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In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard's world changed forever—-when Caitlin Somers chose her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomed Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha's Vineyard, a magical, wind-blown island where two friends became summer sisters... ...more
Published (first published 1998)
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Dazedtrisha It depends on the teen's maturity. There are some questionable bits in the novel but I probably would have read much worse when I was that age. It's…moreIt depends on the teen's maturity. There are some questionable bits in the novel but I probably would have read much worse when I was that age. It's all relative - there's mostly a sexual element that wouldn't be appropriate and the teen would likely not "get" it like an adult would. (less)
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Cora
Jun 18, 2015 Cora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book at the library, and since I loved Judy Blume as a child, I wanted to test one of the books she wrote for adults. I never could have expected a story so involving and complex. The characters come to life on the pages, and the storyline is brilliant in its everyday commonness.

Summer Sisters follows the lives of Caitlyn Somers and Victoria Leonard, two unlikely girls from different social backgrounds. Caitlin invites Victoria to stay the summer with her and her father who lives i
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Clare
Jun 26, 2007 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book every summer, mostly because it does such a great job of capturing the essence of the season. (I actually prefer to read it when it's still a little cold outside so I can be transported to warmer weather, but for the past few years it's been so hard to find time to get it in!) Anyway, if you define a favorite book as one you want to read again and again, this is definitely one of my favorites. I guess I'm not really surprised--Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret had the same h ...more
Alexa
Nov 03, 2012 Alexa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story has so many elements that should make it an easy success. The senitmentality of childhood summers, first love, finding and defining family, a rags-to-riches tale, your first best friend, lost love, betrayal... But it just failed so hard!

None of the characters were believable; all were flat caricatures. The Saintly Martyred Poor Girl who worships Spoiled Socialite Girl, then lives with New York Jew and Southern Belle. The fathers are Emasculated Pushover and Hippy Mellow. Younger guys
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Sharon
Oct 28, 2008 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nola Redd
Mar 26, 2008 Nola Redd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone very interested in sex
One thing I really enjoy doing is rereading kids books. I checked out Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and zoomed through it in about two hours. I have reread many other classics and enjoyed them. I think my next big kids read will be the infamous Harriet the Spy which I loved and totally identified with as a child.

One of the greatest regrets of my life (in terms of small scale regrets, anyway) is that I sold off my Sweet Valley High books. Now, granted, SVH isn't all that 'classic', but I so
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Huntie
Jun 28, 2007 Huntie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicks everywhere
I loved this book when I read it because it reminded me so much of the weird relationship I had with my best friend growing up. We spent numerous summers together at her parents' cottage having the requisite summer flings with out of town boys who we would never see again (until the next summer), and this book made me very nostalgic for those times.

What I liked was how Judy Blume told the story not only from a generic narrator's perspective, but also from the perspective of each character in the
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Jordan Mierek
Sep 20, 2012 Jordan Mierek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mmars
May 20, 2012 Mmars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a book you read. A book you devour. Unsurprisingly, there are few reviews by men here. But I think any male writing writing female characters (in this case female friendships) could benefit from reading Blume.

And, yes. This is a great hot summer read, best read on a dock.
Jeremy
All the presumably well-intentioned messages and general nostalgic goodwill notwithstanding, the fact remains that Judy Blume is the Larry Clark of young adult fiction, and her trashy "adult" novels belie this. Without the hassle of having to walk twelve-year-olds through puberty, Blume is free to make a beeline for the sweaty, grunting raunch. I have little to no problem with this. It's kind of a steaming clod, but you could easily read it on the beach while inadequately supervising your sister ...more
Sue Orvis
Sep 21, 2010 Sue Orvis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
HORRIBLE!!! This is the first book that I actually returned to the library without finishing it. I think I made it to chapter 7 or so and just couldn't take it anymore. BORING... Enough about pre-adolescent girls feeling each other up. Stick to kids books Judy.
Amarice
Mar 25, 2016 Amarice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls curious about he-she relationships
It's hard to say that I liked this book, because a small part of it I did but about 60% I did not, due to filthy scenes and discussions...
Antof9
Read this on the plane from Denver to Seattle. It was a little odd, in that I haven't ever read any of her stuff for grownups. I was a HUGE fan of Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret -- so much that I recently bought another copy :) Anyway, this book was ok. Not exactly a romance novel, but definitely fits into that category, I think.

The "summer sisters" are Vix and Caitlin, who are best friends and "sisters" every summer on The Vineyard, but not during the school year. Caitlin's family has th
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Michelle Smith
Like so many of the other reviewers, I was a huge Judy Blume fan growing up. I really responded to her honest portrayals of teenaged girls and boys, and of the complex relationships they have with each other, their friends, and their parents. So I picked up 'Summer Sisters' with a mixture of trepidation (I didn't want to 'ruin' my love affair with Ms. Blume and all my memories of her past books) and excitement (what if she had managed to pull it off, and had written a book for all her 'grown-up' ...more
Keegan
Oct 19, 2010 Keegan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Judy Blume as a kid. I had no idea that she wrote books for adults until my last library visit. When I happened about this book, I was anxious to enjoy some more of the author I had loved as a little girl.

However, her books for adults leave a lot to be desired. This book was basically about a lot of really selfish people having a lot of really random sex and ruining a lot of people's lives. I wasn't a fan.
Danielle
Jun 09, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-collection
I read this book every year to kick off my summer and I love it each time. This book never gets old.
Jay
Aug 07, 2009 Jay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jay by: Wallace
Starting with the things I liked, I appreciated the book for it's nostalgic factor and being a quick, light read. It was seasonally appropriate and took me down memory lane in more ways than one...reminiscing about how complicated teenage female relationships can be and how people who know you in your formative years probably see you differently than anyone else in your life.

However, overall I thought the book was uneven. The first half of the book reads like an erotic teen novel. I get that the
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Gretchen
Meh. The first half the book starts out promising enough. 12 year old Caitlin Somers, a wealthy child of divorce, invites Victoria Leonard, a middle class girl, to spend the summer with her on Martha's Vineyard. Victoria (Vix)'s parents reluctantly agree to the trip, which begins a relationship that spans decades.

The story might have been more intriguing if each and every character had not been a stereotype. By the middle of the book, I could almost predict the actions of the characters. Caitli
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Polly
Apr 23, 2008 Polly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory
Another great book from Judy Blume, the Summer Sisters discusses the issue of two girl’s life. Caitlin and Victoria (Vix) who spends almost every summer together developed a strong relationship. Even though they are very close to each other, when I read more of the book I realize the deep secrets they have in their heart. Also they seem to have an opposite life. Vix live in a poorer family than Caitlin needs to earn her money to college and future. Caitlin lived in a rich family with supportive ...more
Barbara Short
Aug 26, 2009 Barbara Short rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I didn't read more than the first few chapters, but BE WARNED. This is not the Judy Blume of my youth. Forget "Fudge" and "Freckle Juice". This novel is dirty, inappropriate and an attempt for her to address adult issues in the lives of young girls. I was disappointed and I am not longer a fan of Judy Blume.
Rachel
Sep 11, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliant novel. Like some others have said, I loved Judy Blume's books as a kid so was interested to find this novel for adults.
I was pleasantly surprised and blown away at the detail of this book.
This was the best book I had read - possibly still remains my favourite book of all.
I highly recommend it.
Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer)
I loved this book! It was written so beautifully. I was in awe of this story of two girls and their friendship over the years. The story was bittersweet and sad, it had a profound effect on me. I highly recommend it.
Heather L
So let me first start off by expressing my adoration for Judy Blume. She was my absolute favorite author as a child. Her books are what made me kick-start my love of reading. That being said, I have been very apprehensive to read a book of hers as an adult. I did not want to get that jaded feeling of having an author I loved turn out to be a disappointment in later years.

Well I decided to take the plunge and as it turns out, it wasn't that bad. (Just not as good as I hoped.) At the start of thi
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Sarah
Aug 08, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit, 2009
It's been awhile since I've been as much into a chick lit book as I was this one. This book is written over 15 years about the relationship between two girls who are the closest of friends every summer. At the start, I was very reflective on my own relationships with other women. But, once I got into the story there is little relating.

The negatives:
1.) The sexual experiences in the first half of the book. They were wierd and shocking, taking away from my interest. I think they were developed to
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Filipa
Aug 09, 2012 Filipa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Acabei de ler "Irmãs de Verão", com a sua capa belíssima que desde logo me atraiu, e nem sei bem descrever a sensação. . .

Creio que posso descrever o livro como uma história de amor sobretudo. . . de amizade. . . de ternura. Muita ternura.

É uma história lindíssima com que toda a gente se pode identificar. Fala de verão. Fala do crescimento e da aprendizagem que daí advém conhecendo-nos a nós próprios. Fala de relações, de várias relações que ao fim ao cabo se cruzam unicamente por causa de uma p
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Christina Zanakos
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Leah (packfan20)
Jul 23, 2009 Leah (packfan20) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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Olivia
Jul 23, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did it make it to nearly 30 without this treasure in my life? Perfect solo beach day read.
Reannon Peterson
Sep 21, 2007 Reannon Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: other women
My boyfriend's sister gave me this book to read when we visited her in Eugene, OR. I read the whole thing on the plane between Portland and Norfolk. So, it's a fast read! I also had a friend when I was a girl who was like a sister to me, and although we didn't spent as much time exploring our "Power" as the girls in this book, there was a lot I could relate to. It's not life-changing writing, but it's an interesting story with unique, funny characters.
Elphaba J
Jul 22, 2012 Elphaba J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Irmãs de Verão é um romance absolutamente magnífico sobre as muitas formas que existem de amar. É uma história com vida própria, uma história sobre os momentos fáceis e os momentos difíceis de vidas diferentes. É sobre as aventuras mágicas do crescimento e sobre as eternas recordações, sobre o poder transcendente da amizade e sobre a força avassaladora das paixões. É uma história sobre tudo aquilo que dá cor, cheiro e sabor à evolução de homem e que perdura até, e para lá, do último dos seus dia ...more
♥ Marlene♥


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I'm 70% done with Summer Sisters: Really enjoying this read. It feels like it has been ages since I last read a book I liked so much I could not stop reading and also had to read during the day. This reminds me why I loved reading so much. I need more books like this.

100% done and I am sad. I am sad that I again do not know what to read. I want to read more books like Summer Sisters but have no clue where to start. What a fantastic read this was!!!



I am looking for books preferably out of th
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Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Blubber; Just as Long as We're Together; and the five book series about the irrepressible Fu ...more
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