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In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard's world changes forever when Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomes 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, an enchanting place where the two friends become "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 begs Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go - because she 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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"Compulsively readable.... [Blume's] powers are prodigious." (The New York Times Book Review)
"As warm as a summer breeze blowing through your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor singing 'How Sweet It Is.' You remember. So does Judy Blume. How sweet it was." (Chicago Tribune)
"An exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying...sometimes at the same time.... Blume creates a rich tapestry of characters." (The Denver Post)
One of the best audio books I had the pleasure of listening to. Although I have read a lot of Judy Blume books growing up. The narrator was awesome, she gave me the sense that I was actually watching this entire book play out on screen.
I would have to say Caitlyn. What I found the most interesting about her is that you never hear Caitlyn's point of view. You hear from all other characters but her. I really would like to know what was going on thru her head.
I loved this book and also loved the audio version. The narrator did the story justice and I'll probably listen to this one again.
If recommend for anyone who lived through the 70s or 80s who likes a coming of age story.
This is my favorite book. I know the story backwards and forwards and have read it over 50 times.
The narrator's voices for the characters were terrible. Her voice in general was fine, but her "accents" were awful. Since I know the story and the words so well, the narrator has quite a few mistakes- saying the wrong name, repeating sentences. It's personal preference, but I also thought she accentuated the wrong words.
Yes. I loved hearing the book aloud.
In general, not too bad. Worth it if you love the book.
Great story about friendship and the struggle to find yourself from adolescence through adulthood. Lifelong friends find their way through life in an ebb and flow that defines their relationship. Competition for love and attention cause many misguided decisions.
For the last 12 years, I’ve read Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters at least once a year – sometimes twice. There is something about this story of friendship between two girls that resonates with me to this day. Maybe this is in part because I grew up with sisters. Maybe it’s because I’m still friends with my childhood girlfriend, my own summer sister. For these reasons, this review won’t be as ‘typical’ as others.
The book follows Caitlin and Vix through the many ups and downs of their lives from a friendship that started over summer vacation in the sixth grade and lasted into their thirties. We get to watch these two girls grow into women over the course of their summers spent together. Supplementary we get to read the narration through many of the books other characters. However, never once does Blume voice Caitlin, only letting us see her through Vix’s rose colored glasses. The two are the epitome of opposite attraction. Vix is prudent, introverted, perceptive, hard working, and comes from a middle class working family. Meanwhile Caitlin is far more irresponsible, extroverted, free-spirited, the apple of everyone’s eye including her upper-class family.
There are many layers to this book and it seems that it doesn’t matter how many times I read it, I’m able to take something new away. I was 18 when I first read Summer Sisters. Back then I think I envied Caitlin a little, relating much more to Vix. I envied Caitlin’s ability to let loose, to travel freely alone, her gumption, the carefree way she viewed the world. As I’ve grown it’s Vix who I envy. I moved away to a small nowherevill town and fell in love. I was in love the the town, it’s people, but mostly I was in love with the person that it turned me into. Or as I’ve learned, the person I let myself become; stronger and more independent. When I left the town and moved on with my life I traveled the United States in my car, alone. I saw things, experienced things that made me a better, stronger, wiser person. I didn’t feel like Vix while living there. I’d let myself grow wild. But now, I crave stability (I always have in one way or the other), I want to buy a home, I want to make something of myself, I want things that feel out of my grasp but I’m not going to let anything stop me from achieving my goals. I feel thirty and much older, more experienced then the child who read Summer Sisters 12 years ago.
I guess what I’m saying, is that this is the sort of book that someone can relate to repeatedly over the years, whether your sixteen or sixty. I’m saying that if you’ve never read this book, that you should give it a few hours of your life. It’s short but oh so sweet. It will leave you wishing for a warm beach with an old friend.
This story has been one of my favorites for years. The narrator (who also read Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches novels) is fantastic, with perfect voice inflection and accents. The only issue was the recording was a bit glitchy...the same sentence would be re-read in several places.
I have listened to thIs story numerous times, I still get drawn into the story right from the start. I still find it curious that you never hear Caitlyn's thoughts, but you hear everyone else's. I would love the chance to ask Judy Blumenthal about that.
Very disappointed --Summer Sisters may have been written for adults but it is still a teen novel only the teens grow up. If you want to read an adult novel written for adults read something else.
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