Friday, June 29, 2012
Book review: Sisterhood Everlasting
Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.
Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.
Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.
As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends,Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.
I read all the previous Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books a long time ago, probably through high school. I don't think you need to reread them to be able to understand and enjoy this final book. It'll be a little hard to discuss this one without spoilers, so I'll be brief.
1. Sisterhood Everlasting is a bit heavier than the other Sisterhood books. The girls are all approaching 30 years old, so the storyline deals with adult plotlines: jobs, marriages, etc. But the story is also very much about grief. So I think you need to be in the right mood to read this one. It's heavy, and parts make you feel heavy, too. But there is love and joy and growth, as well. And you get to feel them too!
2. Carmen is very unlikeable through most of the book. I didn't really like reading her parts. But it's all worth it in the end.
3. I love Bridget. I want to be Bridget.
4. It took me a while to get into this one, but it's so worth the read. If you're a lover of the series, push through. Soon enough the personalities of the characters we love will appear enough to hook you.
That's all, I think. I highly recommend anyone who has read the Sisterhood stories so far read this final book. I ended up loving it.
Have any of you read the Sisterhood series? Have you, or will you, read Sisterhood Everlasting?