Title: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Author: Rebecca Wells
Summary: 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 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.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood may call to mind Prince of Tides in its unearthing of family darkness; in its unforgettable heroines and irrepressible humor and female loyalty, it echoes Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: A good example of a relaxing chick-lit book. It was an easy read, but an overall enjoyable one. The author did a good job at creating realistic and eccentric characters that grab the reader’s attention and keep them interested in the story. It’s the characters stories, lives and their personal traits that make the book what it is. I enjoyed taking the emotional journey, divulging into the secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and finding out the past lives of all the different generations. Some of the characters tendencies did bug me a bit, and there wasn’t any one character that stuck out for me, but it was more the overall affect all the characters had together, and how their relationships and emotions were written, that made the book what it was.
I did see the movie first, but I’m having a hard time figuring out which one I like better. The movie has far more humour and eccentric characters to it. The mother especially is more entertaining in the movie. But the book is better at creating the relationships between the characters, which is what I enjoyed the most about the book, is the realism of the relationships between friends, and their emotional journeys they go on together. It’s a great book for book clubs and chick-lit fans.
Would I recommend it to read: If you enjoyed the movie or a good mindless chick-lit read then yes. The book takes place in the old south, so you have to take into consideration that ways were different back then in how women, families and society did certain things. I’ve read some reviews that have addressed this. But, it’s a good story overall.
What to read next: The Secret Life of Bees (more for the going into family's past, to find out who they were). by Sue Monk Kidd
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, 2009 Support Your Library Challenge, New Author Challenge, Spring Reading Challenge