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Sister of the Bride (First Love) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-30 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 24 user ratings
ISBN:0380728079
LANGUAGE:English

"I read every Beverly Cleary book I could get my hands on when I was in Junior high (what most of you see as middle school).

One of the things I most notice now is how much relates to my childhood: the constant reference to an electric coffee pot; the idea that a girl should not be kissed even after multiple dates; the idea that a boy would wait for that first kiss; parents involvement with their children; calling parents Mr. and Mrs. - for children Mother and Father. But what is most noticeable are the references to the parents growing up in the depression and how that effects their present behavior.

Still good books although seriously dated.
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This may be Cleary's answer to Father of the Bride, perhaps a warning to young girls not to overly romanticize weddings and marriage.

Interesting that the bride to be lives in Stebbins Hall at UC Berkeley, the cooperative Cleary lived in for two years when she was a student at Cal. It's also where she met her husband, Clarence (at least according to Wikipedia.) Further, I think its the hall where my good friend in college lived, so I was there often.

Could not figure out where Bay View was--its a bridge away from Berkeley but not San Francisco, not too far down the SF Peninsula and where red wood trees grow.
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"Having read pretty much all of Beverly Cleary's other books, this one was something of a surprise in that it was very mundane. Not in the negative sense of the word, but after cutting my literary teeth on Ramona ("Sit here for the present.") and her other protagonists with vivid imaginations, this seemed almost startling in its prosaic detail. Dated now--18 seems awfully young to get married, and the jokes about Putting Hubby Through make me cringe--but grit your teeth and keep repeating "The book was written almost 50 years ago." This really is a book by Beverly Cleary with all the sweetness that entails." said.

"Recommended Ages: grades 7-10

Barbara can hardly believe her older sister is getting married. With all the excitement of wedding plans going on, Barbara can't help dreaming of the day she will be the bride. She can't wait to fall in love.

But as the big day gets closer, wedding planning often turns into family arguments. Even the bride and groom are bickering over details, and Barbara's fun-loving sister is turning into a very practical, grown-up person. Weddings are fun, but all this serious stuff is scary enough to make Barbara think she's not going to be rushing into a serious romance any time soon.

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"Read this when I was around 11 and loved it. I wanted to read it again as an adult to get a different perspective. When I was eleven, it was mid 70's, so the changes in a young woman's future weren't as drastically different as they are now. It was interesting to see Barbie's growth from wanting to get married just like her sister, to realizing that there were more options out there for her than just getting married. Ms. Cleary did a wonderful job of subtly allowing the main character and her sister to buck the establishment with some of their "ideas." This is a book that is still worth reading for young girls if for no other reason than to give them a sense of appreciation for all that today's world offers them compared to the young girls of the 1960's." said.

"As a kid, these books were the only romance novels I could stomach - and due to the lightness of the content, this could easily be children's as well as YA. Sister of the Bride tells the story of Barbara as she helps her older sister prepare for her wedding. Beverly Cleary does a great job of keeping the characters realistic; Cleary doses her novels with reality and doesn't fall into the worst cliche of all in romances - everyone gets their happy ever after. I do remember this novel being a little slower than the preceding three (Fifteen was always my favorite and, I think, the most well-developed).

Great for readers who are ready to make the transition from children's books to YA (I haven't read it as an adult, but I'm sure older readers would find the morals less powerful and the plot more stereotyped).
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"An enjoyable enough book by another of my favorite childhood authors, about a 16-year-old girl whose 18-year-old sister is getting married. It kind of meanders along and never has any real drama to it, but the worst part of it is how badly dated it is, not just in the story itself but in the mechanics of the writing. Lots of phrases that really should've been contractions, because that's the way people talk. The constant reference to Barbara's parents as "Mr. and Mrs." without using their first name (I think the mother's first name was said once, but not the father's). But mainly, I just couldn't relate to this book. I've been a sister of the bride, but I am the older sister and neither of us were young when she got married. I've never been a bridesmaid, never got all excited and fussy and sentimental over wedding preparations (at the wedding, sure, but this part of the story was kind of rushed through). It was an enjoyable enough story but very much fluff without any depth to it." said.

" I forget how much I like Beverly Clearly! I used to read these as a kid. " said.

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