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Here's to You, Rachel Robinson [Mass Market Paperback]

Judy Blume
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Sept. 1 1995
Trouble in Rachel's family is spelled with a capital C—for Charles.

From the outside, Rachel looks like the perfect daughter in the perfect family. She’s a straight-A student, a gifted musician, and a good friend. But her older brother, Charles, seems determined to ruin everything. Rachel feels as if it’s all falling apart. Her best friends, Stephanie and Alison, find Charles funny. They urge Rachel to lighten up and enjoy the end of seventh grade. Easy for them to say. Not so easy for Rachel. Not even when Jeremy Dragon, the coolest boy in ninth grade, notices her. Is it possible that perfection isn’t the key to an exciting life?

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Continuing the story begun in Just As Long As We're Together , Blume here focuses on Rachel, one of three best friends. This gifted, highly motivated student who, according to her mother, was "born thirty-five," feels somewhat out of sync with Stephanie and Alison as seventh grade draws to a close. Then, when Rachel's acerbic older brother is expelled from boarding school, life at home becomes equally unsettling--and decidedly unpleasant. Rachel's incisive, first-person narration easily draws readers into her complicated world as she learns to cope with the pressures brought on by her relentless quest to be the best at everything and by her troubled family situation. Perceptive, strong storytelling ensures that other characters' points of view (particularly Rachel's brother's) can also be discerned. Blume once again demonstrates her ability to shape multidimensional characters and to explore--often through very convincing dialogue--the tangled interactions of believable, complex people. Ages 11-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 5-8-This is the second book in what will likely become a trilogy revolving around three 13-year-old friends, Stephanie, Rachel, and Alison. In Just As Long As We Are Together (Orchard, 1987), Stephanie described the turmoils of the first half of seventh grade. Here, Rachel picks up the narrative. Her intelligence and drive have always set her apart, and now her emotions are in a state of turbulence. The unwelcome return of her rebellious brother from boarding school unsettles her family, which is dominated by the intense and highly successful Mrs. Robinson. Charles wreaks havoc through his volatile behavior and cruel, but often insightful, attacks on his sisters and parents. Rachel also struggles to find a balance at school, where increasing pressures threaten to overwhelm her. While dealing with these concerns, she becomes attracted to an older man and longs for her peers to accept her. A master at conveying the values and mores of the upper-middle class, Blume excels in her descriptions of family life and adolescent friendships. Her characterization is powerful and compelling. Rachel's strong narrative voice, couched in simple, direct language, realistically conveys her intense self-preoccupation. Though Rachel is an unusual personalitity, the author never loses sight of the common threads running through the lives of all teenagers. She draws on the universal themes of awakening sexuality and emerging identities to capture and hold her audience. Preteens will snap this one up.
Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sibling rivalry at its best (or worst) June 14 2004
Rachel Robinson is too perfect - I like her less than her best friend Stephanie Hirsch, along with Steph's friend Alison. She is incredibly gifted and astoundingly bright. HERE'S TO YOU... was derived from a line Rachel's brother, supreme troublemaker, Charles, said out of anger.
HERE'S TO YOU... picks up where JUST AS LONG AS... left off. With the cliff-hanger ending of the prequel, we find that the best friendship between Steph and Rachel was never really fully repaired, basically due to Alison's arrival. "I can tell they prefer each other's company to mine," Rachel laments. Still, Steph and Rachel are good friends.
If Charles is Rachel's main problem, and it seems as though he is, she should seriously consider herself lucky. Her family was happy until he arrived home, expelled from his boarding school. Before that, it was just Rachel, Mr and Mrs. Robinson, and Rachel's sister, Jessica. As we come to know Charles, we come to understand why Rachel almost seems to fear the 14 year-old. He has a mean streak. He honestly seems to get joy out of making his family miserable. Jess, who has a serious case of acne so bad that it is often painful, is able to live her life normally and have friends, which Rachel strongly admires. Charles cruelly asks, "Do they still call you Pizza Face or Jess the Mess?" Jess flees the room in tears. When Rachel is concerned, he teases her about being so smart in school. "The child prodigy speaks!" he trills in feigned shock. Charles also teases her about not having friends and when Steph and Alison show up, he shamelessly flirts with them.
Oddly enough, no one really sees how wicked Charles is outside the Robinson household. His girlfriend Dana thinks he's sweet and gentle and asks Rachel "to please stop acting like such a bitch!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Younger Kids Nov. 9 2001
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Rachel Robinson is what everyone would call a perfect student. Even though she is only in seventh grade, she will be going to college for extra classes and is a role model to all students. She is the student, teachers recommend for special activities and never gets into trouble. Anything under an A is unheard of for her high standards.
Her life is not as perfect as it may seem though. Her older brother, Charles, just got kicked our of another school without passing the ninth grade for the third time. He is now home permanently, causing Rachel and her entire family to feel stressed. Charles is a troublemaker and Rachel definitely does not want him around.
All of Rachel's friends think Charles is the brother they have to impress and just do not see how much of a pain he really is. Rachel has to practically drag them away from him. Charles' room is always filled with people drinking and just hanging out without their parents knowing anything about it. Charles' tutor is the only person he will actually listen to and can not survive in regular school. Listening to his parents' requests to stop teasing his sisters and to be civil around the family is unheard of.
Having a fammily consisting of a wimp of a father, an ice-queen of a mother, a potato headed sister, and herself referred to as her mom's clone according to Charles is more than any of her family can bear with on a daily basis. (spoiler)
I would recommend this b ook for younger students. The plot is rather boring with no excitement. It drags on about the same events, which are not very interesting in the first place. A younger reader may enjoy it because of the easy to follow plot. Each of the characters are very simple and ordinary. Overall, the book was just an easy reader with no challenge to it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here's to You, Rachael Robinson July 23 2000
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I thought this book was good. excpecially at 11 I was very surprised they use what we call the "f" word, king of all swears. It was a 9-12 year old book too! I was real surprised but it didn't stop me from reading the book. It was a really good book as a matter of fact. It's about a girl Rachael with 2 friends that she doesn't trust that much. She worries too much, is involved too much, and is afraid of getting a b+ on her homework. Then her brother is suspended again from this private school! Actually this time he was expelled! Her brother comes home and she's really disapointed! He walks over the family, makes them ALL cry, and all her friends flurt with him! Rachael can't take it anymore. Finally, she devolopes a crush on her brother's tutor, is worrying a lot about her brother finding out! Then Jermy Dragon, the cutest boy in the school kisses her 4 times! Plus she has to worry about her cousin, divorced with a baby, always coming to HER mom for help! (obstacles she calls them) Plus, now her cousin is going out with HER crush! It was also HER brother's tutor! Now she'll NEVER forgive her! Now her brother is making the scene! Judge mommy can't controll him! They all go to bed crying wishing he'd go! But in the end, Rachael starts devoloping a scence of humor like her brother. ("I'll be counting the days until we see eachother, as long as they go REAL slow!")
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest Judy Blume book July 4 2000
I am a fan of Judy's work, but I have to say this isn't the greatest book that is in print.
Ms. Blume tells us the story of Rachel, in her own words. Rachel is a neat freak, to put it nicely, a straight-A student, and tries to help the school in any way possible. She though, tries a bit too hard to make everything right, as she finds out there's some new worries - her brother Charles is home for good, and Charles is not the nicest brother in the world.
It's a must-read if you've read HERE'S TO YOU's companion book, JUST AS LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER, which tells the story of Stephanie, Rachel's best friend. But even reading this one will sometimes make you ready to doze off. It should be a good book, you might think, because you've read JUST AS LONG, but unfortunately HERE'S TO YOU isn't just as long: JUST AS LONG is around 208 pages, this is a mere 102 at the highest. Ms. Blume, I'm sure, would be willing to write a sequel about Alison, the third girl that Rachel calls her best friend... and perhaps that would be better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Here's to you Rachel Robinson****
This is a really great book. I decided to pick it for on eof my book reports and it was really easy to read and undertsand. My project was very easy to do. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by "pixie_dust_gurl"
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Robinson
I thought, Here's to you, Rachel Robinson, was a great book. It showed siblings relavery between three siblings and how hecktive their life got with each other. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Allie,
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for us ordinary!
"Here`s to You, Rachel Robinson" is about a girl named Rachel(you probably guessed that by now, though!) who just wants her life steady. She was, as her parents put it, born 35. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by G. Zucker
4.0 out of 5 stars Charles the Trouble Maker
Here's to you Rachel Robinson is a good book. The setting of the story was in Vermount when Rachel was around the age of fourteen. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book
My favorite book is Here's to You Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume. It's about a girl who has trouble with her family, friends, and school. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's to you Rachel Robinson
This was not as good as the fist one but, it was good.
If you liked Rachel in the first one you will like this book.
Published on June 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sequal
This is one of the best books for girls. I mean it! I was so sad when the book ended. I believe that Ms. Blume should make a sequal to this also.
Published on May 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sequal
This is one of the best books for girls. I mean it! I was so sad when the book ended. I believe that Ms. Blume should make a sequal to this also.
Published on May 19 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for ages 11-14
I read this book by Judy Blume when I was 13 and it really touched me. I tought it was grerat and I thought Judy Blume really captured the pain of being an adolescent. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2002 by E. Spencer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What You Might Excpect
If you are a fan of Blume's trio first introduced in the book "Just As Long As We're Together," you may be a bit disappointed with this one. Read more
Published on June 11 2001
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