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Ya-Yas in Bloom is the last book in the series, and I liked it only slightly more than Divine Secrets. Wells opts to change up the narrators again, bouncing between the Ya-Yas and the Ya Yas Petites, as they jump from past memories to present states discussing religion, parties, antics, and relationships. This book is also shorter than the last two at just 258 pages, making it seem to me a much quicker read.
In the last of the series, the Ya-Yas and their children are delving into more stories from the past, including how the Ya-Yas first met, Sidda’s first directing ‘gig’, Baylor’s Buckaroo debut, and more crazy Ya-Ya moments that pull the families together. It’s all clever writing, funny moments paired with somber moments, in a way that makes you feel more like the narrator is conversing the memory to you at a kitchen table.
Now, overall, to sum up the Ya-Ya trilogy, I’d have to say that Little Altars Everywhere was my favorite. I devoured it. But the other two felt repetitive because many stories from Altars were delved into with more detail in the following books. I liked learning more information about the stories, but my imagination was pretty close to the written information in the second and third books, and therefore it really slowed the pace of the books down. That was the biggest turn off for me. I also had a hard time with Siddalee, who happened to be a prominent character as the eldest Walker child, and key observer of the Ya-Ya antics. She tended to beat a dead horse about the relationship problems with her mother- she loved her, she resented her, repeat. I understand her wounds ran deep, but the complicated relationship was very tiresome.
I’d also like to note that the movie inspired by the books is very different. They cut out a lot of the melodrama, and added more humor. I would say, if you were interested in this series, read Altars, skip the rest of the books, and then watch the movie. You’ll get the gist.