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Sister of the Bride

(First Love #4)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,613 ratings  ·  126 reviews

Barbara can hardly believe her older sister is getting married. With all the excitement of wedding plans going on, Barbara can't help dreaming of the day she will be the bride. She can't wait to fall in love.

But as the big day gets closer, wedding planning often turns into family arguments. Even the bride and groom are bickering over details, and Barbara's fun-loving siste

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Published (first published 1963)
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Rachel Aranda
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I was given this book to read by my mom since I'm getting married this June. When I held it I thought the cover was very cute but I didn't have much faith that this book would be super good. I'm happy to say that I was wrong as I read this book in 1-2 days.

This book is told from the perspective of 16 year old Barbara MacLane. She's a girl who hasn't given much thought to her future and tends to live in the now. When her impractical sister Rosemary shares a secret about her being engaged a whole
Although I have found the time and place specific datedness of Beverly Cleary's First Love series of teenage romance novels both interesting and an enlightening sojourn into and through 1950s and with the fourth instalment, with her 1963 Sister of the Bride early 1960s American culture and life (especially with regard to school, romance and family), I do have to admit that I have not really all that much enjoyed Sister of the Bride as a reading experience in and of itself. For one, sorry, but I ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susann by: Laurie & Kate
Shelves: re-read
I can't choose a favorite Cleary YA book, but I'd bet that Cleary had the most fun while writing this one. Really wish I could have stayed in the room while Rosemary had it out with her parents:
"And what about children?" Mr. MacLane was demanding as Barbara and Gordy were leaving the house. "Have you thought about them?"
"Of course we have thought about children," was Rosemary's heated answer.

Just how detailed a response did Rosemary provide?

With every re-read, this book gets better and
I am so sad I finished the series. They were so perfect for summer. I wish I found these when I was a teenager. In any case, I enjoyed them as much as I would back at school.
Sister of the Bride was for more mature audience than the other three.

Miss Cleary has become so dear to me, as if I've known her whole my life. Dear Miss Cleary, thank you for letting me be part of your made up, but so realistic world.


My reading this year seems to go in pendulum swings from the horrific to the sublime. After the punch in the solar plexus that was The Power, I went to this sweet story of two sisters in the early 1960s, one of whom (Rosemary) has just gotten engaged and the other (Barbara) who is a junior in high school trying to find a boyfriend.

I loved Beverly Cleary's The Luckiest Girl when I was in middle school. That was the book that started my dream of living in California and even gave me some decent
First sentence: I guess this is just one of those days, thought Barbara MacLane on her way home from school one bright afternoon late in April. She was not alone. She was walking beside a boy, a very tall boy, but their thoughts were like those famous parallel lines that lie in the same plane but never meet.

Premise/plot: Barbara, a junior in high school, is always playing catch up with her older sister, Rosemary, who is a freshman in college. One day Barbara gets a phone call from her sister. Ca
I just found this on my Goodreads shelf with NO STARS. I don't know why, but I can assure you that it was some terrible mistake on my part. A slip of the finger on the keyboard.

I love everything Beverly Cleary ever wrote, and this is no exception! Completely different from her Ramona books, intended for teens back in the day but suitable for older middle readers now, this is the story of a girl whose sister is getting married. As usual with Cleary, she takes such a simple premise and makes it f
Eliza Noel
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a cute little book! It was fun seeing all the wedding preparations from a younger sister of the bride’s perspective.
Carolyn Page
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Barbara! She's got a backbone and I remember going through some of these feelings myself... Some of them during my own wedding prep!

Beverly Clearly is a gem.
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Barbara Maclane is sixteen years old, and has barely begun to have an interest in boys. She sometimes walks home with Tootie Bodger, a trombone player in the school band, but her kindness toward him is more sympathetic than romantic, and her thirteen-year-old brother's disgusting eating habits and poor manners don't exactly do anything to improve her opinion of the opposite sex. Still, when her older sister Rosemary, who is only 18, comes hom
Jun 24, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance novel junkies in training
Shelves: young-adult
More squeaky clean teen romance. At least that's the way I remember it. ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read for me but it has been a long time since I read it. Growing up, I LOVED Beverly Cleary’s books, especially the Ramona Quimby series. So when I discovered years ago that she wrote four young adult romance books I had to read them. They were written in the late 50’s, early 60’s so I doubt that many young readers today would be interested or understand the references and language of that period. But for me, this book was just what the doctor ordered during these crazy times we li ...more
I know I read this book as a teen, but I didn't remember much about it. I love that it was written from the point of view of the younger sister, not the bride. It is both a unique perspective, but also spoke to a group of young girls who often feel left out and ignored, one of Ms. Cleary's specialties. Is it dated? Most certainly. Originally published in 1963, that was 4 years before my parents got married. But I like that even then, Rosemary's young age is commented upon several times. And many ...more
Logan Hughes
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
A teenager's views of love and marriage gradually become more mature as she witnesses her older sister's frustratingly practical engagement and wedding. There is a "first love" dating subplot for the main character, Barbara, but isn't particularly filled out (compared to, say, Fifteen) because that's not the point. Bride Rosemary is sharp and well-drawn. As the wedding plans unfold with delicious detail, characters butt heads over opposite but totally understandable beliefs about love, adulthood ...more
Jennifer Hughes
My daughter just eats up these sweet, old-fashioned Beverly Cleary teen romances. I'm reading this at her urging! It is a cute book, but my favorite one of these "First Love" books is, and I think always will be, Fifteen.
Update: I finished this and thought it was cute but not as fun as some other Cleary books. The strange thing for me was that I remember feeling some of the very kinds of things when my older sister got married, yet reading it in Barb's voice just wasn't that interesting. I felt
How strange it must have been to be a teenager in the 60's. Women were becoming more emancipated but there was still a lot of "women's work". I feel sorry for Rosemary being bent into the roll of wife because she is in love so young. I'm glad I finally read this book but I think it no longer YA but JF. ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-read
One of the four books in the "coming of age" category by Beverly Cleary. Cute, very early 1960's. This one was more about the wedding instead of Barbara's boy troubles or high school. And this girl has a younger brother! My favorite of these books is "The Luckiest Girl". ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wouldn't really recommend for a modern read- the father constantly marginalizes his wife and daughters, and this is portrayed as normal and healthy. Education for women is not portrayed as very important.

It is an entertaining read, but it doesn't have a lot to offer a teen today.
Sharon Falduto
Funny story about this book- I picked it up while at a Girl Scout sleepover and it was at the little camp library. I got it about half finished and then we had to leave, and it was not at either of my libraries, so I ordered it from

Anyway, it was a really nice read--Beverly Cleary really knows the adolescent mind, which it turns out hasn't really changed in the 50 years since this book was written. Barbara finds out that her older sister is getting married, and navigates the mixed emot
Allison Preston
Barbara MacLane's older sister Rosemary, all of eighteen and a college freshman with braces on her teeth, is getting married! As Rosemary dreams of the perfect life, and the MacLane family plan the perfect wedding, Barbara dreams about the big day and all its excitement. Will she want to get married young, or will Barbara want to live a completely different life.

There's two boys who seemingly like Barbara (shy, not-so-confident Tootie, and brash, handsome, cookie loving Bill), lots of wedding gi
Allison Renner
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween, ya
No illustrations because this is a young adult book. This novel has less of a "first love" plot than the previous three.

Barbara finds out that her sister Rosemary is getting married after her first year of college. Barbara gets swept up in planning her sister's wedding since Rosemary doesn't seem to care much about it. There are some issues with Barbara wondering who her wedding date will be, which groomsmen might be single, and which neighborhood boy she might marry when she's her sister's age
Judith And
I had never read this author before so I did not realize when I picked it up that the book is for a YA audience. I taught high school for thirty-five years and my opinion is that high school kids would find this book too outdated to read. It took me back to the fifties and sixties at best. Girls in dresses, calling home from a college dorm on a payphone in the hallway, Chattanooga Choochoo was a song playing on the radio. I don't think current middle school kids would get the transformative spir ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't a fan of the topic in this story. It felt very outdated and not in a cute, watching Leave it to Beaver, nostalgia way. The obsession with getting married and being a good wife was kinda weird and especially since these books were aimed at teens. This one wasn't the cute feel good love story I had wanted, unfortunately. I didn't hate it and there were some lovely moments in the story but I also wouldn't recommend this one either. ...more
What's a girl to do when her sister announces she's getting married in a matter of weeks, and suddenly you're "just" the sister of the bride? A fun look at both wedding insanity and the trials and tribulations of being 16 to your sister's bridal glory, Barbara has many universal struggles and thoughts - girls of all ages can relate, and those of us far beyond HS can rejoice we're not still dealing with that *and* the questions, ha. ...more
Chloe Eliason
The hectic feeling of having an older sibling getting married is something to which I can easily relate. As the wedding gets closer, and the plans get more hurried and frantic, everyone seems ready to jump at each others throats and start a fight. I loved Barbara's ready to go attitude with romance. That was something that she needed to check off a list, and she had a plan to get it!
Published prior to 1965
Jennifer Neuschwander
Loved it. Beverly Cleary is a favorite author of mine and this book did not disappoint. Her books are a bit dated (this one was written 55 years ago), but her characters are so endearing and human nature has not changed. She keenly understood the universal (and timeless) angsts and concerns of young people. She still manages to capture my attention and imagination in a way that few authors do.
Jeff M. Blickle
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was interesting to see the maturity in her writing get better as each of these books come out. As a child I have read just about everything she has written. These 4 in this series, but not a series were ones I had missed.
Kathleen Vincenz
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Gem

No wonder I fondly remember reading it in middle school. It has fun, love, and a bit of seriousness. For a book written in 1960s, it says eighteen is too young to marry. Instead, enjoy your youth, go to college, try things.
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this nostalgic and innocent book. It wasn’t super exciting but it was good. I loved the author’s Jean and Johnny, Fifteen, and The Luckiest Girl when I was a pre-teen/young teen. I wanted to BE the girl in The Luckiest Girl back then. 😃
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At

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