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The Same Sweet Girls

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,246 Ratings  ·  401 Reviews
The new novel by the celebrated author of The Sunday Wife chronicles the lives of a tight-knit group of lifelong friends. None of the Same Sweet Girls are really girls anymore and none of them have actually ever been that sweet. But this spirited group of Southern women, who have been holding biannual reunions ever since they were together in college, are nothing short of ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I did not expect much from this book, thought it would be yet another story of the friendship among a group of women. However, I was pleasantly surprised. There actually is depth and grit here. The author alternates her focus among the characters so the reader is able to get each women's perspective and therefore, comes to understand and sympathize with their decisions. The women deal with real life issues. And, like so many of the best novels, it is set in the south! Reminiscent of Patricia Gaf ...more
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
We read this for book club. Most of the girls thought it was ok... I loved it. It really made me think. Friendship is so important, as women we become so wrapped up in the lives of our husbands and children, and we often forget to cultivate the things that we once loved to do. It really made me think about how important it is to live MY life, not just help my husband and child live theirs. To keep a little bit of selfishness alive, and do the things I love. I was also hit hard by the saying "You ...more
CAssandra King is a local writer who I have just started to read. Of the books of hers I have read, this is my favorite so far. She took a group of distinct personalities and wove them together in an interesting tale. Funny thing is that part of the setting is my beloved Georgia mountains. When the girls are up at Blue Mountain, I pictured RAbun County in my mind and felt right at home in the hollows and havens of those lush Southern Appalacian hills. While this is a book definitely geared towar ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cassandra King excels at development of characters and great storytelling. The girls of this book still rumble around in my head and I expect they will stay there always. Innumerable sequels could follow this novel because the book ends with the reader wanting to know much more about these characters. But these characters initially belonged to Cassandra King who so graciously shared them with us and whether she shares them with us again is rightly her choice.

Six college friends who are now appro
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I had a little difficulty getting into this book, but once I did, I wanted to finish it. There are many books about women's realtionships. This is not a particularly good one.

In thinking about the characters in the book, I don't think I would want to befriend any of them. I wonder which character we were supposed to identify with. None of the women were pleasant. There are six female characters in the Same Sweet Girls group, but the story is told from the point of view of three of them. Of the s
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, i-own
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Isn’t it time to retire the ‘friends since college, friends ‘til the end, and one of them is ill?’ theme?

There was nothing new in this book that hasn’t been seen before, and done considerably better (Elizabeth Berg & Patricia Gaffney to mention two).

Julia, Astor, Byrd, Lanier, Corrine and Rosanelle have been friends since college. They have gone their separate ways, yet they meet twice a year. They call themselves The Same Sweet Girls, and during their yearly get togethers they choose a Que
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a book about friendship and acceptance. Not all of the characters were loveable; some of their actions were reprehensible. The story, however, was captivating. The book was about mature women, not some doe eyed young things. They have life histories and complications. They have made mistakes and have supported one another-some more so than others. They dealt with situations and confronted their demons. Some had troubled or unusual marriages. Some had affairs, some resisted. They were no ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women, groups of friends, fans of Southern literature
This is the story of six Southern women, and the bonds of friendship that see them through the difficulties of adult life. It serves as a reminder that we can love each other better by embracing the imperfections in others, instead of judging or reprimandin them. It boasts one of the most beautifully poignant, powerful, and memorable endings I've ever read in a book. I could go on, but let me just give you this recommendation and leave it at that. If you like "Southern" literature, and if you en ...more
Roxie Gallinger
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was a page turner...about woman that get together once a year since they were all younger...they all have a story to tell and the author of this book keeps you interested and gets you to turn the pages and not want it to book is falling apart now because it is one that i like to read and has stayed on my bookshelf since i first read it a few years ago...i really loved this one and it also gives you a surprise ending that makes you want to cry...
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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My first thought on starting this book was that it's very similar, though less campy than The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love. One part SPQ, one part Ya-Ya, and one part Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons, I loved this book, but was also disappointed by it. I find myself totally drawn to books like this -- I love the stories about female relationships. But I have to admit disappointment in the talking-behind-each-others'-backs aspect of it.

The Julian (first lady) story line fascinated me, and I
Knowing a book has settings of local hometown places makes one a little more excited to read the book. But after reading some of the reviews I had almost decided that it would be too 'sappy' for me. Maybe it was just the right time in my life to be reading this, but I laughed and yes, I bawled like a baby. I adored this book. Each of the characters had her own unique set of issues and flaws yet they came together beautifully and like true friendship, they were able to balance each other. A great ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was very up and down. Well, it was actually down, up, then down. I had a hard time getting pulled into the story in the beginning, but then the plot picked up. I was very intrigued by the conflict between these women. I was so caught up in this that it just suddenly dropped out of interest. I literally lost interest in this book within the last 40 pages or so. I got the jist of the story, but it wasn't as captivating at the summary led me to believe.
Jul 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable and quick read, though sometimes I wished for a bit more understanding about the relationships between these women. It feels a bit like relationships with friends you've had a long time. You just know they're there and you can count on them, but there's a lot about the relationship that goes unexamined. The end left me a bit unresolved b/c but mostly because I wanted to know what happens as their lives move forward.
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Okay story...did not love it and I was kind of bored reading it. A group of girlfriends from college who get together ever year..blah, blah, blah. But the girls didn't seem to like each other very much....I kept thinking "why bother pretending to be friends"?

Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Found it to be a somewhat cliche friendship story. The characters had issues and were not perfect, but they didn't seem real to me, either. How can you be good friends for 30 years and truly not know a person?
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
It was ok. Again, college friends who get together each year and catch up with their lives. A good concept but I just didn't care about the characters. Too whiney for me and again, one disastrous thing after another. I seem to be in a gloomy book phase I MUST get out of!!
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
As soon as I quit bawling I'll write a review.

Even though this wasn't a Christian novel, the ending made me think of what we'll look like when we enter Heaven.
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Good books about friendship.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Could not get into this book. Too many main characters that were too similar to keep up with and too much backstory not enough story.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Chris by: The Novel Women Book Club
Sorry, this was a forgetable snoozer for me.
May 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Currently listening to on audio...

Did not like this at all... Had a nice storyline, but nothing touching... and it really could have been...
Karen Dwyer
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Hard to read. The book had ADD. Too bad because her other books are really good.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
There were definitely things I didn't like about this book, yet I couldn't put it down. So overall an entertaining read.
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A hokey novel of six Southern life-long friends. I found it mediocre and maudlin.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet and funny yet sad as well....but a wonderful story of friendship
Apr 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
gave up on it after about 25 pages...the women were just too "southern" stereotypical and i wasn't prepared for another 375 pages of the same
May 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
Could NOT get into this...didn't finish it which is almost a never for me! I just was in the mood for something with more substance!
Jun 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book.
It had too many goofy characters in it...
I really wanted to like it since I'm in a group of women that meet up regularly. But, it wasn't for me.
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CASSANDRA KING, who has been called “the Queen of Southern storytelling,” is the author of six novels, Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, Moonrise, and The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to Life, as well as numerous short stories, essays and articles. Moonrise, her fifth novel, is set in Highlands, North Carolina. A native of Alabama, Cassandra resides in Beaufor ...more
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