Facebook
Skip to main content
PBS logo
 
 
Want fewer ads?

Book Reviews of Smart Women

Smart Women
Smart Women
Author: Judy Blume
ISBN-13: 9780671727581
ISBN-10: 0671727583
Publication Date: 5/15/1990
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 170

3.3 stars, based on 170 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

47 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

btkehoe avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Excellent read! Judy Blume knows how to capture the attention of her readers. The characters of Smart Women are smartly developed and their lives are interesting.
SanJoseCa avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 328 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This story is about two divorced women trying to reinvent their lives while their teenage daughters look on with horror......and humor! If you loved Judy Blumes books growing up, you will not be disappointed in this terrific book about women in crises!
jasabangan avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
As a devout fan of Judy Blume's adolescent books, I was enthused to finally dive into one of her adult novels. Even now, Blume manages to surprise me by flinging the doors of reality wide open. Smart Women is a quick, eye-opening, and fun read. The characters are relatable, and the plot flows smoothly with just enough excitement. Also, the natural dialogue and the easy-to-follow changes in perspective added a refreshing quality to the novel.

I recommend this book to all young adults who have a close-minded outlook on the world (like myself ;P) and to the adults who know all too well.
reviewed Smart Women on
Helpful Score: 1
Woman stuggling with all kinds of dilemmas with wit, humor and pathos as only woman can. Judy Blume at her best. SHe never fails to entertain. One of her best. GinaK
reviewed Smart Women on + 380 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Margo and B.B. are divorced mothers, libing in sun washed Colorado. They cope with it all, careers, loneliness, crises, new lovers, old lovers, their own and their childrens. Smart Women is tender and sexy, funny, sad and sweet, a stunning tour de force from the phenomenally successful Judy Blume.
MissC avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 100 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I have always loved Judy Blume's writing. Some good characters and interesting relationships in here.
reviewed Smart Women on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Excellent, quick read regarding friendships, relationships, divorce and children.
hollita34 avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 21 more book reviews
Easy read. Characters are fairly under-developed. Judy Blume is a great adolescent lit writer, but I am not sure she made a convincing transition to the adult lit world.
reviewed Smart Women on
I found this rather dull and boring ... rather like "peyton place" in print ...
reviewed Smart Women on + 215 more book reviews
Once you get past the 1980's references, this is a wonderful book about relationships, mother-daughter struggles and becoming happy with yourself. A fabulous read. Ms. Blume at her best.
reviewed Smart Women on + 317 more book reviews
An adult romance by Judy Blume. Good!
reviewed Smart Women on + 30 more book reviews
Ihave about 50 pages left to read and I started it yesterday very good book
reviewed Smart Women on + 9 more book reviews
great summer read!
reviewed Smart Women on + 11 more book reviews
I enjoyed Judy Blume books as a child and really enjoyed this one as well. Summer Sisters is another good adult book by Judy Blume.
reviewed Smart Women on + 6 more book reviews
Excellent!
reviewed Smart Women on + 2 more book reviews
I loved her as a child and her books are still a wonderful read!
Readnmachine avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 1286 more book reviews
It's just barely possible that people who bought Judy Blume's "Smart Women" might have a case if they sued for false advertising.

Because none of the women in this supposedly grown-up love story is particularly smart. There's BB, whose epic temper tantrum on receiving the news that her ex-husband is moving to Boulder to be closer to their pre-teen daughter sets up her response to virtually every bump in the road. BB is capricious, controlling, and bitchy. She inexplicably asks her acquaintance, Margo, to help find a suitable apartment for him. (Okay, there's an explanation -- Blume needs to set up the emotional triangle, and to do it quickly, because there's not much else going on up to that point except mother-daughter sniping.) And when Mr. Ex comes over one evening to find Margo soaking in her hot tub, he promptly drops trou and climbs in. At which point a truly Smart Woman would have called 911.

There's also Clare, whose mutual friendship with Margo and BB sort of sets things into motion. Clare has her own marital oddity -- a wealthy husband from whom she is not quite divorced ("when you have lots of money, it's complicated") and a daughter named Puffin. Seriously. Puffin. No wonder the kid makes a monumental, life-altering mistake -- but don't worry, it's dealt with in three pages and never really mentioned again. The not-quite-ex husband also proves useful, plugging up a minor plot hole near the end.

The whole thing is tedious and overwrought and can't decide whether it wants to be about the adults' let's-change-partners-and-dance antics or about the assorted teen and pre-teen children, trying to deal with the emotional fall-out of adults acting childishly and children trying to be adults too soon.
reviewed Smart Women on + 16 more book reviews
A Judy Blume book for adults. The trials and tribulations of women friends.
cay avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 63 more book reviews
It was interesting to look back at the mid 1980's picture of women's choices. The world has changed a lot in many ways, and yet, women of any age will identify with one character or another in this book. Great read!
reviewed Smart Women on + 2 more book reviews
it is great book and keeps you reading to find out what will happen.
reviewed Smart Women on
A good story of love and the facts of divorce, children and relationships.
reviewed Smart Women on + 3 more book reviews
Was ok, but I expected more from this author. The story seems half told.
reviewed Smart Women on + 59 more book reviews
What a fun read- long- and awesome book!
reviewed Smart Women on + 3 more book reviews
"Come back to the eighties in Boulder, Colorado. Soak in a hot tub. Concentrate on your career. Try to forget your divorce. Never mind that your teenage children find you hopeless. Try falling in love again...this time for real. Some things never change."

Great summer read!
reviewed Smart Women on + 110 more book reviews
I have come to enjoy the Judy Blume adult novels. My first read was Summer Sisters and I look forward to more.
reviewed Smart Women on + 13 more book reviews
Fluffy read from one of the great writers of teen lit
reviewed Smart Women on + 30 more book reviews
I loved Judy Blume\'s writing style even as a kid. These books that she wrote for adults had me just as drawn in. This one is about women and is a book you can definitely relate to the characters on. Couldn\'t put the book down and read it in one sitting.
JackieH avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 36 more book reviews
I loved this book sooo much!!! It was one of the best ones I've read all year.
lolaslibrary avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 6 more book reviews
Who knew Judy Blume could write anything better than "Super Fudge"? LOL This was an amazing story, full of passion, excellent read!
reviewed Smart Women on + 10 more book reviews
Judy Blue was one of my favorites growing up!!! This is truly one of favorite "adult" books... Judy needs to write more adult books..... Took two days to read it.....
momtaxijulie avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 12 more book reviews
Not quite sure the title fits the book but it was a good read.
reviewed Smart Women on + 5 more book reviews
This book was OK. I liked "Wifey" much better.
reviewed Smart Women on + 113 more book reviews
Fluffy chick lit book. Good, fun read on a beach or vacation.
reviewed Smart Women on + 12 more book reviews
I just started reading Judy Blume books. This one was a good story and I enjoyed reading it.
reviewed Smart Women on + 9 more book reviews
Great Book! Judy Blume is one terrific Author.
reviewed Smart Women on + 30 more book reviews
Easy read. Great Judy Blume book.
reviewed Smart Women on + 9 more book reviews
fast reading book; good to take on a trip
reviewed Smart Women on + 113 more book reviews
from the back: Come back to the eighties in Boulder, Colorado. Soak in a hot tub. Concentrate on your career. Try to forget your divorce. Never mind that your teenage children find you hopeless. Try falling in love again...this time for real. Some things never change.
reviewed Smart Women on + 1547 more book reviews
I'm going to say that I liked this book, because I have really liked other books by this author. But the truth is that I haven't read it yet. Somehow I ended up with 2 copies so I decided to put one back up on PBS.

From back cover: Come back to the eighties in Boulder, Colorado. Soak in a hot tub. Concentrate on your career. Try to forget your divorce. Never mind that your teenage children find you hopeless. Try falling in love again...this time for real. Some things never change.
reviewed Smart Women on + 35 more book reviews
From the back cover: Come back to the eighties in Boulder, Colorado. Soak in a hot tub. Concentrate on yoru career. Try to forget your divorce. Never mind that your teenage children find you hopeless. Try falling in love again...this time for real. Some things never change...
reviewed Smart Women on + 49 more book reviews
I love Judy Blume - I love this book. :D
Susanaque avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 422 more book reviews
Come back to the eighties in Bolder, Colorado Soak in a hot tub. Concetrate on your career. Try to forget your divorce. Never mind your teenage children find you hopeless. Try falling in love again...this time for real. Some things never change.
Good book-but I liked "Wifey" better!
reviewed Smart Women on + 74 more book reviews
Everybody loves Judy Blume!
reviewed Smart Women on
Different cover that the picture
priscillamylove avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 83 more book reviews
Come back to the 80's in Boulder, Colorado. Soak in a hot tub. Concentrate on your career. Try to forget your divorce. Never mind that your teenage children find you hopeless.
Try falling in love again...this time for real. Some things never change.
Tata avatar reviewed Smart Women on + 135 more book reviews
I haven't read this book yet because I have two of them. But I have read other Judy Blume books for adults and they have been great.
reviewed Smart Women on + 4 more book reviews
Paper cover is missing, but book is in excellent condition
Want fewer ads?