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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  55,830 ratings  ·  2,570 reviews
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
Paperback, 399 pages
Published May 4th 1999 by Dell (first published 1998)
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Cora
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 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 in Martha'...more
Clare
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
Nola
Mar 26, 2008 Nola rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Sharon
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Huntie
Jun 28, 2007 Huntie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Alexa
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...more
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
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...more
Jay
Aug 07, 2009 Jay rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
M
Jul 19, 2014 M rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...
Jordan Mierek
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Sarah
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...more
Filipa
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...more
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(70%)
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...more
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...more
Polly
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
Reannon Peterson
Sep 21, 2007 Reannon Peterson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Keegan
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.
Barbara Short
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.
Mmars
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.
Sue Orvis
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.
Elphaba J
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
São Palma
Acabei por gostar mais deste romance do que estava à espera. Ao contrário do que normalmente acontece nas histórias que focam a amizade, não senti emoção ao longo da acção. Achava, no entanto que era uma leitura agradável, uma história bonita mas não sentia emoção. Não me identificava com os sentimentos. Talvez porque é preciso haver um clique com os autores e, provavelmente, não tenho "química" com esta escritora. É como quando nos apaixonamos.

No entanto, no final, finalmente emocionei-me, qua...more
Andrea
Aug 28, 2009 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women, friends
Shelves: chick-lit, 2008
What shall I say... this book is candid. I am enjoying it thus far and I am 100 pages in. It is a hard book to put down because you want to know what happened back then. This book is a look back at the lives of two young women together. At the very beginning Vix gets a call from Caitlin that Caitlin is getting married to Bru. This means nothing to the reader, but as you can imagine, the story starts to take form and things just aren't always what they seem. Vix and Caitlin spend the summer at Ca...more
Christina Zanakos
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
This was chosen for a book club I'm in; I feel silly rating it because I know I will have less stars because it just isn't the type of book I enjoy. When I couldn't sleep Friday morning, I sat and read it in one setting.

That said, I loved Judy Blume as a child, and read Deenie over and over one summer.

The storyline wasn't great. It had some manufactured shockers, and the main characters drove me nuts. I thought the friend's stepmother was the hero.

Regardless, I'm looking forward to our book club...more
Roberta
Summer Sisters è un altro libro pescato quasi a caso su Bookmooch, e solo dopo averlo aperto ho realizzato che l'autrice è la stessa Judy Blume che viene nominata nel telefilm Gilmore Girls (ho poi scoperto che in realtà viene nominata almeno due volte*) e che apparentemente negli Stati Uniti è famosissima per i suoi romanzi per ragazzi (gli antenati degli YA) che spesso affrontano anche tematiche piuttosto scottanti al punto da essere spesso censurato.

http://robertabookshelf.blogspot.it/2...
Joana
Origem: Bibliotecas de Lisboa (Biblioteca de Belém)

Comecei a ler este livro um bocadinho a medo, fruto de algumas opiniões que li aqui no Goodreads. Houve mesmo quem não conseguisse chegar ao fim após a leitura de 100 páginas.. Fico sempre desconfiada quando alguém não consegue acabar de ler um livro, porque normalmente isso é sinal de que há qualquer coisa de errado (com o livro, claro, não com o leitor).

No entanto, gostei. É uma daquelas histórias que reconforta a alma por a história nos ser t...more
Nancy
I've had this book for several years and finally got around to reading it. I'm glad I did. I just finished the Something Borrowed/Blue series by Emily Giffin and felt that Blume's Summer Sisters had the same feel. In fact, when I finished the book I was so wishing there was another version from Caitlin's perspective.
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