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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. 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.

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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: "You are responsible for your own actions. Nov 11, Alyssa Nelson rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary , young-adult.

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: crushes, acne, siblings, grades, etc. Also posted on Purple People Readers.

Jul 17, Iris rated it really liked it. 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 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: he was just expelled from school.

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.

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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: kids-books , read-in The follow-up to "Just As Long As We're Together" and told from the perspective another of the friends in the little trio.

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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: books-read-in 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: young-adult-children.

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. Sep 24, Melinda rated it liked it Shelves: read-in-elementary-school. I read this in fifth grade and absolutely hated the inclusion of the f-word. Shelves: here-s-to-you-rachel-robinson. This was an amazing, inspiring book. 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.

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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. Aside: 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? She tells Rachel if Jessica is looking for a job to call her, because she'd love to have her at the travel agency. Steph is all pissed off that her mom is going on a date, but gets over it and she and Rachel watch Alison's mom's television show while Alison plays video games with Bruce.

Rachel feels better after laughing along with the show. Jessica was hired by Steph's mom, Rowena, and now thinks Rowena is the shit. Charles says it's not easy running her children's lives. Jessica talks about Rowena all week, and no one really listens until she says that Rowena thinks she should try Accutane. She says Rowena's nephew was on it and had no side effects and his acne cleared up in 6 weeks. Nell is against the idea of Jessica going on Accutane, and I have no idea why. Since Nell and Victor both had awful cystic acne growing up, wouldn't they understand?

Wouldn't they do whatever it takes to help their daughter not suffer the way they suffered? Jessica feels the same way as me, and says Nell doesn't want her on it because she wants her to be a strong woman, because Nell always says her acne forced her to concentrate on studies and not socialize and helped her get where she is today. Nell says that she of all people sympathizes with Jessica. Rachel is laying around the house waiting to talk to Paul when Tarren drops Roddy off and asks her to watch him for awhile.

Tarren has a hot date! Rachel takes him for a walk by the pond, and Steph joins her. Steph asks if she can spend the night that weekend because her mom has another date, and Rachel says sure, and they'll have Alison over, too. A few days later is Victor's birthday. They have a specail dinner at home for him, and Jessica and Rachel give him their gifts, and then Charles announces he has a special gift for him, too.

He produces papers from a lawyer for a legal name change.

Charles wants to change his last name back to their original last name that they had before their ancestors immigrated to America and it was changed on Ellis Island. Their real last name is Rybczynski, pronounced Rib-jin-ski.

Charles is too cheap to buy a gift, just like Cathy. Victor is touched, but Nell is against it, saying that it's just another way for Charles to distance himself from the family. Victor signs the paper anyway, and Nell is pissed. Rachel has her sleepover, and Charles starts blaring his music in his room. Rachel, followed by Steph and Alison, goes into his room to tell him to turn it down, and finds a bunch of people in there drinking beer and smoking pot.

Two of the people are Dana Carpenter and Jeremy Dragon. Jeremy is surprised to see Rachel, because he didn't know Charles was her brother. Dana is all over Charles. Charles starts passive aggressively insulting Rachel again, and she leaves angrily. A little bit later in Rachel's room they hear Jeremy calling out for her. She lets him in and he asks if they want to play a game. Rachel wakes up a little while later to see Steph staring out the window. Her mom's date's car is in the driveway, and Steph is upset because it's late and it has been there for awhile.

She starts to cry, and Rachel comforts her. Steph feels better and goes to sleep. Rachel says she wishes she could just cry and have everything be better. Dana tells Rachel Monday at the bus stop that it's all over between her and Jeremy. She tells Rachel to give Charles a chance. Um, Dana? She knows him a hell of a lot better than you, and most people act differently around their friends than they do their family.

Shut up. Dana says Rachel needs to stop acting like a bitch, but I think it's the other way around. After school, Dana comes over to Rachel's house to see Charles. Rachel tells her that Charles is with his tutor until , and Dana asks if they take a break soon. Rachel says yes, and Dana says she'll ait until then. Rachel leaves her to wait on the front porch. Serves you right for calling her a bitch, Dana! Rachel wins a big debate the same day Nell loses her last case before she becomes a judge. Nell is mega upset, and is laying down in her room alone when Rachel comes home. Rachel is scared that she'll take to bed like her father did.

She's so nervous she can't even do her homework, and for the first time in her life doesn't. The next day at school Rachel is called into the principal's office. She's scared because she thinks it's because she didn't do her math homework, but it's really because Rachel has been recommended for a program called Challenge, where gifted students are selected to take math and science courses at the local college for the next school year.

Rachel is hesitant about signing up for the program because it will be just one more thing to set her apart from her peers. She decides not to show the permission slip to her parents yet, and hides it in her room. Jessica has started Accutane, and her whole face is dry and peeling, and so far her only side effects are dry eyes and lips. Rachel hopes it will work for her quickly, and I do, too. Poor Jessica. Tarren comes over and nearly shits herself with glee when Nell asks if she would like to go with the family to her ceremony when she's sworn in as a judge.

Tarren and Charles get into it, and Tarren starts going on about goals and life's obstacles and shit, and Charles says he has his own obstacles: his big sister, the potato head; his father, the wimp; and his mother, the ice queen. He is starting in on Rachel when Jessica interrupts and says she hates him. Nell yells at him too.

Rachel can't stop thinking about the dinner table scene later on, and it gives her an upset stomach. She goes downstairs to make some tea and again finds Charles in the kitchen. Rachel asks him about the things he said, and he says it's all true, and their family is pathetic and screwed up. Rachel tells him that he's the only pathetic and screwed up thing about them. He gives her the quote from Tolstoy about happy families, and is surprised that she hasn't read it yet because she has to be the best.

Rachel says she lieks being the best at what she does, and asks him what he wants. He can't answer the question. Rachel says it's become so tense around her house it's hard for them to eat dinner. Victor announces the next day at the table that they are going to begin to see a family therapist. Jessica doesn't know why she and Rachel have to see one since it's Charles that's the problem. Victor says they need to go as a family.

They see the therapist a few days later, and Jessica and Rachel blame their problems on Charles. Charles, for once, doesn't have any witty comebacks. The therapist writes out a family contract with them that they are all to sign and follow. Rachel takes the train with Jessica on the way there instead of the school bus because of her carsickness. For some reason Paul comes too, but he takes the bus. Rachel, Charles, and Victor go to the computers and find their ancestors on it, and then Charles goes batshit crazy.

He jumps up on some wall and starts reciting the poem on the Statue of Liberty and security starts going after him. He finally jumps down and cries while Victor hugs him.

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What the hell is wrong with that kid? When they're ready to go home, Rachel decides to test out these motion sickness bands Alison's mom gave to her, and takes the bus home. Paul sits next to her and falls asleep, and Rachel doesn't know if she didn't get sick because of the bands or because of Paul's presence.

When they get off the bus Paul asks her to go to an outdoor symphony at the college with him. She accepts. Okay, so if he was asking her out like on a date, that is so gross because she's 13 and he's in college. Rachel dresses in a long skirt and a lightweight sweater set. Tarren is going to be at the concert, too, with her secret romance man.

Paul takes her to the concert, and they watch the musicians and it's all great and stuff. Afterwards they see Tarren with a professor. Tarren's doing a teacher! She gets the shock of a lifetime when his wife comes up. I hope she at least gets an A in his class. Tarren is all upset, so Paul takes her to a diner, and comforts her.

They end up liking each other and ignoring Rachel. Paul takes Rachel home, and she's all depressed at how her night turned out. Her mom tells her there's a boy at the door for her, and she goes and finds Jeremy Dragon. He stole his piece from the Monopoly set, and wants to give it back.

Rachel didn't even notice that it was gone. They kiss a bunch, and Rachel practically has an orgasm. She asks him what the kisses mean, and he says it's nothing but a couple of kisses. Jeremy wants to be free to be a man whore. Rachel goes over to Steph's the next day to tell her the big news. Steph is mega jealous, and glad to hear that Rachel felt something from the kisses. She's satisfied that Rachel's a normal person after all. A few days later Nell is sworn in as a judge. Tarren is there and keeps on thanking Rachel for introducing her to Paul.

They've been seeing each other regularly. Rachel is still pissed at her.