Monday, August 31, 2015

collaboreads || summer

Mr. Thomas and Me

It's time for another #collaboreads, a fun book club organized by the sweet Amber, of Mr. Thomas & Me.  This month, the prompt was a book set in the summertime, so I chose Summer Sisters by Judy Blume.  I grew up reading her books, and remember loving them as a kid.  So I was intrigued to read one of her more grown-up books. Ok...so let's get down to the details.

RivetingIt's funny...this was one of those books that I was like "eh..." while reading it, however, I read it really quickly.  I couldn't put it down.  And not because it was so good, more just because I wanted to find out what happened to the characters. There were parts of the story that dragged on, but the last few chapters were really good. The ending was not completely unexpected, but I was still a little surprised and definitely shed a few tears.

Elements. I definitely related more to the main character of the book, Vix.  She was fairly conservative, a rule follower, and only really tried things after someone else had done it.  However, when the story was focused on her, that's when it seemed to drag on.  Maybe she needed a little more excitement in her life.  Maybe that's why I can relate to her! I did love the idea of a big, close family in this story.  I can completely relate to that, as well.  Although it wasn't a traditional family setting, I loved how Blume captured the idea of a family that's a little crazy, argues with each other, but always knows they would be there for each other no matter what.


Associate. This story greatly captured the idea of unconditional friendship and love. Two completely unlikely friends, with completely different backgrounds becoming and staying best friends.  I love that.  No matter what happened, how far apart they were, how big their arguments got, they loved and fought for each other.  Even when one greatly hurt the other, she forgave and continued to love.  I want to be that kind of friend and sister.  The family in this story definitely reminded me a bit of the Bravermans from Parenthood.  The family in Summer Sisters wasn't a traditional family, like the Bravermans mostly were, but the idea of fighting with and for each other, always loving and wanting the best for each other was a strong theme throughout the story. 

Design.  Well, I did read this book on my Kindle, so I couldn't really judge it by it's cover. I have since gone on Amazon to see the cover and loved it.  It would totally be the kind of book I would buy based on the cover alone.  I don't completely see the cover relating to the story much, but that's ok...whatever captures the reader's attention, right?!?

Stars. I think I would give this book 2.5 stars.  It was pretty good, but I won't read it again.  I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to a friend, unless you were someone who loved Judy Blume as a kid and wanted to try one of her grown up books.

So there you have it.  My review of a book based on summer.  I'm going to be reviewing a few other books I read this summer here shortly.  And I always love getting book recs from others, so feel free to let me know what book you're loving in the comments.  

17 comments:

Victoria said...

Ah! Judy Blume!!!! I cannot think about her without remembering reading Blubber in the fifth or sixth grade. LOL! I'm kind of glad that some of the authors who have written YA are starting to branch out and do books for adults too. Of course, L'Engle says there isn't much of a difference. :)

Andrea said...

Judy Blume was definitely a childhood fave!! And I love the Braverman's, too!! Maybe I need to give this book a read!!

Amber Thomas said...

Ok so you had me with Judy Blume and the connection to the Bravermans (swoon). But the 2.5, I hear you there.... I think that sometimes an author that we adore as a child is (for a reason) not made for us as an adult. I think there's authors who do pass over those lines, but it's often because they continue to write rich children's novels that hold themes and messages that are applicable to adults (i.e. Roald Dahl). So, yes, there's a big set of feelings.


Regardless, I might still read this because you said you got though it fast and so there's SOMETHING promising in there! :)

Mia Sutton said...

I don't really have an opinion one way or the other on Judy Blume and it sounds like this one didn't really blow you away. I also haven't watched Parenthood (I know, I suck), so that doesn't resonate with me either. I think I'll skip this one. Thanks for sharing your honest review!! :)

Rachel Dawson said...

I, too, read Blume as a kid but have been curious about her adult books! And the Bravermans?! ONLY MY FAVORITE TV FAMILY EVER. I totally want to read this one now! So glad you joined us and told us all about it!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Haha...yes, I totally think of Blubber, too!! :) And honestly, her writing isn't terribly different for adults. Which is a bit of a bummer, but it made for a super quick read, which is perfect for my time of life right now! :) Thanks for stopping by!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Mine too! And yes, I guess this book reminded me of a really dysfunctional version of the Bravermans. Kinda weird, I know. It's a quick, easy read, which is nice.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yea, I think her writing doesn't really vary enough into writing for adults. But I'm glad I gave it a try (I won't read any more of her books). And yes...they're a completely dysfunctional version of the Bravermans, if that's even a thing!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh Mia...I totally agree with you. I would skip it if you don;t have any strong feelings. It was definitely a book I could pass on, but it's fine that I read it. Does that even make sense??

Amy @ Set Free said...

OK...so they're a completely dysfunctional version of the Bravermans (don;t get your hopes up!!). I was more relating to the fact that they love each other and would do anything for each other even though they're all a bit crazy and act like they hate each other. :)

Leah Van Ert said...

I recently read In the Unlikely Event by her and was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved her "adult" books! This one doesn't sound as in depth, but her writing style is very pleasing to me, so I may have to try it! I recommend In the Unlikely Event. It's very good!

Emily @ Ember Grey. said...

OH MY GOSH. I totally forgot about Summer Sisters!!! I read it years ago and actually really did like it... while reading it I felt kind of the same: 'eh' but then a few days after I'd finished it, I couldn't stop thinking about the story and characters. (Of course, I read it when I was pretty young and I know now in my adult life, whenever I've gone back to read or watch a movie I liked when I was younger, I end up wondering why the heck I liked it in the first place. haha)

Rachel Dawson said...

Hahaha, well still! I love family ties and find them fascinating so this intrigues me!

ashortblonde said...

My friend and I read Summer Sisters together when we were maybe 13? We both read it in secret because it was a "grown up" book and didn't think our mother's would have wanted us reading Judy Blume. Haha.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh I'll have to try that one. I was bummed I didn't totally love it, so I'm still willing to give her books a chance! I'll add it to my list! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Haha...I do the same. But yes, even though I was eh about it, I still really liked it. Weird, right?? But I think I might need to give her grown up books another chance.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Haha...well I wouldn't want Claire to read them at 13! :) That's so funny!