Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
Release Date – June 14, 2011
Publisher – Random House
Pages - 349
My Rating- 8.5/10
Here is the Goodreads synopsis
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 loved the original Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series. LOVED. I was so excited to hear that there would be a book about Tibby, Carmen, Lena, and Bridget as adults. I always wondered what happened to them. I was satisfied where I had left them, and this is a classic example of be careful what you wish for (but more on that later).
Jumping into the story I immediately realized how much I missed the girls. I was happy to see that for the most part they hadn’t changed too much. They were just more grown up versions of what I remembered. The nostalgia factor was high. I was a transported back to when I first read the previous books and watched the movies. It was nice, and felt like catching up with an old friend (or in this case friends). It was nice to see what Kostos, Eric, and Brian were up to as well. The guys of the Sisterhood are pretty awesome (I have a huge soft spot for all of them for different reasons). It’s also nice to see which couples made it.
The writing style was typical of the other books. Some of the books in the Sisterhood series are better than others, and I think this book is one of the better ones. Is it perfect? No, but I think fans of the previous books will devour this one.
Now on to the “be careful what you wish for” part. I know a lot of readers want another book when their favourite series ends. We all want to go back and visit those characters that we love, myself included. I usually tend to forget that means our characters may have bad things happen to them. This book has an event that devastated me. I literally ended up crying for most of this book. I don’t mean little sobs either. I mean messy, on my bed curled up bawling. I had to stop reading. I don’t want to give anything away because I think it impacts you more if you are not expecting it. I will say that I think I reacted so strongly because the event happens to my favourite character, and I am around the age of these characters ( I am 30, they are turning 30 in the book) and was able to put myself in the same position. I couldn’t help but thinking of what it would be like if it were me.
I finished this book wanting to call my best friends and tell them that I love them. I want to make sure they know that every day. It’s cheesy but true. It highlighted how important true friendship can be in your life and made me cherish the ones I do have.