This book first caught my eye due to my surprise regarding the author. I loved reading Judy Blume books as a kid. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, & Just As Long As We're Together are a few which come to mind. Yet now, Blume has decided to branch out into the realm of adult literature.
In this book, Blume wrote delightful characters who became real so fast, they could practically walk off the page. The story follows Victoria Leonard and her friend Caitlin Somers, and delves into the friendship these two girls develop during shared summers on Martha's Vineyard, where Victoria is honored to be a guest to the Somer's Family.
The girls each come from substantially different family backgrounds and have very opposite personalities, and yet they find common ground through their shared experiences. Their friendship is realistic, with angry words, petty fights, boy troubles, betrayals, and other all-too-common aspects of friendships between teenage girls.
This book also follows the girls through the ups and downs even beyond high school, delightfully spinning the story of their disconnection during college and while Caitlin travels the world, and yet always shining through is the constant friendship which never seems to change. Yet the girls do change. They make different choices in life, follow different paths, which lead them apart for a while before eventually bringing them back together.
As a whole, I enjoyed this book. Blume jumps into an adult focus (definitely not for kids here!), weaving beautiful characters and unexpected twists, this is a fast and enjoyable read. I recommend it for a day at the beach or curling up on a rainy day!