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The Same Sweet Girls

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  4,940 Ratings  ·  382 Reviews
"None of the Same Sweet Girls are really girls anymore, and none of them have actually ever been that sweet. But the story of this spirited group of six southern women, who have been holding biannual reunions ever since they were together in college, is nothing short of compelling." "The story of the Same Sweet Girls is told by three of the women who suddenly face middle a ...more
ebook, 560 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2005)
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May 30, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I did not expect much from this book, thought it would be yet another story of the friendship among a group of women. However, I was pleasantly surprised. There actually is depth and grit here. The author alternates her focus among the characters so the reader is able to get each women's perspective and therefore, comes to understand and sympathize with their decisions. The women deal with real life issues. And, like so many of the best novels, it is set in the south! Reminiscent of Patricia Gaf ...more
CAssandra King is a local writer who I have just started to read. Of the books of hers I have read, this is my favorite so far. She took a group of distinct personalities and wove them together in an interesting tale. Funny thing is that part of the setting is my beloved Georgia mountains. When the girls are up at Blue Mountain, I pictured RAbun County in my mind and felt right at home in the hollows and havens of those lush Southern Appalacian hills. While this is a book definitely geared towar ...more
Isn’t it time to retire the ‘friends since college, friends ‘til the end, and one of them is ill?’ theme?

There was nothing new in this book that hasn’t been seen before, and done considerably better (Elizabeth Berg & Patricia Gaffney to mention two).

Julia, Astor, Byrd, Lanier, Corrine and Rosanelle have been friends since college. They have gone their separate ways, yet they meet twice a year. They call themselves The Same Sweet Girls, and during their yearly get togethers they choose a Que
Apr 20, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cassandra King excels at development of characters and great storytelling. The girls of this book still rumble around in my head and I expect they will stay there always. Innumerable sequels could follow this novel because the book ends with the reader wanting to know much more about these characters. But these characters initially belonged to Cassandra King who so graciously shared them with us and whether she shares them with us again is rightly her choice.

Six college friends who are now appro
Mar 05, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We read this for book club. Most of the girls thought it was ok... I loved it. It really made me think. Friendship is so important, as women we become so wrapped up in the lives of our husbands and children, and we often forget to cultivate the things that we once loved to do. It really made me think about how important it is to live MY life, not just help my husband and child live theirs. To keep a little bit of selfishness alive, and do the things I love. I was also hit hard by the saying "You ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, i-own
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I had a little difficulty getting into this book, but once I did, I wanted to finish it. There are many books about women's realtionships. This is not a particularly good one.

In thinking about the characters in the book, I don't think I would want to befriend any of them. I wonder which character we were supposed to identify with. None of the women were pleasant. There are six female characters in the Same Sweet Girls group, but the story is told from the point of view of three of them. Of the s
Jan 27, 2012 Oma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book about friendship and acceptance. Not all of the characters were loveable; some of their actions were reprehensible. The story, however, was captivating. The book was about mature women, not some doe eyed young things. They have life histories and complications. They have made mistakes and have supported one another-some more so than others. They dealt with situations and confronted their demons. Some had troubled or unusual marriages. Some had affairs, some resisted. They were no ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Jena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women, groups of friends, fans of Southern literature
This is the story of six Southern women, and the bonds of friendship that see them through the difficulties of adult life. It serves as a reminder that we can love each other better by embracing the imperfections in others, instead of judging or reprimandin them. It boasts one of the most beautifully poignant, powerful, and memorable endings I've ever read in a book. I could go on, but let me just give you this recommendation and leave it at that. If you like "Southern" literature, and if you en ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Roxie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a page turner...about woman that get together once a year since they were all younger...they all have a story to tell and the author of this book keeps you interested and gets you to turn the pages and not want it to book is falling apart now because it is one that i like to read and has stayed on my bookshelf since i first read it a few years ago...i really loved this one and it also gives you a surprise ending that makes you want to cry...
Jan 04, 2012 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My first thought on starting this book was that it's very similar, though less campy than The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love. One part SPQ, one part Ya-Ya, and one part Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons, I loved this book, but was also disappointed by it. I find myself totally drawn to books like this -- I love the stories about female relationships. But I have to admit disappointment in the talking-behind-each-others'-backs aspect of it.

The Julian (first lady) story line fascinated me, and I
Nan Williams
I read this book about 10 years ago and just found it again. It's fun. Definitely chic-lit and especially fun for those of us from the era who attended (or partyed at) U of A.
Knowing a book has settings of local hometown places makes one a little more excited to read the book. But after reading some of the reviews I had almost decided that it would be too 'sappy' for me. Maybe it was just the right time in my life to be reading this, but I laughed and yes, I bawled like a baby. I adored this book. Each of the characters had her own unique set of issues and flaws yet they came together beautifully and like true friendship, they were able to balance each other. A great ...more
Alex Lee
Feb 17, 2016 Alex Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2016
A sort of coming to age book for women, but not of teenagers -- this is of the transition from young woman into older woman. The characterization was pretty vivid and it was an enjoyable read but it was odd that only 3 of the 6 characters got to narrate. And it's pretty annoying that the antagonist of the protagonists was a black woman who was slutty and egoistical. Also, annoying that a white woman who knows nothing of American Indian culture is able to tap into the deeper something of American ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Kellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm wavering between a 3 and 4 for this book. Most of the book is a 4. Being a woman around the age of these characters, I could understand the dynamics between the women that some other reviewers commented on. I understand why women stay "friends" with the people the grew up with, even when they don't particularly like them, or they don't offer them too much. Overall, I found the book entertaining and enjoyed the story being told from the view point of 3 different members of the SSGs.

But, and t
Aug 17, 2013 Rena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was very up and down. Well, it was actually down, up, then down. I had a hard time getting pulled into the story in the beginning, but then the plot picked up. I was very intrigued by the conflict between these women. I was so caught up in this that it just suddenly dropped out of interest. I literally lost interest in this book within the last 40 pages or so. I got the jist of the story, but it wasn't as captivating at the summary led me to believe.
Cynthia Allgood
Jul 28, 2016 Cynthia Allgood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book on my honeymoon, March 2007. My husband had picked it up for me at a local bookstore. He had no idea what it was about, but thought I would like it. Turns out, he did a great job. Not only did I like the book, it has become one of my all time favorites, one that I've read numerous times.

Cassandra King does a brilliant job of telling the story of friendship between a group of women, all of whom have their own backstory and own struggles at hand. This book sheds light on the
Jul 13, 2009 Rikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and quick read, though sometimes I wished for a bit more understanding about the relationships between these women. It feels a bit like relationships with friends you've had a long time. You just know they're there and you can count on them, but there's a lot about the relationship that goes unexamined. The end left me a bit unresolved b/c but mostly because I wanted to know what happens as their lives move forward.
Bobbi Bullard
Sep 02, 2014 Bobbi Bullard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book but I will only recommend it to some of my friends because it isn't universal literature. This is definitely a chick lit book.

When I was telling my hairdresser about the book, "Friday Night Knitting Club", she said, "Let me guess, somebody dies". Another friend said of the same book,"I couldn't stand it. Just a bunch of women sitting around whining." Well this is in the same genre of women going through changes, finding themselves, just living life. I wouldn't char
Apr 10, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and funny yet sad as well....but a wonderful story of friendship
Jun 17, 2009 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. Again, college friends who get together each year and catch up with their lives. A good concept but I just didn't care about the characters. Too whiney for me and again, one disastrous thing after another. I seem to be in a gloomy book phase I MUST get out of!!
Okay story...did not love it and I was kind of bored reading it. A group of girlfriends from college who get together ever year..blah, blah, blah. But the girls didn't seem to like each other very much....I kept thinking "why bother pretending to be friends"?

Ann Olson
Writing almost too conversational
Lots of rich and famous people in this group- seemed a little unlikely!
Julia's nighttime thoughts about Bethany and Corrine and everything really good. Mixed well with her thoughts of sleeping, her pillow , etc
Want more about Byrd!
Like the scene where the girls talk to cal on the phone- pretty funny.
"We can only truly love people who make us feel good about ourselves" very cool
Joe ed mentions his kiss with Astor and his one night stands so casually- couldn't b
Mar 19, 2014 Patty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought I'd reviewed this book, but it appears not. I made the mistake of checking it out when I had already read it some years ago. I wasn't crazy about it the first time and it didn't get any better in the second reading. 6 women become "friends" in college and stay "close" throughout their lives. The quotations are there because some of these women can barely stand each other and treat each other rather badly. It's as if the author wanted us to believe in the concept of a life-long friendsh ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found it to be a somewhat cliche friendship story. The characters had issues and were not perfect, but they didn't seem real to me, either. How can you be good friends for 30 years and truly not know a person?
Jun 26, 2008 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this book.
It had too many goofy characters in it...
I really wanted to like it since I'm in a group of women that meet up regularly. But, it wasn't for me.
Nov 10, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You get the feeling that King desperately wanted to create the next Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Unfortunately, Alabama is nowhere near as interesting as Louisiana (and yes, as a former resident of Louisiana, I know I'm biased). Still, this book was a good read. As someone who suffers from depression due to bipolarism, Corrine's storyline especially impacted me. My only wish is that Astor could have been one of the narrators as well, since there was just so much about her that was a mystery. It would have ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Barb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
gave up on it after about 25 pages...the women were just too "southern" stereotypical and i wasn't prepared for another 375 pages of the same
Jun 17, 2008 Shayna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Currently listening to on audio...

Did not like this at all... Had a nice storyline, but nothing touching... and it really could have been...
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CASSANDRA KING, who has been called “the Queen of Southern storytelling,” is the author of six novels, Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, Moonrise, and The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to Life, as well as numerous short stories, essays and articles. Moonrise, her fifth novel, is set in Highlands, North Carolina. A native of Alabama, Cassandra resides in Beaufor ...more
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