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Summer Sisters
Summer Sisters
Author: Judy Blume
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780440226437
ISBN-10: 0440226430
Publication Date: 5/4/1999
Pages: 399
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 1258 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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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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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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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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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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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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Nostalgic, sweet, made me want to cry, but also riled me up a bit. Characters very believable. Reminds me of some people I knew long, long ago. Touching story, surprising end.
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As a Judy Blume fan in my teen years, it was interesting to find that she could jump from one generation to the next in her writing. Loved this book and was happily surprised that I could still read Judy Blume at my age! Summer Sisters is amazing.
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One of my faves. Have read it atleast 6 times. If you enjoy the movie Beaches you will love this book.
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A great summer read! A wonderful story about friendship through the years
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This book is my all time favorite book. It reminds me of one of my friends and me growing up. The book discusses two friends and their lives throughout the years, how they intertwine and grow apart from each other. The girls learn from each other's mistakes and betrayal of the friendship. I usually read this book once or twice a year because it is a very intriguing book. I usually don't like books that switch off from the past and back to the present, but this book has a natural flow that doesn't confuse or frustrate the reader.
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This was a wonderful story, it made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. I couldn't put it down. A must read.
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A weird but honest story about a toxic friendship between two girls. The story starts off awkwardly but grows into heart-breaking tale about their relationship.
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I truly love this book. It's one of the rare books I own that I could read over and over again.
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Typical story about the relationship between two girls who were childhood friends, but something happened so they went their separate ways and reunite as adults. Judy Blume does an awesome job of filling in the details. Heartbreaking at times. I didn't know Judy Blume had any "adult" books, and this one pleased me as a grown-up just as much as her "Fudge" books did as a kid.
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Growing up a Judy Blume fan, I was sure she was the only woman alive who truly understood how it felt to be a fourth grader. Later in life, I was convinced she was the only "young adult" author who knew just what it was like to be a teenaged girl on the verge of womanhood. Now, I have no doubt in my mind that Judy Blume understands being a woman better than any writer, any artist, and she has shown us this in the pages of Summer Sisters.

I've never read a book so many times in my life.
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Great book, I wish Judy Blume would write more "adult" books.
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An extraordinary novel of reminiscence and awakening, an unforgettable story of two women, two families, and the friendships that shape a lifetime.
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A really good book, no doubt. But I'm not sure if there is anyone who is so flat as a character as Caitlin in real life. She's sort of like how someone would draw a bad girl, if they had never actually known (or been) a bad girl themselves. And this question kept popping up in my head throughout the book: why did Victoria stay? That also seemed out of character.

Anyway, this is a review, not a character discussion. And as a review I highly recommend this book. I did thoroughly enjoy it. Would love to see the movie adaptation some day!
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This is a great book about enduring friendship and long-lasting connections. You can really sympathize with the characters and even see yourself in them.
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I read this book years ago and there are still scenes that come to my mind every now and then. A great read!
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I LOVED this book! A great beach read!
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Great book about friendship.
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This novel was excellent from the beginning page until the end. Caitlin, a wild child, invites Vix, who is more conservative and quiet, to Martha's Vineyard for the summer. Summer after summer the girls return to the vineyard and as a reader, you literally are apart of their growth into woman hood. They experience new things together, first love, development of their bodies, and even "The Power" which they use on one another.
The story opens in the present day, with a phone call from Caitlin asking, more like telling, Vix if she will be the Maid of Honor at her Wedding. Then the story goes back to Vix and Caitlin's summer days, and all the events leading up to Caitlin's Marriage.
As the two girls mature to woman hood their differences tear them apart, especially when it comes to dating boys. Caitlin knows she is intimidating, and she uses that to her advantage. Vix; however, is the complete opposite.
Caitlin becomes too wrapped up in herself, and selfishly ruins Vix's sixteenth birthday party. Vix, devastated and hear-broken, leaves to live on her own, breaking off her friendship with Caitlin. Or so she wishes.

Summer Sisters was a hard book to put down. The characters were so real and I associated with a lot of the story. I felt apart of the characters lives as they grew up together, experiencing all the new things life brought them. The plot kept me interested throughout the entire book.
It's a story numerous teenage girls, and older women can relate too. It leaves a reader crying and laughing all at the same time.
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This is my all time favorite book. The story of Caitlin and Vix is awesome and I keep coming back to it again and again. The story of two girls growing up, what it is like to be insecure as a your child, teenager and adult, discovering your first love ... and the losing him.

Definitely a must read book.
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great, slightly racy, not family reading
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In the summer of 1977, her world changed forever-when Caitlin chose her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomed her into the heart of her big, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of inimaginable privelege where two friends become summer sisters.
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I grew up reading Judy Blume books - all the books she wrote for teenagers. This book geared towards adults does not disappoint
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This book grabs you from the first page. One to read, if you like Judy Blume's style. Great beach read!
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Excellent book for women about friendships. Very good author.
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Very enjoyable and an easy, but not mindless read.
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A fun book for your 2007 beach bag.
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In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard's world changed forever-when Caitlin Somers chose her as a friend.
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This isnt the same Judy Blume you read growing up as a young girl. Good easy read
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Nostalgic story of girlhood
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A poignant moving story of friendship and betrayal, a rich tapestry of characters against the backdrop of Martha's Vineyard over six summers.
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Excellent read for a lazy day at the beach!
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I loved it. I do feel I should mention though that even though it's Judy Blume... this is an ADULT book!
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This book pulls you in and doesn't let go until the end. Great friendship book. It's like a teen romance novel for adults.
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A wonderful story about the friendship between two very different women.
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I LOVE this book. As a young girl, I read SuperFidge, and as an adolescent, I read Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. Judy Blume made my life so much more pleasant while growing up. Her "grown-up" novels are no different. Summer Sisters is one of my favorite books.
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One of Judy Blume's best! About 2 close friends growing up together and as grown-ups facing life and its difficulties. A great read!
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I loved this book! It's so hard to believe this is the woman who wrote Ramona and Fudge! Proof that everyone grows up. Thank you Judy Blume!
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This was a very fast and enjoyable read. However, I was not as impressed by it as I remember being by Blume's young adults books as a young adult. Those challenged the reader (many of them were banned), while Summer Sisters doesn't stand out.

Perhaps my expectations for this author were too high as she tried to reach new audiences.
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If you loved Judy Blume as a child, you'll love her adult novel.
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I loved this book I'm constantly rereading it. Its great too cause over the summer I went to Martha's Vineyard again and I noticed things that were talked about it the book. Best book ever!!
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One of my all time favorites - a fantastic beach read!
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Very good, fast read!
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A quick read with a great storyline!
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Great story of friendship. Easy Read.
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Not too huge of a Judy Blume fan since I was a teenager, but this was a nice, lite summer read
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Loved it! A real tear jerker.
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I grew up reading Judy Blume's books. Now I've read her adult book, and I loved it just as much! I couldn't put this book down.
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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 sisters. . . .

Now, 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....
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Judy Blume for adults!!
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A story about friends as sisters.
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Victoria's long-time friend has invited her to attend her wedding on Martha's Vineyard. Vix wants to understand what happened diring that last summer -- why did her best friend break her heart. A moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying -- sometimes at the same time.
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I have read this book over and over. I loved Judy Blume as a child, and love her even more now. This is a great story about the friendship of two girls through the years.
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One of Judy Blume's more adult books, but continuing in the tradition of her other well-written novels with engrossing characters.
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Very well written, however I didn't really like the depressing feel of the book. Very depressing ending.
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This adult story from Judy Blume is a very quick and easy read. It's a captivating story about a young girl coming of age that's set on Martha's Vineyard.
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Very interesting story of two girls growing up.
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A grown up read from one of my favorite childhood authors.
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This is an easy read: a little brain candy. You can tell that Judy Blume writes mostly for kids. It's an interesting look back at the 80's and 90's.
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This book was very good. Two girls (rich & poor) become friends for life. Very moving.
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This is a good book about two friend that become practically sisters. I liked it and i think that if you like books about friendships this would be a good read for you
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A light read that grows on the reader as the characters grow up from middle school to their 30s. Never predictable, the story unfolds as real life will, with twists and turns, disappointments and joys. Blume is good at showing how relationships evolve as the characters mature.
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Judy Blume for grown-ups! This is a classic coming of age story about two girls who grow up to lead different lives, and yet manage to remain interconnected. Very good read.
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two girls vacation at Martha's Vineyard and became fast friends.
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Not your childrens Judy Bloom
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Is this book worth reading? Definitely. But be forwarned, it does not have the typical "happily ever after" ending. I was left feeling somewhat depressed after turning the last page.
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I really enjoyed this book...t'was a little like a soap opera, but interesting nonetheless. Liked the way it was written, makes for a very fast and easy read. Reminded me a little of my teen years with my school chum.
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Good read with a somewhat long ending.
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Story was good - a little too much sexual content for my liking though.
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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 sisters. . . .

Now, 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....
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A very good book, emotional!
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A quick read, even though it's long.
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Very good....remember when of growing up in the seventies with that one particular friend. Makes you do a lot of reminiscing of "where was I when...." Great book...
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I loved Judy Bloom books as a child. I was surprised when I heard she wrote an adult book. I was pleasantly surprised with this book and enjoyed it. It's a chick-read type of book.
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Another one of my favorites! The story of Caitlin and Vix as they span over the years is very well written. I loved Judy Blume as a child, and I enjoyed her "adult fiction" as an adult.
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A book that will have the reader reflecting on past friendships.
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Great book!! It's a really great story and I really thought that Blume did a great job developing the characters.
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Synopsis
Two girls who spend summers together as children grow up and find their lives becoming complicated and their old friendship strained.

In the summer of 1977, Victoria's world changed forever--when Caitlin 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 windblown island where two friends became summer sisters. Now six years later, Vix is working in New York City and Caitlin has invited her to the island for her wedding. And Vix knows she'll go, because she wants to know what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know her summer sister still has the power to break her heart.
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What, you haven't read Summer Sisters? And you grew up reading Blume? READ THIS, you won't regret it!
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An excellent novel of reminiscense and awaking-an unforgettable story of two women, two familes, and the friendships that shape a lifetime.
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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'll remember Wayyyy back to the 70's.
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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 sisters...

Now, 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...
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Here is an entertaining adult fairy tale...with engaging characters, an intriguing plot and plenty of sex. Judy Blume catches the well-armored love between longtime female friends. Blume's characters still tend to hover after the book is set aside, proving that this talented realist continues to do what she does best.
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 yard, a magical, wind-blown island where two friends became summer sisters.
Now 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...
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Judy Blume for grown-ups. Loved it.
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My first Judy Blume novel, and I'm not sure if I liked it or not!! The premise of the story is good, two friends, how they change and grow from the sixth grade to adulthood. How to explain Caitland... I can't, even she can't explain herself, and I guess that's the part I didn't like. She really not a very likable person, but Vix [Victoria] just keeps putting up with her. I don't think I could have.
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A must read in the summer!
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Judy Blume is an excellent author. I was incredibly excited when I saw she had adult novels. I adored her children and young adult books; unfortunately, I found her adult novels to be depressing in stead of hilarious. Well written, but not the "fun" read that I'd been expecting.
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Great book... We all have to make choices, some are good and some are bad, but in the end you have to live by them. It is a story about love, life and friendships and learning to cope with day to day struggles of them all! Judy Blume is a great author and Summer Sisters is a must read!
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I read this over Thanksgiving on Martha's Vineyard. I too worked my college summers on the Island and met my husband of 37 years while working there. Before that I'd lived in Colorado in a trailer park working with my former school roomate at an inn.
Our eldest son was overdue or else he'd have been born on the island. He taught high school across the sound for ten years and many of his students came from the island. I LOVED this book.
Good socail look at class, love, education and loyalty.
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I love this book. It is one of my all-time favorite summer reads. Judy Blume's writing style draws you right in, and it is hard to put this book down.
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Well, it was alright, my friend gave it to me to try out and it was alright.
I grew up reading Judy Blume and I thougt this would be fun, she wrote ok, As an adult I expect more I guess.
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The story of a rather one-sided friendship is told in Judy Blume's SUMMER SISTERS. Victoria (Vix) meets Caitlin as young schoolmates, and for some reason although the two of them are worlds apart, Caitlin chooses Vix as her guest to summer with her family on Martha's Vineyard. Vix has always been the quiet one, and Caitlin is the wild and crazy one. And despite their differences, Vix seems to be attracted to Caitlin's life, including her family and Caitlin's' rather eccentric ways.

The story opens in the present (1990), with Vix receiving a call from Caitlin, saying she's inviting Vix to her wedding. The brief prologue sets the stage, with Vix a bit perturbed by the phone call and torn between being angry with Caitlin, but also thinking "summer sisters forever". It is obvious that there is a love-hate relationship between the two, or at least that is how Vix feels about her long time friend Caitlin.

Their summers together on Martha's Vineyard are full of fun and laughter. But as they get older, Caitlin's selfishness starts to show. Vix however takes it all without too much complaining, always finding reasons to forgive Caitlin. Caitlin's selfish behavior is not obvious to all, but are subtle and often times happen in shocking ways.

As the two start to meet and date boys, Caitlin's behavior in this department is directly opposite in the way Vix handles herself with the boys, and on one night, Vix celebrates her birthday with Caitlin and the boys and it ends up a disastrous moment for Vix. (Caitlin, on the other hand, sees nothing wrong with what she has done, and thinks it's all in good fun).

As the two girls become young women, their differences tear them apart. Their friendship, which Vix always treasured, seems to be on a rocky road to disaster. Caitlin's father and his new wife are taken by Vix and try their best to mend the friendship, but Vix has been hurt enough. She goes off on her own, and cuts her ties with Caitlin. Or so it seems.

SUMMER SISTERS was a great summer read. The plot kept my interest throughout the book, and the characters felt real and I cared about what happened to them. Judy Blume did a good job with the story of two friends and their ever-changing relationship from childhood to adulthood. It was also a good character study about two girls from different backgrounds, and the events and people that can shape a child into the adult she is today.
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This book is one that you will want to read over and over. The characters are so real that you care. This is one of those book that you will finish in a day at the most!
I love this book!
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perfect for the beach!
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Excellent Book, highly recommend.
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Fantastic beach read! Did not want it to end.
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awesome read...i read it twice
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A fast read.
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Good Vacation Book!
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I really enjoyed the story, made me want to visit Martha's Vineyard. The story was a bit far fetched, but wonderfully told.

I read this book in about 1 week, and couldn't stop reading when I got to the last quarter of the book. Hope you enjoy reading this book too.
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Loved this book!
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I have read this book countless times and love it more each time I read it. It is a book about growing up and facing the changes adulthood brings. An excellent beach read that will stay with you long after you have finished this book
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I read this book a while ago, but I remember tearing through it. It was a quick read and very much a "Judy Blume" book for adults. If you liked her stuff growing up, or her adult stuff, then you will similarly appreciate this.
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Read it and enjoy!! I really loved the story and most women will too.
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An excellent read! 5 stars!!
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Fun read. Enjoyed it!
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I love Judy Blume! She wrote this terrific story about two girls that are so different, but so close. It is a great adult book of hers. I wish she had more like this one.
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Spicy story from Judy Blume about friendships between preteen girls. The story follows them over the course of several years into adulthood.
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Suprising Twist, kept me reading til the very end!
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Wow - a "remember when...." book. Brings you back to the times when you were a girl growing up. Great book.
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Excellent easy read. I couldn't put it down.
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This was a very good read. I read it in no time....
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Very good book. Really got sucked into it, couldn't put it down... finished in 2 days.
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A novel of two best girlfriends, two families, and friendships and betrayals that shape a lifetime.
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Loved this book! I read Judy Blume as a teen and definitly just as racey as back then!
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A quick summer read...a bit too chick-lit-y for my tastes, but I did care to find out how it ended.
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I enjoyed reading about a lasting friendship with the ups and downs it had.
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best book i ever read. couldnt put it down. have read it at least 10 times. funny, sad, happy...i found myself rooting for vix!
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I loved this book and have reread it many times! As the book follows the two friends throughout their lives, the reader really feels like you get to know them. However, my only complaint is that Vix is written as the "all good" character while Caitlin is "all bad", with no shades of gray. With that said, I would still highly recommend this book.
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An exceptionally moving story that leaves the reader laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time.
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This was a great read. There is a lot of detailed sexual content, but looking past that, the plot is well written.
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A story of childhood summer friendship, continues when Caitlin gets married and wants Vix to be her maid of honor. Vix knows 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.....
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If you loved reading Judy Blume as a child, then you will love this book!
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Very Good!! Read in 1 day
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Awesome book. These characters and will stay with you long after you've finished reading (although you may want to go back and reread it!). It also may want to make you want to call your best friend!
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I read Judy Blume faithfully as a teen, but this was hard to read. I just didn\'t get into it like I did Forever, or Wifey which I shouldn\'t have read at 17. ;)
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Years after a life-changing friendship, Caitlin invites her long-lost best friend, Vix, to be her maid of honor, but Vix remembers all too well her friend's casual betrayals and wants to discover why her "summer sister" still has the power to break her heart.
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If you read Blume as a young reader, you will continue to enjoy her adult books. A story of friendship, love and growing up. Excellent read! Awesome summer read for the beach!
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From Booklist
Although Blume has published two adult novels, Wifey (1978) and Smart Women (1985), she remains best known as the groundbreaking author of middle-grade and young-adult books, including Are You There God? It's Me Margaret (1972). Her latest effort, although published as an adult book, could just as easily have been on a YA list. It is, after all, the story of a teenage friendship between two girls, one rich, one poor, and it traces what happens to them as they grow up and eventually grow apart. The majority of the book covers the summers the girls spend together from ages 13 to 18 on Martha's Vineyard. Blume remains a pithy writer. Her dialogue is realistic, and her plotcoming-of-age slathered with jealousymoves right along through family troubles, boyfriends, college, and eventually, marriage. But Blume has also covered much of this materialmenstruation, masturbation, first sexual affairsin her books for young teens. Clearly, this book (which begins in the 1970s, Blume's heyday) was designed to welcome her now grown-up readers into the world of adult fiction. The problem is, most of them probably arrived there a long time ago. What we have here is a marketing ploy: the YA novel masquerading as an adult book in order to widen its audience and capitalize on the author's name. Ironically, though, the audience who will most appreciate the trials and tribulations of friends Victoria and Caitlin as they try to grow up are the very people Blume seems trying so hard to get away from--teenage girls.
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Very easy read.Excellent book to just escape and enjoy...
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Wow...this Judy Blume book is not for kids! =) This is a great summer read, very funny, and had me laughing out loud!
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At first I was wondering if I would still like Judy Blume, being (at least) 20 years older than the last time I read a Judy Blume book. Judy didn't let me down! It was a great read - had its surprises, sad moments, happy, etc.
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A story of two girls who meet on Martha's Vineyard and become as close as sisters one summer. It is a story of friendship, heartache and trust.
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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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I like Judy Blume, but I did not care for this book. The plot of the book was ok, I think the ending could have been better.
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One of my all time favorites. Have read it over and over.
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Tug at the heartstrings tale of growing up, a good read. Will make you cry and laugh with recognition of how sometimes the ones we put on a pedestal are not the perfect beings we thought.
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I really liked this book! I wish that Judy Blume would write more adult books because her writing always has a sense of melancholy and true understanding of her characters.
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This is a good book that makes you feel good. Definitely worth your time to read.
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loved; a fun read!
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I'd been meaning for awhile to read one of Judy Blume's adult books, so a little bit ago I picked this one up at Costco. I finally got to reading it this weekend, and I have no idea why I waited so long! It was a great book â I laughed, I cried, I felt like I grew up with these girls.

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Very good read!!
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very well written, but the story made me sad.
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WAS A GREAT BOOK. I did not put it down until I was finished.
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The book begins in 1977, when the main character, "Vix" is invited by Caitlin Somers to spend the summer at Martha's Vineyard. The book follows their friendship through the years. I enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.
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"An exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying..." - The Denver Post
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Very involved story about love and friendship. I enjoyed it!
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Awesome book. I couldn't put it down.
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I know I LOVED her when i was an adolescent, but this one was pretty forgettable.
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New York Times Bestseller. Story of two girls from different backgrounds who become friends in the 1970's. Very good read.
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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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Very sweet moving story.
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Caitlin Somers and Victoria Leonard's world change in the summer of 1977 when they become friends in the big sprawling house at Martha'a Vineyard. Years later and after the friendship has stretched thinly, Caitlin begs Victoria to be her maid of honor. There will be a confrontation.
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Excellent read.
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This had to be one of my favorite stories ever!! Great book!!
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A great book about two friends that spend the summer together in the Vineyard and grow up and have very interesting lives.
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It was a nice read, light and good for beach reading.
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I truly enjoyed reading this one!
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great book!
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Its 1977, Victoria (Vix) Leonard and Caitlin Somers arent best friends in school and we definitely from different socio-economic backgrounds. Vixs parents were married and they struggled to make ends meet. Having a child with a disability one of her brothers had Muscular Dystrophy didnt help the family situation. Caitlins parents were divorced and her family had money. Her mother was still living a bit of the hippy/love child lifestyle and she spent each summer with her father and her brother on the east coast at a beach house.

Every summer, Caitlin invited one of her classmates to spend the summer with her at her fathers home. This year, she chooses Vix. With much persuasion, Vixs persons agree to let her go and Vixs world is changed forever. She learns about her sexuality and first love while spending the rest of her summers with Caitlin at the shore.

Throughout their friendship, Caitlin often betrays Vix and now its years later and Caitlin has asked Vix to be the Maid of Honor at her wedding. And, despite some of the past betrayals, Vix agrees to this but she now has to work her way through the betrayals and what happened in their last summer together at the beach.

I really liked this coming-of-age story. Vixs loyalty to Caitlin despite her betrayals is sometimes hard to understand and but at most times easy to understand.

The story is written with a flashback setup. It opens with Caitlin asking Vix to be her maid of honor and then goes back through how the two became friends and ends back at the request to be the maid of honor. I did make the mistake of not paying enough attention to the opening sequence and so when the story hit the person mentioned in the engagement, I didnt recognize the name and was a bit surprised at who the groom was. I felt this helped with my enjoyment of the book.

I also think that part of my enjoyment in this book is that fact that the characters came of age at the same time as I did. It really brought back my memories of junior high, high school, college and starting out on my own after college.
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This book started out well then ended tragically. I'm almost sorry I read it.
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Loved this book! A must read!
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I love this book and it's the perfect book to read while on vacation or on the beach. Very easy read. Difficult to put down.
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I loved Judy Blume as a kid and now I love her as an adult. Great story of friendship.
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Great Book One the best i have ever red by JUdy Blume
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Loved it!
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awesome read!
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Great, fun story.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
Summer Sisters chronicles the lifelong friendship between two women, from their girlhood summers together on Martha's Vineyard to their more complicated adult relationship. Caitlin dazzled Vix from the start, sweeping her into the world of the Somers family, a world of privilege, adventure and sexual daring. Vix's bond with her 'summer' family had forever reshaped her relatioship to her own, opening doors to opportunities she had never imagined. Then, the summer she falls passionately in love, in one shattering moment on a moonswept beach, everything changes, exposing a dark undercurrent in her extraordinary friendship with Caitlin that will haunt them through the years. A riveting exploration of the choices that define our lives, of friendship and love, of the families we are born into and those we struggle to create, and a story for every woman who has ever had a friend too dangerous to forgive and too essential to forget.
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A very moving story about how how a young girl's wealthy friend invites her into her family and how it changes her life...well-written, moving novel.
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A great light read. One of Judy Blume's more adult books, it takes a relationship that started during a budding-teenage summer into the present time, full of all the twists and turns of life.
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Where have all the happy books gone? Why is very book about screwed-up, dysfunctional people and their families?
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This was a really great book. It was referred to me by a good friend who promised that I wouldn't be able to put it down and she was right on!
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I love Judy Blume's young reader books, so I was anxious to read her adult novels and started with Summer Sisters. What a waste of time! I'm not sure I want to pick up the others. I was disappointed three pages in. This is a depressing book about selfish people fixated on their own desires. If you want a happy ending, avoid this one. If you care about the characters you're reading about, don't be disappointed when you find no one to love in this book.
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loved it
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Judy Blume does not disapoint with this one.
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This was an easy read. Once I started, I couldn't put it down.
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My summers were never like these, for sure !!!
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. A great beach read.
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I couldn't put it down. I loved Judy Blume as a kid and I love her even more as an adult.
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interesting story, couldn't put it down. had me from the first page
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This is a good book about 2 girls and there summer fun! Loved this book!
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In Summer Sisters Blume again explores the ramifications of love--and lust--on two friends. Initially, the differences between Caitlin Somers and Victoria Leonard (or "Vix," as Caitlin christens her) draw them together: privileged Caitlin is wild and outspoken, beautiful but emotionally fragile, while working-class Vix is shy, reserved, and plain in comparison. After Caitlin selects Vix to accompany her to her father's home in Martha's Vineyard for the summer, the two become inextricably connected as "summer sisters."
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Good book!
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Very good book!
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A wonderful book!
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I really loved this book!I would recommend this book as a must read!
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A great read from start to finish, I like someone else said would love to see a sequel to this book. You will laugh, get really mad, and cry.
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I enjoyed this book; it was a quick (adult) read.
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Absolutely love anything Judy Blume writes. You'll enjoy this.
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Fun and quick read. Would highly recommend.
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The book is a quick, fun read.
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I recieved this book as a gift from the author when she was staying at a hotel I worked at she signed it for me and left it at the front desk for me as a thank you for helping her during her stay. I tried numerous times to read it but it seemed too slow to get into after holding on to it for years when I got married it was one of the books I let go of to downsize and fit in our new apt, now after reading all the reviews I regret it and wish I had stuck it out and read it.
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loved the story real nice read
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I enjoyed this book.
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great story,
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Very good book. I have read it twice.
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I think maybe she just tried to cover too much. I was very involved in the story as Vix travels through adolescence and young-adulthood - trying to find her way and figure out who she is. But in the end, her marriage, job, family just gets kind of thrown together. The book was just okay for me.
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Not one of my favorites
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judy blume at her best. if you liked judy blume's childrens books you'll like this one. you'll laugh and cry.
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I absolutely loved this book! It made me laugh and cry! I could absolutely relate this book with myself and my very best friend. A must read!! I promise you will find someone to relate to it as well. Would love a sequel.
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I loved this Judy Blume!
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Great, quick read!
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The friendship between the two girls makes the reader uncomfortable, but in the same way as watching a train wreck. You can't look away.
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A great read!
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Story of two girls and their friendship over the years. The story was bittersweet and sad, involving and complex, brilliant in its everyday commonness.
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Really enjoyed it!
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I did not like the book. I expected better writing and less smut from the author of the children's books I loved.
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didn't care for then book the plot and language
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This is a good, quick read. I read this book in a day. I could not put it down. I wish the ending would have been different but still enjoyed it anyway.
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This is a warm, lovely great beach read.
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An exceptionally moving story that will leave the reader laughing and crying...sometimes at the same time...her characters in this book are unforgettable....a great read for teenagers..
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thsi book has a nibble out of the back cover done by my parrot.it is chick lit in a summer setting among the rich in Martha's Vineyard
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Wonderful story by Judy Blume. Enjoy :)
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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 unimaginabe privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha's Vineyard, a magical, wind-blown island where two friends became summer sisters. Now, 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.
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An engaging story of the unlikely coming together of two young girls. They begin spending Summers together. Their friendship continues and we watch them grow up. The family dynamic is very interesting. It draws you in and makes you want to continue.
Its happy, sad, funny, let's just say it touches every emotion.
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Great book! I couldn't put it down
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A VERY quick read! Enjoyable for a rainy day, or beach read.
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Enjoyable easy reading.
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Loved this book, sat down and read it cover to cover.
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A good read when you want something not-so-serious.
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I trully enjoyed this book.
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read repeatedly, but need to clear out my shelves!
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Such a great read!!!
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Excellent read! and Excellent Re-Read!
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A chick book.My mom enjoyed it.
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Loved her as a kid, love her now!
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cute book
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I love this book! I went to Martha's Vineyard as a teenager with my friends, and reading about the same buildings and the same stores, is really neat.
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A good summer beach read.
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easy read.
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Excellent book!!!!
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definetely a great beach read
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Good, fast read. R rated.
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Loved it!
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the perfect curl up on the couch with some trash book!
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My mom liked the book a lot.
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A side of Judy Blume you've never seen!
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This book will make you laugh and cry!!!!!!!!!
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Another great read from Judy Blume!
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Is a good book to read on vacation. Enjoyed this one.
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One of the best books I have read in a long, long time!
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I really enjoyed this book. I read it very quickly b/c it just swept me in.
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A light read at the beach.
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Shes one of the best
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Just got done reading this book it's excellent
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Engaging, engrossing...a definite good read.
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Really good quick read
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Easy reading. Just a good story.
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Great read!
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Judy Blume first won legions of fans with such young adult classics as Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and Forever, in which she tackles the cultural hot button of teenage sexuality. In Summer Sisters, her third novel for adults, the author again explores the ramifications of love--and lust--on two friends. Initially, the differences between Caitlin Somers and Victoria Leonard (or "Vix," as Caitlin christens her) draw them together: privileged Caitlin is wild and outspoken, beautiful but emotionally fragile, while working-class Vix is shy, reserved, and plain in comparison. After Caitlin selects Vix to accompany her to her father's home in Martha's Vineyard for the summer, the two become inextricably connected as "summer sisters."
On the Vineyard, Vix and Caitlin first find love, then sex--and lots of it. Yet Blume soon moves beyond hot fun in the summer sun, tracing the romantic and familial travails of the two from pre-adolescence to adulthood. Solid Vix evolves into Victoria, an equally solid, Harvard-educated, Manhattan public-relations exec. Unpredictable Caitlin opts out of college and travels to Europe, where she has a string of short-lived affairs with a series of intriguing (in every sense of the word) foreigners. It is only after she returns to the Vineyard that Caitlin does the unthinkable, forever changing both her friendship with Vix and their lives. Blume once again proves herself a master of the female psyche, and Summer Sisters is likely to entertain both her postadolescent and more mature readers.
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Great beach read!
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This is my wife's listing. She loved the book.
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A perfect pool book. The pages keep turning.
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This one is a must read.
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good read
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Judy Blume is excellent once again
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this is a great book!I enjoyed it so much
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Judy Blume writes great children books and adult books. This one is fantastic! I wish she had more great adult books.
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Judy Blume is best known as an author of children's books, but she writes wonderfully in this book for adults.
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NEW YORK BESTSELLER LIST WOUNDERFUL BOOK
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very good book
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A great summer read.
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A very nice book. I just kept turning pages. I really enjoyed it!
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A phone call tranports Vicotria back to when she first met Caitlin, and the secrets that joined them as summer sister.
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Great Read!!! You will laugh, and then you will cry!
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Great read. Read it in 2 days. Keeps your attention the whole book.
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good read
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Very good, light book.
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Kind of Boring...and slow...couldn't get into it!
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I loved it.
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TWO FRIENDS IN MARTHA'S VINEYARD
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This is a duplicate copy. I am glad to post this book for any adult Judy Blume fans.