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Following Little Altars Everywhere is The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, in which the reader gets more in depth with the past of the Ya-Yas, mostly through Siddalee.

Grown Sidda is living in New York City, directing theater plays and becoming a hit. After Sidda has sort-of-accidentally ranted to a reviewing New York Times journalist about the rough past with her mother’s alcoholism, Sidda becomes disowned by Vivi. Trying to make up, Sidda tries calling her mother, but Vivi isn’t talking. So she tries writing to her instead, and after some subtle ego-stoking, mentions that it would be helpful for a future play to learn more about the Ya-Yas, if not for Sidda, then for the American theater. Still hesitant, Vivi isn’t willing to forgive Sidda until she learns that Sidda has postponed, yet again, her wedding to fiance Connor. Instead of a discussion, she sends the Divine Secrets to Sidda…and gives her a lesson on love, friendship, and forgiveness.

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Surprisingly, I had a harder time getting into this sequel. I think the pace is slower than in Little Altars Everywhere, which frustrated me because I knew there were going to be good Ya-Ya stories… which of course, there were. Those Ya-Yas kept me from giving up on the series, actually. Because I understand what happened with Vivi before Sidda understood, it was frustrating for me to see Sidda hold on to her past and hold those grudges against her mother. I mean, I get the dramatics, that’s a key element to the story…but I just couldn’t get into Sidda’s head, and it’s hard for me to read a book where the main character/narrator and I don’t see eye to eye. At the risk of admitting the blasphemy, I also liked enjoyed the movie version better than the book this time around.

However, I am so fond of the Ya-Yas, their true sisterhood, their lingo (I so badly want to start calling everyone bebé and dahlin’, haha) and their adventures, and how they understand each other’s shortcomings and strengths. So, I’m pressing on to Ya-Yas in Bloom, and hope to reconcile my differences with Sidda.