‘Summer Sisters’ by Judy Blume

Judy Blume dominated my tween reading – her books are still memorable nearly thirty years after I first read them.

When I picked up Summer Sisters (Judy Blume for adults) it was like meeting up with an old friend. The writing style was familiar and the characters comfortingly familiar – ordinary girls with ordinary problems.

Summer Sisters is about Victoria Leonard, who is befriended by the dazzling and charismatic Caitlin Somers. Caitlin invites Victoria to holiday with her family at Martha’s Vineyard and from there Victoria’s life changes forever. Filled with the all the complexities of intense, complicated female friendships, Summer Sisters has moments of laughter, tears, betrayals and love.

I picked it up as a beach read and it was perfect. It’s not a complicated story but it is compelling! In the same way that I’ve never thought of the name ‘Ralph’ without a little giggle after reading Blume’s Forever decades ago, Summer Sisters will have you smiling about ‘The National Treasure’, ‘the Package’ and ‘the Power’.

Enjoy Summer Sisters with a cold lemonade.

4/5 – because it delivered exactly what it promised – a good summer read.

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  5. Thanks for reminding me that this should be on my to be read list. I read Forever when I was waaaaaay too young, having churned through every other book of hers. It left quite an impression on my ten year old brain.

    • Yikes. Forever when you were ten?! I’m sure it did leave an impression 😀

      To my mind, Judy Blume’s books hold up for kids today although I don’t know why I think that, given that I haven’t re-read any for decades. Obviously there are things that would seem odd (like the technology used) but I guess the core problems and relationship challenges are the same. I’m almost tempted to do a complete Judy re-read…

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