Summer Sisters

Summer Sisters

A Novel

Book - 1998
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No writer captures the seasons of our lives better than Judy Blume.  Now, from theNew York Timesbestselling author ofWifeyandSmart Women,comes an extraordinary novel of reminiscence and awakening--an unforgettable story of two women, two families, and the friendships that shape a lifetime. When Victoria Leonard answers the phone in her Manhattan office, Caitlin's voice catches her by surprise.  Vix hasn't talked to her oldest friend in months.  Caitlin's news takes her breath away--and Vix is transported back in time, back to the moment she and Caitlin Somers first met, back to the casual betrayals and whispered confessions of their long, complicated friendship, back to the magical island where two friends became summer sisters. Caitlin dazzled Vix from the start, sweeping her into the heart of the unruly Somers family, into a world of privilege, adventure, and sexual daring.  Vix's bond with her summer family forever reshapes her ties to her own, opening doors to opportunities she had never imagined--until the summer she falls passionately in love.  Then, in one shattering moment on a moonswept Vineyard beach, everything changes, exposing a dark undercurrent in her extraordinary friendship with Caitlin that will haunt them through the years. As their story carries us from Santa Fe to Martha's Vineyard, from New York to Venice, we come to know the men and women who shape their lives.  And as we follow the two women on the paths they each choose, we wait for the inevitable reckoning to be made in the fine spaces between friendship and betrayal, between love and freedom. Summer Sistersis 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.  For every woman who has ever had a friend too dangerous to forgive and too essential to forget,Summer Sisterswill glue you to every page, reading and remembering. Judy Blume's twenty-one books have sold over sixty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty languages.  She spends summers on Martha's Vineyard with her family.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780385324052
Characteristics: 400 pages ;,22 cm.


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mhplandrea Jun 19, 2017

Chick Lit | Romance | In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard's world changed forever—-when Caitlin Somers chose her as a friend. Sweeping her away to vacations on Martha's Vineyard, a magical, wind-blown island where two friends became summer sisters...

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Jun 02, 2016

Overall, it was a good read, I think. Judy Blume did a wonderful job, describing the points of views of each character in the book (except Caitlin). I liked a lot of the characters and the storyline, but I think there is too much focus on sexual experimentations/relations throughout the book. I thought the middle dragged on a bit, I was anxious to get to the 'present day' scenerio. I liked the ending, even though it is sad; I liked how it was interesting and realistic for so many of the characters.

Feb 14, 2016

Good escape beach reading about how a poor girl from New Mexico came to be part of a wealthy family’s summers on Cape Cod. If nothing else, one realizes from the end that money doesn’t solve all problems.

Sep 06, 2015

I had high expectations as I began SUMMER SISTERS, but when I finished I was disappointed. While it was a quick, easy read I found the main setting (Martha's Vineyard) more interesting than the characters who seemed shallow and stereotypical to me. I just never bought the friendship between Caitlin and Vix. Author Judy Blume does a good job capturing the awkwardness of adolescence but overdoes it when it comes to their sexual experimentations. Also, for me much of the story was sad, portraying the human condition in a hopeless, not uplifting, way, with a particularly unsatisfying ending.

Jul 30, 2015

I read this book 15 years ago and it still holds up today. A sweet coming of age story that makes me long for the summer.

Jul 26, 2015

Unlikely friendships, dysfunctional families, growing up, self-discovery, sexual exploration ... just a few of the big themes explored by Judy Blume in this coming-of-age novel. A particularly apt book for summer reading - you'll feel the sand between your toes and smell the ocean breeze. Not only that, but you'll feel the tension alongside the characters as they navigate their teenage and early adult years.

Apr 09, 2015

I read this book in one night. Nobody writes about friendship and relationships like Judy Blume. I would consider this a good beach read, but with substance and depth. Highly recommend!

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 17, 2013

Summer Sisters follows the lives of Caitlyn and Victoria, two unlikely girls from different social backgrounds. Caitlin invites Victoria to stay the summer with her in Martha's Vineyard; shy Victoria can't imagine why someone as glamorous as Caitlin would want to be friend someone as boring as herself. The two of them form a complex friendship of love and rivalry that spans from the 1970s to the 1990s.

These girls share moments of soaring loyalty and heartbreaking betrayal, and I was stuck turning pages as fast as I could read, all the while wishing this story would never end. The settings are so real I could have plucked from my own childhood.
Although this book came out in 1998, I feel it is one of our hidden gems here at BPL.

loonylovesgood Oct 11, 2012

I read this in like, two days. Love Judy Blume! I couldn't put it down, the story about these two girls was fascinating.

Aug 15, 2012

Fun book, especially for those of us who came of age in the 70s or 80s. Blume expertly weaves the music and the culture of the eras into the story. The relationship of the best friends is fascinating, and the story is good, too. I only was dissatisfied with the ending which kind of fell flat for me after such a big build up, so that it why it got 3 stars.

RubyBananas Oct 10, 2011

Completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I never would have read it on my own - it was recommended to me and I was completely enthralled by it. Wonderfully written with a captivating story and some edge-of-your-seat twists and turns.

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