Smart Women

Smart Women Margo and B B are each divorced and each is trying to reinvent her life in Colorado while their respective teenage daughters look on with a mixture of humor and horror But even smart women sometimes

  • Title: Smart Women
  • Author: Judy Blume
  • ISBN: 9780425206553
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • Margo and B.B are each divorced, and each is trying to reinvent her life in Colorado while their respective teenage daughters look on with a mixture of humor and horror But even smart women sometimes have a lot to learn and they will, when B.B s ex husband moves in next door to Margo

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    1. Judy Blume

      Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as Are You There God It s Me, Margaret Blubber Just as Long as We re Together and the five book series about the irrepressible Fudge She has also written three novels for adults, Summer Sisters Smart Women and Wifey, all of them New York Times bestsellers More than 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into thirty one languages She receives thousands of letters a year from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.Judy received a B.S in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year the American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement Other recognitions include the Library of Congress Living Legends Award and the 2004 National Book Foundation s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.She is the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation She serves on the boards of the Author s Guild the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators the Key West Literary Seminar and the National Coalition Against Censorship.Judy is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom Finding herself at the center of an organized book banning campaign in the 1980 s she began to reach out to other writers, as well as teachers and librarians, who were under fire Since then, she has worked tirelessly with the National Coalition Against Censorship to protect the freedom to read She is the editor of Places I Never Meant To Be, Original Stories by Censored Writers.Judy has completed a series of four chapter books The Pain the Great One illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson She has co written and produced a film adaptation of her book Tiger Eyes, and is currently writing a new novel.Judy and her husband George Cooper live on islands up and down the east coast They have three grown children and one grandchild.

    184 thoughts on “Smart Women”

    1. I read this in one go on a plane and, while its light, airy feel--a mix of very 80s melodrama and romance--was soothing when cooped up with complete strangers for 10 hours, it was also very annoying and trying. The main reason: I didn't really like any of the characters.Like nearly every other woman who grew up in the late 70s or 80s, I'd read plenty Judy Blume teen fiction as a tween & teen, and mostly I enjoyed them, though I never counted them as 'literature'. Still, her realistic charact [...]

    2. I own a tattered, aging copy of this book that I swiped from my mother as a teenager. This is one of those that I consider a "comfort book".Growing up, I read a LOT of Judy Blumee Superfudge, the Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingBlubberAre You There God, it's Me, Margaret. 80s childhood simply wasn't complete without her.This is one of her novels for grown-ups.d it's great. Sad and touching, but fun and light at the same time.

    3. Ugh! I used to LOVE Judy Blume as a kid, and somewhat into my adult hood! I remember reading "Are you there, God, It's me Margaret?" Which was such a pivotal book in my youth. And reading "Wifey" in high school, where my friends and I underlined and dog-earring the pages of a tattered paperback with "the good stuff" printed on it. So, naturally, all these years later, I thought I would love to read the only book I hadn't read by my once-favorite author. One written many years ago, but would fulf [...]

    4. Although none of the women in this book ever actually prove to be very smart, they are normal, real women with great stories and personalities. I love this book, just like all Judy Blume books. Everything feels so honest and real. I love the many voices and points of view of all the characters and how they all tangle together. Great book.

    5. This book was not about any smart women. It was about stupid women and their stupid mistakes. The main character is pitiful and we're supposed to feel sorry for her since she's all on her own and going through a divorce but I just couldn't go there. She made stupid decision which let to obvious consequences and a no-big-surprise-there divorce. Loved Judy Blume's books as a kid and I'll continue to read them to my children. She should have stuck to the kid books too. This one made me want to tear [...]

    6. Who doesn't love the drama of a Judy Blume book? This was a different POV take on a lot of characters. The main was Margo, who after a divorce moved from NYC to Bolder, Colorado. She had 2 kids Michelle and Stuart. Her ex Freddy, a dentist, is remarried and in typical form plays the kids against her. I enjoyed the different POV and how what actually comes out of your mouth is rarely what you feel. I think A lot of Margo's behavior was more than honest. I think a lot of divorced woman hide their [...]

    7. It gets 2 stars only because I think Judy Blume is a great writer and I've always liked her style, even if I hated the story, because otherwise I'd give it 1 star. I was appalled at the characters. All of them, every single one, both main and minor characters, were absolutely horrible people, who were incredibly miserable in their amoral, meaningless lives. The main characters were selfish and self-absorbed, failing as parents in every possible way. Their children were rebellious, undisciplined, [...]

    8. My first Judy Blume book written for adults! While spontaneously updating with all the Judy Blume books I'd read in my youth, I saw that I'd read fourteen in total, and figured I'd give the adult ones a try now that I'm, you know, an adult. This was an easy read, and it brought me back to reading Judy Blume books in childhood, as the writing style hadn't changed (when I was young I remember most noticing her plentiful use of ellipses in dialogue, and the way she often referred to items solely b [...]

    9. great grown up judy blume read. reminiscent of adolscent judy blume reads. if you liked her as a teen, you'll love her more as an adult.

    10. Oh Judy Blume. Seriously? What happened to the author I LOVED as a kid. To the energy and enthusiasm? This was just dreadful. I got to page 200 and then said to myself - why am I continuing to read this? It's about women my age who are all divorced and struggling and starting over. But it's written with so many stereotypes and so little energy. Blech.

    11. I enjoyed this book for the complexity of the characters. I've seen a few reviews complaining the women in the book are not smart. Personally, I disagree. They are all smart in their own way but they have very real human weaknesses. Ultimately, those weaknesses either get them into trouble or when exploited, lead them something new and positive.I particularly enjoyed the POV of the daughters and son in this story. Stuart, Michelle and Sarah have very definite opinions about their parents' behavi [...]

    12. 2.5 STARS"Margo and B.B. are each divorced, and each is trying to reinvent her life in Colorado-while their respective teenage daughters look on with a mixture of humor and horror. But even smart women sometimes have a lot to learn-and they will, when B.B.'s ex-husband moves in next door to Margo" (From ) Once I reached about 14 I had read most of Blume's books and moved on to the adult fiction. I love her children and teen books so thought I would automatically love these ones. Smart Women seem [...]

    13. Ahh Judy Blumee's the reason I started recreational reading as a kid and why my 13 year old daughter does today. I purchased this book thinking it was another teen book, but it's not. The book is in 4 voices: 2 adults: BB and Margo and 2 teens: Michelle and Sara. It's a story of love the second time around and the tumultuous relationship between mother and teenage daughter. It places my current challenges w/ my daughter into a broader spectrum and gives me insight on her perspective as well. Wha [...]

    14. I love Judy Blume!! I grew up reading her young adult novels. I love that she has a couple of adult books, but I wish she had more. I liked the book, I love her writing style. I just kind of wish she would have let us see inside Andrew's head (3rd person). I really wanted to hear his personal take on everything. As far as B.B, I liked her and I wish everything would have worked a little more in her favor. For all my lady friends, my ex-husband is off limits!!

    15. I had been anticipating a novel with depth but this was really just a beach (or, in my case, a deck) read. Reading the title and the description of the book, I was intrigued, especially because I loved Judy Blume's children's books and more recently her adult book, "In the Unlikely Event". I was a young adult in the early 80's so I could relate to the time, if not the age or life experience of the characters. I read in the introduction about how Blume chose the setting for the book as well as th [...]

    16. How wonderful that the same Judy Blume who helped us make sense of adolescence is there to provide adulthood insight as well! I adored this book; it was exactly what I needed to read at this moment in my life. In telling the somewhat complicated love story between Margo and Andrew, Blume describes the internal and external repercussions as their two families combine under one roof. While this could be written off as a simple romance novel, the story covered a surprising amount of ground: in fact [...]

    17. I normally love her books, from childhood to adulthood. I typically love her strong female characters and the liberal, feministic approach to sex. But this one not so much. Why is a book calledSmart Women that then has women acting a fool? None of them put their children first, all of their decisions seemed to be centered around a man and rushed. Would have been a lower rating if I wasn't such a huge fan. I give her the benefit of the doubt that not everyone can be perfect all the time, and the [...]

    18. This is probably a 3.5 for me but I love Judy Blume so I rounded up - There wasn't really anything I disliked about it but nothing that really gripped me either. It's more of a daily life book than plot-driven and the characters are interesting and she does a nice job of keeping their speaking style and thought processes unique (except Andrew oddly enough).

    19. My first re-read of this novel in 20 years! I still love it as much as I did when I read it as a teenager, and it is worth reading even given how archaic it is, written as it was pre-Reagan and pre-AIDS. I think it has lessons about communicating in relationships, whether with a significant other or child or parent.

    20. I know Judy Blume is a renowned author but I can't get into this. It's written in a childlike voice, telling telling telling. My Kindle says I'm 13% into it. Maybe I'm not giving it enough of a chance but I'm not motivated.

    21. Judy Blume knew how I felt when I was a pre-teen and it's no different now. This book about wives and mothers hit home - and I found myself nodding along many times. Even though it was set in the early 80s, it holds up really well.

    22. Absorbing.Judy Blume knows how to tell a story. I was hooked before the first chapter ended. I finished the book wondering whatever would happen to Francine, a tragic character, who was “more to be pitied than censored “.

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