Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#14: Summer Sisters (Judy Blume)

on August 7, 2016

The final book on my summer to-read shelf was Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. If you are familiar with Blume’s works for young adults — most notably, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret – it should come as no surprise that this work for adults is also a coming-of-age story of two teen girls.

Victoria and Caitlin come from different worlds. Victoria, nicknamed Vix, comes from a middle class family living in New Mexico. Caitlin is the wealthy daughter of divorced parents and splits her time between Santa Fe and Martha’s Vineyard. As fate would have it, the two girls become “summer sisters”, spending their school vacations together on the island. The teens learn much about life, love, sex, and loss together.

When tragedy strikes Vix’s family, the two girls begin to grow apart. Victoria becomes the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the foundation managed by Caitlin’s family. This award allows her to attend Harvard and pursue her academic dreams. Caitlin chooses to forego school and travels the world. As the novel progresses, it is clear that Vix is the focus of Blume’s novel as her choices are often pitted against the “less desirable” ones made by Caitlin. The girls’ struggle through the beginnings of their careers and families as they face unwelcome realities.

This was certainly not my typical novel, but I chose it based upon Blume’s success in the young adult market. Despite the sexual exploits that appear throughout, the characters are nicely developed and their stories draw the reader into the novel. Summer Sisters is definitely a beach read, but not one of the best that I have ever experienced.

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