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An emotionally charged addition to Rebecca Wells' much loved previous novels, 'Ya-Yas in Bloom' reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s and roars through the 60 years of marriage, child-raising, and hair-raising family secrets.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Kerry
Now that I have read all three of Rebecca Well’s Ya-Ya books, I can honestly say that while Divine Secrets was the most intellectually satisfying of the three, Ya-Ya’s in Bloom was the most emotionally satisfying.

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
Alana
seriously, it's as if she was drunk when she wrote this. or gave it to her child to write. or gave it to her drunk child to write.

don't read it, don't don't don't

but if you DO read it, make sure you read and fall in love with the first two books first
Kandice
I adore the Ya Yas. I have read this and the other two books about them before, seen the movie countless times, and often wished to BE a Ya Ya. This was my first time audio-ing one. Judith Ivey was the perfect narrator. Her accent was spot on, she did the voices (which I usually hate on audio) perfectly, and if she wasn't tipsy when she was relaying a story from Vivi's POV, then she is one of the best actresses I have ever heard!

I actually prefer this book and Little Altars Everywhere: A Novel t...more
Michelle
Where do I begin?

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
Steven
Apr 08, 2012 Steven rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die hard Ya-Ya fans!
The familiar and much loved characters of the Ya-Ya series return in a collection of short stories. As always, I enjoyed the writing style, rich characters and Louisiana setting (a personal favourite of mine). I felt the additional character development of Baylor particularly interesting - a sensitive man who refuses to carry a gun or kill a deer but still goes hunting with the other masculine characters. The closeness of Baylor's relationship with his wife and children was touching. I was left...more
K M
I have kind of mixed feelings about the book. While I love the characters, and have enjoyed all three of the books about them, this book left me with some feelings that I need to sit and think on. While reading the previous two books, I remember thinking how wonderful to have such a close-knit group of friends to form a life-long circle of support and safety. In this book, the vignettes about two other local women (a mother and daughter) made me think about the exclusivity of the group, even acr...more
Jaclyn
If I had read this ten years ago, I probably would have given it five stars. After all, in high school, I was obsessed with all things Ya-Ya. Seriously - I read Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets multiple times. I loved Sidda and her artistic take on the world. I loved the idea of friends being best friends since childhood. I loved the Southern phrases and the references to entertainers through the decades. And, of course, I loved the drama of it all.

Now, while I enjoy the books, I see...more
Tina
Worst. Book. Ever.
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
Krista
Listening to Judith Ivey performing these characters is as good as a Broadway show. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath and pulled the car over so I could listen. The book itself is really just a bunch of unconnected character sketches that jump around in time, with no plot and no consistent perspectives. I get the feeling that it was published directly from the author's notebook, where she had written back stories on her characters and their children that never made it into the Ya-Ya Sisterhoo...more
Courtney
Another delightful Ya-Ya book from Rebecca Wells.

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
Max
I do NOT pay attention to how others review a book or what they say about it. If I did that, I definitely would have, and would, miss out on a lot that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed that others have not. This seems to be one of those books...

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
Gina
I read the first two YaYa books many years ago- Little Altars Everywhere and the Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood. I remember them as being a pretty fun read, but this book seemed to try to hard. It was almost like a really bad sequel that just didn't need to be made. The story jumped all over the place, giving the reader pieces of the 30's, the 60's, and the 90's. I walked away from the end of the book thinking, so what? I couldn't be bothered with the sloppy plot line.
Maggie
A fun trip through the early lives of the Ya-Yas and the petits. I love the dynamic these women share; it echoes in my own friendships. Perhaps that's why I enjoy the books so much. There's a lot I can identify with.
Pat
I loved this book. I liked the individual stories of different characters and spread over the years of the Ya Yas.

The ending seemed somewhat contrived; but the Ya Yas deserved a happy ending.
Broadwaydon
I really shouldn't claim to have read this book because the truth is that I gave up on it. I read the two earlier books in this series and didn't especially like them. In fact, the only reason I kept reading was that people whose taste I usually trust told me that the third one was out of this world. (They liked the other two though and so I really should have realized that these books are just not for me.) I never came to care about the characters. I found the women to be extremely anoying and...more
Julie Sondra Decker
And we revisit the Ya-Yas and their children in another collection of interconnected short stories--no overall narrative, but similar elements. I felt similarly about this book as I did Little Altars Everywhere; I prefer her full-story novel-length work because I love seeing the characters' personalities on display throughout their character growth, and in the short stories it just doesn't really have time to focus on that (plus in the novel-length work, she can throw in anecdotes too--I like th...more
Andrea
This is the third Ya-Ya book I have read and I must say I enjoyed this one almost as much as the original. I loved the stories of how the Ya-Yas first met and how even though they were so different from each other they were able to form a life long bond-perhaps because they could blackmail each other with all they knew. The personalities are a little over the top and it makes for some funny scenes-almost like "Mama's Family". I enjoy the southern dialect interspersed with Creole French and the d...more
Rebekah
Last night I finally finished Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible and though I consider it a good thing to have read, it was not entirely my style. I am not in a heavy mood right now and the story of a missionaries family torn apart by themselves and the jungle in the Congo is not necessarily what I wanted to read.
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
Reese
If you happened to have noticed how long the status of YA-YAS IN BLOOM has been "currently reading," please don't imagine that this novel must not be interesting. If speed-reading were an Olympic event (in any season), I would qualify for participation in the Special Olympics. But enough about me, let's move on to my opinion. The book (get ready for a fresh phrase) is a "page-turner." (I just turn pages slowly.)

As someone who read Wells's LITTLE ALTARS EVERYWHERE and DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA...more
Diane
Meet the Ya Ya Sisterhood in their younger days. Ya Yas in Bloom starts in 1930 with Teensy being taken to the doctor because she has shoved a pecan up her nose. She meets Vivi there and her pecan becomes immortalized for all patients to see in the years to come.

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
Hannah
I finished Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood about a week ago, and I was excited to start this book, but it was huge bummer!
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
Ruth
I have found this series to be a little to close to home at times. I enjoyed Little Altars Everywhere. I found it a very interesting depiction of incest which I did not anticipate in the Ya-Ya Sisterhood book which was much more commercial. I listened to the audio of Ya-Yas in Bloom. It was more l linked short stories rather than a cohesive novel. There were stories from the point of view of three generations - Ya-Yas, Petite Ya-Yas and Tres Petite Ya-Yas with a few random town folk thrown in. T...more
Christy
I bought this book at the supermarket and was so excited to get home and read it that I didn't get half the items on my list and made my husband eat a tv dinner that night! That being said, I wish that I would have read reviews before I purchased full price for this book. I wish I could have gotten it out of the library instead and not wasted my money.

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
Marianne
Ya Yas in Bloom is the sequel to Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. It doesn’t read like a sequel, however, but more like an expansion of what we learned about the Ya Yas and the Petites Ya Yas in Divine Secrets. The narrative jumps between Vivi’s early youth and the Ya Yas first encounter in 1930, through to Sidda’s youth in the 1960s and on to the 1990s. Different events in the lives of the Ya Yas, Petites Ya Yas and Trés Petites Ya Yas are told from the viewpoints of Viv...more
Mia
I saw this book in a miscellaneous pile at the library and picked it up by chance. I had no idea where the book lay in the chronology of the series and was very excited to see that it was short story format, like Little Altars Everywhere. However, it was obvious within the first few paragraphs that this is a "new" book that tries (unsuccessfully) to tap into the "old" vibe.

As other readers have already commented, it really feels like an obligation to the publishers and/or public, and not at all...more
Musiquedevie
What a pleasant and settling ending to the Ya-Ya trilogy! I read this book once when it was first released and this was my first time re-reading this novel. I have to admit, I like Sidda but in this book she's only a passing mention or conversation and it ended up being a breath of fresh air to see stories from others' points of view. The ending was sort of saccarhine but really ended the story on a beautiful note. I loved getting to see some stories briefly alluded to in 'Little Altars' and 'Di...more
Trudy
As I have been known to do, I didn't read all three books in order. I read them a bit more spaced out which is probably a good thing. It is hard to be too critical of this book when you don't really remember what you are comparing it to. Especially since I liked the other two enough to go out and buy the hard cover at BN when it came out. Thankfully it was for 30% off the cover for club memebers. Now that I peel the sticker off the cover, I see the 30% one is covering up a 20% one. I guess if I...more
Amy G. Pace
It wasn't nearly as bad as some of the review made it out to be. I found the exploration into the beginnings of the Ya-Ya's friendship fascinating, although I was expecting some kind of answer as to why Vivi allegedly molested her children - a topic delved into in Little Altars Everywhere and then never brought up again. Was actually kind of sad when I finished the book (although I hated the schmaltzy happy ending) because I'd quite enjoyed living their world for three books' worth of time.
Lethornton
I grabbed this book thinking it would be fun to read about the American south in the mid 1900s. I was not disappointed in getting a fun glimpse of that era. The book was very well done in having perspectives of several generations intertwined. People make really bad or odd decisions sometimes but I enjoyed the way the book helped me see how decisions could unfold in a family.
Barb Hansen
It was so nice to reunite with my old friends the Ya-Yas. I listened to this book on CD and frequently found myself laughing loud, smiling as I drove and listened. This book focuses on the Ya-Yas little ones on into their adult lives with little ones of their own. My only issue with it was the abrupt change from the 1960s to the 1990s. I thought I must have skipped a CD. The timing of reading this book was perfect, both for the Christmas season and the Ya-Yas Christmas pageant, but also for the...more
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Rebecca Wells was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. “I grew up,” she says, “in the fertile world of story-telling, filled with flamboyance, flirting, futility, and fear.” Surrounded by Louisiana raconteurs, a large extended family, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor’s Parish, Rebecca’s imagination was stimulated at every turn. Early on, she fell in love with thinking up and acting in plays for...more
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