In Summer Sisters, her third novel for adults, the author again explores the ramifications of love–and lust–on two friends. Initially, the differences between Caitlin Somers and Victoria Leonard (or “Vix,” as Caitlin christens her) draw them together: privileged Caitlin is wild and outspoken, beautiful but emotionally fragile, while working-class Vix is shy, reserved, and plain in comparison. After Caitlin selects Vix to accompany her to her father’s home in Martha’s Vineyard for the summer, the two become inextricably connected as “summer sisters.”
On the Vineyard, Vix and Caitlin first find love, then sex–and lots of it. Yet Blume soon moves beyond hot fun in the summer sun, tracing the romantic and familial travails of the two from pre-adolescence to adulthood. Solid Vix evolves into Victoria, an equally solid, Harvard-educated, Manhattan public-relations exec. Unpredictable Caitlin opts out of college and travels to Europe, where she has a string of short-lived affairs with a series of intriguing (in every sense of the word) foreigners. It is only after she returns to the Vineyard that Caitlin does the unthinkable, forever changing both her friendship with Vix and their lives. Blume once again proves herself a master of the female psyche, and Summer Sisters is likely to entertain both her postadolescent and more mature readers.
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When i first came across this book i was quite skeptical, but yet i took a plunge and read it… It started off quite well… the book was about the relationship of two girls.. one a level headed smart girl and the other.. a slut.. Its a great story in which the author shows us exactly how these two girls… worlds apart in personality, become best friends… or as they call it.. summer sisters.
In my honest opinion i thought the book was a great relaxing read, but yet it lacked and missed a lot of information on some parts that i can only imagine that the author didnt have much to say so she made it more of a mystery. So there we have in one instance this girl Caitlin who travels the world over sleeping with men like she changed her clothes. When all of a sudden they say two of her friends die and she comes back and wants a life of peace. That part confused men tremendously. So the readers are left confused. We dont know how thw friends died. We are not told of her relationship with them for her to be sooo devastated and a person who didnt care about cheating on her best friend, leaving her husband and daughter and running off to another country was hurt coz of this?????????? well im sorry to say to all you Judy blume fans but that was just soo not thought of by the author.