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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read June 10 2002
By A Customer
I saw the movie before reading the book and felt that the movie was lacking somthing, so I picked up the book.
Mind you,I have a pile 10 books high of Oprah books I keep meaning to read, but with 4 wild kids, it just never seems to happen.
This book happened--it pulled me in immediately.
Not only did it touch nerves regarding my own feeelings about my mother, but it made me think of my own feelings AS a mother.
I wondered if I was screwed up, or if I was doing the screwing up part to MY kids,lol.
Sometimes, when all that can be seen is "the relationship" with one's parent/children- it is hard to tell, but by the end of the book one comes to terms with it all to some degree, an acceptance that basically "life is short, but it is wide."

What an iteresting book ,not just the stories of Sidda and Vivi, but the story it makes the reader remember of her own memories and childhood. The stories the reader sees her children remembering one day.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Needs literary testosterone June 22 2004
By A Customer
I gave this book one star because Wells does have some writing talent. However, her subject matter is somewhat nauseating. A mother and daughter who are on the "outs" because the daughter reveals that Mama was mean to her when she was a kid? That's not exactly a plot that can fill a whole book, but Wells thinks it can. The females in this book are, for the most part, very believable. The male characters are flawless & saintly, female fantasies of what men should be, except without the personality. If she developed male characters as well as she developed female characters, it would make it a lot more interesting. In some places she gets nauseatingly sentimental - it makes me want to take a bath, or go watch "Law and Order" to get back to reality. She goes over little things over and over and over ad nauseam. I would have preferred to read this tale in short-story form, where Mom says "Sorry, kid. I was a bad Mom. I had a rough life. Didn't mean to hurt you." Then the daughter says "OK, Mom." Hug. THE END. I'm not a really huge fan of most "chick flicks" or "chick books" (except maybe Jane Austen stuff), because they lack literary testosterone. But this was the ookiest, sweetsy-est, touchy-feeliest chick book I've ever touched. Yechhh! Oh yeah, and I AM a woman. Rebecca, you have some talent. Next time, please write a real STORY.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Neatest Grandmothers May 18 2004
By Katie
I have to say I first watched the movie then read the book. I loved both. They are different, of course like many movies and books differ, but I will not tell you where.
This book connected with my southern pride. These women were sweating the southern smell. Their actions, manners, their life all had southern traits. It was a novel that made me feel like Southerners are really something fun, not a bunch of hicks, but can still be classy and at the same time have fun.
It was an adventure with women who had lived adventurously all their lives. It was a ride with the coolest people. The main characters that were older women had always had fun , but with the time and culture they had grown up they never knew how to embrace their children like they should. My grandmother recently had a stroke, and this book showed me how lucky I am to have a grandmother that cared so much.
I recommend this book to anyone, but I think only southern female's could appreciate this novel to the full extent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cajun Spice April 15 2004
Although the sisterhood of the Ya-Ya's plays a large part in this tale, the book is mostly about Siddalee and her relationship with her divine mother Vivi. Vivi's eccentricity coupled with a nervous breakdown during Siddalee's childhood has stretched their relationship to the breaking point, and caused Siddalee to question her ability to have a relationship with anyone - including her fiancee.
Siddalee decides to escape, breaks her engagement, bids farewell to her stunned partner, and heads off into the wilds to contemplate the scrapbook of photos, letters, and memories called "The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood". The book interweaves Siddalee's imaginings about items from the books with flashbacks to the childhood of her mother and her great friends - their exploits, adventures, and great sorrows.
Through it all, you come to see these very great friends as nothing less than a sisterhood. They form a bond that resonates through their childhood into their adult lives and, with the help of the book and the sisterhood, Siddalee comes to recognize her mother for who she is and herself for who she is.
This book is warm, believable, sorrowful, and joyous. I enjoyed every minute of it. The audio version, by the way, is also very well read and I highly recommend it for those who prefer to listen than read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mother Daughter Relationships ...Dilemmas and Love! March 29 2004
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a great book about a mother and daughter who fight over everything. Vivi, the mother, and her girlfriends, the Ya-Ya's, do everything together and they have all their lives. But the Ya-Ya's had many problems growing up and raising their children. Sidda is Vivi's daughter, they love each other
very much, but they fight over little things and some very big things.
Throughout the book you learn about Vivi's life and her view on things and about Sidda's life and her view of things through flashbacks and them telling about things that go on. Sidda tells of the problems her mother had raising the children and of her mother's drinking and chain smoking problems. Also how Vivi was in and out of her life. She tells of the times her mother would beat her and her siblings. Vivi also tells her side of the story.
I really enjoyed this book. It was better then the movie that has been made for the it. The book goes much more into detail about the characters lives and problems. The Divine Secrets (...) also goes into more detail about what is going on.
The only problem I had with The Divine Secrets (...) was that Vivi and the other three Ya-Ya's use strong language...a lot! Also that Vivi and Sidda would talk every other chapter. For example; the first chapter Sidda talks and the second chapter Vivi talks...and that's how the story is told. That was the only confusing thing to me.
I would recommend this book to older readers because of the strong language.
But this is a great book about love, betrayal, and memories. And I enjoyed it greatly.
Happy Reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Story
This is an amazing book. The premise, the writing itself, the characters... all in all a very good read, I would recommend it, and I am going to read a few more books written by... Read more
Published 17 months ago by oneworldview
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Amazing Novel, Her Best Book
When secrets have been buried beneath the veneer of the skin, they fester. Sometimes, those secrets can be held at bay for years, decades even. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2008 by Jamieson Villeneuve
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational
This is a book for anyone who is a mother and anyone who is a daughter.

It's about insight and perspective, love and forgiveness, and ultimately, about the redemptive... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2007 by Kenny G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Books dealing with the south
For me, books dealing with the South are like pizza and sex---even when they're bad they're still pretty good. That's not to say that "Divine Secrets" is bad, it isn't. Read more
Published on July 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Divine
I saw the movie which was made from this book first, and while I like it, I wasn't just blown away by it. Then I read the book. Boy, did they ever not do justice to this story! Read more
Published on May 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine!
I loved this book and the pre-quel, Little Altars. I've about warn out my DVD too! Definitely a book I could get lost in time and time again. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by M. K. Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
The Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a great book about the relationship beteween a mother and daughter. Viviane Walker has a very close group of friends that call themselves the Ya-Yas. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by "reader1228"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top three
This is one of my top three picks for all-time great books. The other two are FRIED GREEN TOMATOES and THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD. But of the three, SECRETS is by far the best. Read more
Published on May 9 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't very pleased...
I was really not impressed by this book. After reading both of them I think Little Altars Everywhere was MUCH better. Ya-Ya dragged on, and was sorta boring. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Mercedes J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Divine Book
This book will have you laughing and crying as you follow the relationships of Sidda & her mother and the Ya-Ya's. Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by A.E.B.
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