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Sisterhood Everlasting Paperback – March 6, 2012
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“A deftly told narrative of finding one’s adult self.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[Ann] Brashares nimbly ages her characters, nicely capturing late- twentysomething concerns about marriage, motherhood, and careers as well as love’s enduring power.”—Booklist
“Poignant . . . Brashares’s literary response will satisfy readers longing for ‘just one more’ story about their favorite fictional friends.”—Bookreporter.com
“Brashares expertly taps into the difficulties of carrying childhood friendship into the trials of adulthood.”—Library Journal
“Touching . . . resonant with female friendship.”—The Washington Post
About the Author
Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, and Forever in Blue, which comprise an internationally bestselling, award-winning series that has inspired two major motion pictures.
Top Customer Reviews
Some reviewers have leveled criticism about the continuity of the characters, claiming that the Lena, Bee, Carmen and Tibby from the first four novels are not the same four women we meet in Sisterhood Everlasting. My simple responses to that is I should hope not! Ten years changes people, and growing up changes people. At their cores, the girls are still the same: Carmen has big dreams and plenty of sass, Bee is a free spirit fighting with her emotions, Lena is quiet and doesn't fully recognize her own worth, and Tibby is insightful and challenging. It is their circumstances that have shifted, and it is in this that I think some readers are struggling. The lives we find the four girls leading don't necessarily match up with what we wanted for them after reading the first four books in the series. The problem, then, is foiled expectations rather than discontinuous characterization.
The novel itself is well written and moving, and Brashares manages to capture some of the most beautiful and some of the most painful moments of life in rather stunning completeness. Despite the sadness, there is also a tremendous sense of joy, and most of all, an overwhelming sense of love. Brilliant read, highly recommended!
Now, in SISTERHOOD EVERLASTING, Brashares answers those burning questions with a bittersweet novel that may have some readers wishing the Sisterhood could have stayed teens forever and others reveling in this new chapter, likely with a rapidly depleted box of tissues at their side. The book, which is sensibly being marketed to adults, opens with the four lifelong friends on the verge of turning 30. Although they're all in relationships, none of them are married. And even though they're still friends, nothing matches the special kind of connection they shared in their adolescence.
Especially worrying is Tibby, who up and left the country without a warning, relocating to Australia with her long-time boyfriend Brian without even giving Carmen, Bridget and Lena a chance to give her a proper sendoff. Since then, she's been uncharacteristically silent, leaving Carmen (a glamorous television star), Lena (a moderately successful artist) and Bridget (the free spirit of the bunch) to wonder what's going on with their increasingly distant friend.Read more ›
Ann Brashares includes her readers in the struggle of each of the girls, and I personally felt closer to each character after finishing the novel. The story lines and plot is by no means light and can be emotionally difficult to read at times, but it is not impossible, and almost necessary to absorb if you truly want to understand the story and the characters. Brashares makes you want to jump inside the book and shake each of the girls while simultaneously yelling "What are you doing with your life?!", which is a frustratingly realistic experience.
The book may not be the perfect storybook ending that many readers may have once desired for Lena, Carmen, Bridget, and Tibby (myself previously included), but after experiencing the fifth novel, I see why it was necessary. The girls are grown up and I am assuming most of the readers are as well, so grown up issues, struggles, and decisions seems logical and Brashares beautifully includes and interprets these in the novel. Happy is a relative term, and I definitely did not feel that way during or after my reading, but I was more than satisfied. This is a must read for any individual who has followed the girls growth throughout the first four novels, but I would not recommend this novel on its own. Read the first four and then you will not be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series. I was so sad to read the last one, knowing that there was no more. Absolutely wonderful!Published 12 days ago by coleman
The feels! I was totally crying at the end. I read all five books in a row and felt so invested in the characters. It is easy to see pieces of yourself in each young lady.Published 1 month ago by Maureen Shea
Again I am reminded how subjective the reading world can be as I peruse the other reviews for this book. You see I loved it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amorina Rose
I was sooo excited when I saw that there was to be a fifth installment to one of my favorite series that I have read over and over again, but sadly I was left disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy Winget
Wow!! All I can think. This book was so amazing I just couldn't stop reading it. I had to find out what happened. Truly an amazing book.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer