Judy Blume Returns with Summer Sisters
By Jennifer Abrams
Judy Blume once took us through
the trials and tribulations of childhood and adolescence. Now,
in her new book, "Summer Sisters," she shares with
us a touching story of an eighteen-year friendship and its lasting
effects. Although "Summer Sisters" is Judy Blume's
first adult novel in almost fifteen years, it does not disappoint.
Whether you are a Judy Blume fan from way back when, or you just
hunger for a moving story loaded with well-developed characters,
this book is for you.
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"Summer Sisters" is the story of Vix and Caitlin, two
young girls with very different backgrounds and personalities,
who enter into a lasting friendship. The story follows a cast
of diverse characters through `first loves,' college, marriage,
and motherhood. The friendship blossoms during magical summers
spent on Martha's Vineyard with Caitlin's family. Enduring relationships
develop not only between the two girls, but also with a whole
host of other characters.
Judy Blume has a wonderful ability to create characters that
you can see yourself in. Vix is dependable and quiet, while Caitlin
is wild, free-spirited, and unpredictable . Both envy one another
- the story is laced with personality conflicts and bumps in
the road of life--but it is envy that motivates and complicates
Blume uses viewpoints of the different characters interspersed
throughout the book to peel away the outer layers of the characters
and expose their true nature. The use of different perspectives
adds depth to each character and keeps the reader wondering about
how each character feels.
Blume has created an exceptionally moving story, with characters
that tend to stay with the reader long after the book has been
put aside. "Summer Sisters" has the ability to make
the reader laugh, cry, or do both at the same time. Although
"Summer Sisters" is loaded with emotional peaks and
valleys, the story moves at a fast pace, not getting bogged down
in sappiness. Strong, engaging characters combine with an involving
plot to create a book that is hard to put down.
Judy Blume has one again proven herself as a writer who can touch
the hearts of adults, as well as children. Her characters are
realistic and memorable; her story touching. "Summer Sisters"
is an easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. Don't let summer end
without reading "Summer Sisters."