Ya Yas in Bloom
Rebecca Wells's wonderful third book in her Ya-Ya trilogy, which includes Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is sure to provide reading that makes you laugh and cry, a book that will break your heart and mend it again.
Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s, following Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie through s...more
It’s mostly a matter of tone. The books seem somewhat like a continuum… or maybe more like working through the stages of grief and recovery. In Little Altars Everywhere, I felt the author dwelled on the broken, angry, bitter aspects of the Walker family history. In Divine Secrets of th...more
I actually prefer this book and Little Altars Everywhere: A Novel t...more
First, I know this has nothing to do with the actual story, but I needed a place to vent my frustration. I also know that I shouldn't be so superficial nor should I judge a book by it's cover, but I have to say a serious, okay maybe not significantly so, but still, a distraction was the author's "glamour shot" on the back cover. Those ultra short, choppy bangs and drawn in eyebrows turn what would otherwise be an okay face into an old lady who looks like she is trying way too ha...more
Now, while I enjoy the books, I see...more
What felt so cheap was the glaring disregard of continuity, as in the film biz type where a scene in a later take Must match the scene in a previous take.
Here, we have Caro serving the kids chili and cornbread, and on the Facing Page, fer Krisesakes, one of the kids snatches another slice of garlic bread. !
Another glaring lapse: Vivi learns about the Globe, pours herself a gin and tonic, downs it, fixes another and takes it to the guest house where Baylor is playing with it. Sh...more
Ya-Yas in Bloom is told from multiple viewpoints, with some stand alone chapters. Other chapters offer multiple views of the same storyline. There is not a cohesive storyline tying everything together like there was in The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. This book is more about snapshots in time, told from the perspective of different characters. We do get to learn a little bit more about the male characters of the Ya-Ya world.
This book was a fast and enjoyab...more
Picking up where the other two of Wells' left off, Ya-Yas In Bloom relates us more stories of Caro, Teensy, Necie and Vivi from childhood, adulthood, and in-between. There is no pattern, no rhyme or reason to how these stories are laid out--they just ar...more
But read it I did and so now I will let you know about it. 4 daughters and two parents head to the inner jungle to “convert the heathen.” I had mixed reactions to this sort of be...more
As someone who read Wells's LITTLE ALTARS EVERYWHERE and DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA...more
Then Teensy and Vivi plot to meet Necie because they are sure she is the famed Coco Robichaux that Genevieve, Teensy’s mother, tells them about all the time. Caro is brought into the group and The Ya Ya Sisterhood is born and will remai...more
The book consisted of a bunch of stories. that was it-just stories, no plot. the stories were entertaining, and reading wasn't a PAIN, but there was stuff that bothered me like:
1. it was more of a bible then a story! i could tell from the first book that religion was important to the characters, but this was over the top. every page was a prayer, every page mentioned s...more
I adored Divine Secrets and Little Altars, so much that I continually reread them over the years. This one, though, leaves a bad taste in my mouth...more
As other readers have already commented, it really feels like an obligation to the publishers and/or public, and not at all...more