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Summer Sisters
Summer Sisters
Author: Judy Blume
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 frie...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780440226437
ISBN-10: 0440226430
Publication Date: 5/4/1999
Pages: 399
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  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 1262 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 9
Summer Sisters is an adult read about two friends from young through adult, Caitlin stays on Martha's Vinyard every summer with her father and has invited Vix from Santa Fe to stay and this becomes an every summer happening. Vix becomes a part of this privileged family through these summer visits so the family pay her Harvard education while Caitlin is the wild one who chooses to live the lavish life in Europe instead of school. It is a good fast read.
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Helpful Score: 8
I loved this book; I did not want it to end. It starts out rather slow but after a few chapters it picks up nicely. It made me laugh and made me cry. I wish Judy Blume would do a sequel to it.
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Helpful Score: 6
Read this in highschool when I was visiting Martha's Vineyard, where the book takes place. A great read then... will read again soon i am sure. A great adult read from my childhood fav author Judy Blume.
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Helpful Score: 6
I didn't really care for this book. I thought that the way the book was written was confusing. At least Judy Blume puts each name at the top of the pages so that you can following who is thinking and saying what. I thought that there were too many characters to keep track of - I kept getting them mixed up with who belonged to whom. I really didn't like the way the book ended - to much like a television series finally (never really tied up the loose ends).

Beware: This is definately an adult book with a great deal of references to adult themes.
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Helpful Score: 6
Since this is the first "adult" novel I have read from one of my favorite childhood authors, I was ill-prepared for some of the mature content, and found myself blushing, especially near the beginning of the book (this book is NOT intended for the audience of "Blubber!") However, Blume's writing style has changed very little from her young adult novels, making this an easy read, and I absolutely loved the story of two girls tied by a childhood bond, yet struggling through their relationship as they matured. Victoria's character is especially authentic and relatable, and my heart went out to her as she dealt with the betrayals of a friend she loved dearly.
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The beginning of the book was a little uncomfortable to read, but from the middle on, I really got into it and enjoyed the ending.
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This book had a lot of sex in it, I must say. Perhaps that was the reality of the 70s and 80s ... not sure.

All in all, the book kept me reading, curious to find out what happens in the end. However, I can't say I liked any of the characters. It seems like ALL of them needed a healthy dose of logic and reason. They were so emotional and so all over the place, leaving much of their life to the whims of chance ... or, what I like to call, laziness and lack of personal responsibility for the decisions in one's life.

I couldn't relate to anyone. I can already imagine how the character's children will repeat the bad cycle of decision-making of their parents. I honestly hope most women have more sense than these characters!
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A fun read for anyone who loves the relationships between women. For those of us who grew up with Judy Blume, she now takes us into the more sophisticated world of adult women. Worth a read.


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