Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Review: Sisterhood Everlasting
Readers were first introduced to Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget as teenagers in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Their mother’s met in a prenatal exercise class, and they’ve been inseparable since they were born. They are “the Septembers,” all born within two weeks of each other. One summer they seemed to be going their different ways, and a pair of pants, a set of guidelines and letters back and forth, kept them together. Ten years later, they’re friendships are not as strong as they once were but Tibby has a plan. Carmen, Bridget and Lena each receive a letter which included a plane ticket. If you fell in love with these girls in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, you will want to follow up with them ten years later.
I loved Sisterhood Everlasting and I highly recommend it! I’m a fan of both the books and the movies, which is not something you will hear me say very often. When I was offered this book for review, I couldn’t pass it up. I will warn you, this book will break your heart but the overall story will leave you satisfied.
I found it very interesting to see how the girl’s lives have progressed and carried them in different directions; their personalities stayed intact which really cemented the characters for me. Ten years later, and in many ways they are still the same girls we met as teenagers. Life has gotten in the way and they‘re on very different paths, yearning to be as close as they once were, but each is afraid to make the first step. If your friends haven’t made the effort, why should you? Tibby makes the first step; unfortunately a tragedy occurs that really test the girl’s strength.
Tibby is living in Australia with Brian, she has many secrets that will be revealed during the course of the novel. When Lena, Carmen and Bridget receive a plan ticket for Greece, they are ecstatic to have a reunion. Carmen is a famous actress, engaged to a man her friends are not very friendly with. Bridget and Eric are continually moving, Bridget unable to commit to any location, still the free-hearted girl she once was. Lena is a university art teacher, dating a man, she never intends to marry- secretly, her heart still flutters when Kostos is mentioned.
I really feel like these girls grew up along side of me, and I really appreciated this book. I thought it proved that life is not always fair, the best of intentions don’t always work out perfectly, and friendships can be hard to maintain. As young adults, starting your careers and choosing your life path can pull you away from your friends however, some friendships deserve the extra effort. If you’ve read the previous books, you really should pick this one up as well.