Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. PW's starred review lauded Blume's " ability to shape multidimensional characters" in her followup to Just As Long As. Here's to You, Rachel Robinson book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Rachel's a straight-A student, on every teacher's w. Here's to You, Rachel Robinson is a young adult novel by Judy Blume, the sequel to Just . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and the adult bestseller In the Unlikely Event comes a tale of. Judy Blume from StephanieDang. Expelled from boarding school, Charles' presence at home proves disruptive, especially for sister Rachel, a gifted seventh grader juggling friendships and school activities. PZ7.B He x. Download PDF Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (New edition). Authored by Judy Blume. Released at -. Filesize: MB. To read the data file, you will want.
Learn More. Her brother, Charles, was just kicked out of boarding school and is now at home, wreaking havoc. A comprehensive list, annotated. I think he was, in a sense. So dumb. Four stars.
The saddest thing is that his parents let him get away with it, and so his sisters suffer. This book is about him. It's not about his sister at all. She's merely the narrator.
Rachel's entire extended family and friends are all having issues. Her cousin Tarren, a single mom who is trying to finish college, is having an affair with one of her professors, who happens to be married. Her friend Steph's single mom is starting to date a guy who Steph dislikes on sight. Rachel's mom is the only one who seems to have it all, since she's just been recommended for a judgeship which will mean a cut in pay , and she's on the verge of losing it.
The writing overall isn't bad. It's a very fast and simple read. One issue I noticed is that on page , there's a conversation between Rachel and cousin Tarren which makes no sense.
Rachel comes up with the word 'obstacle' which wasn't in anything Tarren had said, so what this felt like to me was that some lines of the exchange between them went missing during the editing stage and no one noticed! It's not unimportant, either, since the word 'obstacle' is employed as a euphemism a lot in conversations pertaining to Tarren's love life afterwards.
That said, the book is utter nonsense and the ending so-called is quite honestly nothing more than a deus ex rectum wherein all these snapping vicious, angry, spitting family members are magically hunky dory.
It's complete crap! Jun 12, Isabel rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This novel offers an nteresting inside story to overachieving kids and families in the 80's. Again, the secrets and silence of families place a huge burden on the kids. To some extent, I think American culture is letting a lot more hang out than it did then. The brother, Charles, really bothered me.
At times he seemed like a psychopath. Blume seems to say that his problems stemmed from being in a compulsively perfect family and once he connects with his father on a field trip, things will start t This novel offers an nteresting inside story to overachieving kids and families in the 80's.
Blume seems to say that his problems stemmed from being in a compulsively perfect family and once he connects with his father on a field trip, things will start to get better. He just as easily could have been a troubled kid who was just born that way.
Just as Rachel is born "gifted," he could have been born angry. It seemed as though Blume dodged a bullet by fixing him at the end. Another reviewer pointed out that Charles is basically Rachel's foil. I think he was, in a sense. I went with his more obvious function, which was to be a truth-teller not just to Rachel's secrets, but to the whole family's. They tried to sweep him under the rug by sending him away, but ultimately had to deal with him and I guess everything else when they started going to family therapy.
But I still think he's a straight up psychopath. That would not fly for that guy professionally these days, and I suspect it might not pass muster with parents, either. Conveniently, he ended up hooking up with Rachel's cousin, Tarren, but that was a close one! Blume has a habit of skimming over some pretty big issues by addressing them directly and briefly.
Tarren's relationship with her college professor comes to mind. Kids' urge to replace their parents with other adult figures was a theme that kept popping up as well. The brother's underage drinking and drug use was right out there, too. It's like, she could have written a sentence about the brother torturing and killing a dog, and it would just come and go like a description of the furniture.
I find this technique disorienting. Maybe we're supposed to think that because it doesn't register with the middle school age protagonist, it shouldn't be emphasized? Yet there are other topics that the reader cares about from overheard conversations of the parents, or body language that the protagonist describes, but fails to interpret.
I dunno… I preferred this one to the previous one in which Stephanie was the central character. Four stars. One of those books that feel so real. Loved the ending, too. I have to find out if there is a book about Allison, too.
No, sadly, there is no Alison-story. After reading this book a second time I am handing over the missing star. I certainly was no poster pupil like Rachel and I was constantly fighting my parents myself, but I was similarly frustrated with my sister, felt helpless and manipulated. She lent my books and clothes to her buddies without clarifying when to give them back, always kept the house key we were supposed to share for herself, blasted our rooms with music, invited herself to my room, when I had friends over, ate my licorice, caused my parents to scold me, because I was older, expected to keep an eye on her and generally love my younger sibling, whom everyone - including my friends - adored to pieces.
In spite of that all, I used to worry about her, when she didn't return at night as a teenager and my parents forgot to check whether she was at home.
After we both moved out, we became great friends, but I always refer to my childhood as a war, a war I was doomed ro lose. Secondly I get all of Rachel's extensive worrying. About her future, about being just a third wheel in a friendship that used to be a happy twosome, about how she looked like to others.
Thus, Rachel's narration tugs at my heart strings very hard. I love it. Sara is currently going thru a Judy Blume phase she's 12 and I am picking up the ones I missed when I was her age. This one was perfectly enjoyable, an easy read in a way that I think modern writers for kids and teens seem to have lost Nowadays "voice" is sacrificed to non-stop action, and I find that contemporary writers have a very false, self-conscious and wooden ring to their carefully constructed narrative voices.
Anyway, Judy Blume has got the opposite--her prose is natural, unselfcon Sara is currently going thru a Judy Blume phase she's 12 and I am picking up the ones I missed when I was her age.
Anyway, Judy Blume has got the opposite--her prose is natural, unselfconscious, and vibrant. Having said that I kept WAITING for the problem character to do something seriously problematic, but all he ever did was insult his family at the dinner table. And I thought his insults were pretty laid-back, too. And I kept waiting for the borderline obsessive-compulsive viewpoint character to have a breakdown, or be diagnosed with some kind of weird syndrome, but she also managed to hold it together and just naturally relax a little at the end.
There's no crisis and no showdown. So basically this is without any particular focus unlike many of Blume's books , just a slice of suburban life. The family is in some ways unusual, in some ways messed up, and in some ways pretty neat. Like most families. If there's a message, it's one I really dig, and keep hammering into my own characters in their whiny moments: Nov 11, Alyssa Nelson rated it really liked it Shelves: This one is geared towards those kids who are a little bit more mature and stress out a lot about being perfect and successful and overexert themselves.
This book follows Rachel through trying to have a normal life while also dealing with a brother who has been expelled from boarding school and continuously antagonizes her. This book does a good job in being timeless; the problems in this are ones that are going to be faced by teens all the time: Also posted on Purple People Readers.
Jul 17, Iris rated it really liked it. Read the whole book review here: Rachel Robinson is a straight-A student and is often referred to by other people especially her friends as 'genius' or 'perfect'. But ever since her brother Charles came back from his school because he was expelled, she's now referred to by him as 'the child prodigy'. I admired Rachel's straight-A personality. Since I am an obedient student like her I know how it feels, although she's an almost perfect student while I'm a de Read the whole book review here: Since I am an obedient student like her I know how it feels, although she's an almost perfect student while I'm a desperate-math-moron.
I also saw myself in her shoes when it comes to dealing with family problems. Although this book wasn't focused on the three girls unlike in Just As Long As We're Together, this was a good story you cannot pass up. When I have read this book it made me think of the true value of family. Charles' character struck me the most because it was his who made a big impact on me.
We were alike in some ways that I am being considered as a pain in the neck of the family okay, so much for the drama. I could truly say I fell in love with this book and it was wonderful!
Judy Blume has made it very comfortable for me to read and by the end of the book, I craved for more of it. I recommend this book to you if you're wondering how life turns around with someone almost as perfect as Rachel. This book, called "Here's to You, Rachel Robinson" is story about family, friends and love.
The main character, Rachel is good student who always get A grades. However, her brother Charles is totally opposite from her: Rachel is always bothered by Charles and she does not like him very much. Even though she has problems with her brother, she truly enjoys her school life with her best friends and she secretly begins to love Paul, who is a tutor of Charles'. Eventually, in the end of story, Charles decides to get the job and work, so they need to separate each other.
Although Rachel was annoyed with Charles, she begins to miss him and they promise to see each other again soon. It was really fun to read this book because all the characters are original and strong. I like the conversations between main character Rachel and her older brother Charles. Also I sympathized with Rachel about annoyance of her brother. The story isn't that hard to understand so I recommend especially ESL students to read this.
View 1 comment. Aug 15, C. I loved this book, but I think I'm just biased. I was so pleased to find out that there was a sequel to Just as Long as We're Together that Judy Blume probably could've just smashed her hands on keyboard and printed that out and I would've been satisfied.
But biased or not, I felt this book was just as good as the one in the series. That means it was pretty dang good. Like the last one, it felt real, and well paced, and well written, and convincing and it got you emotionally invested. A 5 stars. After having finished the book I still felt hurt in my heart, but I guess that's just how life is.
I also just felt that everything could be okay, would be okay. Just like life. These books are really good and beautiful coming of age stories that I recommend to all.
But I did find it disappointing that after all of the drama of the first book, poor Rachel was still dealing with being the third wheel to Stephanie and Alison. But c'est la vie I suppose. Feb 02, Shana rated it it was ok. I wanted to love this book especially as a kid but it's problematic. It doesn't even seem very Judy-like, in that it feels unfinished and spotty. The setup and premise are great, but so many holes and a really abrupt ending.
I was interested in where this huge issue with Rachel's brother ended up, but felt let down by where that went being vague to avoid spoilers. This book just feels like a decent first draft that needed more work. Which is a bummer because so many of us loved Just As Long I wanted to love this book especially as a kid but it's problematic.
Aug 03, Laurie rated it really liked it Shelves: The follow-up to "Just As Long As We're Together" and told from the perspective another of the friends in the little trio. The character of Rachel has a lot going on beneath the surface, and I like how Judy Blume presents the Rachel's rebellious brother in a really multi-faceted three-dimensional way despite th The follow-up to "Just As Long As We're Together" and told from the perspective another of the friends in the little trio. The character of Rachel has a lot going on beneath the surface, and I like how Judy Blume presents the Rachel's rebellious brother in a really multi-faceted three-dimensional way despite the narrator's perception of him through the limited lens of thinking he is "bad".
Mar 10, McKinley rated it it was ok Shelves: I did't love this book. It is my least favourite Judy Blume book ever, and I have always been a big fan.
This book was quite boring, plotless, and meandering--sort of watered down Judy Blume. But hey, you can't win 'em all, right? Check nearby libraries with:. Copy and paste this code into your Wikipedia page. Need help? New Feature: You can now embed Open Library books on your website! Learn More.
Last edited by ImportBot. May 8, History. Add another edition? Here's to you, Rachel Robinson Judy Blume. Here's to you, Rachel Robinson Close. I did a book of letters from my readers, wrote Fudge-a-Mania , spent months creating a TV series based on the three girls in Just As Rachel's character was inspired by a friend of mine when I was in junior high, a high achieving perfectionist.
Also, I once received a letter from a 12 year old who was taking college courses. Because she was intellectually ahead of her 12 year old friends, they didn't want to be her friends anymore. She confided that she'd give it all up just to be a normal girl. I found that letter so sad.
But I knew what she was saying. It's hard to feel you're different from your peers. Then there's Charles, Rachel's difficult and disruptive older brother, and Jessica, her older sister, who's having her own problems. I could have gone on and on writing about this complicated family.