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Ya-Yas in Bloom (Ya Yas #3)

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An emotionally charged addition to Rebecca Wells' award-winning bestseller Little Altars Everywhere and #1 New York Times bestseller Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s and roars through sixty years of marriage, children, and hair-raising family secrets.

When four-year-old Teensy Whitman prisses on
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Published July 7th 2009 by HarperAudio (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Kerry
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: everything
Now that I have read all three of Rebecca Well’s Ya-Ya books, I can honestly say that while Divine Secrets was the most intellectually satisfying of the three, Ya-Ya’s in Bloom was the most emotionally satisfying.

It’s mostly a matter of tone. The books seem somewhat like a continuum… or maybe more like working through the stages of grief and recovery. In Little Altars Everywhere, I felt the author dwelled on the broken, angry, bitter aspects of the Walker family history. In Divine Secrets of th
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Alana
Sep 28, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
seriously, it's as if she was drunk when she wrote this. or gave it to her child to write. or gave it to her drunk child to write.

don't read it, don't don't don't

but if you DO read it, make sure you read and fall in love with the first two books first
Kandice
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore the Ya Yas. I have read this and the other two books about them before, seen the movie countless times, and often wished to BE a Ya Ya. This was my first time audio-ing one. Judith Ivey was the perfect narrator. Her accent was spot on, she did the voices (which I usually hate on audio) perfectly, and if she wasn't tipsy when she was relaying a story from Vivi's POV, then she is one of the best actresses I have ever heard!

I actually prefer this book and Little Altars Everywhere: A Novel t
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Michelle
Where do I begin?

First, I know this has nothing to do with the actual story, but I needed a place to vent my frustration. I also know that I shouldn't be so superficial nor should I judge a book by it's cover, but I have to say a serious, okay maybe not significantly so, but still, a distraction was the author's "glamour shot" on the back cover. Those ultra short, choppy bangs and drawn in eyebrows turn what would otherwise be an okay face into an old lady who looks like she is trying way too ha
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Tina
May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst. Book. Ever.
What felt so cheap was the glaring disregard of continuity, as in the film biz type where a scene in a later take Must match the scene in a previous take.
Here, we have Caro serving the kids chili and cornbread, and on the Facing Page, fer Krisesakes, one of the kids snatches another slice of garlic bread. !
Another glaring lapse: Vivi learns about the Globe, pours herself a gin and tonic, downs it, fixes another and takes it to the guest house where Baylor is playing with it. Sh
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Steven
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die hard Ya-Ya fans!
The familiar and much loved characters of the Ya-Ya series return in a collection of short stories. As always, I enjoyed the writing style, rich characters and Louisiana setting (a personal favourite of mine). I felt the additional character development of Baylor particularly interesting - a sensitive man who refuses to carry a gun or kill a deer but still goes hunting with the other masculine characters. The closeness of Baylor's relationship with his wife and children was touching. I was left ...more
Joanne
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and enjoyed it. This books gives a little more of this group’s history. It tells how Vivi, Caro, Teensy, and Necie meet back in the 1930’s and mostly follows Vivi’s family. If you enjoyed the other book and this cast of characters you will like this book with the Southern flair with stories from the 1960s and then more currently 1994. A fun light read.
Giddy Girlie
I saw this book in a miscellaneous pile at the library and picked it up by chance. I had no idea where the book lay in the chronology of the series and was very excited to see that it was short story format, like Little Altars Everywhere. However, it was obvious within the first few paragraphs that this is a "new" book that tries (unsuccessfully) to tap into the "old" vibe.

As other readers have already commented, it really feels like an obligation to the publishers and/or public, and not at all
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K M
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have kind of mixed feelings about the book. While I love the characters, and have enjoyed all three of the books about them, this book left me with some feelings that I need to sit and think on. While reading the previous two books, I remember thinking how wonderful to have such a close-knit group of friends to form a life-long circle of support and safety. In this book, the vignettes about two other local women (a mother and daughter) made me think about the exclusivity of the group, even acr ...more
Jaclyn
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had read this ten years ago, I probably would have given it five stars. After all, in high school, I was obsessed with all things Ya-Ya. Seriously - I read Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets multiple times. I loved Sidda and her artistic take on the world. I loved the idea of friends being best friends since childhood. I loved the Southern phrases and the references to entertainers through the decades. And, of course, I loved the drama of it all.

Now, while I enjoy the books, I see
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Courtney
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
Another delightful Ya-Ya book from Rebecca Wells.

Ya-Yas in Bloom is told from multiple viewpoints, with some stand alone chapters. Other chapters offer multiple views of the same storyline. There is not a cohesive storyline tying everything together like there was in The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. This book is more about snapshots in time, told from the perspective of different characters. We do get to learn a little bit more about the male characters of the Ya-Ya world.

This book was a fast and enjoyab
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Krista
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to Judith Ivey performing these characters is as good as a Broadway show. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath and pulled the car over so I could listen. The book itself is really just a bunch of unconnected character sketches that jump around in time, with no plot and no consistent perspectives. I get the feeling that it was published directly from the author's notebook, where she had written back stories on her characters and their children that never made it into the Ya-Ya Sisterhoo ...more
Gina
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first two YaYa books many years ago- Little Altars Everywhere and the Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood. I remember them as being a pretty fun read, but this book seemed to try to hard. It was almost like a really bad sequel that just didn't need to be made. The story jumped all over the place, giving the reader pieces of the 30's, the 60's, and the 90's. I walked away from the end of the book thinking, so what? I couldn't be bothered with the sloppy plot line.
Larissa
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You always hope a sequel will be exciting--after all, your favorite characters get a chance to continue their stories and you can follow their lives a little more... this one was lackluster and seemed to bounce around to various eras, which was a little confusing to say the least. The writing was decent, but also seemed to pepper in a lot of curse words or catchphrases just for show.
Pat
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I liked the individual stories of different characters and spread over the years of the Ya Yas.

The ending seemed somewhat contrived; but the Ya Yas deserved a happy ending.
amandra
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this whole series underneath all the craziness and issues the four ladies face this is a story of friendship and family teaching the lesson that family isn't always just blood.
Jill Porter
This answers the questions that I had from the first book. Good book.
Katharine
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the Ya-Yas series, but I "read" it first because I grabbed the audio off the sale table at my library for $1. I didn't really expect to like it as much as I did! I don't know, the covers of this series of books always seemed a little strange to me. Well, "don't judge a book by its cover" proved, once again, to be very true. I loved it! The audio has the added advantage of enabling the listener to experience the southern drawls of the characters which, for a life-long Yankee ...more
Delores
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If you enjoyed Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and you were intrigued by the darker and deeper story in Little Alters Everywhere, I recommend stopping there...don't read the last book. Following Little Alters, Ya Yas in Bloom is a bit disingenuous. It reads like the author was trying to convince the reader that life wasn't "that bad" for the Walker children, although in Divine Secrets and in Little Alters, it is pretty clear the children at Pecan Grove are scarred from their childhood and ...more
Allie Joyce
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite all of the many plot holes (intentional? Family histories always tend to have a lot of those) I want to curl up and live in these books.
Susie
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.75

Enjoyed this following a reread of Divine Secrets. More of a vignette vs. the story line of Divine Secrets. In fact, this completes the YaYa story for me. Let's hear it for Baylor.
J. N.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ready-audio
Sadly lacked the charm of "Divine Secrets", which I reread this summer and really loved. I'm not sure why this one is so much worse.
Noreen
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This book had some very funny parts. Reminded me of when I grew up. Playing outside and no cell phones.
Helen
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, but not as much as the first in the series. I do like to read books set in the South/
Michael-thomas Griffith
I don't remember that much about it honestly... I need to re-read.
Rebekah
Last night I finally finished Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible and though I consider it a good thing to have read, it was not entirely my style. I am not in a heavy mood right now and the story of a missionaries family torn apart by themselves and the jungle in the Congo is not necessarily what I wanted to read.
But read it I did and so now I will let you know about it. 4 daughters and two parents head to the inner jungle to “convert the heathen.” I had mixed reactions to this sort of be
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Sue
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ya Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells (2005)
Reese
Oct 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you happened to have noticed how long the status of YA-YAS IN BLOOM has been "currently reading," please don't imagine that this novel must not be interesting. If speed-reading were an Olympic event (in any season), I would qualify for participation in the Special Olympics. But enough about me, let's move on to my opinion. The book (get ready for a fresh phrase) is a "page-turner." (I just turn pages slowly.)

As someone who read Wells's LITTLE ALTARS EVERYWHERE and DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA
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Jeannine Stewart
I would advise reading the first two Ya Ya books before starting this one. This doesn't have a definite plot line, it is more a series of stories starting with some early Ya Ya history (how the friends met and formed their lifetime bond) and then jumping into stories of the Petite Ya Ya's (their children) and the Tres Petite Ya Ya's (their children's children). It was nice to see that some of the stories deal with Vivi's sons, the development of their characters and a look into their adult lives ...more
Hannah Rossi
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ya-Yas in Bloom is a collection of short stories about a group of four lifelong friends that refer to themselves as the “Ya-Yas”. The companion novel of the highly acclaimed Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, this book takes readers back to the roots of the Ya-Yas’ friendship, beginning in the 1930’s. From there, it follows Teensy, Necie, Vivi, and Caro as they dance their way through life, motherhood, and love.
While I was initially skeptical about this book, as it seemed as though it was
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