Saturday, January 11

Book Review: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Summer SistersAuthor: Judy Blume 
Title: Summer Sisters
Genre: YA, Romance, Fiction, Chick Lit
Pages: 416 
Published: 1998
Where I Got It: My shelf (Gift from a friend)

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...

Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin has begged Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go—for the friend whose casual betrayals she remembers all too well. Because Vix wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend—her summer sister—still has the power to break her heart...

Read this for book club. Which was perfect because a friend gave this to me as a gift a while back.

The story follows Vix/Victoria who's life changed forever when Caitlin Somers chose her to be her friend. Caitlin welcomed Vix into her family and summer vacations to Martha's Vineyard. From there they become friends for life and summer sisters. However, something happened and it broke their friendship apart and they barely talk. Caitlin asks Vix to be her maid of honor . Even with all the betrayals and years of being apart, Vix agrees.

Poor Vix. I feel so bad for her. Caitlin is a terrible, terrible person. I won't go into all examples so I can avoid spoilers, but one thing that really bugged me. Caitlin decided to get married on Vix's birthday and then had the nerve to make a joke about it. *SPOILER ALERT* And you have the nerve to do this AND marry Vix's first boyfriend/love. *SPOILER END* You spoiled, selfish brat.

Okay - so I don't hate Caitlin as much as I throwing insults at her. She has serious problems. I really think the lady needs therapy. However, I can't really forgive her for all the terrible things she did as an adult. Little Caitlin and teenager Caitlin...sure, but adult terrible to everyone who loves her.

That ending was sad. Super sad. However, it left slightly open-ended and I liked it. It really is good for conversation especially for the book club meeting I had for this book. I go back and forth about my opinion on what happened. But I am leaning towards one way.

This really was a good book. It makes you think and I feel like you connect with someone. I can really relate Vix so I can't really be mad at her for keeping falling into Caitlin's world and stay loyal to her and love her. I feel like we all have a Caitlin in our lives. Someone who we can't stop loving. Maybe a family member or friend. I know I do for sure. This book does make you feel all the emotions and makes you think about yourself.

All-in-all, this is a book worth the read. It makes you feel all the emotions from anger, to sadness, to even happiness. It is also a good book for discussions like book club ;). I shall stamp this with 4 stars.


Blodeuedd said...

I HAD to read the spoiler

Carole Rae said...

Hahahaha I'm bad too ;)