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#BlumeALong: Summer Sisters

July 21, 2015 | 2 comments


 

Thanks to Kerry, this is the summer I finally read Judy Blume. We started with Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret in June, and read Summer Sisters in July.

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret left me a bit underwhelmed. I didn’t dislike it. I just didn’t quite connect with it. It was a good book, but I wish I had read it when I was a teenager. I think (hope) it had resonated more with my 13 year self.

I was slightly hesitant about reading Summer Sisters. It’s one of the most often mentioned books when you talk about Judy Blume and I was worried it would leave me as underwhelmed as Are You There God… . I’ve always had this idea in my head that I would really like Judy Blume’s books, but what if I was wrong?

I was not.

I loved Summer Sisters. Once I got past the first few chapters, I could not put it down. It was an easy read, yet complicated. The friendship between Victoria and Caitlin felt very real and honest, and Blume did an excellent job describing how that friendship developed over time.

Although Victoria is the narrator for most of the book, almost all other characters have at least a section that is told from their point of view. Normally, this is something that instantly would make me dislike the book, but here each break added something to the story that the reader would not be privy to if Victoria was the sole narrator. I found myself looking forward to the next one, wondering what little piece of the puzzle it would reveal.

If the rest of Blume’s books are as good as Summer Sisters, I cannot wait to read them all.

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