Saturday, March 10, 2012

Review: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brasheres

Sisterhood Everlasting (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #5)
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brasheres
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.
Published in US: Jun 2011
My Review:
   I've forgotten much more than I would've though. I know that I loved the first books, but unless I somehow missed one, and I don't think I did, I just totally lost track of the characters, and at first, that made it hard to connect with them. But I started slowly remembering and learning their new quirks and passions, and it picked up quickly.
   I couldn't put it down, but I wasn't completely enamored with it either. I really enjoyed finding out what happened to everyone, and having some closure. Although the ending was more open ended than I would've liked...
    Most of their grief did not ring true to me. I understand their deep connection, but something about the way that it was portrayed did not draw me in as much as expected.
    I do have to say that I was not expecting the twists--though I really enjoyed the unraveling. Though I guess enjoyed isn't necessarily the right word since there are some sad and tough issues.
    Overall good book with a great series to back it up.
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