Loudmouthed, redheaded Cee Cee Bloom has her sights set on Hollywood. Bertie White, quiet and conservative, dreams of getting married and having children. In 1951, their childhood worlds collide in Atlantic City. Keeping in touch as pen pals, they reunite over the years ... always near the ocean.
Powerful and moving, this novel follows Cee Cee and Bertie's extraordinary fr...more
(book I read from actually has a different bookcover image, but I couldn't find it, original '85 hardcover edition, and honestly I like this paperback cover better)
"1951. They meet as children under the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Cee Cee Bloom, with a Brillo pad of red hair, a knock-out voice and a sparkle that demands attention, is performing in a kiddie show. Bertie White is from a conventional family with traditional values, but she finds herself captiv...more
I must say that I don't understand why the movie changed certain things ... like the location of 2/3 of the scenes in the book, the name of one of the main characters, the disease, etc.
But, having said that - I think the movie was much less raunchy and vulgar than than the book! I'm glad the movie 'toned it down' from the book.
But the book and the movie both maintain that wonderful underlying foundation of what makes some frien...more
The story is about a life long friendship, the quiet and kind Roberta (Bertie) White, and the loud, crude, but talented Cecilia (Cee Cee) Bloom. Their friendship undergoes many tests and misunderstandings, and the mercurial Cee Cee proves herself in the end to be worthy of B...more
The basic story stays the same: Cee Cee Bloom and Bertie White (Hillary in the movie) form an unlikely friendship when they are 10 and & 7 years old (respectively). Through many years and personal hardships they remain friends, until a tragic illness brings them together.
What didn’t I like about this book? Cee Cee Bloom is not a very nice...more
Seeing how many movie goers didn't care for the book is another reminder that I should always read the story first before Hollywood has had a chance to go in and white wash it all.
I remember watching this movie awhile ago and sobbing like a baby. Maybe because I knew the ending, the book didn't have the same impact. It was enjoyable although I couldn't get Bette Midler out of my head the entire time I was reading. Looking back at the movie synopsis, I see many character names and details are different. Interesting.