Loudmouthed, redheaded Cee Cee Bloom has her sights set on Hollywood. Bertie White, quiet and conservative, dreams of getting married and having children. In 1951, their childhood worlds collide in Atlantic City. Keeping in touch as pen pals, they reunite over the years ... always near the ocean.
Powerful and moving, this novel follows Cee Cee and Bertie's extraordinary friendship over the course of thirty years as they transform from adolescents into adults. A bestselling novel that became a hugely successful film, Beaches is funny, heartbreaking, and a tale that should be a part of every woman's library.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #47130 in Books
- Brand: Dart, Iris Rainer
- Published on: 2004-06-15
- Released on: 2004-06-15
- Original language:
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 8.00" h x
.68" w x
- Binding: Paperback
- 304 pages
From School Library Journal
YA A touching story of the friendship between two very different women. Cee Cee Bloom, with her loud mouth, loud personality and flaming red hair, is determined to become a Hollywood star. Bertie White, delicate and conservative, hopes for a loving husband and family. They meet as children in 1951 in Atlantic City, and, as pen pals, keep in touch with each other. Their reunions through the years always occur at or near the beach, whether in Sarasota, Malibu or Hawaii. Their story jumps back and forth between past and present. Cee Cee and Bertie are genuine, and readers will like them and understand why they are friends. Both characters suffer much, particularly Bertie, whose life seems most unjust. Young adults will be pulled into their lives, caring greatly about them and the steady stream of tragedies that befall them. In a particularly moving ending, Cee Cee leaves a show in the middle of production to care for Bertie, who is dying of cancer. YAs will enjoy this emotional tale, but they'll need to have plenty of tissues handy. Elizabeth Thurston, Baltimore County Pub . Lib .
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“Dart created a character who is hard to resist.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“The author’s ironic sense of humor is evident even in her choice of titles.” (Chicago Tribune)
About the Author
Iris Rainer Dart is the author of eight novels, including the much-beloved New York Times bestseller Beaches. The mother of two children, she lives in California with her husband.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Great book about two special friends
I wish I had a friendship like Cee Cee and Bertie had. Even though it was too short, it was long in love.
I had seen the movie, but never read the book. After seeing the remake of the movie I decided it was time to read the book. I enjoyed how the author added vivid descriptions about California. I enjoyed how she had some heated arguments between the two friends, but how their true friendship endured even the rough times.
The descriptions of the medical care that Cee Cee would have to administer for Bertie was very good. A true friend gave up her acting career to perform the most selfless act and care for her dying friend. Even more love was shown when she insisted she raise her daughter after she died.
A great read for mature adults due to language, content and subject matter.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
A bit disappointed
If I hadn't already seen, and LOVED, the movie I would have been able to give the book a better review. Usually the book is better than the movie but, in my humble opinion, not in this case.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
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Read this .. as if you've never seen the movie. You'll LOVE IT!!!
By Mamabear Cherei
I just finished reading 'Beaches'.. and it's WAY different than the movie. I finally gave up comparing the two.. and just read it as if it were a new book. AWESOME READ!!! I loved learning so much about their childhood, the summer they spent working for the summer theater at the beach. Growing up.. their marriages.. their loves, their passions..