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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385337663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385337663
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,821,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.

She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and

concerns with her.

Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.

She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.

Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.

Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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Judy Blume first won legions of fans with such young adult classics as Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and Forever, in which she tackles the cultural hot button of teenage sexuality. In Summer Sisters, her third novel for adults, the author again explores the ramifications of love--and lust--for 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 executive. 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 post-adolescent and more mature readers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I shrieked with pure glee when this one landed on the mat - I haven't been so excited about a book for as long as I can remember. It's insightful, thought-provoking and she knows exactly how women think. I absolutely devoured it. If you liked Blume at school, you'll love this (Daily Mail)

If you are thirty-plus Judy Blume probably saw you through your teens, so you'll love this grown-up tale examining female friendships and the way the girl you used to play Barbies with can end up a virtual stranger in adulthood (Glamour)

Engrossing and personal, this book captures the true meaning of friendship perfectly (Candis)

Judy Blume knows exactly how women think and feel. Perfect summer reading (Jenny Colgan) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
I got really attached to this book and more so its characters when I first read it. I found myself crying at the end because I'd finished the book. Summer Sisters describes growing up in such a realistic way, she captures the emotions and the events to perfection. The contrasts between sensible Vix and headstrong Caitlin are worked so well that even though they are unlikely friends on paper, you feel like they really complement eachother. One of the other reviewers mentioned readers with a problem with homosexuality might not like this book, well I disagree. Summer Sisters deals with sexuality, not homo-sexuality, it shows how the two girls come to terms with their new found sexuality as they venture into womenhood, and the story follows this process sensitively. Judy Blume is very honest about the experiences that teenagers go through, and the difficulties they encounter. Sometimes you read a chapter that describes an event and it's almost painfully honest, you remember things about your childhood that your mind had put to one side. At the end of the day, it is a story about two strong women, very different, but bonded by many summers of secrets and experiences together while they were growing up. They are both role models for young girls, showing how ambition and dreams can come in different forms for different people. It's about following your head as well as your heart. I almost wish Judy would give us a sequel, but I'd rather this story stayed forever perfect in my memory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on 4 April 2006
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I am 20, I read all of Judy's Novels' when I was a child and was delighted when I discovered That Judy had written adult novels. Well, much like the other reviews that I have read on this page so far, this novel was fantastic. Once again I felt like I was invited to read someone's personal diary, then became emtionally involved with it.It's honest and superb story telling was so refreshing.I found myself trying to find a moment throughtout a busy day to escape back into this novel.I can honestly say that this novel could possibly get anyone out of a reading rut, this is how a book should be.I usually have poor concentration but this novel managed to take me on an emotional rollercoaster.It was set into small, easy chapters and was very readable. I have attempted to, but cannot possiblly put into words just how fantastic and moving this novel is. I would recommend this novel to anyone aged 18+.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was amazing and it made me want to be able to live in that world which seemed so far away and different to the way i live in this so called 'real world'. I had never read a Judy Blume book before and am now totally hooked and addicted that i've been back to amazon and bought more!!! ENJOY!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. Taylor on 25 Aug. 2011
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You know when you go on holiday and take a book with you to read on the sunlounger? And how the time spent reading the book can either enhance your holiday or be a part of it you'd rather forget? Well for me, reading Summer Sisters was as much a lovely part of Italy as the lakes, the food and the glorious sunshine. Each day I looked forward to relaxing by the pool with this beautiful book almost as much as I did to exploring the stunning towns and countryside around me. I won't go into details of the absorbing story, the delightful characters or the evocative setting that beckons, because it has already been done, but suffice to say this is a book that will remain among my fondest memories for a long time to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kandi_snaps@hotmail.com on 14 Aug. 2001
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thats all I can say. An amazing, touching, dramatic, moving and un-put-downable book of two VERY close friends. It's graphic without going too far. I loved this book and I am proud to have it on my book shelf!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roxy on 25 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
I have read Judy Blume since I was about 10 years old- i am now 32 and just rediscovered her book for adults.
Summer Sisters was without doubt the best book I've read for a long time - she still can connect to girls of all ages and the book just drew me in so much that i really couldn't put it down- I know its a cliche but its true! Total empathy and frustration with both main chararaters and I cried at more than one point - i just hope she keeps on writing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
A rather thin story line and the characters superficially drawn. Lots of padding, with several viewpoints not necessary for the story. However much I dislike a book however I would never give awasy the ending for other readers so I am warning others not to read the story outline provided by Jiulia Casini. We readers should really limit ourselves to opinions and not say what happens in the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2006
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This book is probably the best I have ever read by Judy Blume. She manages to portray the relationship between two best friends perfectly, while still making it an incredibly easy read, with simple language and short chapters.
It centres around Vix, who as a girl in the 1970s is befriended by beautiful and popular Caitlin. They spend a summer together in Martha's Vineyard with Caitlin's family, and become 'summer sisters'. Every year they return, and a good deal of the book follows their summers together and the progression and the complexities of their friendship. However, as the novel progresses, their independence from one another becomes more apparent, and Blume begins to focus more on their ascent into adulthood.
I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of fifteen- particularly females looking for a good holiday read. You'll be hooked right to the end.
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