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When Siddalee Walker, oldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker, Ya-Ya extraordinaire, is interviewed in the New York Times about a hit play she's directed, her mother gets described as a "tap-dancing child abuser." Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda. Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. All looks bleak until the Ya-Yas step in and convince Vivi toWhen Siddalee Walker, oldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker, Ya-Ya extraordinaire, is interviewed in the New York Times about a hit play she's directed, her mother gets described as a "tap-dancing child abuser." Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda. Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. All looks bleak until the Ya-Yas step in and convince Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of their girlhood mementos, called "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." As Sidda struggles to analyze her mother, she comes face to face with the tangled beauty of imperfect love, and the fact that forgiveness, more than understanding, is often what the heart longs for....

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Reviews

  • Traci
    2019-03-28 16:12

    When I was pregnant with my oldest child, a girl, I had a dream. In my dream, I was in the hospital, postpartum, holding not the one child I knew that I had been pregnant with . . . but two children. Both girls. One of my baby girls was quiet, observant, peaceful. She had big, open eyes that reflected her big, open heart. The other child was physically larger than the other baby and it's complete opposite. Ugly, angry, needy. I sat there holding both babies in their swaddling clothes while the one cried and demanded and writhed . . . and the other lay in my arms quietly observing . . . simply taking it all in. I had what has now become the all-too-familiar feeling of being in over my head - lost even before I had begun. And then, in my dream, my own mother walks into the room with the also all-too-familiar glower she has reserved for me for as far back as I can remember. The look that says "You don't deserve this". I've never forgotten that dream and until recently, couldn't figure it out. Years later, I do in fact have two daughters and a son . . . born not in that order. My two daughters are almost a decade apart in age the older (bigger) one is definately NOT the noisy, demanding one. No . . . she's definately the open, loving one. (An old soul if ever there was one.)What does any of this b.s about my dream have to do with Divine Secrets? Basically, everything. I have since sorted out this dream . . . my oldest daughter is now 17. A young woman. Just three years younger than I was when I carried her in my womb and dreamt of her and my mother and that demanding other child that needed so damn much all the time. In the first few pages of Divine Secrets, you are plunged into the life of an interesting, lively young woman and her relationship with her mother. All the bad behavior, jealousy, rage, and hidden wounds. When I read this book in 2002, I cried because I got that woman's rage towards her mother. I was that woman. Now I find as my own daughter enters adulthood . . . I identify with the pain of that mother. By the way, that demanding baby in my dream was me and frankly, that demanding baby in my dream is really a lot of us mothers to some degree or another. Raising our own daughters while trying to finish the job of raising ourselves where our mothers might have failed. Obviously, that analogy doesn't apply to everyone . . . but it's the link between that dream of mine and the thread of understanding that evolves in this book that are the same.

  • E
    2019-04-17 17:58

    Rebecca Wells can think up a few succulent stories, but her writing is absolute fast-food. It left me depressed to think that women are encouraged to read so-called "chick lit" on the basis that they only need a few sentimental tales about love, friendship, and/or family to satisfy them, no matter how infantile the writing style or half-baked the arguments. (view spoiler)[Of COURSE the story had to end with a big white wedding! That signifies catharsis in every woman's life, right? By the end of the book, I was ready to scream if I had to read one more description of what brand of clothing every female character donned in each scene. When she branched out beyond fashion, Wells's metaphors were mixed and repetitive, if not cliché. And when she did touch on several potentially provocative issues such as love, loss, racism, poverty, domestic abuse, and religion, in each case she only tapped the tip of the iceberg, threw in some dramatic action like an Indian campfire or arson in a Catholic school, and tried to let that pass for profound literary philosophy.Her treatment of Southern racism made me terribly uneasy. Only twice does she express outright disapproval. In the case of her showing how the working class treatment of black servants in Louisiana was superior to the high-society approach in Georgia, she once again seemed to be superficially addressing an issue that for me needed more attention and in-depth analysis sheerly to avoid controversy. With the crux of her story orbited by the ever-lasting loyalty among the Ya-Ya's, she also completely failed to address the fact that it is generally abnormal and unhealthy to remain in a clique from high school on into senility. It usually signifies a failure to branch out, explore, and learn. Considering the quality of the book, maybe the author proves this point therein. (hide spoiler)]

  • Debbie Petersen
    2019-04-16 16:57

    I think Vivi WAS a tap-dancing child abuser. Any discussion of this fact ends at the "being whipped with the belt" scene. Vivi had no right to be enraged when this fact comes to light--she should have been embarrassed, yes. Her daughter arguably should not have revealed this dirty laundry but should have worked it through with her mother privately.According to this book, a scrapbook of silly adventures with Vivi's zany friends makes that behavior forgivable...not an apology or explanation from Vivi. Daughter is chastened and forgives dear Vivi after reading the scrapbook.Another thing...PLEASE, spare me the "Southern Women" stories. I live in the South and have never met anyone remotely like this...Thank God!

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-04-12 19:12

    Onvan : Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Nevisande : Rebecca Wells - ISBN : 006075995X - ISBN13 : 9780060759957 - Dar 383 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1996

  • Eva
    2019-04-16 23:48

    I am so tired of this sort of storyline. A group of Southern women who form a timeless bond of woman-ness and Southern-ness and triumph in the face of all hardship because they are delicate as blossoms yet strong and fierce. That said, when entering a genre so well-covered and sticky sweet, one must do something to make one's work stand out. I believe Rebecca Wells does an above-average job at this, and her book was a fun and easy read. It was hardly ground-breaking, nor did I find it moving, and I didn't shed a tear or laugh out loud. I just wrinkled my nose at the way everyone just wrapped up their lives with a nice bow at the end and no one walked away with residual hurt feelings or misunderstandings, then put the book down and decided to write this review before I promptly forgot it entirely.If you watched Steel Magnolias or Beaches and thought they were profound, you'll just love this book.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-21 16:05

    I'm having a hard time deciding if I liked this book or not. On the surface, not so much. About 30 pages in, I wasn't sure if I was going to make it through, or if I was going to go insane if I saw the word "Ya-Ya" one more time.There were some things that I liked about it. Friendship that endures, closer than blood. Knowing there's always someone there in your corner, and they've been there your whole life. Daughters learning that Mom had a life before she became a Mother, and has a separate identity apart from "Mom."I think my main problem was that I thought the Ya-Yas were all a bunch of spoiled brats that we're supposed to love just because we're told to. Oh, they're so fabulous, it's okay that they desecrate a religious icon that means a lot to Vivi's mother! It's okay that they strip down naked and go swimming in the town's water supply! So the message seems to be that you can get away with whatever the hell you want, as long as you act like it's your birthright to be so obnoxious.Meanwhile Sidda (daughter of Vivi, one of the Ya-Yas) pretty much seem to do nothing but page through the old scrapbook (the "Divine Secrets" of the title), avoid her fiance, and Think Deep Thoughts as she walks around the woods, or wherever the hell she is. She doesn't really seem to have much identity of her own, she just exists so there can be a Happy Ending, that we all knew was coming anyway.The main conflict between Sidda and her mother seems to be that Vivi beat the holy hell out of her kids, and she's mad that Sidda is now famous enough to be interviewed for the New York Times and she told them about it. So Vivi's mad that...the truth was told. So. I guess I'm glad I read it. I'm also glad I only paid half-price for it at the used bookstore.

  • Cheri
    2019-04-09 18:00

    Seriously not my cup of tea. Cutsey language, sentimentality run amok, and a deep sense of nostalgia for times that, well, I couldn't possibly feel nostalgic for. I'm not sure how an abusive mother is supposed to be funny or colorful, nor how transferring your disfunction onto you children is to be held up like a badge of honor. Maybe I needed to have crazy parents to understand it.

  • Deb
    2019-04-12 00:12

    When the whole Ya-Ya craze was going on, my book club decided we'd better read it to see what all the fuss was about. In the end, we had to take a vote ("ya-ya" if you liked it; "no-no" if you didn't). I fell into the "no-no" group. I found it disturbing that hordes of women were flocking to this book that is really about completely dysfunctional families and marriages and a really unhealthy attachment to friends from the past. It made me wonder what's going on with women that this kind of co-dependent group of friends was something to aspire to.I had a similar reaction to Bridges of Madison County, although I did go see the movie, and Meryl Streep did get me, despite my skepticism.

  • Brandy (aka Marsden)
    2019-04-10 23:05

    My mother and her Ya-Ya’s were called the sisters of Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Charleston S.C. I grew up on the marshes watching them swing dance, shuck oysters and throwing what always seemed like a never ending festival that celebrated life. They did community work and supported the local theatre, but mostly they just had a good time. I grew up in the whirlwind of color and laughter that now seems only like a distant dream. Momma passed 18 years ago and I don’t think I will ever be the same. I miss her, and her Ya-Ya’s, Aunt Betty, Aunt Carol, Aunt Dolores with their respective husbands and friends in toe. I live in New York now, not unlike Siddlee, but they are always with me especially when I revisit their split-a-parts in the tapestry of Rebecca Well’s – Divine Secret of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. If you want to know more about who I am and where I come from read this book, it explains a lot!! So pass the "bloodies" sugar, it’s time to get our panties in a knot!

  • Dixie Diamond
    2019-04-07 21:59

    To borrow an expression from the book, this sucker is "Trés ya-ya-no." How can a writer so obsessed with small town aristocracy manage to slip in so many references to peeing in one's pants?I never manage to abandon books once I've started them, even when they're utter and total tripe. Thank goodness this reads fast so I didn't waste any more of my life on it!I seem to be missing the Chick Lit Gene. I just flat-out do not understand, or identify with, this kind of writing. I'm not like this. My friends aren't like this. My mother, thank Heaven, is not like this. Our lovely Louisiana friends are not like this. I don't know anyone who is like this. I'm beginning to suspect that nobody is like this, except in pulpy pseudo-literature written by women with juvenile Scarlett O'Hara fantasies. I would be ashamed to be this kind of "feminine."This is the story of Sidda, a dull, spineless, immature, 40-year-old with no identity of her own, and her malicious, self-absorbed, alcoholic, racist, mother, Vivi, who appears to be taking out on everyone around her the frustrations of a lifetime of being a legend only in her own mind. One gets the impression that Vivi needed the Ya-Yas so she could be notorious somewhere, since she doesn't have the class or discipline to accomplish anything of genuine value.It's badly written, the dialogue is clumsy, and I think it must hold some kind of world record for wallowing in self-pity. Wells is also an unbearable "reference-dropper" (River Road Recipes, interspersed bayou French, Cajun fiddle, Community Coffee, etc.). Apparently the "divine secret" is that this bunch of self-centered superannuated teenagers chose to flash-freeze their high-school lives (and mentalities) at the expense of emotional adulthood, their marriages, and their children. Yeah, there's going to be drama and hardship in your life if you react to every little thing as if it's a catastrophe and use it as an excuse to drink and dope yourself into a stupor. "Complex" needs to stop being a literary euphemism for "manipulative, self-serving, toxic, and narcissistic." Ironically, Vivi is the least likable and least interesting of the four Ya-Yas, though she's supposed to be the luminary.I guess it says something that Ms. Wells has lived in Washington state for the past 25+ years: If she loved Louisiana so much, why did she leave and then write boring, mindless, novels about it?

  • Jo (Bloomin'Chick)
    2019-04-14 21:11

    Oh I loved this book! I had a very complicated relationship with my mother and though a cliche, I could well relate to that aspect of the book! I also love the movie, but I love the book more! (I read it just before the movie came out). I've also battled severe depression and this book (and movie) is near to my heart. Overall, the details, descriptions & relationships are just amazing! Ms. Wells has Lyme disease and has had a horrible past few years, and when I joined the message boards on her website, I mentioned that I had Lyme disease and as a result have been battling many health problems myself over the years. I was asked by the moderator if I would write about what I've gone through so that fans could better understand her struggles ~ I was so honored and touched!**Update 5/21/2014: Unfortunately, as it turns out, I did not have Lyme disease, although I do have different debilitating auto-immune disease. I have Rheumatoid Disease (aka Rheumatoid Arthritis) and have likely had it since I was fairly young (aka Juvenile RA). Since beginning IV med treatments, I have had an improved quality of life (whereas prior I had no quality of life), but it was too far along to be 'cured' (there is hope to be 'cured' or put into remission within the first two years of the disease's appearance). I've been at and will continue to be at the disease/symptom management stage. It's incurable, chronic and progressive. It's WAY more than just arthritis - it affects my nerves, kidneys (5 surgeries to date in less than 10 years), my heart (which has damage due to an infection that caused a high fever which caused an alarming spike in my heart rate 4 years ago), my eye sight, my motor skills, leaves me at higher risk for heart attack, stroke and cancers vs healthy folks and leaves me open to picking up bacterial and viral infections at the drop of a dime - all in addition to/on top of chronic pain, swelling and fatigue.

  • marissa
    2019-04-20 18:53

    Much of this book I found really aggravating -- the unthinking privilege of the Ya-Yas, their total narcissism, the constant and tedious drama -- and yet I found myself looking forward to my lunch breaks so I could read it. Despite the foreignness of the situations and location, the class and race, there was still enough of my mother and me in Vivi and Siddalee Walker to make the book resonate with me. In the end, that's what I enjoyed (not quite the right word -- you know what I mean, though) most ... but that said, if you don't personally connect with that particular mother/daughter dynamic, it might just leave you pissed off at the hamminess of it all.

  • Kristy Trauzzi
    2019-04-20 00:11

    Has anyone else read this book and thought it sucked? I was very disappointed in it. I started off excited to read this book and that's where that enthusiasm left me.To start - Wow religious! There are some books that make me go - hmm you're religious - I get your sense of peace from it. Or I can also read it and go ok you are one of the crazy religious people that are scary. This book was just like STOP TALKING ABOUT RELIGION!!! No one practiced what was preached and so I don't really understand the necessity of it. And they did a lot of "praying".Now I'm not going to go into every detail, as this review would be incredibly long and no one would read it. However . . . .Nothing was resolved, nothing was solved, nothing remarkable happened, all in all, nothing! This girl randomly decides she can't marry her boyfriend because of her mother. Which - clearly this love/hate between mom and daughter is not something new. Way to be a bitch about it and just leave good man standing there. Nice. Very nice.Then she goes making demands on her mom. Who hasn't really been there throughout her life, who hasn't always been the nicest to her, and who has disowned her because of a dumb newspaper article. And the mom - for some random reason - was like here! have this book! but that's all I'm giving you! Good thing this won't help you in any sort of way!So then we get random stories of the mother and her depression and addiction, but still nothing is resolved. There is no epiphany in the mothers thoughts. No real regret shown to her daughter. And then it just abruptly ends with - in my opinion - many unanswered questions. And when her daughter does have more questions - it's not the mom who comes - it's her friends.And then randomly - the daughter just forgives her mom - decides to get married again - and life is wonderful. WHAT!? Where the hell did that come from!? And her mom was kinda a bitch towards her on the phone. Something along the lines of I'm not sure if I will welcome you to come home. But - alas - of course she does!What absolute garbage! I am so angry I wasted time on this book.Does anyone have a different opinion? I would love to be proven wrong?

  • Paula
    2019-04-08 20:49

    self-pitying, self-destructive characters.

  • Erika
    2019-03-21 17:03

    This book may be entertaining for someone who likes gossip so much, because here you can get to know all the juicy events that happened in the youth and life of four women who were best friends and thought they were absolutely amazing and called themselves the Ya-Yas.So, this story starts when a Petite Ya-Ya, that's how the Ya-Yas called their daughters, (not so petite anymore) let escape in an interview with the New York Times that her mother, the awesome Vivi, used to hit her. Vivi becomes so mad at her, because this piece of dirty laundry has affected her reputation so much, and stops talking to her. Now her daughter is working at the theater and for some reason (i don't really remember) she asks her mother to help the theater, not her, with a book with many pictures and anecdotes and stuff from her past and the Ya-Yas', which she guards jealously. So her mother accepts, and with this book called the divine secrets, let's her enter in the past and adventures she had with the Ya-Yas since they were 8 years old.These ladies thought of themselves like divas from a very little age, and now that they were old, it was no different. They sometimes use some words in French to feel they are very nice and create their own words like something is Ya-Ya if it's nice and cool, or something is Ya-Ya-No if it's not. So, occasionally they'll say things like "That's très Ya-Ya-No" or "Let's go, S'il vous plaît". French is not a language i particularly like, so maybe you can see my annoyance with this aspect.The rest of the book continued to tell stories of the pictures and things she was seeing in the scrap book, and it contained a ton of letters she and her mother kept writing to each other back and forth. So, if you really feel intrigued enough to know all of the adventures and things the Ya-Yas went through, then maybe it is an ok book for you. But, for me,I don't care. I started reading this with high hopes that maybe it would be interesting, that it could surprise me, until those hopes started to fade away and left me feeling with no desire to carry on in the least. Something like this, see:I don't fucking care what these "fabulous" women did, and the fun they had, and how they were dressed, and how they did their hair or anything. So i didn't bother to finish it.I picked this book to read along with someone in a buddy read, so i was trying to force myself to finish it, but then i realize, what is the point in that? i read enough of the book to understand i don't care for it, and there are plenty of other books i want to read to waste my time reading something i am not enjoying. So, i just skimmed through the book until the end to give me a basic idea of everything that followed... None of my interest.I didn't hate it, though. This isn't a book i absolutely despise or anything. It's just a story i didn't find any interest on.

  • Madeline
    2019-04-21 16:52

    The only thing better than reading about dysfunctional, alcohlic, crazy families is reading about dysfunctional, alcoholic, crazy Catholic families. Who are Southern. Every now and then I'll sit down and reread the chapter where Vivi and her friends (fourteen at the time) travel to Atlanta by themselves for the premiere of Gone With the Wind and Vivi ends up throwing a plate at her cousin when he insults one of the maids. Then there's the time the girls enter a Shirley Temple lookalike contest and get kicked out for farting onstage. And when they climbed the town's water tower, went skinny-dipping in it, and got arrested. I can continue. If you like this book, try Little Altars Everywhere and Ya-Yas In Bloom.

  • Kate Sheehan
    2019-03-27 20:56

    If you don't find these women as adorable and outrageous as they find themselves, you are really going to hate this book. And I did.

  • Shannan
    2019-04-15 23:01

    This book speaks so true to core of what I feel. That core is - being who you REALLY authentically are - and having people in your life who know truly know you. Vivi Walker is a part of me, I think I have a bit of her in me and I identified with her character more than ever. WAnting to be a star, something special and bigger than the small town she grew up in. Always feeling like NO ONE understood her. Life circumstances hit and she remains in that same small town with a group of female friends who have been around since childhood. As I read the story from her daughter, Sida, I see what it is like to be a child of someone who is so big and yet so unfulfilled. What can a Vivi-like person do? I doubt this is the true intentional message of the author, but I got it. Vivi and all her longings and yearnings, and mistakes, and consequences weave a tapestry that is so beautiful to me. This book is one I read at least once a year. I dont' love every single word written, but I love the story and the characters. I love the theme. I love the victory of connection. I always read this book when I need grounding.My most favorite image from the story - Vivi, depressed in her room, has a Mary Kay type salesperson come to the door. Sida tries to summon her mother to the door. The only way she is able to get her to come is by saying, "Momma, there is a woman at the door who is wearing the wrong shade of lipstick" and Vivi snaps to attention.

  • Embee
    2019-04-19 20:59

    Grab a girlfriend, drink mint juleps and toast to sisterhood! This book shares all the details of the close relationships girlfriends share.

  • Annette2009
    2019-04-19 18:02

    Wow, this book got some harsh reviews! I will agree that the whole southern friendship pact was over the top, but I think that Wells was trying to present a rare friendship and an outlandish character in Viviane. These girls grew up without air conditioning and television; they needed some pretty big distractions just to cope with the heat and the boredom!My mother in law grew up in Georgia, and remembers some pretty crazy characters from her youth and some wild stories in her own family. Having listened to her stories, I think the characters are plausible, and the storyline is very engaging. Yes, Viviane was a child abuser, horrifyingly so. But I didn't think Wells so much as justified her behavior as brought Sidda, Viv's daughter, to a place of understanding and forgiveness. Wells did a great job constructing events that led to Viv's alcoholism, abuse, and nervous breakdown. I thought Viv's months in the Catholic school were particularly well done.I stand by my initial rating; I really enjoyed this book.

  • Stacey
    2019-04-02 20:47

    Really awful Southern girl shit.

  • Krista Greer
    2019-04-14 00:07

    Disappointed. Overly romanticized. I really wanted to like this book and I gave it 2 stars because it had potential but unfortunate Wells butchered it (and her editor didn't stop it?!) with all the ridiculous descriptions. Pet peeve: I hate being told exactly how a character feels over and over, it takes away any personal interpretation or imagination.

  • Bungz
    2019-04-07 20:04

    I must be a masochist of sorts to have put myself through this book. The word that constantly came to mind when i read this book was 'contrived'. Everything felt so contrived about this book. The characters, especially the four primary members of ya-ya. Each had a character that seemed to have been pushed on them, and each of their conversations played out like a badly rehearsed school-play. Very mechanical, and very predictable. There seemed to be a lot of characters and information in the book that didn't seem like it had a reason to be there. For example, the only reason i could see for the dog in the book is to fill up some pages. For that matter, one could have actually made do without Siddalee as a main character. What i hoped would be a light read in between the more intense novels turned out to be a nerve-grater instead. The endless descriptions and poorly made up metaphors were painful. Again, those felt too contrived. Even in the most boring of books i have read so far, the descriptive pieces didn't really bother me, but this one sure did.I was wondering if coca-cola paid for putting promos in this book.Well, i have to confess that there were bits that did grip me. However, those bits were few and far between. If only more attention was paid to action and plot in the book than to inane attempts at trying to describing everything.

  • Peggy
    2019-03-26 16:07

    I'm glad this was quite a fast read, because I didn't find it all that enjoyable. I disliked the main characters (from the beginning I thought Vivi was arrogant, selfish, manipulative and someone who finds herself better, more important and more deserving than others, and I found Sidda whiny. I wanted to shake her and tell her to grow up and stop whining and feeling sorry for herself and get over it) and the writing wasn't that good either. It felt like a lot of blablabla, especially the parts involving adult Sidda. I did like the parts describing Vivi's life as a girl, in the Lousiana of the 30s and 40s and 50s, and I like the close friendship the Ya-Ya's had, lasting for 60 years.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-13 22:50

    I found this book pretty weird. The child abuse was so lightly dealt with -- and it's still abuse if it only happens once. Physical abuse, even on just one occasion, sticks in your mind. Especially when you're a child and you haven't had that many experiences yet. It's not something to be just... dismissed and so easily forgiven.That kind of distracted me from the supposedly awesome stuff about this novel.Also, such melodrama. Cut it out, guys.

  • Caity
    2019-03-23 17:51

    Divine Secrets is spectacular! Definitely pass on my reccommendation! Also, guys, I think you ESPECIALLY need to read this book if you're at all confused about women. It will give you a spectacular insight. Modern classic. Highly reccommended. Also, if you get the opportunity, watch the film. Its incredibly different from the book, but that's how these things go. Still a spectacular movie.

  • Alisa
    2019-04-04 17:53

    Fun southern gal romp ala Steel Magnolias.

  • Colleen Scidmore
    2019-03-25 19:03

    Sidda is a 40 year old woman who has just put her wedding plans on hold because of 2 things. 1. She had a falling out with her mother due to an article in the NY Times that suggested to the world the Vivi raised Sidda and her siblings with the threats of child beating to keep them in line.2. She is having a mid life crisis of sorts in where she is having a hard time coming to terms with some of the things that happened in her childhood with respects to Vivi. Because of these life altering issues that arise Sidda has has her mother to send her a scrapbook of memories and letters from Vivi's life spanning from a young girl to a married woman as one of the 4 Ya-Ya Sisters. The Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a wonderful mix of 4 lifelong southern friends who have each other's backs through thick and thin. Within in these secrets Sidda learns that these 4 women have went through growing pains, losing love ones, having families and getting older with tons of debacles, laughs, and some heartache along the way with an unbending love for one another.Through time and help from the other 3 Ya-Ya's Sidda comes to terms with her past and can now concentrate on her future and hopefully make amends and start a new chapter with the fabulous Vivi Walker. This book was about a 3.5 star read to me.It was an a decent read just not as touching as I thought it might be considering the context. But don't get me wrong it had some really touching moments and I even had some little tears building up at times, it just felt like it should have hit me harder than it actually did. I think sometimes it was distracting the way it went from present to past and so on, maybe because of the audio version though. I normally don't have a problem with a story going back through time if it's done smoothly. I think I also didn't really like Sidda's character that much. She drove me crazy with her problems and having to have years of therapy and still can't figure out how to love. You would have thought Vivi was the devil incarnate instead of a mom who had a rough time in her life and having to raise 4 children on her own even though there was a husband in the picture. Yes she made some mistakes and there were some big ones. But there was love there as well and you could feel above everything Vivi went through she loved her children wholeheartedly.I definitely did like the book enough that I will be reading Little Altars Everywhere, I think it is about Sidda and her siblings growing up which I think should be interesting, especially with Vivi as their mother.

  • Meredith
    2019-03-21 16:09

    Love, loss, and forgiveness, with fiercely wordy dialogue and written like a screenplay, as if the author wanted to save time in the adaptation phase. A love letter to Louisiana (which I understand completely), and a missive about how when you hit middle age, you need to realize that you're just not the centre of the universe after all, and you should forgive your mother for being human. In my 46 years of being female, I have never had drippy, syrupy, girly, bridesmaid relationships anything like these Ya-Yas. I wanted to shake the protagonist Sidda and tell her to get over herself. The story did hold my interest, but only to a point; it was so predictable and utterly loaded with character cliches that I just skimmed the last few pages in my eagerness to finish it. But don't skip over the story of Lawanda. Notable items on the Irritation Index: Cocker spaniels can't "thump" their tails, and the term "jockey" really doesn't need a modifier.

  • Rita
    2019-03-29 16:44

    I read it because of the movie. In this instance, the movie was better. A woman who had a troubled childhood, in this case it was Sandra Bullock, was estranged from her mother. A close friend of her mother's takes her back in time to see why her mother is the way she is. Excellent movie. Pretty good book.