Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

When Siddalee Walker, oldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker, Ya-Ya extraordinaire, is interviewed in the New York Times about a hit play she's directed, her mother gets described as a "tap-dancing child abuser." Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda. Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. All looks bleak until the Ya-Yas step in and convince Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of their girlhood mementos, called "Divine Secrets o...

Details Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

TitleDivine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Release DateDec 7th, 2004
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, American, Southern, Adult, Novels, Humor, Historical, Historical Fiction, Womens

Reviews Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

  • Traci
    When I was pregnant with my oldest child, a girl, I had a dream. In my dream, I was in the hospital, postpartum, holding not the one child I knew that I had been pregnant with . . . but two children. Both girls. One of my baby girls was quiet, observant, peaceful. She had big, open eyes that reflected her big, open heart. The other child was physically larger than the other baby and it's complete opposite. Ugly, angry, needy. I sat there holding ...
  • E
    Rebecca Wells can think up a few succulent stories, but her writing is absolute fast-food. It left me depressed to think that women are encouraged to read so-called "chick lit" on the basis that they only need a few sentimental tales about love, friendship, and/or family to satisfy them, no matter how infantile the writing style or half-baked the arguments. (view spoiler)[Of COURSE the story had to end with a big white wedding! That signifies cat...
  • Debbie Petersen Wolven
    I think Vivi WAS a tap-dancing child abuser. Any discussion of this fact ends at the "being whipped with the belt" scene. Vivi had no right to be enraged when this fact comes to light--she should have been embarrassed, yes. Her daughter arguably should not have revealed this dirty laundry but should have worked it through with her mother privately.According to this book, a scrapbook of silly adventures with Vivi's zany friends makes that behavior...
  • Jennifer
    I'm having a hard time deciding if I liked this book or not. On the surface, not so much. About 30 pages in, I wasn't sure if I was going to make it through, or if I was going to go insane if I saw the word "Ya-Ya" one more time.There were some things that I liked about it. Friendship that endures, closer than blood. Knowing there's always someone there in your corner, and they've been there your whole life. Daughters learning that Mom had a life...
  • Eva
    I am so tired of this sort of storyline. A group of Southern women who form a timeless bond of woman-ness and Southern-ness and triumph in the face of all hardship because they are delicate as blossoms yet strong and fierce. That said, when entering a genre so well-covered and sticky sweet, one must do something to make one's work stand out. I believe Rebecca Wells does an above-average job at this, and her book was a fun and easy read. It was ha...
  • Deb
    When the whole Ya-Ya craze was going on, my book club decided we'd better read it to see what all the fuss was about. In the end, we had to take a vote ("ya-ya" if you liked it; "no-no" if you didn't). I fell into the "no-no" group. I found it disturbing that hordes of women were flocking to this book that is really about completely dysfunctional families and marriages and a really unhealthy attachment to friends from the past. It made me wonder ...
  • Dixie Diamond
    To borrow an expression from the book, this sucker is "Trés ya-ya-no." How can a writer so obsessed with small town aristocracy manage to slip in so many references to peeing in one's pants?I never manage to abandon books once I've started them, even when they're utter and total tripe. Thank goodness this reads fast so I didn't waste any more of my life on it!I seem to be missing the Chick Lit Gene. I just flat-out do not understand, or identify...
  • Brandy (aka Marsden)
    My mother and her Ya-Yas were called the sisters of Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Charleston S.C. I grew up on the marshes watching them swing dance, shuck oysters and throwing what always seemed like a never ending festival that celebrated life. They did community work and supported the local theatre, but mostly they just had a good time. I grew up in the whirlwind of color and laughter that now seems only like a distant dream. Momma passed 18 year...
  • marissa sammy
    Much of this book I found really aggravating -- the unthinking privilege of the Ya-Yas, their total narcissism, the constant and tedious drama -- and yet I found myself looking forward to my lunch breaks so I could read it. Despite the foreignness of the situations and location, the class and race, there was still enough of my mother and me in Vivi and Siddalee Walker to make the book resonate with me. In the end, that's what I enjoyed (not quite...
  • Bloomin’ChickJo
    Oh I loved this book! I had a very complicated relationship with my mother and though a cliche, I could well relate to that aspect of the book! I also love the movie, but I love the book more! (I read it just before the movie came out). I've also battled severe depression and this book (and movie) is near to my heart. Overall, the details, descriptions & relationships are just amazing! Ms. Wells has Lyme disease and has had a horrible past few ye...
  • Kate
    If you don't find these women as adorable and outrageous as they find themselves, you are really going to hate this book. And I did.
  • ☕️Hélène⚜️
    Read this book in my early 20s enjoyed it. But never continued the series and I wont. Read this book in my early 20’s enjoyed it. But never continued the series and I won’t.
  • Kristy Trauzzi
    Has anyone else read this book and thought it sucked? I was very disappointed in it. I started off excited to read this book and that's where that enthusiasm left me.To start - Wow religious! There are some books that make me go - hmm you're religious - I get your sense of peace from it. Or I can also read it and go ok you are one of the crazy religious people that are scary. This book was just like STOP TALKING ABOUT RELIGION!!! No one practiced...
  • Paula
    self-pitying, self-destructive characters.
  • Laura
    "When people encountered them years later with babies on their hips, or, still later, with hands shaking from some deep-six sadness nobody could name, there was an aura about them. You could not put your finger on it, but you knew these women shared secret lagoons of knowledge. Secret codes and lore and lingo stretching back into that fluid time before air-conditioning dried up the rich, heavy humidity that used to hang over the porches of Louisi...
  • Erika
    This book may be entertaining for someone who likes gossip so much, because here you can get to know all the juicy events that happened in the youth and life of four women who were best friends and thought they were absolutely amazing and called themselves the Ya-Yas.So, this story starts when a Petite Ya-Ya, that's how the Ya-Yas called their daughters, (not so petite anymore) let escape in an interview with the New York Times that her mother, t...
  • Shannan
    This book speaks so true to core of what I feel. That core is - being who you REALLY authentically are - and having people in your life who know truly know you. Vivi Walker is a part of me, I think I have a bit of her in me and I identified with her character more than ever. WAnting to be a star, something special and bigger than the small town she grew up in. Always feeling like NO ONE understood her. Life circumstances hit and she remains in th...
  • Madeline
    The only thing better than reading about dysfunctional, alcohlic, crazy families is reading about dysfunctional, alcoholic, crazy Catholic families. Who are Southern. Every now and then I'll sit down and reread the chapter where Vivi and her friends (fourteen at the time) travel to Atlanta by themselves for the premiere of Gone With the Wind and Vivi ends up throwing a plate at her cousin when he insults one of the maids. Then there's the time ...
  • Krista Greer
    Disappointed. Overly romanticized. I really wanted to like this book and I gave it 2 stars because it had potential but unfortunate Wells butchered it (and her editor didn't stop it?!) with all the ridiculous descriptions. Pet peeve: I hate being told exactly how a character feels over and over, it takes away any personal interpretation or imagination.
  • Stacey
    Really awful Southern girl shit.
  • Embee
    Grab a girlfriend, drink mint juleps and toast to sisterhood! This book shares all the details of the close relationships girlfriends share.
  • Annette2009
    Wow, this book got some harsh reviews! I will agree that the whole southern friendship pact was over the top, but I think that Wells was trying to present a rare friendship and an outlandish character in Viviane. These girls grew up without air conditioning and television; they needed some pretty big distractions just to cope with the heat and the boredom!My mother in law grew up in Georgia, and remembers some pretty crazy characters from her you...
  • Nikki
    I found this book pretty weird. The child abuse was so lightly dealt with -- and it's still abuse if it only happens once. Physical abuse, even on just one occasion, sticks in your mind. Especially when you're a child and you haven't had that many experiences yet. It's not something to be just... dismissed and so easily forgiven.That kind of distracted me from the supposedly awesome stuff about this novel.Also, such melodrama. Cut it out, guys.
  • lucky little cat
    I thoroughly enjoyed Wells' first book, Little Altars Everywhere (which was a gift, fittingly, from my very northern sister-in-law. So I was dismayed to read this book and find that Wells had basically rehashed the stories from Little Altars and dismally lessened their effect. Even more depressingly, this book got all the book club attention while Little Altars languished. Bleah.
  • Brandy Jo
    The one thing I'll take from this book is when Sidda finally gives in and realizes she doesn't need to deeply understand everyone in her life and she just needs to love them where they're at and accept the love given to her. I think we all need to be better at this. we don't need all the answers all the time.
  • Erica Henry
    This book just wasn't for me. I read this for the reading Rush for the prompt to read and watch a book to movie adaptation. So, even though I didn't really enjoy the book oh, I am so going to take the time to watch the movie. But I'm not happy.
  • Bungz
    I must be a masochist of sorts to have put myself through this book. The word that constantly came to mind when i read this book was 'contrived'. Everything felt so contrived about this book. The characters, especially the four primary members of ya-ya. Each had a character that seemed to have been pushed on them, and each of their conversations played out like a badly rehearsed school-play. Very mechanical, and very predictable. There seemed to ...
  • Desirae
     Maybe its because I'm catholic. Maybe its because I had a violent parent growing up. Maybe its because my family is peppered with endearing and frightening alcoholics, but something in me really connected with this little book.Its by no means perfect, but it does speak to the topic of what's right and/or wrong when raising a child.For me I was much more interested in Vivi's story, rather than Sidda's. The Vivi sections felt more alive for me, J...
  • Peggy
    I'm glad this was quite a fast read, because I didn't find it all that enjoyable. I disliked the main characters (from the beginning I thought Vivi was arrogant, selfish, manipulative and someone who finds herself better, more important and more deserving than others, and I found Sidda whiny. I wanted to shake her and tell her to grow up and stop whining and feeling sorry for herself and get over it) and the writing wasn't that good either. It fe...