Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review'd: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Book Review:
Title: Sisterhood Everlasting
Author: Ann Brashares
Published: June 14th 2011 by Random House
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Summary:
From #1 New York Times 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 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.

As 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.

Delibrarie (Nic) Summary:
Alright, so I realize that this is technically an adult novel. However, I decided (along with Del) that reviewing this book would be appropriate because the first four are YA books and this follows the same story line. Though the writing style and plot is definitely more adult material in this book.
I cried almost the whole way through this book. After falling in love with these four girls when I was the same age as them, you could say I have some strong attachments at this point. I was devastated when I began reading and discovered that not all was well in the sisterhood world. I won't give away what went wrong, but just know that it was something really not good. I always forget that while the lead(s) in a story usually survive to see their own happy ending (because their the lead so that's who the story follows. Without them, there is no story)... they, like the rest of us, are only human (...mortal or vulnerable might be better words here for some stories). It took me forever to accept that one of my beloved characters was not alright in the end. But that's life, and it continues on regardless.
I loved this book while hating it at the same time. I couldn't believe that something like this could happen, but in a way it was good. The only problem I had with this story was that it took forever for any questions to be answered. The girls took their time figuring things out and I feel like they would have fought to discover the truth right away instead of running away. At the end once they did discover the truth, which was the saddest part of all, it ended almost right away. I feel like working up to the final climax was more important than focusing on the little things that were going on. I was left wanting more of a finality to the end of the story but it did end well. I feel good about where things left off in the end. Otherwise I loved this story. The writing was pristine as always and I hadn't realized how much I'd missed the characters until now. It was a sad yet good ending to an incredible story. If you loved the first four, you have to read this one.

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