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message 1: by Ami (new)

Ami I shared the same sentiments as you while reading the book (and I found it to be an utter waste of time). Since your review is more poignantly put, I'll refer others to it if they ask me to elaborate what I didn't like about the book.


message 2: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I was entertained by the book but your complaints about "women's" lit more generally resonate with me. I don't know how often I've finished a novel and thrown it down thinking "Oh, God, another f&*#ing wedding?!" (or even worse "another f&*#ing wedding with an unplanned baby on the way?"). Because obviously whatever problems and vacancies exist in your life can be fixed by white lace and dirty diapers. Isn't it permissible for women to have alternative aspirations?


message 3: by Claudia (new)

Claudia In this review you have completely confirmed why I never ever wanted to read this book, nor be in the company of those who enjoyed it. Thank you.


message 4: by Maria (new)

Maria Oh, please, people, get over yourselves. It is not "great literature" it's a fun book about fun women. Great escape lit, for reading in a beach chair. Seriously!


message 5: by E (new)

E Maria wrote: "Oh, please, people, get over yourselves. It is not "great literature" it's a fun book about fun women. Great escape lit, for reading in a beach chair. Seriously!"

And you're entitled to enjoy it, but "beach reads" still bear responsibility when they decide to take on deep issues like racism, domestic abuse, poverty and the female human condition. Both high art and entertainment simultaneously reflect and influence the societies they choose to portray and comment on. If you don't want to consider that when reading, you certainly don't have to, but I always will. Seriously!


message 6: by Maria (new)

Maria Point taken. I guess with all the everyday stresses in my life - job, family, finances, etc., it's just fun to read something without worrying about the social ramifications. I know that a lot of what was portrayed in this book is controversial, if not offensive. But also, it was fun to peer into their lives and imagine all the fun they had. Just my two cents...


message 7: by E (new)

E Maria wrote: "Point taken. I guess with all the everyday stresses in my life - job, family, finances, etc., it's just fun to read something without worrying about the social ramifications. I know that a lot of..."

I totally understand the desire to simply enjoy a light read. In that case, I personally find it's best not to read the reviews by those who disliked it - for the sake of keeping my enjoyment intact :-)


message 8: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Maniaci I thought it fun and left it at that! I can cry about the woes of bad writing another day on a much worse read than this one!


message 9: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Culver I am only on the fifth chapter and already annoyed with the book's overly cliche storyline.

Though, I do have to disagree with your statement on life long friendships. I am 23 years old and my best friend and I have known each other since kindergarten when she asked if I was a boy or a girl. My father and godfather grew up down the street from each other, and now live an 8 hour drive away from each other but still remain friends. My mother and her best friend met in high school when she moved to Wisconsin from Hawaii. My Nana and her friend Darlene have been friends since their high school years, and they are both 85 years old. Keeping the same friends from childhood doesn't mean you haven't branched out and made new friends. It simply shows you can keep a relationship strong and lively even after years of knowing someone.

I do like that aspect of the story, thus far. It reminds me of watching my Nana and her old batty friends sit around yapping about lord only knows what as they sip coke and brandy around the kitchen table.

It's everything else about this book that annoys me: the over the top description on clothing, the constant, the constant crying, the boring use of religious symbolism.


message 10: by E (new)

E Fair enough, Stephanie. While I'm not one for tight circles of friends - I've rarely if ever enjoyed the drama of cliques - I certainly do not intend to trash the entire idea of long-lasting friendship. I more intended it as slightly over-the-top ending to my rant of a review :-)


message 11: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Watson Agreed, it's cliche and great literature it's not but two things to consider, life long friendships are something incredible not unhealthy. Second, this is not a book about racism or religion, it is only mentioned in light of what the book is about, friendship and mother daughter relationship. The author had no intention of dwelling on those subjects because her focus was elsewhere. You have to look at the genre of a book before you read it expecting it to be a political/societal commentary or great literature. It's pretty obvious what kind of book it is before you get in it.


message 12: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Mcd Wow!


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