So, you know at Traveling With T, books are a big focus. Like HUGE focus. I love books. I devour books. Books, books, books.
I was in college when I read THE DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD for the first time. Specifically, it was in the few weeks prior to the movie being released. Since the movie had Sandra Bullock in it, I was def going to watch it (naturally!) But upon seeing the book in my local Wal-Mart, on a whim, I picked it up. And while then I did not know what I was reading was Southern Lit, it started a lifetime of me looking for good books- with characters that were heartfelt and moving, incredibly layered and beyond interesting.
Wait, wait, I can tell you are confused… Wasn’t I always a reader? Yes and no. I have been a reader since I discovered Baby-Sitters Club books, but there have been years where reading was not happening as much. Those were the drought years. I was in these in-between stages of reading, too old for YA, too young for some books- not really interested in some genres. And I did not have the access to the tons of sources I have today at my fingertips to find good books.
So DIVINE was like a beacon of light, a “Hey, here is a good book!” I read it. I devoured it. I LOVED it. I had the mass-market paperback book and I read it so many times, the book fell apart. Yep, fell completely apart. In fact, when I joined the land of e-readers- it was the first book I bought- so I could have it in e-form forever.
The storyline between Sidda and Vivi was highly relatable to me. Sagas and dramas between mother and daughters usually keep me interested. Even more, the friendships of these women, the Ya-Ya’s- I loved it. I loved how they were still friends, through the bad times, the good times, husbands and more. It was so lovely.
The language, the lyrical writing, the setting.. Each part of the book drew me in, deeper and deeper. I regretted two things after closing the last page- 1. That I did not have the Ya-Ya’s as friends and 2. That I could not hear the lovely accents I imagined in the book.
If you’ve read THE DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD, who was your favorite character? And if you have watched the movie and read the book- which did you like better?
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T