Summer Sisters
by Judy Blume
Book Review by Amy Coffin
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Summer Sisters tells the story of Victoria (Vix) and Caitlin. They become friends as young girls in New Mexico. Catilin, who lives with her mom, invites Vix to spend the summer on Martha's Vineyard with her dad.

Catilin's family is rather free and open-minded. Lamb, Caitlin's dad, is somewhat liberal in his lifestyle. Sharkey, Caitlin's older brother is oddly quiet and withdrawn. Vix is introduced to many new people, places and experiences that summer. She returns to Martha's Vineyard for future summers of her adolescence.

We follow Caitlin and Vix through these years. They mature, growing sexually and physically. They meet local boys and hold down seasonal jobs.

One summer, Vix begings dating an older boy named Bru, while Caitlin dates Von. Vix and Bru begin a serious relationship that survives college and distance.

As Caitlin and Vix grow older, they begin to drift apart. Vix chooses college on a scholarship. Caitlin travels the globe searching for happiness while living off her family's money.

Vix and Caitlin's paths cross once again for a wedding. Caitlin has returned to the island to marry Vix's Bru. (Don't worry, folks. It's not a secret. It's right there in the prologue.) Can Vix handle being the maid of honor at the wedding? Read the book to find the answer.

Summer Sisters is a choppy book with very short chapters. Many are less than a page. I felt there were too many players and too little development of these characters.

I was also confused over the growth and progress of these characters. At one point, I was supposed to like Bru as Vix's boyfriend. He was sweet and caring. Then, suddenly, Ms. Blume portrays him as a jerk. Huh? In the beginning of the book, Caitlin's dad, Lamb, seems kind of creepy and off-the-wall. Then, he gets married. All of a sudden he's normal. What?

Ms. Blume kept changing the rules, and I was thoroughly confused. I felt like banging my head on the table and asking, "Am I supposed to like these people, or not?!"

Why were some of the characters even in the book? Vix's younger brother is sweet and loving. He's gone by the middle of the book. Both of the girls' mothers play small roles in the story. I thought Sharkey was all quiet and strange for a reason. Nope. Ms. Blume doesn't develop that line at all.

I'm not going to recommend this book to friends and readers. Should you insist on reading it, borrow a copy, keep your expectations low, and you'll be satisfied.