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Summer Sisters (2003)

by Judy Blume

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Already, it felt like ages ago. Her first trip on a plane. She wondered if all the firsts in her life would go by so quickly, and be forgotten just as quickly. (21)

You weren't always born to the right parents. And parents didn't necessarily get the kids they were meant to raise. (98)

"If being in love means giving up your freedom, not to mention your opportunities," Caitlin said, "then I haven't missed anything." (248)

[Her friends] are wrong. Caitlin isn't someone to get over. She's someone to come to terms with, the way you have to come to terms with your parents, your siblings. You can't deny they ever happened. You can't deny you ever loved them, love them still, even if loving them causes you pain. (347)

"Why can't you see me for what I am?" Caitlin asks. "A self-centered bitch who doesn't give a flying fuck about anybody but herself, who takes off when the going gets tough, who lies and cheats just to get what she wants...who lies to her best friend just to stay ahead of the game."
"No," Vix tells her, "that's not who you are."
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"How can you care about me after all I've done to you?...I used you. I took everything I could from you."
"I never saw it that way. I was grateful just to be your friend." (395)

From back flap copy: "For every woman who has ever had a friend too dangerous to forgive and too essential to forget..." ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 24, 2014 |
Very good book, basically a coming of age story. My mother didn't like it, she said it was too vulgar... But a friend of mine read it too, and we both still talk and laugh about things from this book. I enjoyed it! ( )
  booksniff | Aug 20, 2014 |
Very good book, basically a coming of age story. My mother didn't like it, she said it was too vulgar... But a friend of mine read it too, and we both still talk and laugh about things from this book. I enjoyed it! ( )
  booksniff | Aug 20, 2014 |
Very good book, basically a coming of age story. My mother didn't like it, she said it was too vulgar... But a friend of mine read it too, and we both still talk and laugh about things from this book. I enjoyed it! ( )
  booksniff | Aug 20, 2014 |
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 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385337663, Paperback)

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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