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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  90,108 ratings  ·  4,087 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...

Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Dell (first published 1998)
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Andrea I first read this book at age 12, and reread it every summer for many years. Certainly, the sex scenes caught my attention, but I think like many teen…moreI first read this book at age 12, and reread it every summer for many years. Certainly, the sex scenes caught my attention, but I think like many teenagers I learned about sex largely through books. Like others have said here, the answer to your question depends largely on the maturity of your 14 year old. I would tend to lean toward it being OK. Perhaps you could read it first/alongside your teen and answer any questions as they arise.(less)
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Hilary S. Hi Kim! I just finished this book. It was so good!!! The ending had me reeling. I ended up googling- trying to find something, anything- people discus…moreHi Kim! I just finished this book. It was so good!!! The ending had me reeling. I ended up googling- trying to find something, anything- people discussing it. I did find a page where a fan had taken on herself to write a couple short chapter about what happened to Caitlin. It's fun to read- but warning- it didn't provide as much closure as I had hoped for! (less)
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Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I LOVED Judy Blume books when I was growing up. One of my favorite memories is reading her books over and over!

This is my first adult Judy Blume book. I honestly wasn't sure if I would read any of her newer books. I'm not sure why... Maybe I just wanted to keep her associated with books from my youth. But I happened to come across this one when visiting my mother. Someone had dropped off some books for her to look through. I thought I would read a few pages just to see how it was and en
Nov 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nola Redd
Mar 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Sara Hunter
Jun 28, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chicks everywhere
I loved this book when I read it because it reminded me so much of the 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 story
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
This is one of the unique books for which my opinion was so controversial. Not with other reviews, but with mine.
The narrative was written as a light romance for summer, being at times irritating, especially the parts with first-person narrative. The book was unduly prolonged. Judy Blume is at her best with her children's and coming of age stories.
At the same time, the story was captivatingly dark, relative, and personal.
I mentally rated the book 1, 2, 3, 4 stars, but not with the following sequ
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
“Not everything has to have a point. Some things just are. ”
― Judy Blume, Summer Sisters

No one does summer quite like Judy Blume.

Summer sisters remains a favorite of mine many years after I read it. I love the tale of Victoria and Kaitlyn and their friendship as well as their growing into adulthood. It’s by far one of the best books Blume has ever written and one of the few adult books she has written.

One thing I found that surprised me is I found Victoria very difficult to like at least in gir
Michelle Smith
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jenny - Book Sojourner
For a 400 page book exploring the relationship between "summer sisters" and the relationships around them, this book was incredibly shallow. Despite the years of information we're given on these girls, watching them grow up since the age of 12, I never really felt that we are able to truly "know" them. We are told so much, but shown so little, especially in regards to Caitlin. The lack of knowing their minds kept me from really caring about them on a deeper level. These characters are such shall ...more
Tiffany PSquared
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Caitlin Somers chose me as her summer sister because I was smart but quiet. She knew I wouldn't ask a million questions and get in the way."

Vix is surprised when beautiful and popular Caitlin Somers asks her to spend the summer with her and her family at Martha's Vineyard the year they were both in 6th grade. How could she refuse? What follows is a sweeping narrative of the bond these "summer sisters" share throughout years of adventures, side by side and separated, both good and bad that w
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
Oct 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Sue Orvis
Sep 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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
Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer)
I loved this book! It was written so beautifully. I was in awe of this story of two girls and their friendship over the years. The story was bittersweet and sad, it had a profound effect on me. I highly recommend it.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book every year to kick off my summer and I love it each time. This book never gets old.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jul 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Barbara Short
Aug 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-oh-mine, , fiction
I was quite impressed by how much I adored this book. Having grown up reading Judy Blume as a girl, I wasn't sure what to expect from her adult fiction. I could not put this book down. It touched on so many different subjects, friendship, family, love, sex and what it means to care for someone so much that you put their needs before your own.

I cannot rave enough about "Summer Sisters."
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How did it make it to nearly 30 without this treasure in my life? Perfect solo beach day read.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have a horrible habit of reading one-star reviews before I've read a book in full (sometimes I read them before I start a book). I can't help myself ... they're so informative, and usually very funny! And patience has never been my strong suit (in certain ways, anyway). I mention this only because I wonder if I'd have liked Summer Sisters more if I hadn't gone ahead and read those reviews! Here's the thing, though ... even if I hadn't done that, I don't think I'd have enjoyed it much more.

Apr 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: advisory
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
Julie Paugh
Aug 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
This was really an awful attempt at storytelling. If it hadn't been such a breezy read, I probably would have abandoned it. As a kid, I enjoyed her books but her skill set as a writer did not seem to evolve as she ventured into adult fiction. I kept waiting for a story to emerge but none did. This book was dull beyond description, the characters were flat, one-dimensional. Blume wrote in a point-of-view that was constantly flitting from one unimportant character to the next. I mean really, who c ...more
Reannon Peterson
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant novel. Like some others have said, I loved Judy Blume's books as a kid so was interested to find this novel for adults.
I was pleasantly surprised and blown away at the detail of this book.
This was the best book I had read - possibly still remains my favourite book of all.
I highly recommend it.
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