I wish she hadn't skipped around to the other people's viewpoints I don't think it added anything to the story and if anything it telegraphed the fact that Gus and Vix were going to end up togetherPersonally I felt this was a soapy yet underdeveloped novel I'll stick to my happy memories of Judy Blume's teenage books


  8. says:

    This is one of the uniue books for which my opinion was so controversial Not with other reviews but with mineThe narrative was written as a light romance for summer being at times irritating especially the parts with first person narrative The book was unduly prolonged Judy Blume is at her best with her children's and coming of age storiesAt the same time the story was captivatingly dark relative and personalI mentally rated the book 1 2 3 4 stars but not with the following seuence So I will rate the average 25 rounded up for the perfect ending Blume didn't have any other choice


  9. says:

    Not a book you read A book you devour Unsurprisingly there are few reviews by men here But I think any male writing writing female characters in this case female friendships could benefit from reading Blume And yes This is a great hot summer read best read on a dock


  10. says:

    “Not everything has to have a point Some things just are ” ― Judy Blume Summer SistersNo one does summer uite like Judy BlumeSummer sisters remains a favorite of mine many years after I read it I love the tale of Victoria and Kaitlyn and their friendship as well as their growing into adulthood It’s by far one of the best books Blume has ever written and one of the few adult books she has writtenOne thing I found that surprised me is I found Victoria very difficult to like at least in girlhood As she grew up my feelings changed in that regardAs much as I loved the story I loved the atmosphere eually as much This book is riddled with references to summer and the writing is exuisiteThat is not to say the book does not have its share of tragedy and heartbreakit does There is alot of it tooSPOILERSBut Summer Sisters is such a beautiful read and it’s one of those books that I never get tired of taking out every few years to and it always feels fresh I’ve loved both Blume's children’s books and her adult books although I will wonder forever what really happened to KaitlynAs long as her books keep coming out I’ll keep buying them