I have a packed-full Summer reading list for the next couple of months, and am determined to consume as many books as is humanly possible. I just finished Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake and picked up David Nicholls's One Day the other night, but there's an old favorite hanging out on my bookshelf that I can't wait to dig into: Judy Blume's Summer Sisters.
The first time I read Summer Sisters was in 2002 after finding it on the shelf of a used-book store. Until that point, I'd only known Judy Blume as the writer of things I'd read in middle school, like Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, but this book opened me up to Blume's more mature writing. It chronicles the friendship of besties Vix and Caitlin as they weather growing up and the complications of female friendship. I could more than relate to competition in friendship, plus Blume paints an engrossing and seductive picture of two fleshed-out women, mostly set against Martha's Vineyard Summers (it's always been my goal to visit, BTW).
In any case, it's the book I've read the most times as any, always reaching for it when I'm in a slump or when the weather heats up and I need a reliable beach read. It just never gets old, and my heart breaks and soars each and every time I read about Vix, Caitlin, and their sandy coming of age.
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