Review: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares continues (and most likely concludes) the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book…it ended up being a mixed bag of long-awaited events finally happening, weird homeless treks around the country and one or two really sad plot twists that I certainly didn’t see coming.

Tibby, Carmen, Lena and Bridget have grown up (or in some cases, aged more than actually matured) and are living much more separate lives than you might expect. A summons and a tragedy end up sending them all in a tailspin that ultimately leads them to grow closer again. They all do start out the book in ways you might have foreseen: Tibby randomly living across the world in Australia with Brian, Carmen has an acting job and can’t really successfully convince herself that she is happy with her life, Bridget is still odd and impatient with being tied down (but thankfully she is still with Eric) and Lena is still a little lost without Kostos.

By the time the book ends, their lives are all markedly different: some for the better and some not. For the most part, this is not an enjoyable book to read. The characters spend most of the book grieving and lost…they all take painful journeys as the book progresses. Even though it isn’t fun, I definitely recommend it for fans of the series. The ending is extremely satisfying – I definitely feel closure with all these characters more than I did with the previous books. Once you set this one down, you’ll definitely be able to imagine how they’ll live the rest of their lives.

It is strange to read a book about these characters when they spend most of their time separated from each other – but I definitely thought it was worth it to reach the conclusion. Ultimately, if you read the other books I think this is a must read!

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  • Jenny August 17, 2011, 7:32 am

    Interesting that even though this book wasn’t necessarily enjoyable, it’s still satisfying in the end. I haven’t read this series yet, but it’s on my list:)

  • Ashley August 17, 2011, 7:50 pm

    I read and enjoyed the 4 previous Sisterhood books. When I saw the news about this one I was REALLY nervous. Wasn’t sure how I felt about it at all, or if I’d even read it. Then, one of the huge/big things was spoiled for me (at first accidentally & then I found more specifics intentionally) and I have to say- I flat out refuse to acknowledge the existence of this book… I’m much happier pretending it never happened. 😛
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  • Elizabeth Mueller August 17, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Sounds pretty interesting! Thanks for the review. 🙂

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  • Nomes August 18, 2011, 12:55 am

    oh i LOVED reading your thoughts on this. it as … prepared me, LOL.

    my lib just got this in (i was counting on it 😉

    so hopefully it will be officially available for borrowing soon 😀

    i was SO into these books when i was young(er) LOL


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