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Rebecca Wells's wonderful third book in her Ya-Ya trilogy, which includes Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is sure to provide reading that makes you laugh and cry, a book that will break your heart and mend it again.

Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s, following Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie through sixty years of marriage, child-raising, and hair-raising family secrets.

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Overview

Rebecca Wells's wonderful third book in her Ya-Ya trilogy, which includes Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is sure to provide reading that makes you laugh and cry, a book that will break your heart and mend it again.

Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s, following Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie through sixty years of marriage, child-raising, and hair-raising family secrets.

When four-year-old Teensy Whitman prisses one time too many and stuffs a big old pecan up her nose, she sets off the chain of events that lead Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie to become true sister-friends. Using as narration the alternating voices of Vivi and the Petite Ya-Yas, Siddalee and Baylor Walker, as well as other denizens of Thornton, Louisiana, Wells show us the Ya-Yas in love and at war with convention. Through crises of faith and hilarious lapses of parenting skills, brushes with alcoholism and glimpses of the dark reality of racial bigotry, the Ya-Ya values of unconditional loyalty, high style, and Louisiana sass shine through.

But in the Ya-Yas' inimitable way, these four remarkable women also teach their children about the Mysteries: the wonder of snow in the deep South, the possibility that humans are made of stars, and the belief that miracles do happen. And they need a miracle when old grudges and wounded psyches lead to a heartbreaking crime...and the dynamic web of sisterhood is the only safety net strong enough to hold families together and endure.

After two bestsellers and a blockbuster movie, the Ya-Yas have become part of American culture -- icons for the power of women's friendship. Ya-Yas in Bloom continues the saga, giving us more Ya-Ya lore, spun out in the rich patois of the Louisiana bayou country and brim full of the Ya-Ya message to embrace life and each other with joy.

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Editorial Reviews

Southern Living
“Unforgettable characters.”
Seattle Times
“The charm here is in the details, the dialogue, and Wells’ canny observations about life in Thorton, Louisiana.”
Rocky Mountain News
“Hilarious…Had me laughing out loud…Brims with the Ya-Yas’ hallmark irreverence.”
Detroit Free Press
“A must-read…Rollicking anecdotes.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Wells is a marvelous writer.”
Wilmington Star News (NC)
“A sharp ear for dialogue and one of the finest gifts for verbal insult this side of Dorothy Parker.”
The Sentinel
“Having friends like the Ya-Yas is something every woman wants and the lucky ones get.”
USA Today
“Reveals the roots of the friendship of the Ya-Ya sisterhood.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Readers in touch with their inner Ya-Yas will feel right at home in Thornton.”
Booklist
“Every bit as joyful as the original…Uplifting, uproarious, saucy, and smart…lives up to the highest expectations”
The Oregonian (Portland)
“Irrepressible…Touching…A pleasure to read.”
Austin American-Statesman
“Charming…Sparks of humor and sass.”
Southern Living
“Unforgettable characters.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Readers in touch with their inner Ya-Yas will feel right at home in Thornton.”
USA Today
“Reveals the roots of the friendship of the Ya-Ya sisterhood.”
Detroit Free Press
“A must-read…Rollicking anecdotes.”
Booklist
“Every bit as joyful as the original…Uplifting, uproarious, saucy, and smart…lives up to the highest expectations”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Wells is a marvelous writer.”
Rocky Mountain News
“Hilarious…Had me laughing out loud…Brims with the Ya-Yas’ hallmark irreverence.”
Seattle Times
“The charm here is in the details, the dialogue, and Wells’ canny observations about life in Thorton, Louisiana.”
Austin American-Statesman
“Charming…Sparks of humor and sass.”
The Oregonian (Portland)
“Irrepressible…Touching…A pleasure to read.”
Wilmington Star News (NC)
“A sharp ear for dialogue and one of the finest gifts for verbal insult this side of Dorothy Parker.”
The Sentinel
“Having friends like the Ya-Yas is something every woman wants and the lucky ones get.”
Publishers Weekly
The Ya-Ya sisters shimmy on and off stage in this disjointed follow-up to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Wells's bestselling novel about the singular friendship and escapades of four larger-than-life Southern women. The author is off to a good start with the tale of how Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie met as little girls in 1930, their spunk and liveliness a harbinger of things to come. But the focus on the Ya-Yas' early years soon wavers and the novel is all over the map-here a few tales about the grown-up Ya-Yas, like Vivi's run-in with her son's first-grade teacher, a pompous nun; there a story about Vivi's eldest daughter, Sidda, one of the so-called "Petites Ya-Yas," and her directorial debut at age eight at a Valentine's Day party. A chapter appears out of nowhere from the viewpoint of Myrtis Spevey, a contemporary of the original Ya-Yas, who is so excessively jealous and resentful of the friends that she comes off as a cartoon character. After a vexing 30-year leap, Myrtis's creepy, emotionally ill daughter, Edythe, takes over the narrative, kidnapping one of the Ya-Yas' grandchildren. What begins as a collection of haphazard but entertaining snippets from the Ya-Yas' lives suddenly bumps up against a sober story about a missing child and the lengths to which parents will go to protect their young. Readers may lose patience as even the loose family-album format fails to hold up, but Wells still charms when she focuses on the redemptive power of family love and the special bond that comes from genuine, long-lived friendship. Agent, Kim Witherspoon. (One-day laydown Mar. 29) Forecast: Flaws aside, this has a chance at #1, though it may not stick at the top of the lists as long as Divine Secrets. Major ad/promo. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Fans of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood will find Wells's follow-up a major disappointment, lacking all the sparkle and insight into mother/daughter relationships that marked the introduction of characters Sidda, ViVi, Teensy, Necie, and Caro. This book is a collection of turgid vignettes highlighting moments in the lives of the Ya-Yas, told primarily from the point of view of Sidda and her mother, ViVi. Leaping randomly from the 1960s to the 1990s, these include such events as how ViVi met her three best friends, Sidda's first experience directing a Valentine's Day performance of the Ya-Yas, the first appearance of snow in their hometown of Thornton, LA, the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and other random events. The dialog is leaden, the stories not particularly interesting. Of course, given Wells's well-earned popularity for her earlier titles and the aggressive marketing campaign that will surround this book, public libraries will get requests but should consider purchase only to meet demand. [See Prepub, LJ 12/04.]-Nancy Pearl, formerly with Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
More helpings of southern-fried sisterhood. Actually, in this third set of snapshots from the lives of four Louisiana friends (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, 1997, etc.), the men get the final epiphanies. But since these consist of politically correct nostrums like "masculine love . . . is not about power. It is not about judging. It is about a quiet calm, a quiet love," it's clear that girls still rule. For those who have been panting to know how the Ya-Yas first got together, Wells takes us back to 1930, when Teensy Whitman shoves a pecan up her nose and, rushed to the doctor's office where Viviane Abbott sits with an earache, intoxicates Vivi with "a magical wink." Bohemian Caro and good-girl Necie round out the quartet before the year is up, and the narrative then bounces around to show them as unconventional young mothers during the 1960s and cool grannies in 1994. That's the year when Edythe Spevey, the mentally disturbed daughter of a jealous farm girl who always hated the wealthy, flamboyant Ya-Yas, snatches Necie's three-year-old granddaughter, Rosalyn, from a video store. This scary development assorts very oddly with earlier feel-good episodes that show the Ya-Yas facing down such all-too-easy targets as Necie's narrow-minded husband George (he doesn't like the Beatles!) and a censorious nun (she's shocked when Vivi's six-year-old son brings in his mother's garter belt for Show and Tell!). Not even a kidnapping can bring real depth to the kind of characters who call their kids "the Petites Ya-Yas" and their grandchildren "the Tres Petites." Fortunately, since Wells inclines to southern cutesiness rather than southern gothic, little Rosalyn is rescued in short order-andin plenty of time for the annual Ya-Ya Christmas party. Wells closes with a chaotic pageant that's meant to be adorable and the stunning revelation that Judge George Ogden is actually not such a bad guy. Another divine jacket image will undoubtedly move books off the shelves, but this is pretty thin stuff for all but the most fanatical Ya-Ya devotees.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060953652
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Series: The/ Ya-Ya Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 428,240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Wells

Writer, actor, and playwright Rebecca Wells is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ya-Yas in Bloom, Little Altars Everywhere, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which was made into a feature film. A native of Louisiana, she now lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

Biography

In 1992, a Louisiana-born playwright and actress introduced the world to a clan of quirky Southerners that instantly made an indelible imprint on readers all over the country. Little Altars Everywhere was the warm and witty story of the Walker family of Thornton, Louisiana, and it established Rebecca Wells as one of the most beloved writers in contemporary literature. She solidified that position further with Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 1996. Now, nearly ten years later, Wells is giving her avid fans yet another reason to celebrate.

Wells originally made waves as an acclaimed playwright. After a childhood spent indulging in the Southern tradition of verbal story-telling, Wells decided to develop her innate skill for yarn-spinning by penning plays after moving to New York City to pursue a career as a stage actor.

It was not until the early '90s that Wells decided to try her hand at a novel. While telling the larger story of the dysfunctional Walkers, Little Altars Everywhere chiefly focused on a young girl named Siddalee, a character which author Andrew Ward once described as "one of the sharpest little chatterboxes since Huckleberry Finn." Little Altars became both a critical favorite and a bestseller, and paved the way for the smashingly successful Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which continued Siddalee's story and revealed her mother Vivi's affiliation with an exuberant society of Southern women. The Ya-Ya Sisterhood not only wowed critics across the country, but it hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and inspired a cult-like following of readers to rival Wells's fictional sisterhood.

Unfortunately, during the years following the release of Wells's most beloved novel, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, an illness that no doubt slowed her productivity. "Before I started treatment, on my weakest days, I was unable to lift my hands to type," she says on her web site. "My husband would hold a tape recorder for me so I could talk scenes that were in my imagination. On some days, I could not walk. My husband would lift me out of my wheelchair and into my writing chair. I could only write about 20 minutes, always at night. I learned to humble myself to limitations of energy, and I learned to be grateful that even though my body was so sick, my imagination was still very much alive. I consider Ya-Yas in Bloom to be my ‘miracle baby.'"

Indeed, her legion of fans will agree that her latest release is nothing short of miraculous. After nearly a decade since the release of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells has finally produced the third installment of her popular series. Ya-Yas in Bloom reaches further back than either of her previous novels, examining the origins of the Ya-Ya sisterhood in the 1930s through various narrators and a family album-like format. Wells's devoted followers will surely find much to enjoy in what the author describes as a "more tender book" than her last two works. "Illness -- and the love and forgiveness I have been given have taught me about the need for Tenderness," she says. "Now I know more deeply that we all need more compassion and kindness than this fast, consumer-driven world encourages. Life is not easy. It is filled with pain. It is also filled with joy and moments of ...[a]nd all of a sudden, you realize how beautiful this raggedy life really is."

Wells's positive outlook should only glow more brightly as her health continues to improve. As for the Ya-Yas, Wells is happy to report, "Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I definitely hope to write more Ya-Ya books. The universe of the Ya-Yas has a million tales, and somebody has to tell them!"

Good To Know

While attending the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, Wells studied language and consciousness with legendary beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Writing is not the only thing that this author takes seriously. In 1982, she formed a chapter of the Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament in Seattle, Washington.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Wells:

"Flowers heal me. Tulips make me happy. I keep myself surrounded by them as soon as they start coming to the island from Canada, and after that when they come from the fields in La Connor, not far from where I live. When their season is over, I surround myself with dahlias from my friend Tami's garden."

"I believe that we are given strength and help from a power much larger than ourselves. I believe if I humble myself that this power will come through me, and help me create work that is bigger than I would have ever been able to have done alone. I believe that illness has led me to a life of gratitude, so I consider Lyme disease at this point in my life to be a blessing in disguise."

"I value humor, kindness, and the ability to tell a good story far more than money, status, or the kind of car someone drives."

"I dislike the second Bush administration's abuse of power. I abhor his administration's waging of war, and the systematic design to make the rich richer and the poor poorer."

"I love being with my husband and family, walking outside, standing in La Luz de La Luna in her ever-changing stages, playing with my dog, singing, dancing, having dinner with friends, playing word games in the parlor, thrilling at our sheep eating alfalfa out of my hand, going to the island farmer's market on Saturdays. I love being told by my doctors that there is every reason to believe that I will get ‘better and better' from Lyme disease. I love that I am privileged enough to have been diagnosed and treated for the fastest growing vector-born bacterial disease in this country."

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    1. Hometown:
      An island near Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Alexandria, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.A., Louisiana State University; Graduate work, Louisiana State University and Naropa Institute
    2. Website:

First Chapter

Vivi, January 1994

My name is Viviane Abbott Walker. Age sixty-eight, but I can pass for forty-nine. And I do. I altered my driver's license and kept that gorgeous picture of me when my hair was still thick and I looked like Jessica Lange, and glued it onto every new license I've had since 1975. And not one officer has said a word to me about it. I like to think I am Queen of the Ya-Yas, the sisterhood I've been part of since I was four. But the fact is that all of us are queens. The Ya-Yas are not a monarchy. We are a Ya-Ya-cracy. Caro, who is still more alive than anyone I know, even though she is yoked to an oxygen tank most of the time because of her emphysema. Teensy, who is probably the most sophisticated of us, although she doesn't know it, and still cute as a bug. I never know when she'll be home in Thornton--right smack in the heart of Louisiana, where we were all raised--or in Paris or Istanbul. And Necie, our dear, kind Necie, who is still Madame Chairwoman of every charity in the parish, if not the state.

As Ya-Yas, we've grown up, raised our kids--the Petites Ya-Yas--and welcomed our grandchildren, the Très Petites, into this sweet, crazy world. We've helped one another stay glued together through most any life event you can imagine. Except we haven't buried our husbands yet. Well, Caro tried to bury Blaine when she found out he was gay, but decided he and his boyfriend were too much fun and Blaine too good a cook to kill him.

It was the Ya-Yas who brought my oldest child, Sidda, and I back together when we were on the verge of an ugly mother-daughter divorce. They would not stand by and watch it happen, bless their crazy wild hearts. Sidda said it was the three of them and that old scrapbook of mine that I so grandly titled "Divine Secrets" when I was nothing but a kid that helped her understand me. Helped her believe I loved her--even though I was what you might call an "uneven" mother. Sidda has always been melodramatic.

Sidda said she especially loved the snapshots. Snapshots are just snapshots as far as I am concerned. Sidda analyzes everything too much, if you ask me. But this morning, I'm the one who wants to study a photograph. And, of all things, it's one with my mother in it.

This morning I woke from the most vivid memory. It was not so much a dream as a completely clear picture of my mother, surrounded by flowers. It triggered an image that I just knew I had a photograph of. But I had to have my coffee before beginning the search. Photos in this house are not what you would call organized. You have to be an archaeologist to even form a search team. I've always been too busy living to sit around for hours and arrange the photos and snapshots into proper family albums. My life is so full. I might be a card-carrying member of AARP, but I am not retired. Or retiring, for that matter! Hah! I am busy, busy, busy. Work out at the club every single weekday. Bourrée with the Ya-Yas. Cruises with Shep. And spending time in that garden of his. He's out there so much that in order to see him, I have--for the first time in my life--put on a pair of deerskin gloves and done a very small amount of digging and weeding. He says it will grow on me. I say, What's wrong with being a garden amateur? Mass every Saturday afternoon. Confession twice a month. Reading everything I can get my hands on (except science fiction, too much like my bad dreams). Playing tennis with Teensy and Chick. I am fit as hell. My constitution is amazing. My liver is in fine shape, to the everlasting shock of my doctors. The most trouble I have is a little arthritis in my hands. I'm going to be like one of those women they find in China who live to be one hundred and forty after smoking and drinking all their lives.

Oh, there is pain in my life, but it is harder to put a name to it. Sometimes I lie in bed and wonder if there was a typhoid booster or dental checkup that I forgot to give Sidda, Little Shep, Lulu, or Baylor. Something I missed and should have done. Sometimes I lie in bed and wish I had just asked the kids what would have made them feel more loved. But I do not dwell, thank you very much. I follow Necie's words of wisdom: "Just think pretty pink and blue thoughts."

After one strong cup of Dark Roast Community Coffee, I began scrounging through the hutch drawers where I keep most of our family snapshots. I had to pray to Saint Anthony, Patron Saint of Lost Objects, and he finally helped me find the image I wanted. It was stashed in the back of one of the hutch drawers, slightly wrinkled, but there all the same. One of the things I love about Catholicism is that there is a saint for everything. If Sidda can't find a saint for something, that girl just makes one up. Even has one she calls Saint Madge of Menstruation. I don't consider that blasphemous, although there was a time when I would have. Now I just call it creative...

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The foregoing is excerpted from Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

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Reading Group Guide

Introduction

The third book in the Ya-Ya saga returns to the roots of the Ya-Ya friendship during the 1930s in Thornton, Louisiana, when four-year-old Teensy Whitman stuffs a big old pecan up her nose out of boredom. Rushed to Dr. Mott's office by her Cajun Mama, Genevieve Whitman, she sets off a chain of events that leads Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie to become lifelong sister friends. Then the novel roars with all the raw power of Vivi's vintage T-Bird through sixty years of marriage, parenting mistakes, and hair-raising family secrets.

A narrative woven out of many voices, including those of Vivi and the petite Ya-Yas, Sidda and Baylor Walker, as well as tales by other inhabitants of the small town of Thornton, Ya-Yas in Bloom depicts the profound emotional ties among women and the confidences they share. Each episode, told in the rich patois of Cajun Bayou country, brings to life the Ya-Yas in love and at war with convention.

From a show-down with the nuns at Divine Compassion Parochial School to a uproarious trip to see the Beatles, from the disturbing effects of alcoholism to the dark realities of racial bigotry, the Ya-Ya values of unconditional loyalty, high style, and Southern sass shine through. Necie's wise credo, "Just think pretty pink and blue thoughts," helps too.

But the four remarkable women who call themselves the Ya-Yas also teach their children about the Mysteries: the wonder of snow in the deep South, the theory that humans are made of stardust, and the certainty that miracles do occur. And the Ya-Yas need a miracle when old grudges and wounded psyches lead to a heartbreaking crime. It is the dynamic web of sisterhood that emerges as the safety net strong enough to hold families together and endure.

In this rich, multi-layered saga is ultimately a celebration of life, bursting with Ya-Ya sparkle, energy, and joie de vivre.

Questions for Discussion

  1. Rebecca Wells writes that the pecan that Teensy stuffed up her nose becomes a talisman of the origins of the Ya-Ya tribe, "who always made themselves up as they went along and always tried to see what they could hold inside and still keep breathing." (p. 19). What are some of the things the Ya-Yas held inside? Do you think women should keep some things inside, or let them out? Why or why not?

  2. The relationships of mothers and daughters are a dominant theme in the Ya-Ya books. In this one, we learn a great deal more about the mothers of the original Ya-Yas. Vivi Abbott's mother, Mary Katherine, is called "Buggy" because she claimed she could speak in tongues (p. 14), and Genevieve Whitman is called "an uppity woman" (p. 38). How do the personalities of the mothers affect each of the daughters, Vivi and Teensy? Why do some daughters try to be like their mothers and others rebel against them?

  3. The stories "Buckaroo" and "Circling the Globe" are told through the eyes of Baylor as a child. "Safety" is one of the stories told from his point of view as an adult. Talk about what kind of little boy he was. Does the child mold the man? Specifically is his choice of profession a good fit for him? Is his behavior as an adult consistent with the child he once was?

  4. The impulse to protect one's family is extraordinarily powerful for parents. Baylor's first impulse after the kidnapping is to go out and buy a gun. He doesn't. Why not? Do you agree with his decision? Would you have a gun in your house? Why or why not?

  5. Take a close look at Vivi Abbott's marriage to Big Shep Walker. What was wrong with it? What was right with it?

  6. What are the Mysteries? How does an awareness of them change the way we perceive life ... and death?

About the Author

A native of Louisiana, Rebecca Wells is an actor and playwright in addition to being the author of the phenomenal bestsellers Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which have been translated into twenty-three languages worldwide. She has received numerous awards, including the Western States Book Award for Little Altars Everywhere and the American Booksellers Book of the Year Award for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

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    Posted August 29, 2012

    Cheesy and trite

    So disappointingly awful that the only possible explanation is that this book could not have been written by the same author as the first two. Where the first two books were filled with meaningful dialogue and deeply sympathetic human experiences, this one was a ridiculously indulgent, shallow, brainless piece of fluff. If you prefer meaty books with real substance then skip this one. You won't be missing anything.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

    Disappointing

    Maybe it's me, but I didn't enjoy this book at all. I love the Ya Ya characters and liked Divine Secrets, but this was just flat for me. Nothing seemed to flow and reading this book alone, you don't feel connected to the characters. Wells' writing is good and her descriptions of Louisiana and the culture are great, but the story(ies) just go nowhere for me. They move quickly, don't let you get a good sense of anything that is underlying in the characters and the end is just the end - nothing poignant, nothing grand, nothing horrible, it's just the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2009

    Ya Yas in Bloom

    This book was moving and wonderful. Full of the old South, lots of fun tales and traditions. I loved it. Gave it to my daughter to read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A charmer

    The four Ya-Yas sisters Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie met in 1930 Louisiana as little girls. They were a hand full as individuals so filled with zest and prankishness, but as a quartet though very young they ruled their world. Over the years they married, had children, but remained the Ya-Yas whether they fought with nuns or rained the next generation of 'Petites Ya-Yas'.-------- Others their age kept out of their exclusive club like nasty jealous Myrtis detested the fearsome foursome. Her loathing leads to her even more resentful emotionally deranged daughter Edythe kidnapping Necie's three-year-old granddaughter, Rosalyn. No one messes with the septuagenarian granny Ya-Yas who are coming to rescue one of their own.----------- The first part of the book consists of interesting vignettes from the salad days of the Ya-Yas though not linear in nature, but just as fun to follow. The tale does a 180 spin with Edythe narrating how much she hates and envies the Ya-Yas, who she desperately wanted to join but did not fit in. Edythe never seems real as she has one emotion: animosity. The story leaps again to 1994 and the kidnapping. Though lacking continuity as if three novellas were combined into one book, fans will enjoy YA-YAS IN BLOOM especially the escapades of the early years.--------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    Hilarious!

    This book was great light reading, very funny and reminiscent of growing up in the 1950s and 60s. It made me laugh out loud and it made me happy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    A big letdown

    This book was sorely disappointing. The vignettes were all over the place and it seemed very forced. Much of the dialogue was corny. The Christmas pageant at the end was the first we saw of many of the extended Ya-Ya family just seemed jumbled and cheesy. I was a big fan of Wells' previous 2 Ya-Ya books and really looked forward to reading this one, but it was a struggle to get through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    A Jumbled Mess

    I loved the 1st 2 YaYa books! However, this last installment is just a jumble of stories that has no flow. You have no idea why the author is telling you these stories. There is no climatic build up. I felt no real connection with any of the characters especially Vivi's youngest son Baylor. It seemed that Rebecca Wells tried to make him an unique character with cute quirks. I felt he just came off weird and paraniod. By the time, I got to the send to last chapter which centers around Baylor's family, I could not bring myself to read anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    Disappointed yet again by the hype.

    While parts of this book were mildly entertaining and reminiscent of the other two, the last quarter is a struggle to get through. Parts of the dialogue are cheesy and meaningless. I would only recommend this to Ya-Ya devotees, which I am clearly not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    Disappointed

    As a big fan of the first two books I started reading this book with high expectations of continuing the YaYa saga. Unfortunately, the book ended with huge disappointment. The first half kept my interest but the last quarter was boring and to its detriment, completely unlike the first two books. If you have to read this book, borrow it from the library. Unlike the others, you won't want to read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    A Poorly Written Sequal

    What a shame! Rebecca Wells has so much talent. She is far too good a writer to have written this bit of fluff. Her fans must have been begging for more about the Ya Ya's and she obliged with this poorly written sequal. Unlike her other books, nothing rings true. Even the part about the 4 year olds meeting was unlikely because the behavior of those four was more typical of 8-10 year old children. Ms. Wells should forget the Ya Ya's now and move on to something new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    Mixed Emotions on This One

    The book seemed to start off in a good direction but the ending was a little bland to me. I would have liked to see a better follow up to the awesome original Ya Ya Sisterhood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    Disappointed in the Ending

    This book starts out wonderfully. I couldn't help but read it with a smile on my face. But then, about 3/4 of the way through, it seems like a completely different book. Randomly, the author goes in another direction! It felt like she didn't know what to write next about our beloved Ya Ya's, so she created a random drama. However, we don't know the characters intimately enough to fret over the situation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2005

    Loved It

    This is a wonderful book I believe because it has a happy ending and who ever doesn't like those is one depressing person! Another thing is I like the fact you got to be more in touch with all the Ya-Ya's families. To show us a different side of all of them. For those of you who obviously didn't read the first one these books their not all suppost to be about ' mother and daughter' relationships ... and I think that is refreshing to see what the other characters are like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    I Laughed Heartly recalling my own S. La.,Catholic upbringing.

    I can only speak for this Ya-Ya book,as I've read none other. I can tell you that I loved the vivid descriptions of Catholic rites-of-passage,taboos and the like. Comming from Kenner, La. now living in Dayton,Ohio I saw much of myself and kindred spirit in The Ya-Ya clan. Thank you to the author for this work .It offerred to me a pleasant cathartic retrospect. Erin Fleming

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    A great read.. really takes you there

    This book is such a fun and easy read. I become engrossed everytime in the lives of these little girls. Being from Louisiana, this book also hits home. I think it is such a great book to get lost in and feel free and young

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Read it if you like the other books...but prepare to be disappointed

    I love the other 2 Ya-Ya books, but this one was a real disappointment. I still recommend reading it if you are a fan - there are some good parts - but I'd suggest waiting till it's in paperback ro even just getting it from the library. I can't see myself ever wanting to read it again.

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