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.
View all 5 comments. The big family problem is her older brother, a mean 15 year old with a bad attitude. I think it's that when I finish one kind of book I want my next project to be something totally different. Check nearby libraries with: Quotes from Here's to You, Ra
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. But most can identify with having a challenging sibling or a workaholic parent or being kissed by a ninth grade hunk.
I had a terrible time coming up with a title for Rachel's story and I'm not happy with the one I finally chose which comes from a line in the book spoken angrily by Charles.
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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? Even if you are Judy Blume. Starring Sally J.
Freedman As Herself can't happen every time. May 08, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: I wasn't as big a fan of this when i was younger. But now, as a neutotic 27 year old perfectionist, I realise Rachel is my spirit animal. So here's to you, Rachel Robinson. I wish I had identified with you sooner. I learned thru this book the value of family ties. May 29, Sofia Fitzpatrick rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sofia by: Isabel Coffey-Corrigan.
This was an amazing, inspiring book. May 16, Hannah rated it liked it. Sep 24, Melinda rated it liked it Shelves: I read this in fifth grade and absolutely hated the inclusion of the f-word.
This book had a little more meat to it than Stephanie's book Just as Long as We're Together but was quite short. Rachel is more mature and her mind seems to ramble less than Stephanie's. I feel like Stephanie's book was more wholesome and covered the everyday challenges and thrills of growing up Rachel's book gave us a really different perspective.
Rachel is a neurotic perfectionist and This book had a little more meat to it than Stephanie's book Just as Long as We're Together but was quite short. Rachel is a neurotic perfectionist and all-star student achiever whose family life becomes trickier to navigate when her troubled older brother is expelled from boarding school. Do people just get sent off to boarding school when they're troubled?
Why does this always seem to be the case? There's never any type of diagnosis or explanation given for his behavior, which I find unsatisfying. I also don't understand what happened on the Ellis Island trip. Rachel, Charles, her father, and many of his students look up their great-grandparents' names on the computer. Having never been to Ellis Island, I'm not sure what looking up the names does -- does it show a photo of the immigrants?
Some place where their info was logged? They see that their father was the donor of something what? Was the reason he was acting up at school and after his expulsion related to his family for denying their origins or something?
If so, this was not made clear at all. I still don't understand what they saw when they looked up the immigrant names and what Rachel and Charles' father donated. In fact, the lack of detail is one of the stranger aspects of this book.
It covers a timespan of about 7 weeks, but we really only get a peek into Rachel's life. I didn't feel like there was a discernible story arc, where as Stephanie's book had more of one.
Was anything ever really resolved? I do wish Blume had been able to write a third book about Alison. Now we'll never know what Alison's POV is like! Plus, we'd have an idea of how some of Rachel's problems get resolved I also wish we'd continued to have more insight into Stephanie's and Alison's lives. We know that Stephanie's mom appears to have moved on from the separation no divorce yet , and we know that Alison's mom is still pregnant with her new little brother.
Other than that She makes small changes, but doesn't really cope with the Paul situation, Tarren's actions, or her own avoidance of the responsibilities people are heaping on her. Then randomly, it seems like she announces her decision of what to do about Natural Helpers and Challenge did she actually sign up for them? I'm going to take back what I said about how these books should be modernized, and dated references should be removed. In this book, we had more discussion of landline phones and when Charles' headmaster calls, Rachel's mother runs upstairs so she can listen in from a different phone.
I'd completely forgotten that this was a benefit or disadvantage of landline phones! You can't easily listen in on cellphone calls nowadays. I think it's kind of cool to have these books as sort of a time capsule of what it was like to live in the '80s and early '90s, and maybe it's overall a good way for kids to see what life was like before they were born.
Both books about Stephanie and Rachel refer to a particular girl, Marcella an 8th grader , as a slut. We don't really know specifically how she got that reputation -- the girls probably all believe false rumors about this girl.
It's so startling to see slut-shaming nowadays, considering how against it society has become Most of the time YA books are more sex-positive about a girl who has casual sex, or the slut-shamed girl is the protagonist, and we see that her exploits are more rumor than reality.
YA attitudes are generally more female-positive now, too. It was a shock to see Stephanie and Rachel quickly and easily belittling a fellow middle-schooler particularly one they don't know well and labeling her as a slut what qualifies as a "slut" in middle school, anyway?
Dec 31, Julie Morales rated it liked it. Judy Blume writes about the obstacles faced while growing up in such a way that, no matter how old you are, you can picture yourself going through some of the things she writes about. Her characters come alive and are definitely realistic. Rachel is finishing the seventh grade with her friends, Allison and Stephanie.
She's just like any other year-old on the outside, but all she can focus on is how she's different, because that's what everyone is always pointing out to her. She loves music and Judy Blume writes about the obstacles faced while growing up in such a way that, no matter how old you are, you can picture yourself going through some of the things she writes about. She loves music and plays the flute.
She's a gifted straight-A student who has trouble fitting in with anyone besides the two friends who live in her neighborhood. And she has a brother who always seems to draw all of the attention in the room to himself. He went to a private boarding school until he was expelled. His moods change even more than the weather and he's always finding ways to hurt everyone in the family, even her parents. Surely he'll be going somewhere else instead of coming home when he's expelled.
But he does come home, and that creates even more problems for Rachel. Stephanie and Allison think he's cute and are always telling Rachel to lighten up. They begin spending more time together but separate from Rachel, and she feels like she's losing both of them as friends. I don't really feel like this book really had an ending that accomplishes anything, although Rachel does seem to be worrying less and Charles doesn't seem to be getting to her as much in the end.
Maybe she's learning to lighten up after all. Mar 15, Amy added it Shelves: Was inspired to pick up a Judy Blume novel after watching the video for Amanda Palmer's song "Judy Blume," which is such a cool tribute to her body of work!!
The beauty of Judy Blume books is that her characters accurately represent the young adult experience. Makes me think of my recent reading of Anastasia Krupnik and how I loved that book because I saw so much of myself in the main character. And now I know what I want to be when I grow up: I just made up the best career ever. Jul 09, Rebecca rated it really liked it. I can't remember why I was looking up Judy Blume on my overdrive account looking for one of her adult novels?
Trying to find something for my kid to read while we were on a trip? But I was fairly certain I had never read the companion book from Rachel's point of view. In just over a day while on spring break I zoomed through both of the novels, one from each frien I can't remember why I was looking up Judy Blume on my overdrive account looking for one of her adult novels? In just over a day while on spring break I zoomed through both of the novels, one from each friends' perspective.
I love how details from books I read as a kid come right back to me in kind of not-at-all-mysterious deja vu.
I also enjoyed Rachel's story, and reminded me all over again that for this genre, there is just no better author. My 7 year old and I just plowed through all of the Ramona books together, and I just introduced her to Paula Danziger Readers Also Enjoyed.
Young Adult. Realistic Fiction. About Judy Blume. Judy Blume. Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? More than 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into thirty-one languages.
She receives thousands of letters a year from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her. Judy received a B. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation. Judy is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom.