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 didnt like it that much.
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 didnt 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 wasnt 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, thats why it gets a high 3***.
Very sweet novel, though fans of the movie beware that the movie adaptation does not follow the book very closely. Overall, a good read about friendship. Definitely a nice summer read.
Wonderful story of enduring friendship.. a must read for all women,... and so much better than the movie!
Absolutely wonderful. Every bit as powerful as the movie, I had to tear myself away from it to do different things while on vacation. Cee Cee Bloom and Bertie were fabulous companions as I enjoyed the beach in Hilton Head SC
A touching story of friendship between two very different women. A funny and heartbreaking novel. Perfect for your next beach vacation!
I'd seen the movie before -- multiple times, in fact -- but I had never read the book. It was really good! I was immediately drawn in to the world of the novel; despite the fact that I already knew the basic outline of the story (if not all the details -- they changed quite a bit from what I remember from the movie), I found this book to be a compulsive page-turner. Cee Cee Bloom is a wonderful character to read about, loud-mouthed, brash, insanely talented, insecure, and just really good-hearted underneath it all. I found Bertie to be less compelling -- the most interesting thing about her was her death (okay...that was harsh. True, but harsh) -- but still a good, strong, EveryWoman-type character, who kept the story moving forward. A great depiction of a true friendship.
Beaches is one of my favorite movies ~ I read the book after the movie and LOVED the book (and STILL love the movie ~ go figure!) so much I read it twice and was thrilled to find Cee Cee's & Nina's story continued in Beaches II I'll Be There, the sequel. Written with humor, sensitivity and vitality. Definitely read this book (AND it's sequel).
A great read, hard to put down.
The book has far more richness than the movie, even though the movie was very well cast.
great picture of the power of an unlikely friendship.
From School Library Journal
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Loudmouthed, redheaded Cee Cee Bloom has her sights set on Hollywood. Bertie White, quiet and conservative, dreams of getting married and having children. In 1951, their childhood worlds collide in Atlantic City. Keeping in touch as pen pals, they reunite over the years ... always near the ocean.
Powerful and moving, this novel follows Cee Cee and Bertie's extraordinary friendship over the course of thirty years as they transform from adolescents into adults. A bestselling novel that became a hugely successful film, Beaches is funny, heartbreaking, and a tale that should be a part of every woman's library.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.