Beaches
  • Beaches
  • Beaches
ISBN: 0060594772
EAN13: 9780060594770
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 15, 2004
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.76" H x 8" L x 5.32" W
Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

The incredibly popular New York Times bestseller--a compelling story of the friendship of two unique women--is back

The story opens in 1951 as two young girls meet on the beach of Atlantic City. Cee Cee Bloom is performing in a kiddie show and Bertie White who has grown up in a conservative family is drawn to the glitter of Cee Cee's world. They become pen pals and keep in touch as they grow ito adulthood. Cee Cee soars to stardom in Hollywood and on Broadway, while Bertie settles into marriage and family. Through the years they share the ups and downs that are everyone's life. There are failed marriages, motherhood, lost opportunities and wonderful moments. The story ends in 1983 with a heartfelt goodbye and the message that there is something that last forever: friendship.

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5
   Better than the movie
I saw the movie years ago and it was heartbreaking, funny and awesome. I did not know that there was a book. It is even better than the movie, because you get the back story. The characters are so relatable and the story is just like life... bizarre, sad and sometimes unfair.
 
3
   Good escapist read
This is a good enough beach read, but is totally forgettable. The two dimensional characters are likable enough, but by the time you send the book back to the library, stick it on the shelf or close your Kindle app, you will have forgotten ever reading it.
 
2
   Silly Drama
Not a cohesive story. The way it jumps makes it hard to follow. I know that telling stories from diffferent character perspectives and time frames is common in literature, but is not effectively done in this book. Of the two main characters, the starlet character is difficult to believe. The book has an interesting theme, but is not well-read for reading.
 
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   Maybe the movie will be better?
I am one of the few, I think, who never read the movie, so I was excited by the chance to see the book during the quarantine. I wish I hadn 't. I could not bring myself to like either character and really did not feel any friendship between them except at the end. Not worth the time or money.
 
5
   Better than the Movie
While I love the movie, the book was of course better. I am so glad that I got to read it.
 
2
   See the Film - don't read the book
One case, which made a better movie than a book, all the razzmatazz of singing is missing in the written version.
 
5
   Read this .. as if you've never seen the movie. You'll LOVE IT!!!
I just finished reading Beaches '' and it is WAY different than the movie. Finally I gave up comparing the two and read it just as if it was a new book. Growing up.. their marriages, their loves, their passions.
 
5
   Great book about two special friends
I wish I had a friendship like Cee's and Bertie had. Though it was too short, it was long in love. I read the movie but never saw the book. After seeing the remake of the movie, I decided that it was time to read the book. I enjoyed how the author added vivid descriptions of California. I enjoyed how she had some difficult arguments between the two friends, but how their true friendship lasted even during the heated times. The descriptions of the medical care that Cee would have to administer for Bertie was very good. A true friend gave up her acting career to give up the most selfless act and care for her dying friend. Even more love was shown when she insisted on raising her daughter after she died. A mature read for great adults due to language, content and subject matter. RHINDA :
 
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