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Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Summer Sisters (2003)

by Judy Blume

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When 12 year old Caitlin invites Vix to spend the holidays at her father's summer home a friendship develops that extends to adulthood.

Enjoyable read with interesting characters. And Blume depicts in a realistic way the ambivalences between friends, and the power and limitations of being in love, and the frictions within families.

It's quite rare to pick up a novel and, after a chapter or two, not know how it will pan out. I didn't with this, which is a big plus. The choices the girls made surprised me & were very believable. ( )
  LARA335 | Mar 30, 2014 |
I haven't read this book in ages, but I adore it. I still recommend it to all my friends looking for a good book. ( )
  ConstanceMcCauley | Feb 4, 2014 |
Catlin and Victoria "Vix" grow up as "Summer Sisters." They discover their Power, boys, the world, and secrets about each other. Summer Sisters is a discovery, coming of age story. Interesting, I loved the Power. ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Catlin and Victoria "Vix" grow up as "Summer Sisters." They discover their Power, boys, the world, and secrets about each other. Summer Sisters is a discovery, coming of age story. Interesting, I loved the Power. ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Disappointing. Judy Blume should stick to Fudge. ( )
  dragon178 | Oct 13, 2013 |
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Blume leads two best friends from age 12 to 30 through first love, college, marriage, and motherhood. When Caitlin Somers invites Victoria (Vix) Weaver to her divorced dad's home on Martha's Vineyard for the summer, it's the start of a lasting friendship, as they make a pact ("Never be ordinary or die"), experiment with the Power between their legs, and develop crushes on older island boys. For Vix summers on the Vineyard provide an escape from family and financial concerns and an entry into a privileged surrogate family. For Caitlin, with her father remarried, Vix is both a source of unconditional love and a rival. The strength of this novel is its vivid portrait of teens in the 1980s. Interspersed viewpoints of various characters add interest and depth.
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The city is broiling in an early summer heat wave and for the third day in a row Victoria buys a salad from the Korean market around the corner and has lunch at her desk.
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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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A poor girl overcomes temptation and succeeds in life. It happens when she befriends a rich girl whose father offers to pay her college tuition. It is not easy, the rich one, now turned playgirl, tempting her away from studies with boys.

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