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Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (Best Friends)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,026 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Rachel's a straight-A student, on every teacher's wish list of Natural Helpers, and she practices the flute 45 minutes a day. But she grinds her teeth at night and dreads dinnertime, now that her troublemaker brother, Charles, has been expelled from boarding school and is back home, acting up to get attention from their parents.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Turtleback Books (first published October 1st 1993)
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jacky
This is the sequel to Just as Long as We're Together. I read it when I was a little older than when I read the first one. I didn't like it anywhere near as much. This one follows the character of Rachel and doesn't deal with the friend issues as much as family.
Stephanie
The sequel to my all time favorite Judy Blume book Just as Long as Were Together . Jeremy Dragon returns and Rachel says the F*word. Yep, I was totally shocked and could not believe it. I think it made me love it more. :)
Diana Welsch
I don't know how she does it, but Judy Blume really nails what it's like to be a kid/teen. I recently reread Just as Long as We're Together, which really stuck with me from my childhood even though I only read it once, and when I found out about this sequel, I knew I had to read it.

Here's to You, Rachel Robinson was just as good as Just as Long as We're Together. It's from Rachel's perspective instead of Stephanie's. Rachel is the super-achiever who is pushed by her parents, friends, and school
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Natsuki Nakazawa
This book, called "Here's to You, Rachel Robinson" is story about family, friends and love. The main character, Rachel is good student who always get A grades. However, her brother Charles is totally opposite from her: he was just expelled from school. Rachel is always bothered by Charles and she does not like him very much. Even though she has problems with her brother, she truly enjoys her school life with her best friends and she secretly begins to love Paul, who is a tutor of Charles'.

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Jennifer
You know, sometimes I am very embarrassed by the quantity of teen fiction I still enjoy, but I'm not by this one. I really do think this is Blume's most underappreciated, if not because it strikes a real chord with me. When I first read this book, I wanted to be Rachel Robinson. I wanted to be in super advanced math, to make out with a Jeremy Dragon, to have a lending library on my bookshelf that my friends could come and go when they pleased (I definitely tried this, too - didn't work). And whe ...more
Elizabeth
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Iris
Read the whole book review here: http://paperbookworm.blogspot.com/200...

Rachel Robinson is a straight-A student and is often referred to by other people especially her friends as 'genius' or 'perfect'. But ever since her brother Charles came back from his school because he was expelled, she's now referred to by him as 'the child prodigy'.

I admired Rachel's straight-A personality. Since I am an obedient student like her I know how it feels, although she's an almost perfect student while I'm a de
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HeavyReader
Judy Blume must have written this book after I quit reading young adult fiction, because I had never heard of it until I started looking for books to read for this "challenge" I am participating in.

In many Judy Blume books, there seems to be some physical condition that is an obstacle. In this one, the main character is not the one with the physical condition, it's the older sister, and she has cystic acne.

Don't worry, the protagonist has plenty of problems of her own. She is an overachieving ch
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Librarian Lavender
Rachel is a child prodigy. She's the youngest of three children and achievements are important in her family. Rachel is the smartest one at home, which makes her feel extremely pressured. Everyone is expecting so much of her and it means she has to do a lot of extra activities, because people think she'll be good at them. It's a compliment, but all of this is making Rachel feel stressed and tense as well. When her brother comes home from boarding school her worries increase. Her friends seem to ...more
Penelope Anne Cole
The second story is "Here’s to You Rachel Robinson," which tells the story from Rachel’s point of view. Judy Blume intended to write a third book from Alison’s perspective, but sadly that hasn’t happened. Still there’s enough of Alison in both of these books to intrigue. At first I wasn’t that interested in Rachel’s story. She’s an overly sensitive, perfectionist preteen, who seems to be a success in everything she does. When Ms. Blume goes deeper into Rachel’s psyche and we seen all her worrie ...more
Lois Lane
Mar 13, 2014 Lois Lane rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle Schoolers
I book this book in a second hand store near my house at a price cheaper than chocolate, I'm still sort of astonished I managed to find a good book there. I liked it, it was a fast read.
Its about this middle school girl who has straight A's, is involved with every club in school, a total trophy child.
Then there's her brother just short of being a delinquent. He is older than her and in boarding school, very interesting. I just wish there was more of him, Rachel is interesting enough but Charlie
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Serene Godina
Rachel Robinson, the main character and narrator, a comparative 7th grade girl with a high expectations for herself and others. Charles (her brother) gets expelled from boarding school, moves home, causes trouble, and drives Rachel and the rest of her family crazy. On top of that she has a crush on Paul, Charles's tutor, and Jeremy Dragon, an 8th grader at her school. Things start to get a little better for the family when they go to see a family physiologist who helps them get along better. Do ...more
Laurie
The follow-up to "Just As Long As We're Together" and told from the perspective another of the friends in the little trio. JALAWT will always have a special place in my heart because I read it so much as a tween/teen (and I read this book just once), but as an adult, I think I like this story a little better. The character of Rachel has a lot going on beneath the surface, and I like how Judy Blume presents the Rachel's rebellious brother in a really multi-faceted three-dimensional way despite th ...more
Melinda
I read this in fifth grade and absolutely hated the inclusion of the f-word.
Iris
Sep 08, 2007 Iris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: straight A students and those who'd love to be one.
I learned thru this book the value of family ties.
Mayowa Jolayemi
This book is the sequel to Just as Long as We're Together and I loved it. I was a little skeptical at first because it was written by Judy Blume and the only books I knew written by her were the fudge books and those seemed a little to... for lack of a better word silly. By the end of the book Judy Blume became one of m favorite authors. I couldn't stop reading the book... even if I tried. It captured the stresses of being a preteen/teen perfectly. The only thing I didn't like about the book was ...more
Jennifer
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Kellie Wagner
I had not picked up a Judy Blume book in years, so it was fun to read her writing again. This book is a companion to "Just as long as we're together", which I haven't read, but would love to in order to learn more about these three girls and their teen friendships.

This book is about Rachel Robinson, the straight laced "prodigy" daughter, sister, and student. She knows she doesn't fit in because of her intelligence and is embarrassed by all of the programs she is invited to join for her academic
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Alison
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AnnaBnana
Just as Long as We're Together was one of my favorite books growing up. In fact, every time I'm on Long Island and see a Benjamin Moore store, I think of the opening pages of that book. Sadly, I didn't know until I was an adult that there was a companion novel. I picked it up at a used book store for $2.75 a couple months ago and enjoyed it a lot.

There are a few things that date the book for modern readers (e.g. car phones, fashion descriptions). That said, I think Judy Blume always hits the nai
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Jasmine W7
this is a continuation of just as long as we are together by judy blume. this time it stars rachel.

their broken friendship has been repaired.stephanie, rachel and alison are together again. close friends, but different characters. alison and steph are more easy-going, while rachel is competitive.

rachel's older brother, charles, has been expelled from boarding school. this makes rachel fear dinnertime where she have to eat with her brother. this adds to her many troubles. rachel is very stresse
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Laura Hughes
tl;dr Extremely lackluster sequel to Just as Long as We're Together has none of its charm.

Ack, I need to stop writing these reviews in Goodreads!! I keep losing them when my browser does something weird. I wrote a really long and good one, but you'll have to reconstruct it in your mind from these notes:

* Nothing like Just as Long as We're Together (hitherto JLWT). More conventional structure, central storyline & longer chapters, not slice of life vignettes.

* Rachel much worse POV character t
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Maria Asuncion
Here's to you Rachel Robinson is a really good book that I like. You can relate it to your life. Rachel has a annoying brother that had been kicked out from boarding school and now has to live in the same house as Rachel. And now Rachel has to survive the annoyance of her brother. She has two best friends; Alison and Steph and they both have a crush on Rachel's brother Charles. Charles has a tutor after school in his house. And Rachel has a crush on him. But she has an eye on a 9th boy in her ma ...more
Shana
I wanted to love this book (especially as a kid) but it's problematic. It doesn't even seem very Judy-like, in that it feels unfinished and spotty. The setup and premise are great, but so many holes and a really abrupt ending. I was interested in where this huge issue with Rachel's brother ended up, but felt let down by where that went (being vague to avoid spoilers). This book just feels like a decent first draft that needed more work. Which is a bummer because so many of us loved Just As Long ...more
Kate
When seventh grader Rachel's older brother is expelled from boarding school and comes home, Rachel is forced to confront the ways in which her family and her life are not as "perfect" as she thought--and though she struggles at first, she eventually starts to realize that unexpected twists and messy imperfections help to make life meaningful and interesting.
Jill
I eagerly dove into this book when I discovered it as I had thoroughly enjoyed its predecessor Just As Long As We're Together. However, as I recall, I felt this one was slightly more on the "meh" side. Maybe it was the switch to Rachel's voice. I like Rachel as a character, but Stephanie is a little more extraverted. Maybe it was the lesser emphasis on issues of friendship. I don't know what did it. I just wasn't as big a fan of this one. Still decent though.

Second read-through: Well, I liked it
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Amancay
I finally tackled the sequel to our beloved Just As Long As We're Together!

I'd forgotten how forward and somewhat in your face Judy Blume can be with harsh subjects and the adversities of growing up. It's good stuff, and needs to be said & read, I just soon forget it's coming and get semi-shocked/scandalized as I read through it...

It was awkward to see things from Rachel's perspective after a lifetime of re-reading Stephanie's view. However greatly insightful, as she has her own mess of issu
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Libby
This was a very good book and I enjoyed reading it. I can relate to the main character Rachel in some ways. My older brother still teases me and I enjoy it sometimes. I didn't have a crush on any boys when I was in 7th grade. But, I did have good girlfriends and that's what I have in common with Rachel in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading Judy Blume books or who is discovering her as an author for the first time. This book made me think about some of the activi ...more
george
The companion to Just as Long as We're Together focuses on Rachel Robinson. This continues where JALAWT left off, and concentrates more on Rachel's family than the girls' friendship. Rachel's brother Charles has always been a pain, but thankfully he's been at a boarding school. Until he gets kicked out. Now he's back at home making life miserable for the rest of the Robinson clan. Added to the stress of Charles is Rachel's ever-mounting responsibilities: at school, the debate team, flute practic ...more
Jeanne
The sequel to Just as Long as We’re Together, this novel focuses on Rachel Robinson (obviously). Rachel is the perfect one: perfect grades, a perfectly organized, and perfectly involved in extracurricular activities.

Well, as you may have guessed, Rachel’s life is not perfect. In fact, her family life is far from perfect. And there’s a new wrinkle: Rachel’s troublesome brother, Charles, has been kicked out of boarding school. So, now he’s home to make trouble. Meanwhile, Rachel is being presented
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