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Smart Women

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  4,735 Ratings  ·  266 Reviews
Margo and B.B. are each divorced, and each is trying to reinvent her life in Colorado-while their respective teenage daughters look on with a mixture of humor and horror. But even smart women sometimes have a lot to learn-and they will, when B.B.'s ex-husband moves in next door to Margo...
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Berkley (first published 1983)
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Sarah Colvin
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I own a tattered, aging copy of this book that I swiped from my mother as a teenager. This is one of those that I consider a "comfort book".

Growing up, I read a LOT of Judy Blume...the Superfudge, the Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing..Blubber..Are You There God, it's Me, 80s childhood simply wasn't complete without her.

This is one of her novels for grown-ups..and it's great. Sad and touching, but fun and light at the same time.

I read this in one go on a plane and, while its light, airy feel--a mix of very 80s melodrama and romance--was soothing when cooped up with complete strangers for 10 hours, it was also very annoying and trying. The main reason: I didn't really like any of the characters.

Like nearly every other woman who grew up in the late 70s or 80s, I'd read plenty Judy Blume teen fiction as a tween & teen, and mostly I enjoyed them, though I never counted them as 'literature'. Still, her realistic charact
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ugh! I used to LOVE Judy Blume as a kid, and somewhat into my adult hood! I remember reading "Are you there, God, It's me Margaret?" Which was such a pivotal book in my youth. And reading "Wifey" in high school, where my friends and I underlined and dog-earring the pages of a tattered paperback with "the good stuff" printed on it. So, naturally, all these years later, I thought I would love to read the only book I hadn't read by my once-favorite author. One written many years ago, but would fulf ...more
Madi J
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although none of the women in this book ever actually prove to be very smart, they are normal, real women with great stories and personalities. I love this book, just like all Judy Blume books. Everything feels so honest and real. I love the many voices and points of view of all the characters and how they all tangle together. Great book.
Casey O'neill
May 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was not about any smart women. It was about stupid women and their stupid mistakes. The main character is pitiful and we're supposed to feel sorry for her since she's all on her own and going through a divorce but I just couldn't go there. She made stupid decision which let to obvious consequences and a no-big-surprise-there divorce. Loved Judy Blume's books as a kid and I'll continue to read them to my children. She should have stuck to the kid books too. This one made me want to tear ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it

Who doesn't love the drama of a Judy Blume book? This was a different POV take on a lot of characters. The main was Margo, who after a divorce moved from NYC to Bolder, Colorado. She had 2 kids Michelle and Stuart. Her ex Freddy, a dentist, is remarried and in typical form plays the kids against her. I enjoyed the different POV and how what actually comes out of your mouth is rarely what you feel. I think A lot of Margo's behavior was more than honest. I think a lot of divorced woman hide their
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It gets 2 stars only because I think Judy Blume is a great writer and I've always liked her style, even if I hated the story, because otherwise I'd give it 1 star. I was appalled at the characters. All of them, every single one, both main and minor characters, were absolutely horrible people, who were incredibly miserable in their amoral, meaningless lives. The main characters were selfish and self-absorbed, failing as parents in every possible way. Their children were rebellious, undisciplined, ...more
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
My first Judy Blume book written for adults! While spontaneously updating Goodreads with all the Judy Blume books I'd read in my youth, I saw that I'd read fourteen in total, and figured I'd give the adult ones a try now that I'm, you know, an adult. This was an easy read, and it brought me back to reading Judy Blume books in childhood, as the writing style hadn't changed (when I was young I remember most noticing her plentiful use of ellipses in dialogue, and the way she often referred to items ...more
Sep 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women
great grown up judy blume read. reminiscent of adolscent judy blume reads. if you liked her as a teen, you'll love her more as an adult.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh Judy Blume. Seriously? What happened to the author I LOVED as a kid. To the energy and enthusiasm? This was just dreadful. I got to page 200 and then said to myself - why am I continuing to read this? It's about women my age who are all divorced and struggling and starting over. But it's written with so many stereotypes and so little energy. Blech.
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