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

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  3,711 Ratings  ·  208 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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80s Teen Novel Girl He was always bugging her and causing problems for her and her family, AAAA so many times I've wanted to thwap Charles each time I read this book.
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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
Diana Welsch
Mar 21, 2012 Diana Welsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Mar 29, 2007 jacky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween
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.
Jun 30, 2007 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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. :)
Ian Wood
Aug 24, 2015 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Feb 13, 2016 Isabel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Natsuki Nakazawa
Sep 22, 2010 Natsuki Nakazawa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Laura Hughes
Sep 28, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girly-ya
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
Jul 17, 2012 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the whole book review here:

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
Jan 03, 2009 HeavyReader rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Oct 15, 2014 Suze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2014 Penelope Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween, middle-school
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
Jun 11, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B

Perfectionist Rachel Robinson is faltering under her own expectations and of her family, her teachers and friends. And her troublemaker brother is home and picking on her after being kicked out of boarding school. She feels insecure with her two best friends in this sequel to Judy Blume's JUST AS LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER.

Told from Rachel's POV the story centers more on Rachel and the turmoil in her family once Charles returns from school then her relationships with her friends, though Step
Emily Sands
This novel is written from the perspective of Rachel Robinson who always wants everything to be perfect. This is the follow up to the novel Just as Long as we’re Together. I had high hopes for this book seeing as though I had read the first instalment. I can honestly say that I was satisfied with out this book turned out and I loved that it was in Rachel’s perspective. Instead of following the close friendship between the three girls it instead follows Rachel and her turmoil with her family. We ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Lavi rated it liked it  ·  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
Serene Godina
Mar 02, 2014 Serene Godina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2016 Keshia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved the book Just As Long As We're Together by Judy Blume since I was in middle school. I've read it so many times since then, I don't even know the count. I didn't even know there was this sequel until recently, however. I was super excited when my local school library had a an old copy it was giving away among piles of other books. I began this story expecting the same reaction as when I read the other. However, that just wasn't the case. I was very disappointed in the amount of langu ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't as big a fan of this when i was younger. My heart belonged to Steph in Just as Long as We're Together. But now, as a neutotic 27 year old perfectionist, I realise Rachel is my spirit animal. So here's to you, Rachel Robinson. I wish I had identified with you sooner.
My favorite Judy Blume book growing up was Just as Long as We're Together. I must have read it so many times I still have passages memorized. I liked that it was about female friendship, family drama and had a significant Asian character, Alison. I had never read the companion novel so when one of my students turned it in yesterday, I thought it was a sign. Took it home and read it in a sitting. Loved being back in with characters who feel like friends, this time told from Rachel's perspective i ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Raquel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, june, 2015, y-a
I loved "Just As Long As We're Together" when I was a kid and had no idea there was a sequel until recently. Although I liked learning about Rachel's family more, I was disappointed there wasn't more addressing her friendships with Stephanie and Alison, which were the heart of the first book. I tend to like how open ended Blume's books are, but I was disappointed by how abruptly this one ended, mostly because I was hoping for more about Rachel's friendships and how her family was coping with her ...more
Jan 04, 2014 Carina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good reminder of how real anxieties are at age 13. I also love how Judy Blume's books capture the concerns and flaws of both kids and the adults in their lives. Unfortunately, this book didn't feel like a complete story.
Feb 20, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good follow up to "Just as long as we're together" This one focuses on Rachel and her perspective on her life. We see how she developed into the perfectionist young woman she is and how her anxiety keeps her holding it all together. I think Blume wants readers to identify with the stresses of being a young teen who has learned how to try to be perfect and is discovering it is all just too much. Lets hope Rachel decides to ease up on herself. It seems to lead in that direction but we never know ...more
Sofia Fitzpatrick
Jul 12, 2016 Sofia Fitzpatrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sofia by: Isabel Coffey-Corrigan
This was an amazing, inspiring book. I absolutely LOVED it!
Sep 20, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-15
Wasn't so in love with Rachel Robinson or Jeremy Dragon in Just as Long, but after reading this? Love, love, love these characters. I especially loved how Rachel kept thinking in her head about being chosen as a "Natural Helper" while she wasn't being very helpful or understanding of her friends. Judy Blume does characters and difficult situations so well. Anxious, overachieving mom, manipulative brother, parents separated and exploring the dating scene, single mom cousin involved in every disas ...more
The book Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson is about a girl named Rachel, who is a straight A student and a “perfect” child. She strives to be the best at everything she does and seems to accomplish that until her troublemaking older brother, Charles, comes home because he got expelled from boarding school. Rachel feels that all the attention goes to her older brother, even if it’s negative. In the story, Rachel learns to put aside her family’s difference so they can unite together and finally be ha ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I read this in fifth grade and absolutely hated the inclusion of the f-word.
Sep 08, 2007 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Marisa Gunter
Oct 22, 2015 Marisa Gunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very charming, and although being a different style of book that I'm used to reading,I loved it. The main character, Rachel Robinson's emotions seemed so real and relatable to that of an early teenager. The writing was so realistic I forgot that this book actually wasn't written by a thirteen-year-old girl. All of the struggles that Rachel faces are ones that I'm sure most of us have had. Blume's exciting ways to come up with different endings to these problems make this book very f ...more
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