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Preview — Divine Secrets of the YA-YA Sisterhood Intl by Rebecca Wells
Divine Secrets of the YA-YA Sisterhood Intl (Ya Yas #1)
The Barnes & Noble Review
A powerfully literate yet thoroughly engaging and accessible novel, this story of a close-knit society of southern women has become a modern cult classic bolstered by author Rebecca Wells's abiltity to transcend standard-issue chick lit with bold and unique characters and a tale that digs deeply into the complex bonds of family.
The entangled st...more
By the end of the book, I wa ...more
According to this book, a scrapbook of silly adventures with Vivi's zany friends makes that behavior forgivable...not an apology or explanation from V ...more
That said, when entering a genre so well-covered and sticky sweet, one must do something to make one's work stand out. I believe Rebecca Wells does an above-average job at this, and her book was a fun and easy read. It was hardly ground-breaking, nor did I find it moving, an ...more
There were some things that I liked about it. Friendship that endures, closer than blood. Knowing there's always someone there in your corner, and they've been there your whole life. Daughters learning that Mom had a life before she became a Mother, and has a separate id ...more
I found it disturbing that hordes of women were flocking to this book that is really about completely dysfunctional families and marriages and a really unhealthy attachment to friends from the past. It made me wonder what's going on with women that this kind of co-de ...more
They did community work and supported the local theatre, but mostly they just had a good time. I grew up in the whirlwind of color and laughter that now seems only like a distant dream. Momma passed 18 years ago and I don’t think I will ever be the same. ...more
I have no desire to read any further in this series. The writing was good and the characters believable - but I felt like it was just depressing ...more
My mother in law grew up in Georgia, and remembers some pretty crazy characters from her youth and some wild stories in her own family. Having ...more
So, this story starts when a Petite Ya-Ya, that's how the Ya-Yas called their daughters, (not so petite anymore) let escape in an interview with the New York Times that her mother, the awesome Vivi, used to hit her. Vivi becomes so ...more
Sono appena appena agli inizi, solo circa 40 pagine lette, ma ho incominciato a inquadrare ambienti e personaggi.
La personalità di Vivi è sicuramente molto molto forte e predominante sulla figlia (devo riconoscere che sembra quasi il mio caso... ma chi non cerca l'approvazione di chi ama?), mentre Sidda, quarantenne in carriera, brava nel suo lavoro, si trova un pochino in difficoltà nei rapporti interpersonali. Bè, il suo scontro con la madre non è proprio tutto farina del suo sacco ...more
The entire book discuss' in detail the importance of few key character relationships. Getting to the MAIN relationship, in my opionion, and setting up the climax of the book is what took a while. About half way through it really hit home and I felt deeply connected to the story(s), and the characters. Eventhough, I was raised in a very different way, I felt that I could empathize and re ...more
It’s a good motivator for women having friendships with women. Four women have a life-long friendship starting before high school. They drank a lot and did ornery things. The most unsettling thing for me was when they went swimming in the town’s water supply tank - that tub high up above houses that provides drinking water.
I’m not complaining, but slightly odd were all the naked scenes. The Ya-Yas take a bath together, swim. A naked mother beats her naked kids. A f ...more
Every now and then I'll sit down and reread the chapter where Vivi and her friends (fourteen at the time) travel to Atlanta by themselves for the premiere of Gone With the Wind and Vivi ends up throwing a plate at her cousin when he insults one of the maids.
Then there's the time the girls enter a Shirley Temple lookalike contest ...more
That kind of distracted me from the supposedly awesome stuff about this novel.
Also, such melodrama. Cut it out, guys.
Maybe its because I'm catholic. Maybe its because I had a violent parent growing up. Maybe its because my family is peppered with endearing and frightening alcoholics, but something in me really connected with this little book.
Its by no means perfect, but it does speak to the topic of what's right and/or wrong when raising a child.
For me I was much more interested in Vivi's story, rather than Sidda's. The Vivi sections felt more alive for me, Jack's death, and her abandonment in violent catholic ...more