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An emotionally charged addition to Rebecca Wells' much loved previous novels, 'Ya-Yas in Bloom' reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s and roars through the 60 years of marriage, child-raising, and hair-raising family secrets....

Title : Ya Yas in Bloom
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ISBN : 9780007201099
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Ya Yas in Bloom Reviews

  • Kerry
    2019-03-30 08:08

    Now that I have read all three of Rebecca Well’s Ya-Ya books, I can honestly say that while Divine Secrets was the most intellectually satisfying of the three, Ya-Ya’s in Bloom was the most emotionally satisfying. It’s mostly a matter of tone. The books seem somewhat like a continuum… or maybe more like working through the stages of grief and recovery. In Little Altars Everywhere, I felt the author dwelled on the broken, angry, bitter aspects of the Walker family history. In Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, there was still pain and anger to process and come to grips with but Wells included some of the bright moments, the things done right, the sense that the mistakes of the past didn’t necessarily have to cripple the future. Ya-Ya’s in Bloom takes that one step future with stories of the high points of growing up Ya-Ya. In a lot of ways, it’s like a bright reflection of Little Altars. That’s not to say that everything was suddenly all better or that the past could be ignored or erased. All in all, it just seemed as if the characters and author were choosing what to dwell on and were happier for that choice. I enjoyed it and I am glad that I read the entire Ya-Ya saga.

  • Alana
    2019-04-22 06:14

    seriously, it's as if she was drunk when she wrote this. or gave it to her child to write. or gave it to her drunk child to write. don't read it, don't don't don'tbut if you DO read it, make sure you read and fall in love with the first two books first

  • Kandice
    2019-04-03 06:54

    I adore the Ya Yas. I have read this and the other two books about them before, seen the movie countless times, and often wished to BE a Ya Ya. This was my first time audio-ing one. Judith Ivey was the perfect narrator. Her accent was spot on, she did the voices (which I usually hate on audio) perfectly, and if she wasn't tipsy when she was relaying a story from Vivi's POV, then she is one of the best actresses I have ever heard!I actually prefer this book and Little Altars Everywhere: A Novel to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Divine has a plot running through the chapters, whereas this one and Altars just gives us glimpses back in time to a different age. That's what I crave. The stories she shows us of how these girls love, support and care for one another through their childhood and entire lives. For every horrid, irresponsible thing they did, there was an equally wonderful, loving, uplifting action. Life is not constant, steady or routine. How can we survive if we try to be those things?The Ya Yas always remind me of my mama and aunts. I have so many pictures of them pregnant, playing dice (instead of the Ya Ya Bourre) a cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other! They didn't know it was wrong. They may not have done what we think is best for our children now, but they sure loved us the best they could. As flawed as the Ya Yas are, they are loyal, devoted lovers. What Wells shows us through them, is that we can only love another wholeheartedly when we have given in and loved who we are. Done our best with what we have and given up appologizing. Be yourself. You are the only one that knows how. Ya Yas forever!

  • Michelle
    2019-04-15 06:15

    Where do I begin?First, I know this has nothing to do with the actual story, but I needed a place to vent my frustration. I also know that I shouldn't be so superficial nor should I judge a book by it's cover, but I have to say a serious, okay maybe not significantly so, but still, a distraction was the author's "glamour shot" on the back cover. Those ultra short, choppy bangs and drawn in eyebrows turn what would otherwise be an okay face into an old lady who looks like she is trying way too hard. She kind of looks like an alien. I wished I had a book cover so no one would associate me with the "Mary Kay" looking cheesiness of this woman. Despite this photo, I do like Wells . . . as a writer.Her first book of the Ya-Yas was quite amusing--much better than the movie version. I am not someone who affiliates herself with anything Southern- like (even though my husband insists I can fall into a distinctly Nevadan accent that could be confused as less Northern), but Wells writing made me really appreciate that setting and the characters therein. She really does a good job of describing places and people. Unfortunately, that's mostly what makes this book good. Ya-Ya's in Bloom really lacks plot. If you're looking for this in a story, and most are, you will surely be disappointed. She does do a good job of highlighting other characters from the first book, and I LOVED the "Pilgrimage" chapter where we see how Sidda falls in love with the Beatles. That alone earned an extra star from me. The rest of the story gives other glimpses into the lives of YaYa offspring, and Wells writing continues to be descriptive and entertaining, but the overall connection isn't really there."Your voice is soothing, but the words aren't clearYou don't sound different, I've learned the game.I'm looking through you, you're not the same"-The Beatles

  • Tina
    2019-03-27 12:02

    Worst. Book. Ever.What felt so cheap was the glaring disregard of continuity, as in the film biz type where a scene in a later take Must match the scene in a previous take.Here, we have Caro serving the kids chili and cornbread, and on the Facing Page, fer Krisesakes, one of the kids snatches another slice of garlic bread. !Another glaring lapse: Vivi learns about the Globe, pours herself a gin and tonic, downs it, fixes another and takes it to the guest house where Baylor is playing with it. She becomes so upset she can't finish her drink, but " why waste a perfectly good bourbon and branch water?".The book is an obvious rush job, insultingly mediocre, and just plain bad.

  • Steven
    2019-04-01 12:05

    The familiar and much loved characters of the Ya-Ya series return in a collection of short stories. As always, I enjoyed the writing style, rich characters and Louisiana setting (a personal favourite of mine). I felt the additional character development of Baylor particularly interesting - a sensitive man who refuses to carry a gun or kill a deer but still goes hunting with the other masculine characters. The closeness of Baylor's relationship with his wife and children was touching. I was left wanting a little more of this character.Sadly there were moments when it did feel as though the stories were scenes culled from the other books during editing. This book will separate the true die hard Ya-Ya fans from the casual reader. The real fans will enjoy the characters and little bits of back story which add another piece to the colourful Ya-Ya puzzle we fell in love with in the first two books. The casual reader will not be satisfied with the assumed background knowledge of the crazy Ya-Ya way which was so beautifully crafted in the other books.At times the religious side was a little too tick and failed to resonate with me for some reason, at one point I actually wanted to skip a page! For Shame!

  • Joanne
    2019-04-14 10:01

    I read Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and enjoyed it. This books gives a little more of this group’s history. It tells how Vivi, Caro, Teensy, and Necie meet back in the 1930’s and mostly follows Vivi’s family. If you enjoyed the other book and this cast of characters you will like this book with the Southern flair with stories from the 1960s and then more currently 1994. A fun light read.

  • Giddy Girlie
    2019-04-14 13:03

    I saw this book in a miscellaneous pile at the library and picked it up by chance. I had no idea where the book lay in the chronology of the series and was very excited to see that it was short story format, like Little Altars Everywhere. However, it was obvious within the first few paragraphs that this is a "new" book that tries (unsuccessfully) to tap into the "old" vibe. As other readers have already commented, it really feels like an obligation to the publishers and/or public, and not at all a book that Rebecca Wells wanted to write. All of the crucial stories of Vivi and Sidda and most of the other Ya Yas have already been told, which leaves only space for random tales from the other kids' lives. Which is okay, but since we don't really know them (other than Sidda's perception of them), it's hard to care too much about them. I didn't think this book was as terrible as some others have commented, but it certainly isn't the caliber and quality that is found in Wells's other books. It's a quick read and can be interesting at times. I'd suggest borrowing a copy before committing to purchasing your own.

  • K M
    2019-03-30 11:15

    I have kind of mixed feelings about the book. While I love the characters, and have enjoyed all three of the books about them, this book left me with some feelings that I need to sit and think on. While reading the previous two books, I remember thinking how wonderful to have such a close-knit group of friends to form a life-long circle of support and safety. In this book, the vignettes about two other local women (a mother and daughter) made me think about the exclusivity of the group, even across generations. I thought back to the previous two books, trying to remember how the Ya-Yas treated those outside their cohesive group. I just couldn't remember, and have given away the books, so couldn't check. I felt really sad for those two women, and for all women and girls who are on the outside of a group like the Ya-Yas, longing to be a part of something so special. I was glad that at least one of the Ya-Yas showed great compassion to these women after all was said and done (trying not to reveal too much so I don't spoil the story.) All in all, it was a pretty good read.

  • Jaclyn
    2019-03-27 13:08

    If I had read this ten years ago, I probably would have given it five stars. After all, in high school, I was obsessed with all things Ya-Ya. Seriously - I read Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets multiple times. I loved Sidda and her artistic take on the world. I loved the idea of friends being best friends since childhood. I loved the Southern phrases and the references to entertainers through the decades. And, of course, I loved the drama of it all. Now, while I enjoy the books, I see more of Wells' formula, more of her pattern. Don't get me wrong - I can't help but love the Walkers and the rest of the Ya-Ya gang. I'm just not as willing to follow them anywhere they want to go. So, all that said, if you loved the earlier books, feel free to give this a whirl. If you haven't read the others, don't start here. And remember, as the Ya-Yas would say, life is always better with a drink in your hand.

  • Courtney
    2019-04-24 05:17

    Another delightful Ya-Ya book from Rebecca Wells. Ya-Yas in Bloom is told from multiple viewpoints, with some stand alone chapters. Other chapters offer multiple views of the same storyline. There is not a cohesive storyline tying everything together like there was in The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. This book is more about snapshots in time, told from the perspective of different characters. We do get to learn a little bit more about the male characters of the Ya-Ya world. This book was a fast and enjoyable read and I couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Ya-Ya series.

  • Krista
    2019-04-09 13:01

    Listening to Judith Ivey performing these characters is as good as a Broadway show. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath and pulled the car over so I could listen. The book itself is really just a bunch of unconnected character sketches that jump around in time, with no plot and no consistent perspectives. I get the feeling that it was published directly from the author's notebook, where she had written back stories on her characters and their children that never made it into the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. So I think the audio version actually adds something that makes me keep listening when I'm not sure I would have kept reading.

  • Gina
    2019-04-14 07:07

    I read the first two YaYa books many years ago- Little Altars Everywhere and the Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood. I remember them as being a pretty fun read, but this book seemed to try to hard. It was almost like a really bad sequel that just didn't need to be made. The story jumped all over the place, giving the reader pieces of the 30's, the 60's, and the 90's. I walked away from the end of the book thinking, so what? I couldn't be bothered with the sloppy plot line.

  • Larissa
    2019-03-27 09:59

    You always hope a sequel will be exciting--after all, your favorite characters get a chance to continue their stories and you can follow their lives a little more... this one was lackluster and seemed to bounce around to various eras, which was a little confusing to say the least. The writing was decent, but also seemed to pepper in a lot of curse words or catchphrases just for show.

  • Pat
    2019-04-13 07:55

    I loved this book. I liked the individual stories of different characters and spread over the years of the Ya Yas. The ending seemed somewhat contrived; but the Ya Yas deserved a happy ending.

  • amandra
    2019-04-15 05:00

    I loved this whole series underneath all the craziness and issues the four ladies face this is a story of friendship and family teaching the lesson that family isn't always just blood.

  • Jill Porter
    2019-04-09 06:57

    This answers the questions that I had from the first book. Good book.

  • Katharine
    2019-04-15 08:04

    This is the third in the Ya-Yas series, but I "read" it first because I grabbed the audio off the sale table at my library for $1. I didn't really expect to like it as much as I did! I don't know, the covers of this series of books always seemed a little strange to me. Well, "don't judge a book by its cover" proved, once again, to be very true. I loved it! The audio has the added advantage of enabling the listener to experience the southern drawls of the characters which, for a life-long Yankee girl like me, added a lot of charm and humor to the story. These characters are terrific; flawed, vulnerable and truly lovable. The story is at times hysterically funny, at times poignant, and sometimes both moods work together, which made me eager to listen to the next part of the book (I listened to it while driving my car). The first two novels in this series are now at the top of my list of "must reads". The child at the end of the book (one of the "très petite ya-yas) who played the angel in the Christmas pageant clinched it for me with her announcement "Unto y'all a child is born!" How can I not read the others?

  • Roxana
    2019-04-18 07:18

    Somehow better than "The Divine Secrets" but still, not a book I would necessarily recommend. The timeline gets super confusing and there are so many irrelevant details. I have the feeling that Wells just didn't realize that the story should have finished with the second book, so she just wrote this trying to give us EVEN MORE insight on the characters, which was a failed endeavor from the start. We already knew everything there was to know about the Ya-Yas and the Walker children, so this book ended up being not difficult to read, or disturbing, or boring, but simply useless. Also, there was no point in trying to emphasize the good side of Vivi (which is something the author also did in the second book) because anyone who has read "Little Altars" will remember her as a vicious child abuser. I liked how the book tackled some issues that are still plaguing the Deep South today such as racism and gun control. I liked the fact that we got to see Baylor develop as a character but I would have really loved it if the same had been done for Lulu.

  • Delores
    2019-04-07 10:09

    If you enjoyed Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and you were intrigued by the darker and deeper story in Little Alters Everywhere, I recommend stopping there...don't read the last book. Following Little Alters, Ya Yas in Bloom is a bit disingenuous. It reads like the author was trying to convince the reader that life wasn't "that bad" for the Walker children, although in Divine Secrets and in Little Alters, it is pretty clear the children at Pecan Grove are scarred from their childhood and even as adults, their family and relationships are hindered by the past. Ya Yas in Bloom is a little too rosy and quite frankly, disjointed. The reader does not hear LuLu's viewpoint in any of the chapters and there wasn't much from Little Shep either. All in all I felt the final book was an after thought, it seemed to be written haphazardly and just didn't ring true.

  • Allie Joyce
    2019-04-13 07:55

    Despite all of the many plot holes (intentional? Family histories always tend to have a lot of those) I want to curl up and live in these books.

  • Misty Fretwell
    2019-04-19 06:00

    What a read! I loved every minute of this book.

  • lola Franco
    2019-04-10 08:11

    I liked this book best of all. I didn’t love the first two. This one had more heart.

  • The Lexington Bookie
    2019-04-06 04:54

    Ya-Yas in Bloom is the last book in the series, and I liked it only slightly more than Divine Secrets. Wells opts to change up the narrators again, bouncing between the Ya-Yas and the Ya Yas Petites, as they jump from past memories to present states discussing religion, parties, antics, and relationships. This book is also shorter than the last two at just 258 pages, making it seem to me a much quicker read.In the last of the series, the Ya-Yas and their children are delving into more stories from the past, including how the Ya-Yas first met, Sidda's first directing 'gig', Baylor's Buckaroo debut, and more crazy Ya-Ya moments that pull the families together. It's all clever writing, funny moments paired with somber moments, in a way that makes you feel more like the narrator is conversing the memory to you at a kitchen table.Now, overall, to sum up the Ya-Ya trilogy, I'd have to say that Little Altars Everywhere was my favorite. I devoured it. But the other two felt repetitive because many stories from Altars were delved into with more detail in the following books. I liked learning more information about the stories, but my imagination was pretty close to the written information in the second and third books, and therefore it really slowed the pace of the books down. That was the biggest turn off for me. I also had a hard time with Siddalee, who happened to be a prominent character as the eldest Walker child, and key observer of the Ya-Ya antics. She tended to beat a dead horse about the relationship problems with her mother- she loved her, she resented her, repeat. I understand her wounds ran deep, but the complicated relationship was very tiresome.I'd also like to note that the movie inspired by the books is very different. They cut out a lot of the melodrama, and added more humor. I would say, if you were interested in this series, read Altars, skip the rest of the books, and then watch the movie. You'll get the gist.

  • Diane
    2019-04-19 05:58

    I recommend this.

  • Michele
    2019-04-06 06:57

    There is a lot to be said for tight knit non family relationships....

  • Dawn
    2019-04-05 05:13

    Ok, I think it would get a different rating if I wasn't already in love with these characters. But I am, so...

  • Susie
    2019-04-03 06:24

    Rating: 3.75Enjoyed this following a reread of Divine Secrets. More of a vignette vs. the story line of Divine Secrets. In fact, this completes the YaYa story for me. Let's hear it for Baylor.

  • J. N.
    2019-03-29 06:07

    Sadly lacked the charm of "Divine Secrets", which I reread this summer and really loved. I'm not sure why this one is so much worse.

  • Joey Sharpe
    2019-04-22 09:09

    Not as good as the first Ya-Yas but good just the same.