I'm pretty sure it's impossible to think of Judy Blume and not think of the classic books we read as kids about growing up and learning about the birds and the bees. I have fond memories of reading all of the Fudge books, Are You there God? It's Me, Margaret and, of course, Forever.
When Judy Blume released the adult novel, Summer Sisters, I was still in high school. Since then I think I have read this book many many times over. My copy is bent up and pages are beginning to fall out. I love this story and will probably continue rereading every once in awhile!
When Victoria Leonard answers the phone in her Manhattan
office, Caitlin's voice catches her by surprise. Vix hasn't talked to
her oldest friend in months. Caitlin's news takes her breath away--and
Vix is transported back in time, back to the moment she and Caitlin
Somers first met, back to the casual betrayals and whispered confessions
of their long, complicated friendship, back to the magical island where
two friends became summer sisters.
Caitlin dazzled Vix from the
start, sweeping her into the heart of the unruly Somers family, into a
world of privilege, adventure, and sexual daring. Vix's bond with her
summer family forever reshapes her ties to her own, opening doors to
opportunities she had never imagined--until the summer she falls
passionately in love. Then, in one shattering moment on a moonswept
Vineyard beach, everything changes, exposing a dark undercurrent in her
extraordinary friendship with Caitlin that will haunt them through the
As their story carries us from Santa Fe to Martha's Vineyard,
from New York to Venice, we come to know the men and women who shape
their lives. And as we follow the two women on the paths they each
choose, we wait for the inevitable reckoning to be made in the fine
spaces between friendship and betrayal, between love and freedom.
Sisters is a riveting exploration of the choices that define our lives,
of friendship andlove, of the families we are born into and those we
struggle to create. For every woman who has ever had a friend too
dangerous to forgive and too essential to forget, Summer Sisters will
glue you to every
The story has a very "Beaches" feel to it (also one of my favorite movies!), but it is still unique and original. The emotions that Vix goes through are so easy to relate to and it's hard not to fall in love with Vix and be entranced by Caitlin (even if you do want to smack her).
If you haven't read this book, you should pick up a copy and read it this summer. You'll remember why you loved Judy Blume!
Today I am linking up with Heather - if you need something good to read, just check out the recs from all of the fabulous bloggers that link up each week!