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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sisterhood Everlasting Review

Sisterhood Everlasting
by Ann Brashares
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.

***WARNING: There will be spoilers throughout the review***

When I found out that Ann Brashares was returning to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in an installment taking place ten years after the last one, I was ecstatic. I've always wondered what happened between Lena and Kostos after the final book and I finally got my answer.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the book as a whole. I was both disappointed, satisfied, and torn to pieces. I probably spent about eighty percent of this book in tears. It took me about ten minutes after turning the final page to stop crying. And those weren't tears of joy. I described the feeling as "like my heart's been ripped out. Stomped on. And then run over by a truck."

I had a lot of trouble getting into this installment and I didn't enjoy the characters as much as I used to. Bridget and Carmen stood on my nerves a lot. I still can't believe what Bridget did to Eric running away like that. I'm glad Carmen broke off her engagement with Jones. I don't know if I would have been able to stand it if they got married.

Lena was my favorite character. She's always been the one that I've been able to relate to the most and I've always rooted for her and Kostos. While I'm not sure how I feel about Kostos having other girlfriends when he promised her "Someday," I'm glad they got together in the end.

As for Tibby...Oh, God. Tibby. She drowns in the Caldera before the other three arrive in Greece. At first it's believed to be an accident, then a suicide, and then it's revealed that she had Huntington's disease and it had taken her sooner than she'd thought. Her death destroyed me. I kept hoping and praying that the girl who drowned would turn out to be someone, anyone, else. It was quite awhile before I finally accepted that Tibby was gone. My heart ached for Brian. I started crying again when Bridget meets Tibby's daughter, Bailey. I loved Bailey.

Overall: 8.5 It was a good book and I'm glad I read it, but...I don't know. I don't feel like I've had total closure yet.

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