Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Ya Yas, Bk 2)
Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood - Ya Yas, Bk 2 Author:Rebecca Wells 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 unti... more »l 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.« less
"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" is an incredible book. It deals with difficult subjects without turning people into stereotypes. It tackles subjects of abuse, and the reactions from it psychologically on both parties. It details loving relationships between people without turning to sentimentality. And it's hilarious and heartbreaking in the same page at times...Everyone has things that they must learn to forgive our parents for. We all carry wounds from the way we were raised. We all have a sense of love for our families and friends that transcends the boundaries of rational thinking. The Ya-Ya's are truly eternal reminders that we must hang on to those things, grow from them, learn from them, but most of all, keep them close and don't analyze them...Just love them for who and what they are.
My all-time favorite book... I've read it three times, and it never gets old. By describing three generations of women, from Buggy to Vivi to Sidda, Wells creates a picture of the complicated mother-daughter dynamic, giving background glimpses to help us understand what makes them tick. Vivi especially is a character of depth - she makes me love her one minute and hate her the next, a pattern that adds to her authenticity. And oh, the Ya-Ya's. This is a group of girls who defy the common definition of "family," proving that the bond between friends can be the most powerful thing in the world.
Over the years I've read many, many great books. Great as they may have been, only a very small pool of them can I vividly remember or even recommend. This book will be one that will stick with me. The storytelling was magical and transporting. My eldest daughter was reading this at the same time I was and we both loved it.
I found this to be an interesting story even though I have not read Book 1 of the Ya Yas. It's a very interesting story of four girls who were best friends all their lives. It is sometimes sad, sometimes funny and heartwrenching at times.
The characters were enjoyable (except, oddly, Sidda, who I thought was kind of boring), but the present-time story seemed to drag. I loved the stories of the past about the Ya-Ya's but Siddalee's storyline was a snooze fest for me.
This is the second book in the "Ya-Yas" Series" and probably the most famous of the three. It is also probably the best of the three, or at least I thought it was the best in the series. This book presents Siddalee (Sidda) Walker, grown up and on her own, dealing with the idea of marriage. She is in love with a wonderful man, but she can't seem to bring herself to marry him due to issues from her childhood, particularly those issues with her mother, Vivi. She feels like she's never been taught how to love, and this is compounded with an incident that caused Vivi to alienate herself from Sidda. Sidda decides to seek refuge from the world in a cabin out in the woods, and there she discovers what she was longing for, with a little help from her mothers' friends, the Ya-Yas, and a scrapbook containing their "Divine Secrets." Using the "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" as her guide, Sidda discovers secrets from Vivi's life, which helps bring understanding to her own life.
As mentioned before, I liked this book the best out of the three. The writing style is more "traditional" than the first and third books. Those books both bounce back and forth between time periods and character perspectives in every chapter. This book has much cleaner transitions between time periods and keeps everything except a few letters between characters in the third person. This book can certainly be enjoyed without reading the other two books in the series. I felt that Vivi was much more of a "mixed up and misunderstood" character in this book, rather than the monster she seems to be in the first one. I like Vivi much better in this book.
Debbie T. reviewed Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Ya Yas, Bk 2) on
One of my favorite books ever! This book had me laughing out loud one minute and crying the next. Set in the era of my own childhood, there are many recognizable scenes making me feel as if I surely had known these women.