It’s summer and I’m getting through books faster than I usually do. Hence the mini-reviews. I am not complaining though. Let’s see how well this pace keeps up before I burn myself out haha.
Caitlynn and Victoria (“Vix”) have two distinct backgrounds but meet when they’re 12 years old. Every summer since,they spend it at Caitlynn’s family home on Martha’s Vineyard. This is the story of their friendship, and how they grew up and followed different paths in life.
The dynamic of their friendship is weird. Vix wishes she had Caitlynn’s life. So as little girls, she does what Caitlynn wants. Never once questioning her actions. Which is why Caitlynn likes her. As adults though, you realize that Caitlynn is struggling. She cries out for help in her own way but Vix kind of blows her off. And there are all these revelations that make you think, they were shitty people to each other. Yet, they’re still friends.
Caitlynn’s dad and stepmom become Vix’s benefactors, giving her opportunities that she otherwise may not have had. Vix follows the path that everyone assumes Caitlynn was destined for. She goes to college, she maintains a healthy relationship with Caitlynn’s parents, she marries, she has a baby. While Caitlynn travels the world, never once returning to the island. She sort of drifts along. That is until she decides to settle down and marry Vix’s first love on her birthday!
Yeah. That happens. Vix started dating Bru, an islander, when she was about 16 years old. They maintained an on-again/off-again relationship for about 4-5 years while she was in college. When he proposes, she turns him down and that’s the end of that. Fast forward a few years and he is engaged to Caitlynn. Caitlynn who has only recently returned to the island. Caitlynn who one day out of the blue rings Vix and invites her to the island because she is getting married. When Vix asks to who, Caitlynn is so matter of fact. Talking about “I thought you knew”, and you have to be my maid of honor, and oh we’re getting married on your birthday so you never forget our anniversary. What?! Girl, bye!
This is my first adult novel by Judy Blume. And, um… haha. I liked it. I really did. I loved the setting. I loved the writing. I loved the story. It’s an interesting take on childhood friendships and how they change when we grow up and experience life. But. The ending. Something happens and it’s open to interpretation. Sigh. This always bothers me. I do have a theory though…
Gidget by Frederick Kohner
It’s summer and Franzie goes for a swim at the beach when she gets caught in the waves. Enter Moondoggie. A surfer that pulls her out of the water. He rides the wave in, with Franzie on the board, and what ensues are Gidget’s attempts to learn how to surf and become a part of the all-boy crew.
The book is a good look at 50’s surfing culture in Malibu. It is also The Catcher in the Rye for women. Gidget is trying to grow up fast but she is also scared to do so. She’s funny, she’s adorable and strong-willed. While she’s fallen head over heels for Moondoggie, it is surfing she has truly fallen in love with.
In all fairness I should mention there is an instance of cheating. But it is important to remember dating norms were different in the 50’s. Even wholesome Nancy Drew dates other guys, even though she has Ned. So, don’t judge the book by today’s standards. (Didn’t I say I was biased? ;))
The story was inspired by Kathy Kohner’s own surfing adventures in Malibu. Her father took her stories, fictionalized them, and wrote this book in 6 weeks! This is actually the first book in the series. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to read the rest (I can’t find them in any bookstore!)
A quick, easy, summer read! Read the books, watch the movies and tv show! 🙂
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham
In her memoir, she takes the reader through each season of Gilmore Girls. With tidbits on her fashion choices, and other behinds the scenes stuff. The part that got me was when she talked about the ending of the show. Apparently no one knew with any degree of certainty that the show would be cancelled so when the show wrapped up the seventh season, she left. Not knowing that it would be years before she would get to go back.
What I particularly enjoyed was when she discussed the renewal. Because boy do I have opinions about the revival. And Graham does a wonderful job of conveying her own confusion with the revival’s finale. (Those damn 4 words ya’ll!). But we also get to see how emotional she is to be back on the set. I got a little teary-eyed myself.
One thing to keep in mind if you go with the audiobook. Lauren Graham frequently refers to photographs. (OverDrive wouldn’t let me download the supplementary stuff). So a quick peek at the physical book before or afterwards would be a good idea.
Overall, an enjoyable listen. I laughed, I got a little sad, but it was nice to see Stars Hollow through the eyes of someone who spent quite a lot of time there. Lauren Graham, is funny, witty, and she really does talk fast haha. It’s a relatively short memoir and one I would recommend to all Gilmore Girls and Parenthood fans.
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Picked this book up because it’s by Lauren Graham and she mentioned how it came to fruition in her memoir.
Franny Banks is an aspiring theater actress living in New York in the 90’s. She has a deadline. A deadline to ascertain whether she continues trying to pursue acting or takes a different career path. She fumbles, she mildly succeeds but she keeps trying, and manages to keep her happy go-lucky attitude through most of it.
It’s not the best book but it is entertaining. And as someone who has seen Gilmore Girls multiple times, I could see elements of the show within the book. Some of the character quirks and personalities seemed oddly familiar. But it is a good look at the entertainment world from someone who has lived it. It also parallels Franny and Zooey, which I didn’t realize. Yet another book I apparently need to reread.
Well, that concludes today’s mini-reviews. Until next time. Happy blogging everyone! 🙂