Title: Sisterhood Everlasting
Author: Anne Brashares
Summary: From #1 New York Tim 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 they love, each knows something is missing: the closeness each knows 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 long time boyfriend Eric, in San Francisco, and through 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 well change their lives forever - but in ways that non of them could have ever expected.
A 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.
My Rating: 7/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Although I enjoyed the series and I enjoyed the main idea and storyline behind this book, I felt that the book wasn't completely up to my expectations.
The book still had some of that old magic from the other books, it did a fantastic job at showing the friendship between the girls and how that changes when you grow up. I enjoyed seeing where they ended up and how they are living their lives now, although I would have loved some story between where the fourth book left off to this one, but the author did a good job updating the reader. The story that all brought them back together was heartbreaking and shocking, but did create a very good and realistic feel setting the mood when she dropped the this little plot key. I was very shocked the author did this, as not only did she set up the mood of the event, but she pulled it off. This could have easily failed as a plot line, but it did work out. Oher aspects of the book is where it fell apart for me.
One of the issues I have with the book, which I can't exactly explain in detail, without spoiling you didn't work or me. I didn't like how the author tried to lead the reader off the scent. When it was obvious it was something completely different, especially for fans of the series. It just didn't make since, I think the author could have told the truth from the start, and could have the same affect on the characters as she intended to, because the girls had drifted apart. The same issues of grief would have been there, and would have connected the characterization from the other books nicely.
Another issue I had, which was a major issue was how all the characters seemed to revert back to their original selves from the first book, just older. Any development the characters went through seemed to have disappeared. The author was so careful at developing the characters, helping them grow, shed their insecurities and help them overcome some of their bad habits, in this book all of that development was virtually gone. I was constantly frustrated with the characters because of this, so it made for a difficult read at times.
The author did do a good job at showing how old friends, in the time of tragedy can come back together in the end. And it shows the importance to appreciate your friends and the time you have with them above all else. The author did do a good job at showing this in the book, it was a powerful message, but I had so many issues with discrepancies between the rest of the series that it took away from the story.
Would I recommend it to read: If you enjoyed the series I would, it can be read as a standalone, although it would be better if you read the other books in the series. It's not high on the recommendation list, but it is an okay companion to the series.
What to read next: If you haven't read the other books in the series, read them.
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