Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sisterhood Everlasting

In Sisterhood Everlasting, Ann Brashares returns to finish off the story of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. For die-hard fans, Sisterhood Everlasting is a slightly shocking, but ultimately satisfying end to the series. For newcomers, the novel will serve as a stand-alone tear jerker.

When we last left the sisterhood, the girls were just finishing up their first year of college – Bridget spent some time on an archeological dig in Turkey, where she connected with the idea of finding your roots; Tibby had come off of a dramatic, on again, off again year with Brian; Lena reveled in new love while still hankering feelings for Kostos; and Carmen found her niche at a summer drama workshop. Now it’s ten years later, and the girls are just turning 30, all of them on the cusp of something they’re not sure of. As a long time fan of the series, it was riveting from the moment I opened it, just to find out what the girls are up to as adults.

The rest of the book, however, follows the untimely demise of a beloved character, so unlike the rest of the Sisterhood novels, this is not for the fainthearted. It gets into some pretty heavy stuff, but the story soon turns into a mystery of sorts, which turns out to be pretty entertaining to try to solve. Fans of the original series may be shocked and disappointed with some of the author’s choices, and though the novel is not as strong as its predecessors, the characters we know and love do show up from time to time in the new book. Sisterhood Everlasting was, if nothing else, an entertaining beach read, and an interesting way to say goodbye to the Sisterhood.

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