My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Like so many others, I grew up on Judy Blume books. My most memorable ones being, Blubber and Are you there God? it's me, Margaret.
So, when I recently came across this book, I knew I had to have it.
This is a quintessential Judy Blume book. One can look at this as a coming of age read, but where most coming of age books stop, this moves on well into adulthood.
This is a story of two unlikely friends, Caitlyn Somers and Victoria Leonard, who are growing up in the 1970's. They come from opposite backgrounds. Caitlyn comes from money, while Victoria's family has to work hard for every penny. One summer, Caitlyn invites Victoria to come stay with her family vacation home at Martha's Vineyard. Victoria is excited to escape a summer of watching her younger siblings. But is also surprised that someone as amazing as Caitlyn would want to be friends, much less spend an entire summer with her.
And so, that one summer starts a friendship that spans from the 70's through the 90's. Nearly three decades of summers filled with laughter, friendship, self discovery, along with betrayals, heartaches but ultimately forgiveness and hope.
This book has so much depth with complex and believable characters, that I feel everyone could identify with. We all look back on our youth, and people we knew and experiences we had. So, there is something about reading/watching peoples lives go by through years that strike an emotional cord within me. And that is exactly what this book did. I felt emotions for the characters . I laughed and cried right along with them. Because I felt I was one of them. Because I am one of them.
This is a perfect summer read, but I could read this book anytime of the year to be honest.
I highly recommend this book.
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