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Here's to You, Rachel Robinson

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,645 ratings  ·  259 reviews
Rachel's a straight-A student, on every teacher's wish list of Natural Helpers. But she grinds her teeth at night and dreads dinnertime, now that her troublemaker brother has been expelled from boarding school and is now home. Matters are complicated by Rachel's crush on his tutor, her older sister's acne problem, and her friendships with Stephanie and Alison.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published 2001 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published October 1st 1993)
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Teen Novel Girl He was always bugging her and causing problems for her and her family, AAAA so many times I've wanted to thwap Charles each time I read this book.…moreHe was always bugging her and causing problems for her and her family, AAAA so many times I've wanted to thwap Charles each time I read this book. (less)

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Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I had a copy of this so I could go straight to it after finishing, 'Just As Long As We're Together'. This would have been a perfect book for me to read as a kid -- while I wasn't a gifted child, I would have related to Rachel in so many ways, in particular her worrying and her inability to express that worry. Even now I have to say this book about a thirteen year old was surprisingly cathartic!
I really liked the way Rachel's older sisters acne was discussed so openly and frankly,
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You know, sometimes I am very embarrassed by the quantity of teen fiction I still enjoy, but I'm not by this one. I really do think this is Blume's most underappreciated, if not because it strikes a real chord with me. When I first read this book, I wanted to be Rachel Robinson. I wanted to be in super advanced math, to make out with a Jeremy Dragon, to have a lending library on my bookshelf that my friends could come and go when they pleased (I definitely tried this, too - didn't work). And ...more
Judy Blume's Here's to You, Rachel Robinson is the sequel to her Just as Long as We're Together and does, in fact and of course feature many of the same characters, except that while in Just as Long as We're Together, it is Stephanie Hirsch who narrates and whose story is for the most part being told, Here's to You, Rachel Robinson is narrated by Stephanie's best friend Rachel (or rather by one of Stephanie's best friends, as Alison Monceau is also part of the team now). And therefore, Here's to ...more
Jun 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The sequel to my all time favorite Judy Blume book Just as Long as Were Together . Jeremy Dragon returns and Rachel says the F*word. Yep, I was totally shocked and could not believe it. I think it made me love it more. :)
Diana Welsch
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I don't know how she does it, but Judy Blume really nails what it's like to be a kid/teen. I recently reread Just as Long as We're Together, which really stuck with me from my childhood even though I only read it once, and when I found out about this sequel, I knew I had to read it.

Here's to You, Rachel Robinson was just as good as Just as Long as We're Together. It's from Rachel's perspective instead of Stephanie's. Rachel is the super-achiever who is pushed by her parents, friends, and school
Heather McC
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Rachel Robinson, a wise beyond her years tween, still has plenty of life lessons to learn. Often described as being 'mature for her age' (according to her mother, she was born 35), and a prodigy, Rachel feels herself starting to crumble under high expectations and family pressure. This high achiever will need her best friends, Stephanie and Alison, to navigate another year of firsts. A companion to 'Just as Long As We're Together', Rachel is a kindred spirit for anyone who's ever tried a little ...more
Mar 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tween
This is the sequel to Just as Long as We're Together. I read it when I was a little older than when I read the first one. I didn't like it anywhere near as much. This one follows the character of Rachel and doesn't deal with the friend issues as much as family.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
First off, the sibling dynamic in this book was PERFECT. Especially between Charles, Jess, and Rachel. Judy Blume completely nailed just how siblings get under your skin (in a way only siblings can). I couldn't help laughing at how mad Rachel would get at her friends for not sharing her hate for her big brother. I also felt slightly bad for Charles, he was just trying to find himself in a family that paid little attention to him. I hope they get things figured out, I did like that towards the ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Judy Blume must have written this book after I quit reading young adult fiction, because I had never heard of it until I started looking for books to read for this "challenge" I am participating in.

In many Judy Blume books, there seems to be some physical condition that is an obstacle. In this one, the main character is not the one with the physical condition, it's the older sister, and she has cystic acne.

Don't worry, the protagonist has plenty of problems of her own. She is an overachieving
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
A good reminder of how real anxieties are at age 13. I also love how Judy Blume's books capture the concerns and flaws of both kids and the adults in their lives. Unfortunately, this book didn't feel like a complete story.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Logan Hughes
tl;dr Extremely lackluster sequel to Just as Long as We're Together has none of its charm.

Ack, I need to stop writing these reviews in Goodreads!! I keep losing them when my browser does something weird. I wrote a really long and good one, but you'll have to reconstruct it in your mind from these notes:

* Nothing like Just as Long as We're Together (hitherto JLWT). More conventional structure, central storyline & longer chapters, not slice of life vignettes.

* Rachel much worse POV character
*** Verdict of 2011 ***: Four stars. One of those books that feel so real. Loved the ending, too. I have to find out if there is a book about Allison, too.

***On re-reading in 2018 ***: No, sadly, there is no Alison-story.

After reading this book a second time I am handing over the missing star. I certainly was no poster pupil like Rachel and I was constantly fighting my parents myself, but I was similarly frustrated with my sister, felt helpless and manipulated. She lent my books and clothes to
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Alyssa Nelson
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Im consistently surprised by how there seems to be a Blume book for every type of kid/young adult out there. This one is geared towards those kids who are a little bit more mature and stress out a lot about being perfect and successful and overexert themselves. This book follows Rachel through trying to have a normal life while also dealing with a brother who has been expelled from boarding school and continuously antagonizes her.

The thing I loved most about this book is that Rachel is
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Rachel Robinson is a straight-A student and is often referred to by other people especially her friends as 'genius' or 'perfect'. But ever since her brother Charles came back from his school because he was expelled, she's now referred to by him as 'the child prodigy'.

I admired Rachel's straight-A personality. Since I am an obedient student like her I know how it feels, although she's an almost perfect student while I'm a
Natsuki Nakazawa
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, called "Here's to You, Rachel Robinson" is story about family, friends and love. The main character, Rachel is good student who always get A grades. However, her brother Charles is totally opposite from her: he was just expelled from school. Rachel is always bothered by Charles and she does not like him very much. Even though she has problems with her brother, she truly enjoys her school life with her best friends and she secretly begins to love Paul, who is a tutor of Charles'.

C.A. *I'm back!*
5 stars. I loved this book, but I think I'm just biased. I was so pleased to find out that there was a sequel to Just as Long as We're Together that Judy Blume probably could've just smashed her hands on keyboard and printed that out and I would've been satisfied.

But biased or not, I felt this book was just as good as the one in the series. That means it was pretty dang good. Like the last one, it felt real, and well paced, and well written, and convincing and it got you emotionally invested.
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book (especially as a kid) but it's problematic. It doesn't even seem very Judy-like, in that it feels unfinished and spotty. The setup and premise are great, but so many holes and a really abrupt ending. I was interested in where this huge issue with Rachel's brother ended up, but felt let down by where that went (being vague to avoid spoilers). This book just feels like a decent first draft that needed more work. Which is a bummer because so many of us loved Just As Long ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The follow-up to "Just As Long As We're Together" and told from the perspective another of the friends in the little trio. JALAWT will always have a special place in my heart because I read it so much as a tween/teen (and I read this book just once), but as an adult, I think I like this story a little better. The character of Rachel has a lot going on beneath the surface, and I like how Judy Blume presents the Rachel's rebellious brother in a really multi-faceted three-dimensional way despite ...more
Liyan Sun
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my second time reading the book Here's to You, Rachel Robinson, and it's even better than the first time. The main character Rachel is a worrier. She worries a lot about everything, friends, Charles (her rude older brother), and more. She is also obsessively organized and perfect, making it worse, she's also the tallest girl in her grade. This makes her seem like she has a tough life, mainly because her troublemaking brother got expelled from his boarding school and is going to start ...more
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
I did't love this book. It is my least favourite Judy Blume book ever, and I have always been a big fan. In fact, Just As Long As We're Together, the companion book to this one, was always one of my favourites. This book was quite boring, plotless, and meandering--sort of watered down Judy Blume. Disappointing. But hey, you can't win 'em all, right? Even if you are Judy Blume. Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself can't happen every time.
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't as big a fan of this when i was younger. My heart belonged to Steph in Just as Long as We're Together. But now, as a neutotic 27 year old perfectionist, I realise Rachel is my spirit animal. So here's to you, Rachel Robinson. I wish I had identified with you sooner.
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: straight A students and those who'd love to be one.
I learned thru this book the value of family ties.
Sep 24, 2007 rated it liked it
I read this in fifth grade and absolutely hated the inclusion of the f-word.
Sofia Fitzpatrick
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sofia by: Isabel Corrigan
This was an amazing, inspiring book. I absolutely LOVED it!
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middlegrade
This book had a little more meat to it than Stephanie's book (Just as Long as We're Together) but was quite short.

Rachel is more mature (and her mind seems to ramble less than Stephanie's). I feel like Stephanie's book was more wholesome and covered the everyday challenges and thrills of growing up...her parents' split, her weight gain, and negotiating her changing friendships and school relationships. Rachel's book gave us a really different perspective. Rachel is a neurotic perfectionist and
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
If you need a book that will make you relaxed and less stressed about the world around you, I truly suggest Judy Blumes book Heres to you Rachel Robinson. This book is not very action-packed physically or emotionally but the plot of this book is intriguing for the reader. Heres to you Rachel Robinson is about a girl, Rachel, whos life would be the best it ever could if only her older brother, Charles, would just act like everyone else in the family and not be such an attention seeker. Rachel ...more
Julie Morales
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Judy Blume writes about the obstacles faced while growing up in such a way that, no matter how old you are, you can picture yourself going through some of the things she writes about. Her characters come alive and are definitely realistic.
Rachel is finishing the seventh grade with her friends, Allison and Stephanie. She's just like any other 13-year-old on the outside, but all she can focus on is how she's different, because that's what everyone is always pointing out to her. She loves music and
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I had to think about this before posting my thoughts.

While this is a nice follow up to "Just As Long As We're Together", I feel like it had some issues, mostly regarding Rachel's brother, Charles. I guess I feel that way because in the first book, and the beginning of"Here's to You-", you first get the sense that Rachel is AFRAID of her brother for some reason. But a major reason is never brought out, other than that Charles is verbally abusive and MAJORLY disrespectful of his parents and
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